Friends of FM – May 2015

Friends of FM – May 2015


5 milThe latest research shows that 1 in 4 Australians tune in to community radio each week and spend an average of 17 hours listening. 94% of community radio listeners find community radio and its services to the Australian community valuable.

These are just some of the results of the latest Community Radio National Listener Survey. Delve deeper and the numbers paint a picture of why, how and who is engaging with Australia’s largest independent media sector.

When asked why they listen, the answer is local, local, local – local information, local news, local voices, local personalities and local participation. The sector’s specialist music programming and support for Australian music and local artists were also in the top five reasons that people tune in. “This latest research reinforces that community radio is hugely valued by Australian listeners as a key pillar in the media landscape, and one which contributes to Australia’s open society, strong democracy and vibrant culture”, commented CBAA Chief Executive Officer Jon Bisset. “The sector continues to provide a high level of local content and a unique range of services and programs. Through these, it contributes to media diversity, promotes social inclusion and provides a diverse range of viewpoints that enrich the social and cultural fabric of Australian society”.

Community radio listeners are as diverse as the Australian population itself.

  • 54% are men, 46% are women.
  • More than 50% are aged between 25 and 49 years, with a third aged 55+ years.
  • Across the country, metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas have the same level of listening, and the Northern Territory has the most community radio listeners per capita.
  • A third of people who regularly speak a language other than English in their home listen to community radio.




It is still $40 if you .. RENEW YOUR 2015/2016 Membership before June 30


Mast workCraig Ellis has management approval to volunteer to record the oral history of CPR whether it is from the early days of the campaign of test transmissions, or since 1986 when full time broadcasting began.

If you have an interesting tale to tell or know a story that happened at CPR ..

Please contact Craig via the office.

From our archives —  who is this man without a safety harness … let’s hope he was a volunteer destined for great heights.


Digital RadioNorway plans to turn off all FM radio channels in 2017 and just rely on digital (DAB) multichannel broadcasting.

“Radio digitisation will open the door to a far greater range of radio channels, benefiting listeners across the country. Listeners will have access to more diverse and pluralistic radio content, and enjoy better sound quality and new functionality. Digitisation will also greatly improve the emergency preparedness system, facilitate increased competition and offer new opportunities for innovation and development,” says Norway’s Minister of Culture Thorhild Widvey.

“Whereas the (Norway’s) FM system only had space for five national channels, DAB already offers 22, and there is capacity for almost 20 more. In addition, more than half the population already has access to local radio on DAB, and there is considerable potential for further local channels.” 

The digitisation of Norway’s national radio channels will realise savings of more than NOK 200 million a year, releasing funds for investment in radio content.

We are left wondering when, or if ever, DAB will ever make it to Tasmania.


deskAs a community based radio station, we support with vigour and purpose all things and activities that involve the Community.

With this in mind, we  congratulate the Longford RSL, in particular Brian Watson for bringing to fruition and successful conclusion the ANZAC 100th Anniversary Concert.  Brian was assisted by many volunteers too numerous to mention, but in particular I would like to mention in despatches four of our very own at City Park Radio, Dian Smith, Bill Carney, Chris Sayer and Chris Ball.  Well Done Chaps.

We, at CPR are fortunate to have a diverse and extensive pool of member volunteers who give all their time, expertise and willingness to events involving the community. I would like to thank them all.

Translator Project: Grant application has been prepared and forwarded, hopefully we will be successful in obtaining financial assistance.  We were overwhelmed and appreciative of the letters of support we received.  These have been noted in our grant application.

Membership Renewals :  It’s that time of year.  Shortly we will be sending out requests for membership renewals 2015/16. Where possible, we will use the medium of email.  If you don’t receive a notice, please let us know.  Your ongoing support is appreciated. We have kept the subscription fee at $40.

Dinner/Dance – Fundraiser for Translator Project:

Date : Saturday 25th July, Time : 7.00pm sharp,

Venue : Australian Italian Club, Cost : $30 pp, includes 2 course meal.

Music and entertainment throughout the evening by local artists who have given their time freely for this event.  Tickets and bookings will only be available from City Park Office – ticket availability date TBA.

Limited seating. NO DOOR SALES.

Another request from “Linda”.  Live Broadcast of Country Muster – Mother’s Day Tribute – Saturday 9th May, featuring some very popular local artists.

Finally, to all Moms….Happy Mother’s Day.

Allan Andersen –  President


We would like to thank all the people who wrote letters of support for the translator project including our local politicians and Mayor.

Peter Gutwein MHA

Michael Ferguson MHA

Sarah Courtney MHA

Michelle O’Byrne MHA

Guy Barnett MHA

Rosemary Armitage MLC

Ivan Dean MLC

Albert Van Zetten

REELIN’ IN THE YEARS  – Classic Album of the Month

Wangaratta WahineCaptain Matchbox Whoopee Band  – WANGARATTA WAHINE

In 1974, rock music was at an interesting stage.  In the charts there were hard rock bands like Deep Purple and Black Sabbath … singer songwriters like Jackson Browne and Joni Mitchell … and sophisticated pop from Steely Dan and Bread.

But from Melbourne came a completely different sound – a throwback to a bygone era of jazz, jug bands and novelty songs … it was the “Wangaratta Wahine” album from the Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band!  Led by brothers Mic and Jim Conway (Jim is one the world’s most acclaimed blues harmonica players), Captain Matchbox was the antithesis to most rock music trends of the time.

Their debut album “Smoke Dreams” had been released in 1973 and set the foundations for “Wangaratta Wahine”.  Combining originals songs and lost gems from the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s  the album was a surprising best seller in Australia.  It contained the great original title track, old standards like Hernando’s Hideaway and Top Hat, plus a mixture of light-hearted, sing a long songs from previous eras.

It was also beautifully packaged with an album cover by Australian cartoonist Michael Leunig which brilliantly captured Captain Matchbox’s eccentric approach to music.

Start making some whoopee – have a listen to “Wangaratta Wahine

”Reelin’ in the Years … on air & on line Saturdays 5-7pm


Friday 29th May  Noon – 2pm  Studio D

Guest Speaker, nibbles, chat, interesting discussion, friendship, networking

RSVP to Elena Chagoya

VALE  – Christine Boon

Christine passed away 15th April.  Her family requested privacy.

Christine was well known for her Wednesday Drive program and Friday morning program … and always willing to help at our social gatherings and meetings. Her cooking will also be missed.


Particularly for budding presenters but suitable for all new volunteers to understand the whys and wherefores of community radio.

Sat 23rd May 1pm —  become a member and have a go.


D SmithFirst up … a really big thank you to the volunteers who run the station whether it be programming, technical, admin, sponsorship, the radio museum or management…. your efforts are truly appreciated by our listeners who often marvel at the quality of the programs emanating from this listener funded community station.

Some of our volunteers help in may areas – the president has mentioned some who have helped out with the Northern Midlands RSL events. Our Dian Smith gave her time generously to stage manage the Anzac Day concert .. and then front up to assist with the services at Longford. Dian chose to march proudly wearing her family’s medals….  and she wasn’t prepared for the fuss when many of the returned servicemen noticed the importance of the small medal she was wearing….. and the invitation to be up front with the rest to lead the Longford Anzac Day march.


SPONSORSHIP ENQUIRIES   Phone  Shirley Lee  6334 7429

DO YOU WONDER HOW SOME OF OUR MEMBERS enjoy the supercars when they come to town.

Les @ V8SC












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