Storms trash Gin Gin ra­dio sta­tion

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­news.com.au

STORMS last week trashed the re­gion, caus­ing wide spread black­outs with dozens of ru­ral roads lit­tered with de­bris and fallen trees.

Fall­ing vic­tim to the Satur­day night storms, Gin Gin’s OWN FM ra­dio sta­tion had sys­tems fail with the power sup­ply fry­ing three com­put­ers and two CD play­ers.

Ken An­der­son said it was dev­as­tat­ing to have lost so much equip­ment in the power surge.

“We just re­ceived two sec­ond hand com­put­ers and not yet set up and lost three in the storm,” he said.

“It’s heart­break­ing for all the vol­un­teers as we know it will take a lot of fund rais­ing to re­place the items.”

With a good in­sur­ance pol­icy it will still leave the community group out of pocket with their $400 ex­cess.

“We ap­ply where we can for grant fund­ing but the cost to re­place some equip­ment can cost thou­sands of dol­lars,” Mr An­der­son said.

The ra­dio sta­tion re­ceives tremen­dous sup­port from the community of Gin Gin with many homes and busi­ness tuned into 104.9FM.

Tak­ing a stroll around the in­ner sanc­tum of the sta­tion it’s hard to miss the ex­pen­sive equip­ment needed to op­er­ate and broad­cast to the community.

“We are in need of re­place­ment gear and it will take some­time to do so,” Mr An­der­son said.

Mr An­der­son works tire­lessly and with great pride and pas­sion for the ra­dio sta­tion and was left dev­as­tated with the dam­age af­ter the storm.

He said the power surges knocked out the mother board on the stu­dio air con­di­tioner, which can’t be fixed.

“We also lost the in­ter­net to all our of­fice com­put­ers, but not in the stu­dio, we were told we will need new mother boards for the sta­tion,” he said.

For the community sta­tion the bills con­tinue to climb and the re­place­ment costs are in­creas­ing putting pres­sure on the sta­tions re­sources.

If you would like to be­come part of the team, phone the sta­tion on 4157 1049, and they will put you on air.

They have va­can­cies for on-air pre­sen­ters, ad­min­is­tra­tion and many more po­si­tions.

Train­ing is pro­vided free and con­ducted by qual­i­fied ra­dio an­nounc­ers and you do not need pre­vi­ous ra­dio ex­pe­ri­ence.

You just need to have the pas­sion for ra­dio as ev­ery­one has a face for ra­dio and tune in to Gin Gin OWN 104.9FM.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

STORM DAM­AGE: Gin Gin Ra­dio Sta­tion vol­un­teer Ken An­der­son looks at the equip­ment dam­aged by the re­cent storm.

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