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