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GARDENING MOVES INTO THE GARDEN STATE Posted: Tue 11th Sep 2007 - 15:09



Gardening moves into the Garden State

Australia's most successful gardening radio show, the Garden Clinic™, presented by TV's celebrity gardener Graham Ross, is expanding into the Melbourne radio market with the September 2007 launch of The Garden Clinic™ on Melbourne's Stereo 974.

This new programme will be broadcast live from the Melbourne studios every Saturday between 11am - 1pm, beginning Saturday 22nd September 2007.

With over 27 years of on-air experience, the Garden Clinic™ will become the largest commercial gardening radio network in Australia with a cumulative audience of over half-a-million listeners every week.

The Garden Clinic™ is "first aid for your garden", a source of expert help for a community of gardeners. The programme will answer gardeners' questions, present weekly segments including Potted Garden, Bush Garden, Vegie Patch, What's On, What to do this Week and Plant of the Week and will invite regular guests.

With this new programme, The Garden Clinic will encourage and inspire gardeners and so support the horticultural industry in Victoria.

With over $3 million in prizes given away to listeners over 27 years, gardeners in Melbourne are excited to have the opportunity to learn more about their garden, solve their gardening problems and win great prizes every week.

"I am delighted to have this opportunity to broadcast
live from the studios of Stereo 974 in Melbourne. I
know there is a huge audience for Better Homes &
Gardens. I look forward to this chance to speak to
more gardeners each week about what's happening
in their garden and help solve the problems to make
gardens grow better, and flower longer."

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

WANGARATTA PRODUCTION WORKSHOP Posted: Thu 6th Sep 2007 - 16:09

On Saturday 1 September 2007 our Bob Taylor conducted a Production workshop at Wangaratta, where over 40 Volunteers involved in Community Radio Stations from Victoria and New South Wales attended. The session was organised by the Southern Community Media Association.

Bob managed to get Rod Boyd involved in the workshop and it was a dynamic and informative training session.

Bob talked on most aspects of production from copywriting through to the dynamics of production and held all in attendance mesmerized with the wealth of experience and knowledge that he has.

Ray Hazen (C.E.O. Southern Community Media Association) said, "One of the things that I feel was stand out for this workshop was the little asides and anecdotal examples that came from Bob's obvious deep knowledge and experience. They made the examples he gave come to life and easily absorbed by all those present. Every one in attendance was impressed with the workshop and presenters of the workshop and it is clear that the members of Community Radio Stations, appreciate the opportunities to learn and gain knowledge that the association puts together by way of workshops. Several stations asked that the workshops be repeated in opposite states in the near future and the SCMA is looking into that possibility".

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

STEREO 974 LIVE ON THE INTERNET - WEB SITE STATISTICS FOR AUGUST 2007 - 78,049 HITS. Posted: Thu 6th Sep 2007 - 16:09

"STEREO 974 is thrilled to announce that for the Month of SEPTEMBER 2007, we logged 78,049 HITS ON OUR WEB SITE. We have been streaming in STEREO live on the Internet for approx 18 Months. 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 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

OUTSIDE BROADCAST AT SOUTHERN CROSS CANVAS Posted: Wed 29th Aug 2007 - 15:08

STEREO 974 conducted an OUTSIDE BROADCAST at SOUTHERN CROSS CANVAS, 172 Canterbury Road Bayswater, on SATURDAY 25 AUGUST 2007, from 9am till 12 midday.

9am till 10am - ON THE WATER PROGRAM, with TONY MILNE and Guests.

10am till 12 Midday – FOUR WHEEL DRIVE PROGRAM (2 Hour Program for this Outside Broadcast).

There was a Free Sausage Sizzle, Camp Fire Cooking, Face Painting, Competition Four Wheel Drive Vehicles on Display, Camper Trailer Displays.

"Numerous Four Wheel Drive Clubs were in attendance, and this gave them an opportunity to see how the On The Water and Four Wheel Drive Programs go to air.

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

COMMUNITY ETHNIC RADIO - AUDIENCES LIKE IT LOCAL... AND VOCAL! Posted: Thu 23rd Aug 2007 - 16:08



Audiences Like It Local... and Vocal!

Ethnic broadcasting is hugely important to the vitality of local communities, say the authors of a groundbreaking study being launched today.

In the largest project of its kind in the world, researchers from Griffith University have spent two years interviewing audiences across the country, including listeners of ethnic stations and language programs, Indigenous stations, metropolitan, suburban, regional, rural and remote radio, as well as TV audiences in the emerging community TV sector.

The resulting report, Community Media Matters – an audience study of the Australian community broadcasting sector, reveals the integral role played by community broadcasting as described by some of its more than seven and a half million listeners.

The Hon. Helen Coonan, Minister for Communication, Information Technology and the Arts is launching the report at the Melbourne studios of 3RRR-FM, today, Friday August 17.

Community Media Matters finds that audiences' reasons for tuning in to ethnic programming on generalist or full-time ethnic radio stations were overwhelmingly similar – their station allows communities to connect, helps maintain language and culture, while providing news and information relevant to their lives in Australia, from their home countries, and around the world.

Audience members were passionate in their responses; they saw ethnic broadcasting to be a valuable service. "This radio station is not separating us from Australia…it's integrating us to Australia. It's very important" (Focus Group, Turkish program on 3ZZZ, CMM report pg 82).

Ethnic broadcasting is Australia's largest multicultural and multilingual institution. There are 123 community radio stations (including 7 full time ethnic stations) producing 2,466 hours of ethnic community broadcasting each week. Over 3000 volunteers from 125 distinct cultural groups broadcast in 97 languages across metropolitan and regional areas in Australia.

"The Community Media Matters report is a valuable insight into the passion that drives ethnic community broadcasting." says George Zangalis, President of the National Ethnic & Multicultural Broadcasters' Council (NEMBC). "It shows just how important the service has been to the lives of millions of Australians of ethnic background."

"Ethnic community radio has a profound effect on the settlement outcomes for newly arrived immigrants, fulfils the cultural needs and aspirations of older migrants and their descendants and has made a unique and positive contribution to the development of cross cultural understanding in this country," he said.

Available for interview:
Associate Prof. Michael Meadows, Researcher, 0409 729 785
Tim Tolhurst, NEMBC Executive Officer, 03 9486 9549

The Community Media Matters report can be found at the CBOnline website: http://www.cbonline.org.au/
For media enquiries or to be put in contact with community broadcasters in your local area contact:
Tamara Doncon, CBF (03) 9419 8055/ 0408 480 880 email tdoncon@cbf.com.au

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

COMMUNITY RADIO - AUDIENCES LIKE IT LOCAL... AND VOCAL! Posted: Thu 23rd Aug 2007 - 16:08



Audiences Like It Local... and Vocal!

Community radio and TV stations are hugely important to the vitality of local communities, say the authors of a groundbreaking study being launched today.

In the largest project of its kind in the world, researchers from Griffith University have spent two years interviewing audiences across the country, including listeners of Indigenous stations, ethnic language programs, metropolitan, suburban, regional, rural and remote radio, as well as TV audiences in the emerging community TV sector.

The resulting report, Community Media Matters – an audience study of the Australian community broadcasting sector, reveals the integral role played by community broadcasting as described by some of its more than seven and a half million listeners.

The Hon. Helen Coonan, Minister for Communication, Information Technology and the Arts is launching the report at the Melbourne studios of 3RRR-FM, today, Friday August 17.

Community Media Matters finds that audiences' reasons for tuning in were overwhelmingly similar – their station offers diversity, alternatives and intimacy, an affirmation of their community and its values and a welcome escape from the predictability of mainstream media.

Audience members were passionate in their responses; people talked about their stations as if they were part of a big family – as accessible and approachable, offering places where communities can connect and providing accurate representations of Australia's social and cultural diversity.

"The community broadcasting sector is a valuable cultural resource", says Griffith University researcher Associate Professor Michael Meadows. It contributes to Australia's rich and diverse heritage through its commitment to maintaining, representing and reproducing local cultures. No other media sector is able to do this."

John Martin, President of the Community Broadcasting Foundation, says that report's findings demonstrated strong support for community media. "More than any other media, community broadcasting represents and reflects the multiplicity of cultures of today's Australia. It provides an invaluable forum for Australians from all walks of life who are not represented by mainstream, privately owned media."

Countries around the world look at Australia's large and dynamic community broadcasting sector with envy – it's grassroots vitality providing much needed diversity to the Australian media landscape. With over 480 independent, community-run broadcasting services it is Australia's largest and most diverse media sector, producing an extraordinary range of programming, in English and more than one hundred ethnic and Indigenous languages.

Available for interview:
Deborah Welch, Research Advisory Committee Chair, 0418 887 035
Assoc. Professor Michael Meadows, Researcher, 0409 729 785

The Community Media Matters report can be found at the CBOnline website: http://www.cbonline.org.au/

For media enquiries or to be put in contact with community broadcasters in your local area contact:
Tamara Doncon, CBF (03) 9419 8055/ 0408 480 880 email tdoncon@cbf.com.au

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

EVERYDAY HEROES Posted: Wed 22nd Aug 2007 - 15:08

Everyday Heroes is a collection of stories as told to David Griffin. The collection deals with ordinary people and their attempts to achieve, but it also shows how these people lived their lives, the things that inspired them, the setbacks they endured, and the emotions of the time.

Everyday Heroes started in a community radio station, STEREO 974 in the heart of Melbourne's western suburbs. David Griffin conducted an hour-long interview program called Heroes.

The interviews were structured around a broad range of people, including sporting professionals, actors, politicians, coaches, authors, photographers, doctors, journalists and even local businesspeople. It was these stories, each unique, and fascinating in different ways, that form the basis of this book. Some of the individuals are well known whilst others are not. Some of the interviewees are wealthy whilst most are not, some are young, some are older, but what they all have in common is a desire to achieve a dream and live a life they thought to be correct.

In life's journey we encounter many difficulties, but the persistence, passion, determination, focus and opportunity of the subjects in this book are inspiring. Everyday Heroes tells the story of Australians striving to achieve. The stories are about individuals that would consider themselves to be just ordinary people, like you and me.

The Everyday Heroes Project
David Griffin set out to illustrate positive role models for teenagers. "I wanted the stories in the book to be a learning experience for teenagers. I wanted them to be able to read each of the stories and identify with the fact that it wasn't easy for any of the subjects to achieve what they wanted to achieve."

Copies of Everyday Heroes have been distributed to High School students with extremely positive results. A series of interview programs have been developed to complement the book and a publishing project has been created that will enable the students to develop their own Heroes book and raise money for the school community.

Proceeds from the sale of Everyday Heroes is being donated to Open Family Australia. Everyday Heroes has been David Griffin's passion and it was always intended to somehow help kids achieve a dream.

This has been achieved with Open Family Australia; giving the street kids a chance at enjoying a better life. This philosophy is closely aligned with the thoughts and aspirations of this book

Everyday Heroes is available from http://www.croxtonhouse.com.au/heroes.html

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

OUTSIDE BROADCAST - SOUTHERN CROSS CANVAS Posted: Mon 30th Jul 2007 - 12:07

General Manager of STEREO 974 Mr Rod Boyd announced today that "STEREO 974 will be conducting an OUTSIDE BROADCAST at SOUTHERN CROSS CANVAS, 172 Canterbury Road Bayswater, on SATURDAY 25 AUGUST 2007, from 9am till 12 midday.

9am till 10am - ON THE WATER PROGRAM, with TONY MILNE and Guests.

10am till 12 Midday – FOUR WHEEL DRIVE PROGRAM (2 Hour Program for this Outside Broadcast).

Free Sausage Sizzle, Camp Fire Cooking, Face Painting, Competition Four Wheel Drive Vehicles on Display, Camper Trailer Displays.

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

SOUTHERN COMMUNITY MEDIA ASSOCIATION URGES ALL COMMUNITY BROADCASTERS TO CONTACT LOCAL M.P’S Posted: Thu 28th Jun 2007 - 14:06

The Southern Community Media Association has put out a call to all Members of the Community Broadcasting sector to urge all community broadcasters across Australia to contact their local Members of Parliament and seek the adoption of the Parliament Inquiry recommendations by the Australian Government.

While the report from the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications, Information Technology and the Arts is extremely positive the agenda is now to put the recommendations of the committee in front of local Members of Parliament for implementation. It is vital that there is follow up in regard to the committee findings and that affirmative action is taken by the Australian Government to assure the future of this very unique and important part of the Australian Broadcasting landscape.
Particularly in regional and rural areas community radio is often the only live form of broadcast information and can be a vital link in times of emergency. There is little doubt that community broadcasting is becoming an interregnal part of local community life and accepted as an information conduit to each stations local area of interest.

It is not only the responsibility of each individual station but in fact every person involved in and that listens to community broadcasting to ensure that as many members of parliament as possible are aware of the need to implement the findings of the committee and the roll that community broadcasters play within our society.
Failure to adopt the recommendations would be counter productive to not only the continued development of community broadcasting but would mean an opportunity lost to provide the training and support that will enable
community broadcasters from throughout Australia to become a vibrant and local broadcaster within their individual service area. Regional and Rural community broadcasters are rapidly becoming a vital part not only in the day to day life of their communities but more so in times of emergency.

It is vital that all comunity broadcasters impress upon their local member of parliament the importance of the Australian Government adopting the Parliamentary Inquiry's findings as quickly as possible.

For more information on this release contact the President of Southern Community Media Association
Mr. Graeme Macartney on (03) 58 313131

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

COMMUNITY BROADCASTERS WELCOME INQUIRY RECOMMENDATIONS Posted: Thu 21st Jun 2007 - 12:06

The report of the parliament inquiry into Community Broadcasting has been welcomed and generally well received within the sector.

Mr. Graeme Macartney President of the Southern Community Media Association said the major issues facing community broadcasters had been addressed in the report and called on the federal government to adopt and implement the recommendations as a matter of urgency.

The Southern Community Media Association particularly welcomes the recognition of the need for station management and trusts that funding will be made available within the current financial year to enable the employment of station managers in all community broadcast stations. It was also gratifying to see the recognition that Community Broadcasters play a significant role as community based businesses within their local community. The emphasis placed in the report on Governance, Structure and the role of Station Boards of Management was also significant along with the recognition of the need for management training. This can only increase community broadcaster’s ability to become even more self sufficient and provide expanded services to their local area of interest.

Community Broadcasters are passionate about what they do and the recommendations of the inquiry for a substantial increase in core funding will reduce the ever increasing financial pressure place on the Community Broadcast sector. It was also important that the inquiry recognised the importance of Regional and Rural Broadcasters as they can be the only source of information and entertainment in some areas. The inquiry committee trusts that the Australian Government will ensure that regional and rural broadcasters are not financially disadvantaged when compared to their major metropolitan counter parts.

Mr Macartney said that the membership of Southern Community Media Association had raised a number of concerns on the aggressive role of the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s toward community broadcasters and hoped that the authority would take immediate heed of the inquiry’s findings in respect to their relationship at the grassroots level.

For more information on this release contact the President of Southern Community Media Association
Mr. Graeme Macartney on (03) 58 313131

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

STEREO 974 LIVE ON THE INTERNET - WEB SITE STATISTICS FOR MAY 2007 - 78,575 HITS Posted: Mon 4th Jun 2007 - 14:06

"STEREO 974 is thrilled to announce that for the Month of MAY 2007, we logged 78,575 HITS ON OUR WEB SITE. We have been streaming in STEREO live on the Internet for approx 18 Months. 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.

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

OUTSIDE BROADCAST - MFB OPEN DAY Posted: Fri 1st Jun 2007 - 13:06

STEREO 974 is thrilled to be announcing that we will be in attendance at the METROPOLITAN FIRE BRIGADE, OPEN DAY AT SUNSHINE FIRE STATION 30 Mc INTYRE ROAD SUNSHINE, ON SATURDAY 23 JUNE 2007, and broadcasting live from 11am until 2pm from our Outside Broadcast Van. This outside broadcast will feature interviews and all the fun of the day.

Some of the activities on the day include:

  • Live Demonstrations.
  • Interactive & Static Displays.
  • Jumping Castle.
  • Home Fire Safety Displays.
  • Smoke House
  • Smoke Buster Information Bus.
  • Show Bags.
  • Food & Drinks available for a gold coin donation.
  • Metropolitan Ambulance Service Display
  • CFA Display
  • Victoria Police Display
  • SES Display
  • Car Display
  • Historical Display
  • STEREO 974 OUTSIDE BROADCAST 11am until 2pm.

    ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE DAY GO TO THE ROYAL CHILDRENS HOSPITAL
    Further Enquiries:
    ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930
  • Please address all enquiries to:
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