Triple H: the world be­hind the mi­cro­phone

Monthly Chronicle - - Front Page - Jenny Bar­lass

Triple H FM has been de­liv­er­ing high qual­ity lo­cal ra­dio to 68,000 lis­ten­ers across Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai Shires for over 15 years. Now with ra­dio apps, Triple H pro­grams reach world­wide so lis­ten­ers may num­ber in their hun­dreds of thou­sands.

This not-for-profit busi­ness de­pends on mem­ber’s fees, fundrais­ing, spon­sor­ship by lo­cal busi­nesses and grants to keep go­ing, with money al­ways an is­sue. “We’re look­ing for more spon­sor­ships,” says new sta­tion man­ager Rick Dun­lop, “and it’s a win-win for a lo­cal busi­ness. Ad­ver­tis­ing with us is more af­ford­able than most main­stream ad­ver­tis­ing and it gets the mes­sage di­rect to a highly lo­calised cus­tomer base.”

De­spite a short­age of funds, Triple HHH puts it­self out there in the com­mu­nity with out­side broad­casts at lo­cal events like the re­cent open­ing of the PCYC, In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day, Fire Aware­ness, The San Fun Run and Bun­nings BBQs.

Here’s a run­down of some of the pro­grams and the peo­ple be­hind the mi­cro­phone. From an old rocker to a youth worker, it’s an eclec­tic bunch of peo­ple - many with no for­mal ra­dio train­ing - whose pas­sions range from owls, re­cy­cling and run­ning groups to dragon boats, jazz mu­sic and and all things Filipino and Azer­bai­jani.

All of lo­cal life swings by this lit­tle three room stu­dio perched on the sec­ond floor of an un­pre­pos­sess­ing Waitara build­ing - but what comes out is hon­est, re­flec­tive, pas­sion­ate broad­casts that keep us in­formed, cap­ti­vated and en­ter­tained.

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