V FACTOR ENTERTAINMENT started life as an off-the-cuff "brand name" added to various productions I was involved with back in my early radio years in the mid-90's. At the time, I wasn't really sure what was going to happen to it, but the name stuck in my head & I thought, maybe one day...
Fast forward to 2011 & a few other projects I was tinkering with needed some sort of name to keep them under one umbrella. Suddenly, V FACTOR ENTERTAINMENT was back, but only as a name; more time would have to pass before it became anything else.
In 2013 I started investigating the idea of creating an online radio station, but put it aside fearing that it would be difficult to operate solo. However, the idea of doing "something" in that space nagged at me & the following year saw more research into producing a podcast-type show with music. After a few false starts, I found Mixcloud & so began the journey to bring 2 new weekly shows to the public, shows that launched in 2015.
In April 2017 I saw a media release asking for a "tech guru" to help bring back a Brisbane 80's radio station as a 24/7 online stream. Seeing a challenge, I made contact with those involved & another journey commenced, one that would push me to the limit in both personal & professional senses. That station was Stereo 10 Brisbane, which launched on August 10, 2017 at 10:08 A.M (in honour of the station's original frequency).
The challenges continue & despite some major internal changes, Stereo 10 is still going strong. Its success prompted ideas for new stations, which has led to the development of the VFE NETWORK. Two new stations joined the fold in 2019 - NON STOP NINETIES in March & DOWN UNDER DIGITAL in September.
2020 will see more expansion, both in stations & programming. 2 new streams are planned to launch this year & new shows will be added to the existing stations very soon. Our story is far from over - we hope you'll join us for the ride!
Craig Van Oosten
31 January 2020