Ra­dio look­ing for big­ger reach

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - BY JUSTIN JENVEY jjen­vey@ ne­me­dia.com.au

AF­TER broad­cast­ing from Bright last Thurs­day, Alpine Ra­dio hopes its ef­forts to get out in the com­mu­nity will get more peo­ple in­volved with the lo­cal sta­tion.

Based in Mt Beauty, the 92.5 FM Alpine Ra­dio fre­quency is re­ceived all the way down the Kiewa Val­ley but also across into Bright and sur­round­ing towns.

Last week saw three presenters run pro­gram­ing from 10.30am to 5pm from the Bright Li­brary and one of those, Hugh Pa­ton, also an Alpine Ra­dio com­mit­tee mem­ber, said they in­tend to more reg­u­lar out­side broad­casts in the fu­ture.

“I’d like to see this sort of thing go­ing on fairly of­ten with the min­i­mum of fuss,” he said.

“Tra­di­tion­ally it’s been a trau­matic ex­er­cise to do out­side broad­casts, peo­ple think it in­volves vans and dishes but that’s not the case, you can nearly do it on a phone these days.

“As long as we’ve got folks that are com­fort­able on the air we just need the tech­ni­cal sup­port to set things up.”

The sta­tion will be back in Bright in Novem­ber broad­cast­ing from the Mon­ster Ro­tary Street Mar­ket as part of the Spring Fes­ti­val.

“I’m try­ing to fos­ter that it’s com­mu­nity ra­dio, it’s not from some hive some­where so if there is mar­ket go­ing on or a new cof­fee shop open­ing up we want to be a part of it,” he said.

“Work­ing at mar­kets is good fun, we’ve broad­cast from them in Mt Beauty every now and then and I’ve done it in Cor­ry­ong while work­ing for Ra­dio Up­per Mur­ray.

“It’s just in­ter­est­ing walk­ing around chat­ting to peo­ple see­ing where they’re from and what they have come for.”

Mr Pa­ton said there were many en­thu­si­as­tic vol­un­teers who present a di­verse range of pro­grams for the sta­tion which has run since 2001.

Early in last Thurs­day’s broad­cast pre­sen­ter Kate Far­rell was joined by a group of young chil­dren spend­ing the morn­ing at the li­brary.

“It’s great to have stuff like that, the kids were all a bit shy for a start but each of them even­tu­ally went up to the mi­cro­phone and in­tro­duced them­selves and spoke to Kate,” Mr Pa­ton said.

“From the room we were pre­sent­ing from I’d just like to throw the mi­cro­phone out the win­dow and say g’day to the folks walk­ing past.”

PHOTO: Justin Jenvey

ON AIR: Hugh Pa­ton and Kate Far­rell from Alpine Ra­dio were in Bright pre­sent­ing from the town’s li­brary last Thurs­day.

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