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JOY 94.9 is an independent voice for the diverse lesbian and gay communities listened to by 329,0001 people in Melbourne and more online. Access podcasts, blogs and listen online to award winning music & talk, news & current affairs, arts & cultural programs.

The station provides over 450 free Community Service Announcements on behalf of organisations that serve and support our community. The station is fuelled by the dedication of almost 300 volunteers and only a handful of paid core staff. JOY 94.9 is proudly self-funded through on air sponsorship and most importantly membership. Learn more on how to connect with JOY 94.9.

JOY 94.9 is a member of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia.

Board of Directors

JOY 94.9 is incorporated in Victoria as JOY Melbourne Inc. The Board of Directors is elected by the members of the association to oversee the direction of the station and ensure its statutory obligations are met. It develops policies and employs staff to undertake duties that will achieve its strategic goals.

The Board has identified the following strategic objectives:

  1. we will review strategic objectives on an annual basis and present these objectives to our membership;
  2. we will review programming policies to ensure their content will remain relevant to our community, audience and sector;
  3. we will identify, assess and implement current and emerging technologies for sustainable growth of our services;
  4. we will develop and implement a clear and sound financial reporting framework;
  5. we will actively work to create a welcoming, supporting and collaborative working environment.

Mission Statement

JOY 94.9 is a gay and lesbian volunteer-based community radio station committed to providing a voice for the diverse lesbian and gay communities, enabling freedom of expression, the breaking down of isolation and the celebration of our culture, achievements and pride.


The purpose for which JOY Melbourne is established is to provide the opportunity for freedom of expression, the breaking down of isolation and the celebration of the culture, achievements and pride of the diverse gay and lesbian community.

Annual General Meeting

The 2015 Annual General Meeting was held on 25 October 2015.

The 2014 Annual General Meeting was held on 15 November 2014.

The 2013 Annual General Meeting occurred on  27 October 2013.

The 2012 Annual General Meeting was held on Monday, October 1st 2012 at 7pm at 225 Bourke Street, Melbourne.

Rules of Association and Consitution.

Download the Rules of Association and Constitution as approved by the Members at a Special General Meeting on 26 July 2014.

Community Broadcasting Codes of Practice

The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia is responsible for maintaining the Community Radio Broadcasting Codes of Practice.

Award Winning Radio

JOY has won many national and local awards over the years.

History & Future

Watch our history in video – thanks to Longitude Multimedia for putting the video together.

JOY timeline


JOY begins broadcasting on World AIDS Day (December 1) on 90.7fm. The first words ever spoken (albeit accidentally) are by founder John Oliver, “Can I have a cup of coffee and then we’ll get going?” The first song ever played (albeit accidentally) is by Jimmy Barnes. Our first “official” track is Kylie Minogue’s Celebration.


JOY’s first album “The Strip – Pride and JOY” is released.


JOY’s first full outside broadcast takes place from Commercial Road, Prahran – continuous for three weeks, 24 hours a day!


Paul Terdich is appointed as Station Manager and immediately starts shedding hair. He stays for almost 10 years!


JOY shares the 90.7 frequency with Muslim radio (and Kool ‘n’ Deadly Aboriginal radio) so listeners could wake up one morning with disco divas and the next be called to Islamic prayer!


JOY is granted its full time licence by the ABA in December, making it the only licenced community broadcaster that specifically caters to the needs of our community.


JOY begins full time broadcasting on new frequency 94.9fm.

JOY receives a grant from the Foundation for Young Australians to train same-sex attracted youth in radio. Six years later, more than 70 young people have passed through the FYA program.


JOY celebrates its 10th birthday. There’s plenty of cake.


JOY becomes the largest gay and lesbian community member-based organisation in Australia!


JOY’s full time licence is renewed!


Stephen Hahn is appointed as JOY General Manager and immediately starts shedding hair.


JOY co-broadcasts from inside the barricades at the 30th Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras in conjunction with Sydney station 2SER.

With the help of a grant from the State Government though the Community Support Fund and the support of the Melbourne City Council, the station relocates to new premises at the Melbourne City Village, Level 9 225 Bourke Street, Melbourne. In March JOY commenced construction of new broadcast studios and commenced broadcasting from the new location on June 13. No Studios, just an Outside broadcast setup on a desk in an open office, construction continues around the presenter teams for many more months.

In September, Studio 1 at City Village begins broadcasting.


November, Danae Gibson is appointed JOY General Manager.


January, Nigel Slater is appointed as JOY Broadcast Manager.

The City of Melbourne Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation donates $10,000 to allow us to purchase Outside Broadcast codecs – this is the first time in JOY’s 16 year history we have owned this Outside Broadcast equipment – previously we have relied on equipment borrowed from other stations.

November, Dean Murphy is appointed JOY Broadcast Manager.


in July Danae Gibson accepted the General Manager position at Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and Tass Mousaferiadis was appointed Acting General Manager for 4months while the JOY board advertised to replace Danae.

July, Leenie Fabri commences as Manager, People Services & Culture (part time)

November, Corey Irlam commences as General Manager – leaving us in December.

December 1st – celebrates 18th birthday…

December, Conrad Browne accepted the acting General Manager position for a term of 6 months; and Dean Murphy leaves to pursue a commercial business opportunity.



anniversary – 10 years ago today ( 12JAN2002 ) JOY officially launched full time broadcasting on it’s newly allocated frequency – 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. And of course with the usual can-do attitude of our team, JOY was ready to go in under 3 weeks, whereas many of the broadcasters at the time took 6 to 12 months to cut-over to full-time on their new frequency.

Chris Jameson commences as Weekday Program Director (part time)

Andrew Thorp commences as Specialist Program Director (part time) – Chris & Andrew will take their collective experience as volunteers and presenters and manage all of the various aspects of JOY programming activities. Chris will also continue his volunteer Music Director role and both will also continue as on-air presenters on their respective shows.

Jason Gipps commences as Production Manager (full time) – Jason will coordinate all audio production, traff, dcart, voiceovers, CSAs, as well as developing and managing new sponsorship opportunities.


Leenie Fabri, Manager People Services & Culture (now full time) – Leenie will continue with her current role and in going full time will also take over management of internal and external training development incl. Taste of Radio, continue to develop community partnerships / relationships and also lead the new Grants team.

  1. audience figures from a Snapshot Survey (n=2043) conducted by McNair Ingenuity Research from November 2012 and May 2013 inclusive []