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COMMUNITY BROADCASTING WILL BE VITAL TO THE SUCCESS OF DIGITAL RADIO Posted: Tue 18th Oct 2005 - 11:10

The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) welcomes the announcement last week by the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts of the policy framework for the introduction of digital radio.

The policy framework was launched at the Commercial Radio Australia conference by the Minister for Communications, Senator Helen Coonan but it represents a blueprint for the radio industry itself and acknowledges the vital role of community broadcasters in the digital future, stating that:-

"Without a coordinated approach and the involvement of existing commercial radio broadcasters, the two national broadcasters and community broadcasters, digital radio is unlikely to be a viable consumer proposition."

The CBAA’s General Manager Barry Melville welcomed the Minister’s announcement saying:-

"The Government’s policy framework is an affirmation of the vital role that community broadcasting plays in upholding diversity in the broadcasting industry."
Mr Melville acknowledged that the inclusion of community broadcasting in the policy framework reflects years of work by the CBAA and its member stations, the culmination of 15 years of consideration, trials, planning and analysis.

"So this is a necessary first step for the Government in meeting its commitment to include community broadcasting in the digital radio environment on a basis affordable to not-for-profit community broadcasting stations," said Mr Melville, "... and the CBAA will continue to push for the further development of digital, particularly in regional Australia where stations are keen to supply new and innovative services for their listeners."
The Government has foreshadowed funding support in the context of its Budget deliberations but it stops short of specific financial commitment. The CBAA appreciates the prospect of funding support but there must be appropriate levels of funding to ensure that the community broadcasting sector is not left behind.

One key element of the policy is that digital radio is considered an ‘add on’ to analogue radio – not a replacement. This provides current broadcasters the opportunity to provide fresh and innovative services on the digital platform, while still broadcasting their current programs on analogue.

"This is really exciting for community broadcasters" said Mr Melville "It was community broadcasters who first developed the use of the FM spectrum in the 70’s and in recent years we have developed a national content distribution platform called the Digital Delivery Network. The introduction of digital services allows us again be at the leading edge."
Key elements of the policy framework are that:

  • digital radio will supplement existing analogue radio services (and may never be a complete replacement).

  • State capital cities will get initial planning priority and it appears that ‘wide-coverage community broadcasters’ are treated equally to commercial and national stations.

  • Other non-capital city areas will be considered at a later stage.

  • Eureka 147 will be the primary platform and it is anticipated that VHF Band III will primarily be used for digital radio transmissions.

  • L Band is likely to be used for infill and for localised services (including sub-metropolitan community services).

    The full transcript of Senator Coonan’s speech can be found at:
    http://www.minister.dcita.gov.au/media/speeches/digital_radio_-_commercial_radio_australia_conferenceFor more more on the CBAA’s response to the policy framework visit www.cbaa.org.au

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

    NEW SPORTS SHOW Posted: Thu 18th Aug 2005 - 11:08

    After Ten years, the Puma Sports Show has ended it's Saturday Morning run at STEREO 974. Sports fans however aren't forgotten with a brand new Saturday Sports Beat presented by 20 year radio veteran Mark Brunger who brings a wealth of experience to the STEREO 974 airwaves.
    From 8am every Saturday Mark hosts a two hour Sports Show aimed at the Western Suburbs -the Western Region Football League report with Kevin Hillier -Sports-makers of the week with John Anderson from The Herald Sun -not forgetting the VFL and TAC Cup with Mark Stone's report.

    The AFL Wrap with Heath Buck -the latest Racing Information with Jockey John and the World Game Soccer is also covered by Peter Desiri, from The Herald Sun.

    Saturday Sports Beat - your one stop for Sports Information every Saturday from 8am until 10am with Mark Brunger from YOUR STATION, STEREO 974.

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

    PUMA SPORTS SHOW IS COMING TO AN END Posted: Fri 5th Aug 2005 - 11:08

    Mr John Forbes
    Promotions Manager
    Puma Australia Pty Ltd

    Dear John,

    Firstly, I would like to thank you for your letter of 26 July, 2005. Likewise it is with deep regret that we see the end of an era after some 10 years the Puma Sports Show is coming to an end. Throughout this journey yourself, Bob Henderson, Bob McVicar, Barry Watson, Tim James, Matt Keenan and Ron Bourke have been actively involved in what has been a very successful and pro-active program catering not only to the sports lover, but also highlighting milestones in sport, both on a local, Australasian and international level.

    It is not easy to put together a 2 hour program 52 weeks of the year, and over a journey of 10 years approx. 520 editions of the Puma Sports Show have gone to air. This program has generated considerable feedback and listener participation, and it could be best described as the Melbourne sports lovers' cult program which has been presented and targeted audiences in such a manner that it has cemented relationships with our listeners.

    On behalf of the Committee of Management of Western Radio Broadcasters Inc., myself and Bob Taylor, we would like to say thank you for your efforts over the last 10 years. Likewise to Puma Australia Pty Ltd who have been excellent corporate citizens and put back into the community via our not-for-profit volunteer based community radio station we also say thank you, Puma's and your support will be sadly missed.

    On a person note John, I for one believe that I fully understand the enormous amount of hours that you have dedicated to putting back into community - I would not even try and detail the organisations that you are involved with on a volunteer basis, as this letter would never finish.

    From everyone here at STEREO 974, we wish you and your wife well, good health and relaxation as you move into your retirement years, and I am sure, knowing you as well as I do, that you will not be putting your feet up.It has been a privilege and a pleasure to have travelled with you through the journey over the last 10 years, and I thank you for that.

    Sincerely,

    ROD BOYD
    General Manager

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

    MELBOURNE OBSERVER, ISSUE VOL. 37 NO. 1180 Posted: Wed 20th Jul 2005 - 11:07

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

    STEREO 974 LIVE ON THE INTERNET Posted: Thu 14th Jul 2005 - 11:07

    General Manager of STEREO 974, Mr. Rod Boyd said today:

    "STEREO 974 is thrilled to announce that we are now streaming in STEREO live on the Internet. This will assist 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 52 HOURS PER WEEK Broadcasting in 8 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

    A PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP FOR ANNOUNCERS Posted: Mon 11th Jul 2005 - 11:07

    The Southern Community Media Association Presents

    A Professional Development Workshop for Announcers.

    The workshop will be conducted by Rod Boyd.

    Rod Boyd is General Manager of Stereo 974 in Melbourne.
    Stereo 974 is one of Australia's largest metro Community Stations.

    Rod has a wealth of experience in both Commercial and Community Broadcasting.

    This workshop will enhance your on air style and sound

    This workshop is free to all members of S.C.M.A and invited guests.
    If you have received this email directly from Ray Hazen then you and members of your station are eligible to attend.

    The workshop will be held on Sunday July 31st at 10am
    The venue will be Galways located in Maude Street Shepparton.
    For Directions to the venue please contact Graeme Macartney General Manager FM 98.5

    An indication of attendance numbers as soon as possible would be appreciated.

    If you require any further information in regard to this event or anything else to do with the Southern Community Media Association please feel free to contact me as below.

    See you there.

    Regards,
    Ray Hazen
    Manager - 2 State FM
    President - Southern Community Media Association
    Phone (03) 545 33 891
    Fax (03) 545 33 333
    Mobile 0409 533 891
    Email twostate@cybatech.com.au

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

    MELBOURNE OBSERVER, ISSUE VOL. 37 NO. 1178 Posted: Fri 8th Jul 2005 - 11:07

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

    STEREO 974 RESPONDS RE CHEMICAL SPILL INTO STONY CREEK, YARRAVILLE Posted: Tue 5th Jul 2005 - 11:07

    At 8-30 am this morning (Sunday 3 July 2005, 2005) General Manager of STEREO 974, Mr Rod Boyd received a telephone call placing STEREO 974 on standby by the Maribyrnong City Council Municipal Emergency Resource Officer, Mr THEO PYKOULAS re a possible chemical spill (later confirmed to be a Mineral Oil spill), into Stony Creek Yarraville. The initial request was for Emergency Response broadcasting to advise local residents and vehicle drivers in the area of the current situation.
    STEREO 974 swung into action liaising with the Victoria Police Media Unit and Snr. Sgt. Mick Myers (Municipal Emergency Response Co-Ordinator, and Duty Officer). A message was broadcast to air immediately and subsequently every 10 minutes up until 11-20am when the all clear was given.

    A large number of calls were received at STEREO 974 from persons expressing their thanks and appreciation for firstly the prompt manner in which the messages were broadcast and appreciation as they could take the relevant detours to avoid further congestion.

    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.

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

    RADIO SAVES LIVES Posted: Mon 6th Jun 2005 - 11:06

    Letter of thanks from the Department of Justice, Emergency Services. Click to view larger image.

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

    WILLIAMSTOWN MARITIME ASSOCIATION- HERITAGE BOAT SHOW-OUTSIDE BROADCAST Posted: Mon 4th Apr 2005 - 11:04

    STEREO 974 was thrilled to be part of the above festival (Organised by the WILLIAMSTOWN MARITIME ASSOCIATION), on SUNDAY 3 APRIL 2005,we broadcast live from 11am until 3pm from our purpose built Outside Broadcast Van.

    This outside broadcast featured interviews with Community Leaders and other Western Suburb Identities including:

  • Mr. STEVE BRACKS (PREMIER OF VICTORIA)
  • RON HYDE (POINT GELLIBRAND ROTARY CLUB)
  • JACK THE BLACKSMITH
  • CAPTAIN KATE & THE FAIRY PIRATE.
  • GEOFF DOUGALL (SECRETARY, WILLIAMSTOWN MARITIME ASSOCIATION)

    The broadcast was conducted by our very popular Announcers, MARK BRUNGER, BOB TAYLOR and ROD BOYD. Outside Broadcast Producer, MELISSA DAVIS, Panel Operator, BRAD BOYD.

    "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".

    Rod Boyd & Bob Taylor with
    Captain Kate & The Pirate Fairy
    Premier of Victoria Mr. Steve Bracks
    being interviewed by Rod Boyd &
    Bob Taylor
    Premier of Victoria Mr. Steve Bracks,
    in the STEREO 974 Outside Broadcast Van

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

    BAYSIDE FESTIVAL - OUTSIDE BROADCAST Posted: Mon 21st Mar 2005 - 12:03

    STEREO 974 was thrilled to be part of the BAYSIDE FESTIVAL IN RAILWAY STREET SOUTH ALTONA (Organised by the ALTONA TRADERS ASSOCIATION), on SATURDAY 19 MARCH 2005,we broadcast live from 11am until 3pm from our purpose built Outside Broadcast Van.
    This outside broadcast featured interviews with Community Leaders and other Western Suburb Identities including:

  • Mr. Sang Nguyen (Member for Melbourne West)

  • KIM WALSH, ALTONA TRADERS ASSOCIATION.

  • GEOFF BURNARD, ALTONA TRADERS ASSOCIATION

  • MEMBERS OF LOCAL BANDS.

    The broadcast was conducted by our very popular Announcers, MARK BRUNGER and MICHAEL PETROCELLI.

    "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".

    Michael Petrocelli Interviewing Sang Nguyen Member For Melbourne West

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

    STEREO 974 - OUTSIDE BROADCAST Posted: Mon 7th Mar 2005 - 13:03

    STEREO 974 is thrilled to be part of the WILLIAMSTOWN MARITIME ASSOCIATION'S, MARITIME FESTIVAL AND HERITAGE BOAT SHOW which will take place at the former Port of Melbourne Authorities site at 182 NELSON PLACE WILLIAMSTOWN on SATURDAY and SUNDAY the 2nd and 3rd of APRIL. STEREO 974 will conduct an OUTSIDE BROADCAST from our purpose built Outside Broadcast Van.

    Further details re times will be notified later.
    "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". It is estimated that in excess of 30,000 people will attend over this weekend Festival."

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


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