Mo­bile unit needed to broad­cast live from events

Isis Town and Country - - News -

BROAD­CAST­ING across the air­waves for more than eight years, the small community ra­dio station in Gin Gin has 18 ded­i­cated vol­un­teers keep­ing the dead air to a min­i­mum.

Play­ing tunes from across the decades, each ra­dio pre­sen­ter has their own taste in mu­sic, from coun­try to pop, in­clud­ing Aus­tralian rock.

Station pres­i­dent Ken An­der­sen said the ra­dio station re­ceives great sup­port from the lo­cals.

“We broad­cast live to 11pm then switch over to the satel­lite,” he said.

“Gin Gin OWN 104.9 is played at the hos­pi­tal and life­line and many of the busi­ness’s in Gin Gin also tune in.”

The vol­un­teers raise funds by sell­ing raf­fle tick­ets, sausage siz­zles and sup­port­ing community events.

Mr An­der­sen­has re­lied heav­ily on community grants to up­grade equip­ment.

“We would like to be able to broad­cast live from events, we are look­ing for a car­a­van to make over for community events,” he said.

“The ra­dio station is 100% community owned and sup­port the work-for-the-dole pro­gram.”

For the past three years Mr An­der­sen has stood proud as the pres­i­dent and has in­creased the num­ber of ad­ver­tis­ers and vol­un­teer team.

“We are al­ways look­ing for new vol­un­teers, you just need to be over 17 years of age,” Mr An­der­son said.

The new lo­ca­tion has sparked new life into the vol­un­teers and spurring on grand ideas.

“We sup­port and en­cour­age chil­dren with spe­cial needs and we have part­nered up with Pos­i­tive Steps to as­sist child­hood de­vel­op­ment and sup­port,” he said.

To help, phone Ken on 0408 710 906.

ON AIR: Ken An­der­sen is the pres­i­dent of Gin Gin Ra­dio.

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