Radio News – July 2017

The July 2017 edition of Radio News, 3BBR FM’s newsletter, is now available to pick up or download.

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The President’s column is also included below:

Well it’s good to be getting back into the 3BBRFM family. In our last newsletter I mentioned that I was having radiation therapy resulting in the need for some “time out” to recuperate. It’s now over a month since my last dose of radiation therapy (33 daily doses in total!), and thankfully I’m getting back to some degree of normality. It is not something I would like to undergo again, but it has given me a first-hand insight and understanding of what people with cancer have to go through in the treatment and management of their condition.

While on the subject I should like to express my gratitude to the staff at the Peter Mac Cancer Centre. Without exception they were very supportive, caring and helpful and went to great lengths to ensure that my needs as a patient were addressed.

I’d also like to thank the many members of the 3BBRFM family for their good wishes and especially those presenters who stood in for me during my absence.

Being off air for an extended period has given me the opportunity to listen to 3BBRFM somewhat more than I usually do. This has been a very pleasant side benefit of my recuperation. With our Sounds of West Gippsland as the foundation of our weekday programming listeners can hear light classical, easy listening and popular music of the 50s, 60s and 70s free from too raucous and heavy rock beats. So within this range I discovered many sentimental favourites of mine eg. Stardust; tunes that were big hits from some of my favourite artists, eg. Peggy Lee – Fever, Billy Eckstine – Love is just around the Corner, and the occasional more recent song such as Elton John – Rocket Man. It was a joy listening to the various presenters whose enthusiasm and love of the music shine through – yes shine through even though it’s radio.

In getting my head back around the work of the Board I remembered that we had very successful meetings of presenters which helped identify the tasks needing to be done for preparing an application for renewal of our Broadcast Licence to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) which has to be submitted by 1st September 2017. This our number one
priority. Arising from those meetings a survey of listeners has been prepared and distributed, the results of which will be included into the submission. In addition the Board needs to incorporate a current Strategic Plan for the period 2017-2021.

A big thank you to the presenters and members who have put up their hands to help with jobs such as completing program descriptions, garnering letters of support from friends and listeners, administering the survey, collating survey results, collating and analysing calls to the station, listing CSAs, etc. All of these activities will help in preparing an excellent submission for renewal of our licence.

– Rod Wellard