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CRIMESTOPPERS AWARD Posted: Wed 25th Feb 2009 - 16:02

At the request of General Manager Rod Boyd of STEREO 974, I attended an appreciation ceremony held at Government House on Thursday 19th February, 2009. Awards and appreciation certificates were handed to various ethnic media agencies for their services to the Multilingual Crimestoppers program.

Mr Boyd was unable to attend the function. He requested I attend on behalf of STEREO 974 to receive an appreciation. As a local Policemen and working partner of the Radio Station, I was very proud to represent our local Station. STEREO 974 received a certificate of appreciation for their services and contribution to the Crimestoppers Multilingual Program. STEREO 974 have been promoting the Crimestoppers project for a number of years as a part of their community contribution.

I am sure that due to the contribution of local radio stations such as STEREO 974 that a number of crimes have been solved, property recovered and many persons charged with various offences. Police rely on public information. Crimestoppers is an integral tool for modern Policing. The telephone number of Crimestoppers is 1800 333 00. You may give information anonymously to Crimestoppers. If urgent ring 000.

On behalf of the Pro-active units based at Footscray Police, I would like to congratulate Rod Boyd and his dedicated team at STEREO 974. I am sure our partnership will continue for many years.

Regards
Craig Spicer
Community Liaison Officer
Footscray Police.

Please address all enquiries to:
ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

STEREO 974 – SALUTES EMERGENCY SERVICES RE VICTORIAN BUSH FIRES Posted: Wed 18th Feb 2009 - 13:02

STEREO 974, Salutes the EMERGENCY SERVICES, involved in the Victorian Bush Fires.

A Tribute has been produced here at STEREO 974, and is currently being played on the hour.

A version of this Tribute has been distributed by the Southern Community Media Association, which STEREO 974 are proudly a member of , to all the 65 Member Stations of the SCMA.

For more information, check out our Web Site: www.stereo974.com and listen to the STEREO 974 Tribute to the Emergency Services re the Victorian Bush Fires.

Listen to the tribute

Please address all enquiries to:
ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

STEREO 974 – SALUTES UG FM ALEXANDRA Posted: Wed 11th Feb 2009 - 16:02

STEREO 974 Salutes UG FM, ALEXANDRA, for their Emergency Response and Recovery Broadcasting 24 hours a day during the Bushfire Disaster throughout their coverage area. A team of Volunteers, lead by their Station Manager PETER WEEKS, have continued to Broadcast throughout the Bushfire threat, providing information for their Community.

UG FM are a Sister Station of STEREO 974, re- broadcasting our FOUR WHEEL DRIVE PROGRAM that airs here every SATURDAY 10am to 11am. The STEREO 974 Four Wheel Drive Program Team consists of Peter Dwyer, Alison McLaughlin, Ian Lacey and Joanne Lacey.

FOUR WHEEL DRIVE VICTORIA, RURAL RESPONSE GROUP, are already planning, so that they can assist those affected by the Victorian Bushfires.

For more information, check out our Web Site: www.stereo974.com and listen to the STEREO 974 Tribute to UG FM, and information from FOUR WHEEL DRIVE VICTORIA.

Listen to the tribute MP3 file
FWD Victoria Rural Response Flier

Please address all enquiries to:
ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

VICTORIA POLICE ARE ABOUT TO LAUNCH A FUNDRAISER FOR MY ROOM Posted: Tue 11th Nov 2008 - 13:11

Victoria Police are about to launch a fundraiser for "My Room". My Room is a part of the cancer Ward at the Royal Children's Hospital. The Administration and Director of My Room are volunteers and no person gets paid for their work at the Royal Children's Hospital. For those of you who know a child who has been in My Room you will be aware of the help they give to children living with cancer. Further details about My room can be found at www.myroom.com.au

As a part of the project sixteen Police will be walking from Wodonga to Melbourne from 22nd November to 28th November. The Police will stop in Beechworth, Wangaratta, Benalla, Mansfield, Yea and Whittlesea where there will be activities at each venue. The activities will include, fetes, carnival rides, sportsman's night, Police bands, auctions and other charity events to raise funds for the cause. The final leg of the walk will conclude at Royal Children's Hospital on Friday 28th November at 11 am with the Police showband, and activities on the day. Silvers Circus on the night will be selling tickets for the night show and all proceeds will be donated to My Room.

I have been selected to take part in the walk and will represent Police from the Western Suburbs. My motivator is a young 8 year old boy who is currently undergoing treatment for cancer and he is going to walk the last few kilometres with me subject to his health.

As a part of the project, I would hope that local services or businesses will get on board to support me. Support may include meeting me at the end of the walk, donations of merchandise that can be auctioned at one of our events or even a personal sponsorship for each kilometre I walk. As we speak, I have a pledge sheet and donation book ready to fill. You may have other ideas in which to be involved so please let me know.

I have been selected to take part in the walk and will represent Police from the Western Suburbs. My motivator is a young 8 year old boy who is currently undergoing treatment for cancer and he is going to walk the last few kilometres with me subject to his health.

As a part of the project, I would hope that local services or businesses will get on board to support me. Support may include meeting me at the end of the walk, donations of merchandise that can be auctioned at one of our events or even a personal sponsorship for each kilometre I walk. As we speak, I have a pledge sheet and donation book ready to fill. You may have other ideas in which to be involved so please let me know.

If anyone knows of any business groups that wish to get on board, there is also an opportunity for corporate sponsors. At this stage, I have received generous support from the Western Rotary cluster group and Western Bulldogs Spirit West Services.

Should you wish to get on board and support me in any way, I am only to happy to speak to you.

My contact details are listed below.
Craig Spicer
Community Liaison Officer
Footscray Police
9689 4630 MOBILE: 0400 903 446
craig.spicer@police.vic.gov.au

Please address all enquiries to:
ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

STEREO 974 – RECEIVES “APPRECIATION AWARD FROM FOOTSCRAY POLICE Posted: Tue 21st Oct 2008 - 14:10

"STEREO 974 is thrilled to have been awarded a FOOTSCRAY POLICE APPRECIATION AWARD, for our support of the Footscray Police with "Operation Safe Plate".

"Operation Safe Plate", is where anti-theft screws are fitted to car number plates. These public fitting days are conducted from Shopping Centre Car Parks and are supported by Victoria Police, SES, Rotary and Maribyrnong City Council. STEREO 974 has conducted a Public Awareness Campaign across all Programming promoting these days.

The Award Presentation took place this morning at the Footscray Police Station, representing STEREO 974, was ROD BOYD (General Manager).The award was presented on behalf of Footscray Police by Inspector IAN GEDDES, Leading Senior Constable CRAIG SPICER (Multicultural Officer), and Sergeant IAN BROWN (Neighbourhood Watch).

STEREO 974, are now broadcasting every week 60 Hours of Ethnic Programming, including 4 Hours of Ethnic Youth Programming, and 6 Hours of Emerging Ethnic Communities Programs. The Ethnic Community are great supporters of STEREO 974, and numerous Ethnic Community Associations and Groups, are actively involved in this programming.

STEREO 974, is every mindful that we broadcast to an area where 54% of Households speak a language other than English at home, hence our involvement with Community Groups, Ethnic Youth, and Emerging Communities.

As a Volunteer based Not For Profit Incorporated Association, STEREO 974, would like to thank the FOOTSCRAY POLICE for this Award.

Please address all enquiries to:
ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

COMMUNITY ALERT AND INFORMATION Posted: Tue 21st Oct 2008 - 14:10

Maribyrnong City Council have just release their "Community Alert and Information – When Industry is Your Neighbour", Posters, Poster's Community Brochures, and Fridge Magnets. This literature details the procedures to be taken during an emergency.

STEREO 974 97.4 FM, and ABC RADIO 774 AM, are both listed as sources so that Residents / Community can stay informed.

STEREO 974 have given a guarantee that we will interrupt regular programming to provide necessary information, 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a week.

STEREO 974 has always had a flexible outlook towards programming, and our commitment to Emergency Response Broadcasting which places us in a position whereby we can service the needs of our community and listeners

Please address all enquiries to:
ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

MORE PEOPLE LISTENING TO COMMUNITY RADIO THAN EVER BEFORE Posted: Tue 14th Oct 2008 - 13:10

More people are tuning into community radio stations like STEREO 974 for the local content and specialised music programs they offer.

The 2008 Community Radio National Listener Survey was released today and has revealed a loyal following of Australians who tune into their local community radio station each month.

The survey found 57 per cent of Australians aged 15 years and above listen to community radio each month, an increase of 10 per cent in the last two years.

In the MELBOURNE AREA 26% of people are listening to our community radio stations.

Deborah Welch, President of the Community Broadcasting Authority of Australia (CBAA) said the results are a testament to the high standard of community radio in Australia and the important role it plays in the Australian media landscape.

"Community radio attracts a huge number of listeners for the specialist music programs, local news and information and the desire to support Australian artists.

"There is a great local flavour to community radio, and you are bound to hear something you won't hear anywhere else on Australian radio," said Ms Welch.

Why people listen to community radio:

  • Specialist music programs (55%)
  • Local information and news (53%)
  • They play Australian music and support local artists (46%)
  • The announcers sound like ordinary people (43%)
"Listeners love local radio because the content is locally relevant, and the stations are more likely to respond to the communities within which they serve," said Rod Boyd General Manager of STEREO 974.

"Community radio provides a great public service, and also gives budding local radio enthusiasts and journalists a chance to get a start in an industry that is unlike any other."

Despite growth in listenership, STEREO 974 and many other community radio stations are substantially under-funded, inhibiting further growth.

"Funding has stagnated for community radio for the last 14 years, and its time the Government recognised the important role STEREO 974 plays in the local community," said Ms Welch.

The CBAA in conjunction with STEREO 974 is calling on the Federal Government to inject much-needed funds into community radio to ensure this vital service is not lost. "Local MPs need to get behind their local community radio station and stand up for local content and the work of all their fantastic volunteers," said Ms Welch.

Please address all enquiries to:
ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

TERMINALS PTY LTD – ONGOING FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO STEREO 974 Posted: Mon 16th Jun 2008 - 15:06

On Wednesday 28 May 2008, the Chief Executive Officer of TERMINALS, Mr GEORGE HORMAN in company with Mr. DAVID BOZINOSKI, Chief Financial Officer of TERMINALS, attended at the Studios of STEREO 974 to present a donation cheque.

The relationship between TERMINALS and STEREO 974, has been in place for 10 years, and during this period TERMINALS have been an annual contributor and financial supporter of STEREO 974. This recent financial donation will fund a major upgrade to our computer network. It will also further heighten the dissemination of information in our role as an EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND RECOVERY BROADCASTER".

STEREO 974, broadcasts not only to the English speaking community of the Western Suburbs, but also the Non English speaking community via Ethnic Language Programming (Currently 60 HOURS PER WEEK, Broadcasting in 12 Ethnic Languages).


Left David Bozinoski, Right George Horman - Terminals

STEREO 974 has always had a flexible outlook towards programming, and our commitment to Emergency Response Broadcasting, both in Ethnic and English Languages places us in a unique position whereby we can service the needs of our community and listeners.

As a Volunteer based Not For Profit Incorporated Association, STEREO 974, would again like to thank TERMINALS PTY LTD for their continued support. This support enables us to continue providing a quality broadcasting service to our Ethnic and English Language Listeners. It also gives Ethnic Communities, the opportunity to reach thousands of listeners who are not catered for in the main stream Media.

Please address all enquiries to:
ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

STEREO 974 SCOOPS THE POOL AT SOUTHERN COMMUNITY MEDIA ASSOCIATION AWARDS Posted: Tue 6th May 2008 - 16:05

"STEREO 974 was thrilled to have taken off 7 'X AWARDS',at the Southern Community Media Association's Conference and Awards Dinner held in Ballarat over the weekend.

The Awards were all related to Production of various recorded announcements that are regularly played "On-Air", on STEREO 974.

Finalist Awards

  • IN HOUSE PRODUCTION OF SWEEPER
  • IN HOUSE PRODUCTION OF STATION IDENTIFICATION.
  • IN HOUSE PRODUCTION OF SHOW PROMOTION
  • IN HOUSE PRODUCTION OF A SPORTING BROADCAST
  • IN HOUSE PRODUCTION OF LOCAL MUSIC PROGRAM
  • IN HOUSE PRODUCTION OF BEST INTERVIEW
X AWARDS
  • IN HOUSE PRODUCTION OF A SWEEPER.
  • IN HOUSE PRODUCTION OF LOCAL MUSIC PROGRAM.
  • IN HOUSE PRODUCTION OF A SPORTING BROADCAST.
Rod Boyd, General Manager of STEREO 974 accepted the awards on behalf of Bob Taylor (Production Manager), who volunteers his time to not only carry out the role of Production Manager, but also to Train Volunteer Announcers.

Bob Taylor has been involved in the Radio and Media Industry for over 50 years. As well as Top Rating "On-Air" roles, he has spent years in Management, moving on to set up and run successfully THE ANNOUNCER'S ACADEMY based in Melbourne, until he went into partial retirement 9 years ago. During his time Bob has trained and nurtured hundred's of Announcers, some of which are household names today. He has also Voice Trained, Public Speakers, Business Leaders, Politicians, News Readers (both Radio and Television), and the list goes on.

Since Bob arrived at STEREO 974, he has assisted Volunteers who have moved on into the Media and pursued careers. Likewise he has lifted the skills of Volunteer Announcers with his training expertise, including his Production skills.

These Awards are a tribute to Bob, and the many hours that he freely volunteers to STEREO 974.

Please address all enquiries to:
ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

LIVE ON THE INTERNET, WEB SITE STATISTICS FOR APRIL 2008 – 100,137 HITS Posted: Mon 5th May 2008 - 14:05

"STEREO 974 is thrilled to announce that for the Month of APRIL 2008, we logged 100,137 HITS ON OUR WEB SITE. We have been streaming in STEREO live on the Internet for approx 2 Years. This has assisted communication with our culturally and linguistically diverse community throughout the World". It will also further heighten the dissemination of information in our role as an EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND RECOVERY BROADCASTER".

Patient Television Sets have been programmed to receive STEREO 974 Programs at FOOTSCRAY, SUNSHINE and WILLIAMSTOWN HOSPITALS. This further creates awareness of STEREO 974, throughout not only the English speaking community of the Western Suburbs, but also the Non English speaking community via Ethnic Language Programming (Currently 58 HOURS PER WEEK Broadcasting in 12 Ethnic Languages).

STEREO 974 has always had a flexible outlook towards programming, and our commitment to Emergency Response Broadcasting both in Ethnic and English Languages places us in a unique position whereby we can service the needs of our community and listeners.

As a Volunteer based Not For Profit Incorporated Association, STEREO 974, would like to thank the Community Broadcasting Foundation Limited for their continued support. This support enables us to continue providing a quality broadcasting service to our Ethnic and English Language Listeners. It also gives Ethnic Communities, the opportunity to reach thousands of listeners who are not catered for in the main stream Media.

Log onto http://www.stereo974.com/ to listen "LIVE IN STEREO" TO YOUR STATION STEREO 974.

Please address all enquiries to:
ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

BEATLES PROGRAM CELEBRATES 700 PROGRAMS Posted: Mon 28th Apr 2008 - 15:04

General Manager of STEREO 974 Mr Rod Boyd announced today that "STEREO 974 is thrilled that our BEATLES PROGRAM (10pm to 12 Midnight, MONDAYS), is celebrating their 700 PROGRAM TONIGHT. The Program which is presented and produced by GRAEME DICKENSON, and his team first went to air here at STEREO 974 on 25 SEPTEMBER 1992.

Graeme and his team are dedicated Beatles fans and this reflects in the quality of their program.

Graeme and his Team are to be congratulated on their efforts over a period of nearly 16 Years, again this typifies the dedication of our VOLUNTEERS here at STEREO 974.

Please address all enquiries to:
ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

COMMUNITY BROADCASTERS MUST STAND UP AND BE COUNTED Posted: Tue 5th Feb 2008 - 13:02

Community broadcasting in Australia is at the cross roads and strong leadership is required to ensure that community broadcasters are able to meet the demands of their communities in the 21st century Mr. Graeme Macartney President of the Southern Community Media Association said today.

"The role of community broadcasting has expanded since its inception and in some cases Community Radio is the only local electronic media in the community. Community Radio is a "Volunteer Driven Sector" that has been the heart and soul of community's right across our nation. Community Radio is diversity with ethnic programs, indigenous programs, special interest program, local news and information and the entire spectrum of musical genres. Our sector is catering to the Cultural and Linguistically Diverse Communities, and Emerging Communities an important part to play in our ever growing and evolving national melting pot. Give consideration to the role that community radio plays in the integration process of newly arrived people trying to understand and adapt to life in a new country especially with the Federal Governments Citizen Test. The essence of our sector is that community radio is by the community for the community and the ACMA is currently imposing an unrealistically high expectation on a sector that is not only volunteer driven but community committed.

This is particularly evident in times of natural disasters such as bushfires and floods. Government policy needs to be changed to encourage deregulating the industry to ensure that Community Broadcasters are able to respond to their local communities needs.

The guidelines currently being circulated by the Australian Communications and Media Authority will take the community broadcasting sector back 20 years Mr. Macartney said.

For far too long the sector has been represented by toothless organisations unwilling to make the hard decisions and stand up and be counted, if community radio is to survive as a strength within the broadcasting sector we need strong representation to government bodies and serious policy to ensure not only the sectors survival but it's continued growth.

The continually growing number of community licenses that have not or will not be renewed by the ACMA is of grave concern to the Community Broadcasting Sector and it would appear that the Authority have a agenda to reduce the sector and the role it plays within the community.

Mr. Macartney said that the Southern Community Media Association was committed to ensuring that community broadcasters we given the opportunity to provide a significant service to their communities. He called upon all Politicians and other sector bodies to work together to ensure the future of the Community Broadcasting Sector.

Over the last few years we have had many resources researching the sector both through the Community Broadcasting foundation and the House of Representatives inquiry into Community broadcasting. There is an urgent need to have the Australian Government adopt the recommendations of the report and we as an association call upon the Minister to not only adopt the findings of the House of representatives report but to expedite the implementation of those findings.

The time for Action has come; there is no time to continue talking about what should be done. More than ever it is evident that many communities are in danger of losing their local community radio station unless there is a change in current approach to the renewal process by those in positions of authority within the regulator body of Community Broadcasting. The damage that is being done will be extremely hard to repair with stations closing their doors and disposing of equipment there must be immediate action.

Please address all enquiries to:
ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email


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