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STUDIO'S FLODED - UPDATE Posted: Thu 6th Jul 2006 - 16:07

The team working on getting STEREO 974 back on air currently consists of our Radio Technicians, Plumber, IT Specialists, Electrician, Carpenter, Painter, Carpet Layers, and the list goes on. STEREO 974 will be back to LIVE PROGRAMMING AT 6PM MONDAY 10 JULY 2006, unfortunately we will have to rely at this stage on our automated program as the studios are still not fit for habitation.

STEREO 974 General Manager, Rod Boyd said today "Work is still going on around the clock and a great deal of effort is being put in by everyone here at STEREO 974 from our Technicians, IT specialists, Electrician, Carpenter, Painter, Carpet Layers and our Insurance Company as well as everyone else who has supported us not only with the initial clean up, but with on going support as well. I have been overwhelmed by the support from our many listeners who have taken the time to call the station and offer their support and assistance. All damages sustained are covered by Insurance."

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

STUDIO’S FLOODED - UPDATE Posted: Tue 4th Jul 2006 - 11:07

Today, Tuesday 4 JULY, 2006, the Builders are in. STEREO 974 General Manager, Rod Boyd said today "Work is going on around the clock and a great deal of effort has been put in by everyone here at STEREO 974 from our Technicians, IT specialists, Electrician and everyone else who supported us not only with the initial clean up, but with on going support as well. I have been overwhelmed by the support from our many listeners who have taken the time to call the station and offer their support and assistance. At this stage we are hoping to be back broadcasting live this coming weekend. We are on the air, and will continue to broadcast, minus our live programs, as we have to act responsibly and protect our greatest assets, Our Volunteers, and all our equipment. All damages sustained are covered by Insurance, and the Studios and Complex will be reinstated as soon as possible."

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

STUDIO'S FLODED Posted: Tue 27th Jun 2006 - 13:06

STEREO 974 is used to being flooded with telephone calls, but it was a different story on Sunday morning 25 June, 2006. A water main in the street fractured and the studios including the office, reception, control room, production and on-air studios were soon under 6" of water. It took quite some time for the relevant plumbers to turn off and make safe the fractured water main. STEREO 974 went off air at approx. 9.30 am when power to the complex was terminated, then it was all hands on deck bailing the water out of the studios. The team working on getting STEREO 974 back on air consisted of our Radio Technicians, Plumber, IT Specialists, Electrician and the list goes on. STEREO 974 was back on air at 6 pm, but unfortunately we will have to rely at this stage on our automated program as the studios are not fit for habitation.

Today, Monday 26 June, 2006, the insurance assessor attended, and all carpet and underlay have been removed from the complex and De-Humidifiers installed to alleviate moisture problems. STEREO 974 General Manager, Rod Boyd said today "It was a great deal of effort on behalf of everyone here at STEREO 974 from our Technicians, IT specialists, Electrician and everyone else who supported us not only with the initial clean up, but with on going support as well. I have been overwhelmed by the support from our many listeners who have taken the time to call the station and offer their support and assistance. At this stage we have to wait until the moisture and humidity readings are taken over the next few days, but we would expect to resume live programming possibly from this Thursday onwards. We are on the air, and will continue to broadcast, minus our live programs, as we have to act responsibly and protect our greatest assets, Our Volunteers, and all our equipment. All damages sustained are covered by Insurance, and the Studios and Complex will be reinstated as soon as possible."


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

SAMOAN YOUTH PROGRAM Posted: Fri 16th Jun 2006 - 13:06

STEREO 974 announced today that their popular SAMOAN YOUTH PROGRAM has been "Overheating our Telephone System".On our monthly telephone account, we are also given a Computer read-out of the number of Telephone calls made to our Studio Line (9318-0444), that received the "Busy Tone" i.e. all three rotary lines must be engaged before the busy tone is given. During the period 10PM To 12 MIDNIGHT ON TUESDAY 23 MAY 2006. OUR SAMOAN YOUTH PROGRAM HAD A TOTAL OF 941 "BUSY TONES" THAT WENT OUT."STEREO 974 has always had a flexible outlook towards programming which places us in a position whereby we can service the needs of our community and listeners. STEREO 974 adheres to our motto of – "By The Community For The Community".

STEREO 974, is every mindful that we broadcast to an area where 46% of Households speak a language other than English at home, hence our involvement with Community Groups, Ethnic Youth, and Emerging Communities.

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

OUTSIDE BROADCAST – FOUR WHEEL DRIVE PROGRAM Posted: Mon 5th Jun 2006 - 10:06

"STEREO 974 was thrilled at the reception that we received at the Land Rover Owners Club of Victoria club meeting at the Venito Club Bulleen last Thursday 1 June, the Club has 900 members, 250 members attended the meeting.

The President Graeme Walsh said, "Thanks for tonight's Four Wheel Drive Radio Program at the Land Rovers Owners Club of Victoria. It gave our members an insight into how such a program is put together, especially those of them that live some distance away who cannot pick it up. Members gave it the thumbs up on the great job you do of presenting an informative show each week".

This edition of the STEREO 974 Four Wheel Drive Radio Program, can be heard this Saturday 10 June between 10am and 11am.

"STEREO 974 has always had a flexible outlook towards programming which places us in a position whereby we can service the needs of our community and listeners. STEREO 974 adheres to our motto of – "By the community for the community.

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

SCOOPS THE POOL AT SOUTHERN COMMUNITY MEDIA ASSOCIATION AWARDS Posted: Thu 11th May 2006 - 14:05

"STEREO 974 was thrilled to have taken off 8 AWARDS at the Southern Community Media Association’s Award Dinner held in Shepparton last 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 7 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.

STEREO 974, are now broadcasting every week 58 Hours of Ethnic Programming, including 6 Hours of Ethnic Youth Programming, and 8 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 46% of Households speak a language other than English at home, hence our involvement with Community Groups, Ethnic Youth, and Emerging Communities.

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

RECEIVES "NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH AWARD" Posted: Mon 3rd Apr 2006 - 12:04

"STEREO 974 is thrilled to have been awarded a CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION from REGION 2, DIVISION 1, NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH, for our support of NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH.

The Award Presentation took place this morning at the STEREO 974 STUDIO'S. The award was presented by Sergeant Ian Brown, Region 2, Division 1 Victoria Police.

STEREO 974, are now broadcasting every week 58 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 46% 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 Sergeant Ian Brown and Neighborhood Watch for this Award.

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

AT FOOTSCRAY POLICE OPEN DAY Posted: Mon 3rd Apr 2006 - 10:04

STEREO 974 was thrilled to have been in attendance at the FOOTSCRAY POLICE OPEN DAY on Saturday 1 April 2006.
The Footscray Police Station, was open to the Public for guided tours from 11am until 3pm. Constable "T" Bear from the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation popped in to entertain the children, as well numerous Police Vehicles were on display, Fingerprint Demonstrations, Neighborhood Watch, Crimestoppers, Blue Ribbon Foundation Merchandise Stand and the STEREO 974 Stand.

STEREO 974 would like to thank Inspector BOB STORK, Senior Sergeant BILL WEATHERLY (Officer in Charge Footscray Police), Leading Senior Constable CRAIG SPICER, Senior Constable VIC ROBB (Multicultural Liason Officers, Region Two Victoria Police), and Senior Constable JAMES RIDSDALE (Youth Liason Officer).

STEREO 974, are now broadcasting every week 58 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.

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

AUTO GROUP BROOKLYN IN RECEIVERSHIP Posted: Mon 20th Mar 2006 - 14:03

Recently there have been reports in the Media, that the future location of STEREO 974, may be in limbo owing to the fact that AUTO GROUP BROOKLYN is in the hands of Receivers, Ferrier Hodgson.
STEREO 974, is situated on the Auto Group Auctions site at Brooklyn, and it is business as usual, and there are no immediate plans to relocate the Studios.

General Manager of STEREO 974 Mr Rod Boyd said today, It's business as usual at our studios, and all programs continue to go to air with no interruption. In fact the Receivers Ferrier Hodgson have been extremely helpful in ensuring that STEREO 974, have full access without any disruption, likewise no part of the investigation being carried out by Ferrier Hodgson into Auto Group has any impact or reflection on STEREO 974.

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

PROGRAM CHANGES Posted: Tue 24th Jan 2006 - 18:01

STEREO 974 announced today that their popular SAMOAN PROGRAM which previously went to air on Sunday's 2pm to 5pm will effective Saturday 28 January 2006, move to their new timeslot of 9pm to 12 midnight Saturday. This change has been brought about by the Samoan Communities needs.

"STEREO 974 has always had a flexible outlook towards programming which places us in a position whereby we can service the needs of our community and listeners. STEREO 974 adheres to our motto of - "By the community for the community".

STEREO 974, is every mindful that we broadcast to an area where 46% of Households speak a language other than English at home, hence our involvement with Community Groups, Ethnic Youth, and Emerging Communities.

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

WORKING TOGETHER TO MANAGE EMERGENCIES - OUR GOVERNMENT'S RESPONSE TO NATIONAL DISASTERS Posted: Tue 24th Jan 2006 - 15:01

We live in a country that is prone to a range of destructive and life-threatening hazards. Bushfires, floods, heatwaves, storms, cyclones, and earthquakes are all disasters that plague Australia, causing serious damage, costing a formidable amount of money, and affecting the way in which we live. Over the last few years, natural disasters are not the only hazards we have to be concerned about. The threat of terrorism has swept not only through Australia, but throughout all the countries of the world. During the 2004 Federal Election Campaign, the Australian Government announced a new policy initiative "Working Together to Manage Emergencies." This new policy was established in recognition of these dangerous hazards, and to recognise the need to develop and maintain a confidence at both community and local government levels in order to enhance community safety. This policy provides rural communities and volunteer groups that dedicate their lives to protecting their towns, cities and country a chance to improve conditions and upgrade to modern systems.

According to The Emergency Management of Australia (The Attorney-General's Department), increasing involvement and awareness of local communities in emergency management is a vital step in preparing our country for diasters and emergencies of all types, improving systems and funding volunteer groups.

"The Australian Government initiative, "Working Together to Manage Emergencies" provides $49 million over four years to support communities, local governments and volunteer organisations in the development of strategies to improve community safety and to improve training for volunteers involved in emergency management.

The policy committed to establishing a $33 million Local Government Security Partnership Programme to:

  • Develop a National Strategic Plan in partnership between the Australian Government, State Governments and local government to provide an all-hazards, community wide planning framework which complements State and other Australian Government programs to minimise the effects of emergencies and disasters through effective planning and readiness strategies, supported by a range of appropriate measures;

  • Establish a Local Grants Scheme to assist communities to develop and implement emergency risk management initiatives, enhance protective measures for critical infrastructure and provide emergency management and security awareness training for staff working in local government; and
  • Establish an Office of Local Government Emergency Management within Emergency Management Australia (EMA). EMA is a Division in the Australian Government Attorney-General's Department that provides national leadership in the development of emergency management measures to reduce risk to communities and manage the consequences of emergencies and disasters. The Office has been established in EMA as the Community Development Branch.

    The new policy initiative also recognised that some 500,000 people in Australia volunteer their services in an emergency management capacity, and 350,000 of those are directly involved in emergency first response, principally through the various rural fire services and State Emergency Services. In the event of an emergency or disaster, be it natural, technological or human-caused, our emergency services volunteer pool will play a significant role in assisting the community to prepare for, respond to and recover from such an event.

    In recognition of that role, the Government will commit $16 million over four years to establish the National Emergency Volunteer Support Fund to boost the recruitment, skills and training of volunteer organisations at the frontline of emergency management."

    How does my community organisation receive funding?
    The Government has created grant applications that are available to any eligible organisations for funding. In 2005/06 the Fire & Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia received $100,000.00 to develop and implement strategic pastoral station bush fire management in the Kimberley. In New South Wales, the Ballina Shire Council received $10,000.00 to install and replace flood markers for Lower Richmond River. The South Australian city of Charles Sturt received $42,500.00 to fund a community flood awareness and education program, and the Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service received $45,000.00 for construction of training facilities. In Queensland, the Caboolture Shire Council received a $50,000.00 grant for a Caboolture Shire Council and Redcliffe City Council Storm Tide Hazard Study. The Gannawarra Shire Council in Victoria received $30,000.00 to develop and implement a plan to expand activities for prevention, response and recovery for bushfires on Gunbower Island. The Hobart City Council in Tasmania also received $30,000.00 for implementation of a critical infrastructure security risk assessment. The Australian Capital Territory State Emergency Service received a $20,000.00 grant for a Storm Safe community education campaign.

    Victorian Radio Station STEREO 974 (WESTERN RADIO BROADCASTERS INCORPORATED) was granted in December 2005 $49,400.00 in funding for their Emergency Response / Recovery Broadcasting / Early Warning System. STEREO 974 is a community Not for Profit Incorporated Association, staffed by Volunteers. As stated on their website: "First and foremost, we are 'by the community, for the community'". STEREO 974 operate 24 hours a day 7 days a week, and provide a high standard of broadcasting to an extremely diverse cultural and linguistic audience within the Victorian community. The volunteer-driven radio station plays an important role in Emergency Response Broadcasting for the state. Being available 24 hours a day 7 days a week means the station is on emergency call out should the need arise. STEREO 974 has always had a flexible outlook towards programming, and their commitment to Emergency Response Broadcasting both in Ethnic and English Languages places the station in a position whereby they can service the needs of the community and listeners. With this financial assistance under the "Working Together to Manage Emergencies Policy, it will enable STEREO 974 to further enhance their Emergency Response and Recovery Role.

    General Manager for STEREO 974 Rod Boyd said receiving this grant is a phenomenal boost for the community station.

    "For nine years we have worked extensively in building a commitment to emergency services across Victoria. With the aid of this grant we can take this commitment to the next level," he said.

    "With this grant, we will be able to further train our volunteers, purchase new equipment, and promote the station to heighten community awareness."

    There are two programs established that offer the funding - the Local Grants Scheme and the National Emergency Volunteer Support Fund.

    The Local Grants Scheme
    According to the Government's Emergency Management of Australia department:

    "The Local Grants Scheme provides grants to fund projects that enhance the capability of communities to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters arising from any hazard where those projects may not be covered by other existing Australian Government programs."

    There is a grant cap of $50,000 on this scheme, but can be exceeded if the venture is deemed a worthwhile opportunity that could greatly benefit the community.

    The National Emergency Volunteer Support Fund
    Attorney General The Honourable Phillip Ruddock MP states: "As we know, in the event of emergencies and disasters, whether it is a natural or human cause, our Volunteer pool plays a significant role in assisting the Community to respond and recover. I want to place on record the Australian Government's thanks to all those Organisations, in particular the Volunteers, whose efforts help to keep our Communities safer and more secure. The value of our Volunteers cannot be quantified. Volunteers do not ask for financial reward for their tireless work, but they deserve every bit of recognition and assistance they get. I commend all applicants for their commitment to improving Community Safety and wish the Recipients of funding every success with their projects".

    The National Emergency Volunteer Support Fund provides grants to fund projects that aim to increase recruitment, retention and training strategies of volunteer organisations at the frontline of emergency management and, within guidelines established by State emergency management authorities, fund capital equipment.

    Like for the Local Grants Scheme, funds are capped to $50,000, with this amount available for each individual grant. Again, this cap may be exceeded if the project is considered to be cost effective with measurable high value returns to the volunteer organisation and the community.

    Conditions of Application
    As stated on the Emergency Management of Australia website, grants are available under the National Emergency Volunteer Support Fund to member agencies of the Australian Emergency Management Volunteer Forum and any agencies that have a defined role in State or Territory Response and Recovery Plans. Agencies seeking grants should confirm their eligibility with their State or Territory.

    How to apply
  • Read the National Emergency Volunteer Support Fund Guidelines.
  • Seek advice from your State or Territory Contact if required.
  • Complete the National Emergency Volunteer Support Fund Application Form.
  • E-mail completed application to your Parent Agency, and post a signed hard copy to your State or Territory Contact by the closing date.

    Closing date for applications
    An electronic copy via e-mail must be received by your Parent Agency no later than 5 pm Friday 3 March 2006. You are also required to post a signed hard copy of your application to your State or Territory Contact by the closing date. Late applications may not be considered.

    It is essential that the guidelines of the application process are read before filling out an application form. These guidelines are available from the website http://www.ema.gov.au/. If after reading the Guidelines you would like further information, or advice in relation to completing the application form, please phone or e-mail your State or Territory Contact. Alternatively, you may contact the Community Development Branch, Emergency Management Australia by e-mail cd@ema.gov.au or phone (02) 6256 4736.

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

    PROGRAM CHANGES Posted: Tue 24th Jan 2006 - 11:01

    STEREO 974 announced today that they are increasing again their Ethnic Language Programming with the addition of a MACEDONIAN LANGUAGE PROGRAM which will go to air every FRIDAY between the hours of 6pm and 8pm, commencing Friday 20 January 2006. This additional Ethnic Language Program will further cement and enhance STEREO 974's commitment to the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities in our broadcast area.

    "STEREO 974 has always had a flexible outlook towards programming which places us in a position whereby we can service the needs of our community and listeners. STEREO 974 adheres to our motto of - "By the community for the community".

    STEREO 974, is every mindful that we broadcast to an area where 46% of Households speak a language other than English at home, hence our involvement with Community Groups, Ethnic Youth, and Emerging Communities.

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


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