Friends of FM – March 2016

Friends of FM – March 2016


TasAGMUlysses Convention – Feb 29– Mar 6

City Park Radio will bring you all the action from the Ulysses Convention each morning in Breakfast at 7.45am

Tuesday Mar 1 – Ron Camplin will present the Long Lunch program from York Park.

Thursday Mar 3 –  Dan Stephens will join in the fun on Drive .

Saturday Mar 5 – City Park Radio will bring you the official welcome from Royal Park at 11am.

TVWFTamar Valley Writers Festival – Mar 18-20

Tasmania’s biggest writers festival is on again. For three days in the Northern Tasmania will be immersed in the world of words .

There is a series of free marquee sessions in the heart of Beaconsfield, and in a series of ticketed events, there will be at least 50 of Australia’s finest writers

City Park Radio will be assisting and will record a selection of events for later broadcast …  but first up, don’t miss our live broadcast from the festival Sunday 20th March 3-5pm

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posterRobert Jones returns with another reflection on life around eighty years ago in Northern Tasmania.

In this half hour program, hear some local northerners recall memories of their life, relive some of the moments in history and hear newspaper advertisements and movie news of times gone by in Northern Tasmania.

Do you recall pounds shillings and pence and was it really that cheap to go to the movies?

A special program … Good Friday 25 March at 9.30am


TasBestBegin with the Good Friday Tasmanian State League season opener Nth Launceston v Launceston  live from Aurora Stadium  5.55pm  – March 25.

Nearly every weekend, CPR will cover one local game in either soccer, ladies basketball or local AFL football in the Tasmanian State League…. and because of a couple of date clashes, CPR will present a couple of double header broadcasts. Just a little more work for your volunteer broadcasters … but they love it.

See the program guide each month for upcoming broadcasts.

Our sporting broadcasts are sponsored by TasBest.


mic_with_computer_screenHave you heard the radio documentary series over summer, they have been excellent listening. Perhaps you have heard some of the interesting short segments broadcast throughout last year from the Community Radio Network? Well, two separate opportunities for community radio producers are now open for applications –

The National Features and Documentary Series aims to encourage storytelling from new and emerging producers around Australia – no experience needed! You should apply if you have a great idea for a radio feature but need some help in planning and production. The Series is open to anyone who volunteers at or is employed by an Australian community radio station, and successful applicants will get:

  • Industry-standard radio training through the Community Media Training Organisation to help bring your documentary or feature to life.
  • An experienced mentor, who will work with you to make the piece as good as it can be.
  • Your work shared nationally via the Community Radio Network
  • The chance to win a CBAA Award
  • Payment for your work.

Up to 12 participants will be selected on the basis of— thoroughness of the application, originality of the idea or story, potential for creative use of sound and suitability for national broadcast/distribution as a 28-minute piece through the Community Radio Network. Applications close 13 March.

CRN CRN Segments is an opportunity to flex your creative thinking, develop production skills, and share radio content on a national platform. Twice a year, the CRN seeks short series for distribution to stations for drop-in use during magazine programming. $500 payments are made on delivery of a 10-part series of  5-8 minute segments. This initiative is suited to producers who have already had experience in radio production. Applications close 31 March.

For more information on both opportunities—phone CBAA  02 9310 2999


 WANTED:  Photographs or Memorabilia from past years.

Contact:  Craig Ellis 0418 594764 or John Munday CPR museum. Receipts issued.


A young Les with an eye for concrete


A young announcer/station manager


sausagesBBQ Sausages/Cold Drinks

visit City Park Radio at Bunnings Northside

Wednesday 9th March 8.30am – 4pm



mast-clipart-radio-tower-hiManagement has approved the ordering of capital equipment for the translator mast and some broadcast equipment. The mast alone will cost nearly $30,000. A major expense for City Park Radio.

With the order now placed for engineering of the mast, the final specifications will be available soon for the building permit application to go before council for approval.

Some of the equipment requires 12 weeks delivery time from an order being placed, so it is hoped construction and building will begin in 3-4 months.

Management has revised the time line for the project and hope to have it completed by the end of the year.


membershipIt is a couple of years since the current fees were put in place and although we are reluctant to increase fees, the fact is costs to the organisation are continuing to increase.

To try and cover these expenses we raise funds through Sponsorships, crowd funding activities such as dinners, raffles, donations and BBQs. We have in place our archiving service and receive donations through the radio museum. We also seek funding through grants to try and cover our expanding needs to replace/upgrade our equipment.

The Management team is always seeking ways to fund our ongoing costs/expenses that unfortunately, in most instances, are out of our control. With all this in mind, management has reviewed the membership for 2016-2017.

The membership fee for 2016-2017 has been set at $45.

For existing financial members, the fee is discounted to $40 if paid before 30 June 2016.

REELIN’ IN THE YEARS — Classic Album

liegeandlief_imcd291Liege & Lief – Fairport Convention

Rock music in 1967 was an amazing mixture – the “Summer of Love” produced a spate of hippie music, psychedelic rock was becoming more prevalent, the Beatles and Rolling Stones were at a creative peak

So who would want to listen to folk music??

The members of Fairport Convention – that’s who!

Formed in 1967, the band’s early albums were only moderately successful.  But the arrival of Sandy Denny as co-lead vocalist – described by Clive James as “open space, low-volume, high-intensity”, the burgeoning musical talent of guitarist/vocalist Richard Thompson, and extraordinary fiddle playing of Dave Swarbrick saw them gain increased notoriety, especially from top radio DJ’s of the time like John Peel.

In 1969 the band made a concerted effort to combine traditional English folk music with rock instrumentation and arrangements – the result was Liege & Lief.  This album was a huge leap forward in concept and musicality, consisting of six traditional tracks and three originals in the same style.  The blending of tracks and detailed information in the gatefold sleeve gave Liege & Lief the feel of a concept album and proved to be a highpoint of the band’s career, reaching number 17 on the UK charts.

A few other British bands and experimented with playing traditional songs with electric instruments, but it was Fairport Convention, and Liege & Lief in particular, that created a distinctly English musical genre.  Few albums have the distinction of establishing a new musical style – but Liege & Lief does exactly that.

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


March 14 – Eight Hour Day

March 21, Harmony Day celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. It is a day for all Australians to embrace cultural diversity and to share what we have in common. The central message for Harmony Day is that ‘everyone belongs’, reinforcing the importance of inclusiveness to all Australians.

City Park Radio celebrates and encourages cultural diversity across our operations and in our programs.

March 25 – Good Friday

March 26 – Easter Eve

March 27 – Easter 


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