Friends of FM – December 2014

Friends of FM – December 2014


Liz and MaureenOnce again City Park Radio took to the streets for this year’s Christmas Parade. Red seems to be the colour of the season and who wouldn’t wish for a bright red car for Christmas.

With a little tinsel and bunting, the ‘his & hers’ of Mustangs took to the street — CPR members Maureen & Les Martin shared their pride and joy.

Elizabeth Collins, Stephanie Thorne and Allan Andersen walked the circuit while Dave Mohr followed alongside providing regular live reports on air throughout the parade.

CPR thanks Elizabeth, Stephanie, Allan & David for making the time available to showcase CPR … and of course we thank Les & Maureen for showing off their cars…. and we better not forget the passengers .. the grandchildren and Elena Chagoya.

the cars

more photos at the end of this newsletter…

PS and a big thank you to Ken Brooks who fired up the BBQ — sizzling sausages on a sizzling day to thank those who made the effort to represent City Park Radio.





Earlier in the year CPR was present to record a concert in the Auld Kirk at Sidmouth, part of the West Tamar Arts Group’s artentwine 2014. The Tasmanian Talent Team coordinated a series of concerts  called The Sound Experience by using historical churches to celebrate and air the talents of Nic Tolputt, Matthew Garwood, Xiao Xia, The Tasmanian Guitar Trio and Michael Stocks.  There is a variety of music in the program — from Handel to Rogers & Hammerstein and Bach to Andrew Lloyd Webber. The compere is Kerry Finch and this special broadcast will begin 2pm Christmas Day following the Carols by Candlelight replay.

hollyCPR Management wish all members and volunteers a happy festive season.

CHRISTMAS BBQ—Saturday 6th December 5pm

Ho ho ho – sizzle sizzle, time for a convivial snag or beef pattie ..

Meet your fellow members and  congratulate the volunteers who make City Park Radio a great friend to listen to

RSVP with the office by Nov 30—with a salad or dessert

BYO beer or wine— indulge responsibly


The 30th anniversary of City Park Radio (7LTN) is less than two years away . Craig Ellis has suggested the station compile and write a social history of the 30 years of broadcasting by CPR as a way of having a compendium of our history and perhaps having the book ready in time for a 30th birthday fundraiser.

Craig will be organising a small sub-committee to investigate funding, finding a person or persons to author the book and to steer the project through. Craig will be contacting people to see if they can help,

The history of the station goes back to 1978 with that first newspaper advertisement, the years of broadcasting tests transmissions and the huge community input and submission writing before the official station opening in 1986.

Craig hopes the book will be a compilation of historical documents and oral history of the last 30 years. If you can help in any way, or have any documents we can copy, please contact Craig via the office.


The Rotary Club of Tamar Sunrise is running the event again on December 14 under the stars in City Park.

Be a star in the crowd so your voice can be heard as CPR records the event.

REELIN’ IN THE YEARS  – Classic Album  of the Month

SchmillssonNilsson Schmilsson – Harry Nilsson  –  1972

Harry Nilsson was due for a masterpiece by late 1971. He’d already released six albums since 1966, had scored a Grammy for his version of Fred Neil’s “Everybody’s Talkin” that had been made even more famous by the movie “Midnight Cowboy”, and he’d also written Three Dog Night’s (and John Farnham’s)  huge hit “One”.

It is perhaps a little odd that such a good songwriter did not write his own biggest hit, but Harry received another Grammy award for his grand version of

Badfinger’s “Without You”. Its chart-topping success helped make the album from which it came a million seller in 1972.

The other two singles from the album give a good indication of the man’s musical dexterity – the weird and wacky “Coconut”, and the surging rock song “Jump Into the Fire”. Throw in the beautiful “Moonbeam Song” and the R&B standard “Let the Good Times Roll”, and you have the broad spectrum of musical styles on this classic album.

Harry Nilsson died in 1994, aged only 53, but fortunately for us he’d left a legacy of brilliant songs, many of which are concentrated on one masterful album.

Reelin’ in the Years … 60s & 70s music –  on air & online Saturday 5-7pm


The station receives a copy of Rhythm Magazine each month—it is a wealth of music information covering a range of music styles and taste.

So every one can enjoy the read, and the magazine is not lost to all presenters, the magazine is kept and available at the office for your perusal.

PROFILE of a VOLUNTEER ……. Martin Schoene

martinOur new Secretary of CPR was born in Launceston in 1963.  His father was employed by Hydro Tasmania, and as a result, Martin went to school all over Tasmania as the Hydro villages moved from site to site.

After finishing school, Martin commenced an electrical apprenticeship with Hydro Tasmania where he worked for several years. He then worked for 14 years at the Hellyer Mine Concentrator in a variety of skilled roles including electrical and metallurgical operations.

He then moved to Hobart where he started a new career in the IT industry, commencing with Diagnostic Services (which operates locally as Launceston Pathology) in helpdesk operations, PC support, server and network administration, progressing to a statewide management role of these functions.

Martin married Gina on a very auspicious date – 08/08/08 (the same date as the opening of the Beijing Olympics), and says he consequently has no problem remembering his anniversary! They decided Launceston should be their home and moved back in 2009.

Martin first became interested in CPR by seeing the sign outside the cottage on his many walks through City Park, and was intrigued to find out further. He ventured into the cottage and museum in May 2014, and that was the start of it all. He started as a volunteer in the technical and administration areas, and was elected Secretary at the AGM in August 2014.

Although not officially retired, his voluntary role at CPR enables him to make use of the skills he has acquired over the years. Martin loves the diverse personalities at CPR where volunteers can express their individual personalities whilst still working as a team.

Martin enjoys the role of Secretary and is looking forward to working with the Management Committee in continuing to make it an enjoyable place for all volunteers.


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