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LOCAL RADIO STATION POWERS UP Posted: Thu 10th Jul 2003 - 16:07

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

FLAT CHAT MOTORING Posted: Tue 17th Jun 2003 - 16:06

The hosts of Melbourne's longest running motoring radio show, Flat Chat Motoring, Jim 'LJ' Wright and Dean 'Deano' Irwin recently took part in a promotional display at Australia's most picturesque racing circuit, Phillip Island. The two former motorsport stars are regular driver advisors at the Phillip Island circuit. With assistance from the circuit officials, under the direction of Clerk of Course, Warren Reid, Deano and LJ took 3AW star Darren James and Stand Up Comedian and star of Channel 31's Darren and Brose, Brose Avard for some exciting laps around the daunting 4.5 Km circuit.

The cars for this day? One of Holden's finest, a 5.7 litre, 235 Kilowatt 6 speed manual Holden Monaro and with much assistance from Holden and Greg Stevenson at Monaro Performance Centre, the stunning Targa Tasmania Holden Monaro as driven by Steven Richards and Gerry Bashford in this years event. Power figures were not disclosed but at a conservative guess around 350 Kilowatts. Eibach suspension and enormous Harrop brakes made this easily the fastest car Dean Irwin has driven around Phillip Island since his Formula Holden days.

'LJ' explains the finer points of driving to Brose Avard and Darren James.

Flat Chat Motoring would like to thank Warren Reid, Greg Stevenson, Holden, Darren James and Brose Avard for an exciting and enjoyable day.

Tune into LJ and Deano on Flat Chat Motoring every Sunday at 10am on Melbourne's Stereo 974 FM.

From left, Jim 'LJ' Wright, Brose Avard,
Dean Irwin and Darren James.

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

STEREO 974 ROLLS OUT NEW OUTSIDE BROADCAST VAN Posted: Fri 13th Jun 2003 - 16:06

General Manager of STEREO 974 Mr Rod Boyd said today -

"STEREO 974 are thrilled to roll out our purpose built Outside Broadcast Van tomorrow, Saturday 14 June, to the WILLIAMSTOWN FOOTBALL GROUND to cover the Williamstown and Box Hill, VFL MATCH OF THE DAY COVERAGE. This van will give STEREO 974 the capability of broadcasting from anywhere.

The van was previously owned by a Melbourne commercial radio station and had been purpose built for broadcasting needs. Not only will the acquisition of this van allow us to broadcast from festivals and community events but will also give us the capability as the Emergency Response Broadcaster for the area to immediately broadcast live from events or incidents where our community needs up to the minute and accurate information."

"In summing up, the acquisition of this Outside Broadcast Van will further cement STEREO 974's commitment to the community by keeping up to date with the latest advances in technology and equipment."

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

STEREO 974 PURCHASES OUTSIDE BROADCAST VAN Posted: Wed 21st May 2003 - 16:05

General Manager of STEREO 974 Mr Rod Boyd said today -

"STEREO 974 are thrilled to secure a purpose built Outside Broadcast Van. This will give STEREO 974 the capability of broadcasting from anywhere. The van was previously owned by a Melbourne commercial radio station and had been purpose built for broadcasting needs. Not only will the acquisition of this van allow us to broadcast from festivals and community events but will also give us the capability as the Emergency Response Broadcaster for the area to immediately broadcast live from events or incidents where our community needs up to the minute and accurate information."

"In summing up, the acquisition of this Outside Broadcast Van will further cement STEREO 974's commitment to the community by keeping up to date with the latest advances in technology and equipment."

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

MELBOURNE OBSERVER, ISSUE VOL. 35 NO. 1001 Posted: Wed 21st May 2003 - 10:05

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

LETTER OF APPRECIATION FOR THE PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION SERVICE PROVIDED TO YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY Posted: Thu 6th Mar 2003 - 16:03

On behalf of Victoria Police I would like to thank the staff at Stereo 974 for their assistance in broadcasting important information to western suburbs residents during an explosion and fire at Brooklyn on November 14, 2002.

Within 20 minutes of an explosion occurring at a chemical facility in Baw Baw Road, staff from your station had been in contact with the Hobson's Bay Municipal Emergency Response Coordinator, and had arranged for two station representatives to attend the scene.
Bob Taylor and Rod Boyd attended and were regularly briefed on the status of the fire fighting operation, wind direction, evacuations and dangers to the local community.

For some hours Bob and Rod provided regular live crosses from the scene, and were therefore able to keep their community up to date with the latest important information, and public information line contact numbers.
The level of commitment they showed to their local community on this occasion is something I have not experienced from any other media agency at an emergency scene.

I would like to pass on my appreciation to Bob, Rod and the Stereo 974 staff for the public information service they provided to their community on this occasion.

Well done and thank you.

Regards,

Craig Sharkie
Acting Sergeant
Victoria Police Media Unit
Mr. Kevin Loomes
Deputy Media Director
Victoria Police

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

"INGA NORGROVE" SHOWBIZ REPORTER JOINS STEREO 974 Posted: Wed 5th Mar 2003 - 16:03

"INGA NORGROVE" has joined WARD LAKE during breakfast at 7-45am TUESDAY and THURSDAY
General Manager of STEREO 974 Mr Rod Boyd said today "INGA" has earned a reputation for knowing her showbiz, she has performed in productions at La Mamma, The Carlton Courthouse, Trades Hall and The Belvoir Theatre in Sydney. INGA has some 10 years experience as an Actress and Voice Over Talent.

INGA will join WARD LAKE during his BREAKFAST PROGRAM at 7-45am on TUESDAY and THURSDAY to present her SHOWBIZ REPORT.

In summing up, the combination of STEREO 974 and "INGAS SHOWBIZ REPORT", will further enhance the ARTS Community Involvement that STEREO 974 is noted for.

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

"HEROES" HOSTED BY DAVID GRIFFIN ON STEREO 974 Posted: Tue 4th Mar 2003 - 11:03

"HEROES" hosted by DAVID GRIFFIN has joined the FRIDAY NIGHT line-up at STEREO 974. The program will air every FRIDAY 6pm to 7pm.

"HEROES" is being sponsored by the BLUE COW LICENSED DELI of 809 Ballarat Road Deer Park.

In summing up, the combination of STEREO 974 and "HEROES", will further enhance the Community Involvement that STEREO 974 is noted for.

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

STEREO 974, YOUR COMMUNITY RADIO STATION Posted: Wed 2nd Oct 2002 - 12:10

Published in: AROUND BRIMBANK (October 2002, Volume 7. NO.26)
STEREO 974, whose motto is 'By the community, for the community', is a non-profit organisation managed by a committee of community members.

In 1978, Labour MP Barry Jones formed STEREO 974 to offer residents of the western suburbs a local radio station which provides programming relevant to life in the area.

Each week about 250,000 people tune into STEREO 974's programs which include 45 hours of ethnic radio, including programs in Croatian, Greek, Italian, Lebanese, Maltese, Serbian, Turkish and Vietnamese..
"STEREO 974 is committed to providing the community with a local entertainment and locally-based news. We achieve this through broadcasting events such as Western Region Football League (WRFL) matches, which is a great example of two not-for-profit groups working together in our community," said General Manager Rod Boyd.

STEREO 974 can be contacted on 9318 0930. A copy of the stations program guide is available on the web at www.stereo974.com
So remember to tune into 97.4 on your FM band.

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

ETHNIC GRASSROOTS RADIO GROWING FAST Posted: Tue 6th Aug 2002 - 11:08

Story by: Mike Austin
Photographer: Tanya Wilson
Published in: THE ADVOCATE (Tuesday April 16, 2002 Edition)

TELSTRA statistics suggest western radio station Stereo 974 has a colossal grassroots audience for its Vietnamese-language broadcasts.

For two months in a row, more than 7300 people tried to phone Vietnamese broadcasters Viet Quo Tran, of Footscray; Dinh Nguyen, of Sunshine and Lam Tich Nguyen, of St. Albans.
They were unable to do so - because the switchboard was already jammed with eager callers.

Station general manager Rod Boyd said the peak listening times were talkback programs on Thursdays and Sundays.
Telstra's figures record the number of callers who heard the 'line busy' tone when they phoned the station, because the three rotary lines connecting with the studios were all engaged at the time. "That means that for each busy tone, there are three callers already talking to the broadcasters." Mr Boyd said.
From January 5 to February 5, Telstra recorded 7346 busy calls, with the total rising to 7390 from February 6 to Marc 6.

"These numbers speak for themselves," said Mr Boyd. "They amount to a magnificent tribute to our Vietnamese broadcasters' ability to give the community what it wants. "Viet, Dinh and Lam are unpaid volunteers.

"They built up the Stereo 974 Vietnamese service themselves and they learned their broadcasting skills here. They are committed grassroots broadcasters in the very finest sense of the word.

"The western region community should be proud of them," he said.
Mr Boyd said he saw Telstra's figures as indicating a large audience among the nearly 100,000 Vietnamese-speaking people of the western region, but was cautious about estimating how large it was on the basis of this data alone.

"A rule of thumb in commercial broadcasting is that one phone call equals 3000 listeners. "I mention this only as a point of interest - it is a formula for arriving at ballpark figures, but I am not basing any claims on it," he said.

Stereo 974 (97.4 FM) broadcasts in Vietnamese from 8pm to 10pm Monday to Friday and from 8pm to midnight on Sundays.
The service offers news, current affairs, talkback, features and plays. Other community language broadcasts on Stereo 974 are in Croatian, Greek, Italian, Lebanese (Arabic), Maltese, Serbian and Turkish.

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


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