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