Friends of FM – May 2013

Friends of FM – May 2013

“THIS PLACE IS AMAZING— just don’t miss it”

…….screams the headline on the tripadvisor website………

 “We were visiting the park and came across this museum. It is run by volunteers and the cost is a gold coin donation. We were greeted by very friendly volunteers who guided us through the extensive display of radios and gramophones. It was interesting to see which one was the first one you remembered as a child and how things have changed. We were given a tour over to the recording studio and could view the show being put to air. Our guide was great, when we asked had she been on air and she told us she had read the morning newspaper a service for the sight impaired. They are doing great work! Was very interesting and a bit of fun, worth a visit.”

“The volunteer staff were so enthusiastic and so informative. The stories and items on display were remarkable and very educational, not just for the kids but for me too… I actually did learn some things I never knew. All for a small donation instead of an entry fee. Also they run a community radio station everyday 103.7 FM , if I remember correctly and it is well worth a listen. They invited my 6 & 10 year old kids to have a quick chat live on air with the presenter to tell him what they were loving about being on holidays in Tassie!!! It is right behind the monkey enclosure in City Park Launceston—and just as much fun too.”

THANK YOU to our Museum Guides—they do a fantastic job. Don’t hesitate to join them. MORE volunteers are needed…. See Yola and John in the Museum and discover how you can be one of the great guides one day a week for City Park Radio.


To all our members who volunteer … in the office, museum, & garden, in the studios, on programs, in production, on technical and sponsorship….. Thanks a Million








 After due process, the Management committee has accepted the recommendation to appoint Malcolm McDonald as our new sponsorship officer. Malcolm brings a wealth of local and state wide experience and more business contacts to the station. Malcolm is positive that he can expand on the sponsorship the station now enjoys.

Management recognises the work of Julie Yates and Shirley Lee over the past few years. The committee has expressed your appreciation to Julie and Shirley for their efforts the past five years…and a big thank you too!

Malcolm will begin on May 1 and Shirley has agreed to continue as the production coordinator for CPR sponsorship.


Sat June 8th   9.30am-4.00pm — $15

Contact Luigi or the office for details – Destination unknown—passport/visa not required -community singing allowed.

RSVP: with payment – 31st May, 2013


Reelin’ in the Years –  CLASSIC ALBUMBlessed are...

 JOAN BAEZ  blessed are …

 Joan Baez made her name in the 1960’s as one of the leaders of the folk music revival and close professional and personal relationship with Bob Dylan. She recorded numerous classic albums for the Vanguard label, “blessed are …” being the last.  And what a farewell to that label it was!

Initially released in 1971 as a gatefold sleeve double LP its 22 tracks are comprised of many Baez original compositions plus well chosen cover versions.  The most well-known cover on this album is The Band’s “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”, but she delivers stunning renditions of The Beatles’ “Let It Be”, “Salt of the Earth” by Jagger/Richards and three songs from the much underrated singer/songwriter, Mickey Newbury.

Produced by Norbert Putnam, Baez is supported by a fine cast of musicians including David Briggs on keyboards, Kenny Buttrey on drums and the wonderful Holladay Singers.

“blessed are …” shows Joan Baez at a creative high and was a fine start to career in the 70’s.  Still recording and performing today, this album is a great reminder of her formidable voice and ability.

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

 A POSTCARD from INDIA – Indian Engagements: Brief Insight

engagementEngagement ceremonies are termed differently in different parts of India depending on the culture and tradition. For example engagement ceremony in the eastern part of India is known as Aashirwad Ceremony, whereas same ceremony is referred as Sagai in the northern part of India.

Engagement is one of the first ceremonies that takes place between the two families and the would-be bride and groom. The engagement ceremony is basically a brief ritual wherein the couple exchanges gold rings. This ensures both the parties that the girl and the boy are now hooked. This is why it is also referred as the ring ceremony. Thus, after the ring ceremony gifts are exchanged between the families. The gifts in India could range from chocolates to gold ornaments.

Indian Engagements are known all over the world for their customs and traditions. The scale of celebrations is that of festival. Out of all the engagements in the different parts of India, north Indian engagement “Sagai” are the biggest, boisterous and have lots of twist and turn during the day.

“The best way is to just flow with the things and be a part of the experience” as our Radio presenter and Hindi program producer Ramnik Singh Walia did during his visit to Republic of India.

Ramnik Singh Walia said “if you like colors, food and bollywood music then Indian Engagement ceremonies are the best.”

Ramnik Singh Walia went back to his home country after 6 years in Australia for a holiday. For Ramnik, December was a lucky month for two reasons. Firstly – he was awarded “Youth Broadcaster of the Year” by NEMBC, and secondly, his sister got engaged to her childhood sweetheart Aditya.”

Listen to Ramnik’s Hindi program, alternate Tuesdays at 7pm


City Park Radio is about to trial some local sports broadcasting.The aim is to provide live coverage where none is available to the community, open up sponsorship opportunities, and strengthen relationships with sporting bodies in our area.

David Mohr is heading the production team, three sports will be covered. Saturday June 1st  will see coverage of football at Windsor Park.


An ordinary committee position is vacant to the end of August 2013—Expressions of interest from financial memebers of Launceston Community FM Group Inc needed- for more information and to deliver your EOI please contact the president—Luigi Romanelli  by 17th May 2013.

CPR SPONSORS this month

  • Birchalls of the Mall
  • Barretts Music
  • Carbil Computers
  • The CD Centre
  • Finneys Funerals
  • HeliAdventures
  • Italian Club
  • Jordan Electrical
  • Launceston Greyhound Club
  • Neil Pitts
  • NewsXpress
  • Summerhill & Olde Tudor Pharmacies
  • Ultragreensun Solar
  • Winflo Flooring

MAY 12th – Happy Mothers Day  – I love you Mum !!!








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