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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:
    ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

    STEREO 974 – SCOOPS THE POOL AT SOUTHERN COMMUNITY MEDIA ASSOCIATION AWARDS Posted: Wed 9th May 2007 - 08:05

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

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

    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 recently celebrated 50 years in the Radio Industry, 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 8 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.

    Barry Melville General Manager CBAA presenting
    another X AWARD to Rod Boyd General Manager STEREO 974

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

    ALP RECOGNISES IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY BROADCASTING Posted: Wed 2nd May 2007 - 16:05

    In a major step the ALP National Conference last weekend recognised the importance of community broadcasting and amended its draft platform to commit a future Government to ensure that "adequate public funding must be provided to community and indigenous radio and television or their effective ongoing operation".

    Moved by Shadow Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy and seconded by Arts spokesman Peter Garrett, the platform also commits the ALP to improve the capacity of community stations by providing support for content production skills, infrastructure and the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting.

    NEMBC president George Zangalis, who also represented the broader community broadcasting sector at the Conference, welcomed the new platform as a significant step forward for the ALP.

    "We are delighted that for the first time at an ALP National Conference community broadcasting has had such prominent support and acknowledgement. Senator Conroy took the time to meet with sector representatives prior to the conference and began a dialogue, which has resulted in very positive outcomes through amendments to the platform.

    "Further, the sector has been invited to continue the discussion about the specific needs of the sector in the run up to the election later this year. We welcome that opportunity." Mr Zangalis said. "We look forward to a similarly productive dialogue with the Coalition on the needs of the sector."

    In an accompanying resolution the National Conference said the Howard Government has "failed to adequately support the community broadcasting sector and has overseen a decline in real funding in the sector".

    George Zangalis said the resolution went considerably further than the platform and may give an insight into initiatives a future Labor Government could take to address funding problems in the sector.

    "The resolution is positive recognition that community broadcasting, including ethnic and indigenous services, have suffered real funding cuts over the last decade. While the number of services grew by 54% over that time, total funding per radio station dropped by nearly 20%.

    "In the 2007 joint budget submission the NEMBC, the Community Broadcasting Association and other sector peak bodies called for significant funding increases from the current $8 million per year to $25.4m.

    That threefold increase isn't an ambit claim. It is what we actually need to keep many stations afloat and to help make the technology leap from analogue to digital transmission. For the ethnic, indigenous and print disability broadcasters the per hour funding for content production has dropped by 25% over the last decade and content isn't funded at all for other community broadcasters."

    Mr Zangalis called on the Coalition to also acknowledge the importance of community broadcasting at the policy level prior to the election. However, he stressed that more needs to be done.

    "Acknowledgement is an important first step. The real test will be the funding commitments made during the election campaign. We will be working hard with all parties and mobilising our listeners to ensure that broad policy translates into real help for broadcasters and better services for our communities.

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

    RECORD NUMBERS REGISTER FOR NATIONAL REGIONAL AND RURAL BROADCASTERS CONFERENCE IN ALBURY Posted: Mon 23rd Apr 2007 - 11:04

    With Just under two weeks to go until the 3rd annual National Regional and Rural Broadcasters conference the organisers have announce record numbers of registrations both with Delegates and trade participation.
    Conference convener and SCMA CEO Ray Hazen said it was very heartening to see numbers increase to the conference even in times that are economically tough for community broadcasters. He also commented that there is still plenty of opportunity for other community broadcasters to register and get involved with the conference because registrations are open right through to the day of the conference.

    A couple of the stand out features of this years conference will be the Emergency Broadcasting plenary with The Commissioner of Emergency Services Mr. Bruce Esplin, Inspector Doug Hocking of Victoria Police and Alex Caughey from the Country Fire Authority add to this the years of experience in Emergency Broadcasting that Rod Boyd from STEREO 974 has to add and we are looking at a fantastic knowledge base and a very informative and enlightening plenary session.

    This year also sees the second year of the Conference X Awards. These awards were developed last year to recognised excellence in community broadcasting and are open to all financial members of the Southern Community Media Association and also to any station that registers for the conference. This year sees record entries in the awards and a substantial increase in entrant numbers on the inaugural year of the X Awards.
    The X Awards are presented during the conference dinner on the Saturday night of the conference and is always an entertaining evening.

    The National Regional and Rural Broadcasters Conference continues to grow in size and reputation and is a great opportunity to meet people from stations that would not usually attend national conferences, share knowledge, create networks and enjoy the fellowship of the community broadcast sector.

    If you have not already registered for the National Regional and Rural Broadcasters Conference it is not too late but time is running out. Go to http://www.scma1.com/ and then follow the links to conference 2007. You will find all the information on the conference including costs and registration information. SCMA CEO Ray Hazen said "The 2007 National Regional and rural Broadcasters Conference is an opportunity not to be missed" see you all at the conference for information, networking and fellowship

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

    SOUTHERN COMMUNITY MEDIA ASSOCIATION’S NATIONAL REGIONAL AND RURAL BROADCASTERS CONFERENCE Posted: Tue 17th Apr 2007 - 15:04

    Southern Community Media Association's National Regional and Rural Broadcasters conference is shaping up to be an outstanding event.

    This year's conference is being held in Albury at the S S & A Club from May the 4th to May 6th and features great guest speakers, workshops and networking opportunities.

    The Key Plenary session at this years conference will be the Emergency Broadcast Plenary featuring The Commissioner of Emergency Services Mr. Bruce Esplin, Inspector Doug Hocking of Victoria Police and Alex Caughey from the Country Fire Authority add to this the years of experience in Emergency Broadcasting that Rod Boyd from STEREO 974 has to add and we are looking at a fantastic knowledge base.

    There will also be workshops from the Australian Taxation office on all you need to know about what the Tax office needs to know and what the Tax office can do to assist you. The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) will be there to speak about the new training schemes as well as all the great information that the CBAA and the Community Broadcast Foundation (CBF) bring to the conference each year.
    There will be a myriad of workshops and plenary sessions all put together to provide delegates with the maximum information possible to make the conference a great experience.

    There is an increased presence by trade exhibitors at this years conference with representatives of the following companies and organisations having already indicated that they will be in attendance.
    Air News, ARFC, The Hunter Institute, Innes Corporation, Klotz Digital and N Com and other trade companies expressing interest there is sure to be a great opportunity to check out the latest gear and information.

    On the other side of the coin this years conference boasts great meal menus especially for the Conference dinner on Saturday Night that features the presentation of the X Awards (cost is included in registration) There will be plenty of chances to network exchange information and generally socialize with other delegates from the free welcome BBQ through the meal breaks and of course at the conference dinner.

    The Southern Community Media Association is dedicated to keeping conference costs as low as possible and all of this will cost delegates just $150-00 and that includes the BBQ, lunch, morning and afternoon tea on Saturday, The conference Dinner and X Awards Presentation and morning tea and lunch on the Sunday.

    For more details on this years Regional and Rural Broadcasters Conference check out the website http://www.scma1.com/ and follow the links to Conference 2007 or contact the conference convener on 0409 533891 or info@scma1.com

    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 MARCH 2007 Posted: Mon 2nd Apr 2007 - 13:04

    "STEREO 974 is thrilled to announce that for the Month of MARCH 2007, we logged 71,150 HITS ON OUR WEB SITE, well up from our February figure of 66,654 Hits. We have been streaming in STEREO live on the Internet for approx 17 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.

    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 - WESTERN BULLDOGS COMMUNITY FESTIVAL AND FAMILY DAY Posted: Tue 13th Mar 2007 - 14:03

    STEREO 974 was thrilled to support and be part of the LEASE PLAN WESTERN BULLDOGS COMMUNITY FESTIVAL AND FAMILY DAY on SUNDAY 11 MARCH 2007, at the WHITTEN OVAL, FOOTSCRAY

    STEREO 974 broadcast live from 10am until 2pm from our Outside Broadcast Van. This outside broadcast will featured Interviews, Music, and all the fun of the day.

    During the Outside Broadcast the following people paid us a visit and were interviewed "On-Air".
    1. Eva Wong – Greyhound Adoption
    2. Lawrie - Ambulance Victoria
    3. Sgt Ian Brown (Vic Police – Neighbourhood Watch).
    4. Sgt Craig Spicer (Vic Police Community Liaison Officer Footscray).
    5. Sgt Ron Fenton (Vic Police Werribee).
    6. Lisa Valavanis (Son, Sam has Retinoblastoma).
    7. Brian Harris, Western Bulldogs Player (2001 Draft Pick).

    Copy of E Mail received from Jim and Lisa VALAVANIS

    Hi Rod

    It was great to meet you today at the Bulldogs Family Fun Day.
    Thank you so very much for taking the time to listen to both myself and Sgt Ron Fenton. It meant a lot to me to try to get some public awareness of retinoblastoma, which my son Sam has battled for the past 4 odd years.

    Although the second worst case scenario is happening to Sam very soon with his second eye to be removed, I am grateful that we still have our beautiful, if not feisty, boy. Things could have turned out much worse for our family. And the good thing that has come from all of this is that this experience has changed me as a person. That is why I am now wanting to take the opportunity to give back to those who have given to us. But also, most importantly, to raise awareness of retinoblastoma, in the hope that I can stop other kids and families going through what we all have.

    That is why I am frantically trying to arrange the fundraising event that I mentioned today. What started out as a party to lock into Sam's visual memory has now snowballed into a huge event that I am having trouble keeping up with. But I have to do it, for Sam and the other kids.
    This event is the "Beyond Sight" Family Fun Day. It is being held on Saturday 21st April 2007 between 10am & 4pm at Patterson Lakes Primary School. Included in the day will be music and entertainment, food stalls, a jumping castle, rides for the kids, an animal farm, Harley Davidson rides, Emergency Services displays, displays from vision services (ie.Vision Australia, Guide Dogs Victoria - yet to be confirmed), and much much more.
    Any help that you would be able to give us with promotion of the event, even though your listeners are situated on the other side of town, would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you again so very much for today Rod.
    I have attached some photos of the maniac Sam for your website.

    If you have any questions about the "Beyond Sight" Family Fun Day or retinoblastoma in general, please don't hesitate to call me at home on (03)9772 6463 or mobile 0412 992 618.
    Thanks

    Lisa & Jim Valavanis


    "STEREO 974 has already pledged a donation of Sponsorship to the value of $2,000-00 to be Auctioned off, at a special Fundraising Night shortly (Further information re dates etc to follow). STEREO 974 adheres to our motto of – "By the Community for the Community".

    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.

    Videos during the broadcast
    Sam and Mum Lisa

    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 FEBRUARY 2007 Posted: Wed 7th Mar 2007 - 16:03

    "STEREO 974 is thrilled to announce that for the Month of FEBRUARY 2007 (Period of 28 DAYS), we logged 66,654 HITS ON OUR WEB SITE. We have been streaming in STEREO live on the Internet for approx 17 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).

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

    STORM DAMAGED TO STAND-BY TRANSMITTER MAST REPLACED Posted: Tue 20th Feb 2007 - 10:02

    STEREO 974 General Manager, Rod Boyd said today "STEREO 974 suffered Storm Damage to our Stand-By Transmitter Mast at our Studios on Sunday 11 FEBRUARY 2007, during the high winds that battered Melbourne.

    Work was completed today, and a new stand-by Transmitter Antenna Mast has been erected and relevant rigging work has been carried out.

    Our Standby Transmitter Facilities are utilised when there is a Power Outage at our Main Transmitter site in Tottenham. As STEREO 974 is the Emergency Response Broadcaster for the area, we have planned and implemented that even if Mains Power is not available, utilising our Automatic Power Generation Unit, we can remain on air at our Studio's, hence we are self sufficient.



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


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