Friends of FM – June 2014

Friends of FM – June 2014



Community broadcasting has been spared after the Federal Budget revealed the Government will continue funding vital community broadcasting programs.

Community radio and TV supporters from across the country launched a large scale campaign during the week in an attempt to safeguard community broadcasting from funding cuts, following the Commission of Audit’s recommendation that the funding be scrapped.

Community Broadcasting Association of Australia President Adrian Basso said the announcement is welcomed relief for the country’s 360+ community stations, 22,000 volunteers and 5.2 million listeners.

“Community stations run on the smell of an oily rag – if the Government had cut funding tonight, as modest as the funding is, it could have spelt the end of many vital community radio services.

Mr Basso said it’s fantastic that the Federal Government has decided to continue a long tradition of bi-partisan support for community broadcasting.

“For local communities, community broadcasting is vital. It plays a crucial role in providing a voice for communities that aren’t adequately serviced by other broadcasting sectors including Indigenous Australians, ethnic communities, the print and vision impaired, young people, seniors and Australian musicians across all genres.

“The community broadcasting sector is a smart investment: for every dollar the government puts in, the social outcome is huge. It’s great that the government has recognised that.”  (extract – CBAA 13/5/14)

Our thanks to CPR president Luigi Romanelli who coordinated the campaign locally to make our local pollies and community aware of what was at stake —

This is part of the response Luigi received from the federal government office of Sen. Eric Abetz

Whilst the Commission of Audit did recommend a review of funding, the 2014-15, confirmed that the Government is providing $17.7 million to the community broadcasting sector for a range of programmes with similar levels for the subsequent three years.

Government support for community broadcasting includes funds for broadcasters serving the general community, Indigenous Australians, the print handicapped and ethnic audiences; funds for community digital radio; funds for infrastructure investment and the development of ethnic community broadcasting; and support for the Australian Music Radio Airplay project which promotes contemporary Australian bands and musicians.


Coiuntry groupWhat community radio does best

Several artists gave their time free to perform live on Country Muster especially for Mothers Day—sons and daughters, mothers and fathers all with a special message for Mum… Maureen “Ma” Martin managed to corral a few of the muso’s in one place in a moment in time for these photos.


2014-2015  MEMBERSHIPS

In recognition of your support, all 2013/14 financial members who renew and pay their 2014/15 membership before 30th June, need only to pay the old rate of $35. The annual membership effective 1st May 2014 is $40.  All renewals after June 30 will be at the new rate.

We are still have one of the lowest membership rates of many community radio stations.

REELIN’ IN THE YEARS – Classic Album of the Month

Picture3Toward the Blues – Chain, 1971

At a time when middle-of-the-road reigned, with The Mixtures “Pushbike Song”, George’s “My Sweet Lord”, Dawn’s” Knock Three Times” and Lynn Anderson’s “Rose Garden”,  a rock‘n’blues explosion was simmering. Thorpie’s Aztecs were causing havoc, and bands like Fraternity, Blackfeather and Masters Apprentices were playing loud and heavy. From a vibrant Melbourne rock music scene emerged Chain, a guitar-based blues band who released a studio album in 1971 to follow up on a live album released the previous year.

“Toward the Blues” cemented the group’s status at the forefront of the Australian blues movement. Guitarist Phil Manning was an innovative player (from Tasmania!) and he shines on the song “Boogie” from this album. The solid rhythm section comprised of two Barry’s – Harvey on drums and Sullivan on bass, and singer Matt Taylor’s harmonica playing was the icing on the cake, particularly on “Snatch It Back & Hold It”. The single “Black and Blue” was dirty, gutsy blues that appealed to many progressive radio stations of the time.

“Toward the Blues” was unique in that it was a big-selling blues album in mainstream rock, and the most popular blues album in Australia for a long time. Chain made it cool to play the blues and be commercially successful at the same time.

Reelin’ in the Years … 60s &70s music – Saturday 5-7pm on City Park Radio –


Howard KaplanHoward has been a member of City Park Radio since July 2013. He started in August 2013 doing the Examiner Readings on Wednesday mornings, and after completing the required training and assessment, began presenting on-air programs in February this year. Howard mainly presents on the ’Mornings with…’   program on a Tuesday or Friday, but he also has a slot on Saturday and Sunday afternoons on a rostered basis. He fills in occasionally on the Drive program, and operates the panel for the Tuesday Examiner Readings.

Originally from South Africa, Howard migrated to Australia in 1978 and has lived in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and the NSW mid-North Coast; he and his partner Nancy settled in Launceston 4 years ago. He absolutely loves Launceston and regards it as the best move he ever did. He describes Launceston as a ‘human size city’.

Howard graduated from Rhodes University in 1965 with a Commerce degree. Since then, he has had over 40 years’ experience in all aspects of information technology and business management, with wide-ranging skills in organisational and information technology management, strategic planning, policy development, project management, program office management, and change management.

Howard has had a highly successful track record as a senior consultant to public and private sector organisations in determining their longer term business and information technology strategies, and managing the implementation of these strategies. He also has considerable experience as an executive line manager and senior project manager/director, and has worked in the USA, Europe, South-East Asia and Africa.

He is thoroughly enjoying his role at City Park Radio presenting on-air programs as it combines his love of music and the ability to contribute to the local community. In his 70 years, and having had no previous experience of anything like community radio before, Howard finds it to be an extremely enjoyable and thoroughly rewarding activity. He also feels that his professional experience could potentially be used to assist the station in some way.

Howard has four daughters and four granddaughters and still lives with Nancy in Riverside. He is also an avid bridge player playing  three times a week and is a past President of the Launceston Bridge Club.


MCUThe Multicultural Unit meets almost monthly on the last Saturday. The May meeting became a social affair with a magnificent morning tea.

Here a few members displayed the treats before the traditional free for all.

L-R: Aurelia, Eva, Elena, Marie-Josee, Andrea, Mary




  • Carbil Computers
  • CD Centre
  • Chic Hair
  • Neil Pitts
  • Kellara Transport
  • Kings Meadows Bowls Club
  • Launceston Carpet Cleaning
  • Lotus Hair
  • Tas Musician Union
  • Neil Pitt
  • Old Tudor Pharmacy
  • Outside Flowers
  • Paradise Solar Park
  • RJP Electronics
  • Tas Symphony Orch
  • Uni of Tasmania
  • Young at Heart

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One Response so far.

  1. Nick Dmyterko says:

    What a great read. A good publication for such a small station.
    Keep up the good work.


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