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President: Jed Gilbert

Jed Gilbert

Jed Gilbert

How long have you been associated with JOY 94.9 and in what capacities?

I started on the front desk about 8 years ago and wanted to get into audio producing. It turns out that was a skill in demand at JOY! I went on to do a bunch of audio production for JOY. I also started reading breakfast news and joined the national news team, Q-mmunity Network News. I ran for the Board in 2011 and was elected for one year. I ran again in 2012 and was elected for another three years. I served as Treasurer from 2011-2012 and Vice-President from 2012-2013.

What are you really passionate about at JOY 94.9?

Currently I’m really passionate about JOY thinking strategically in terms of our sound, our culture, our community leadership and how we reach people who need us. The need we are serving is so beautifully articulated by our purpose of breaking down isolation, celebrating achievement and providing a voice for the diverse LGBTIQ communities. We are so lucky in Melbourne to have JOY. There is quite a bit of research about how much JOY supports the mental health of our community. If you look around the world you realise JOY is a rare and precious jewel, so I’m passionate about JOY going from strength to strength.

What would you like to achieve from your time on the board of JOY 94.9?

As Treasurer I was focused on the financial sustainability of the station. As Vice-President and President I have been focused on JOY engaging with our listeners, members, volunteers, staff, other community members and stakeholders to develop a strong strategic plan that unites us, provides clarity for the organisation and guides us into the future. I’ve also been focused on JOY proactively nurturing a positive, inclusive culture that produces quality radio.

We are a radio station, so we have to ask, who is your favourite performer?

Ouch, this is a hard one. Using a technical measure like the number of songs in my music library, I’d have to (embarrassingly) say all the pop princesses that only require their first names… Kylie, Janet, Madonna, Britney… But I’ve listened to the French electro band Air for probably the most hours over my life, so maybe that’s a better measure of ‘favourite’ – and a bit cooler to say!

Vice-President: Melinda Rich

Melinda Rich

Melinda Rich

How long have you been associated with JOY 94.9 and in what capacities?

I have been involved with JOY 94.9 for almost 4 years. I always knew about JOY and was a regular listener, but I didn’t really have a lot of awareness of JOY 94.9 beyond that, I guess I just took it granted! A professional colleague got involved on the JOY 94.9 Board, and approached me when the Finance & Audit Committee was being established. I was so happy to get involved, it was a terrific way to apply my skills to a different organisation with a different set of challenges. Being on the Finance & Audit Committee for the last 4 years has been very gratifying. Seeing the systems, processes, and capabilities of the organisation steadily improve with all of the benefits flowing through to sustainable financial performance is wonderful. That gives us the solid base to not only keep doing what we’re doing, but to grow and develop.

What are you really passionate about at JOY 94.9?

It’s so awesome living in a city that has a voice for our community! I felt so happy and proud the day that JOY 94.9 did our simulcast with 3AW. Hearing all those people calling in with stories from our community. Such a wonderful moment. That’s the amazing stuff that JOY 94.9 can do, bring everyone in our community together, but also bridge us into the wider community.

What would you like to achieve from your time on the board of JOY 94.9?

I am unashamedly passionate about making JOY 94.9 financially viable, and getting as many ‘best practice’ systems and processes into the organisation as possible. Those things make for a very solid and sustainable organisation. After lots of hard work from the staff and volunteers, with guidance from the Board and the Finance & Audit Committee, I think we are at a point now where we have the cost base of the station really well understood and really well managed. What that now means is that we can focus on some other areas, like growing our ‘top line’ with membership, patron programs, fundraising, etc. I’m really excited to see us develop our results in those spaces during my time on the Board.

We are a radio station, so we have to ask, who is your favourite performer? 

That is such a hard question, there are thousands and thousands of songs in my iTunes library! I’ll say Macklemore. I really like hip hop, so seeing a performer from that genre stand up for marriage equality with ‘Same Love’ was pretty groundbreaking.

Treasurer: Ian Graystone

Ian Graystone

Ian Graystone

How long have you been associated with JOY 94.9 and in what capacities?

I have been a long time listener and supporter of JOY, in fact I first tuned into JOY by chance too many years ago when the station was operating on a temporary basis in different time slots! I have been around JOY for many years knowing many of the contributors and show hosts. My partner Tass Mousaferiadis was acting JOY GM for a period of time between full time GM postings around 4 years ago.

What are you really passionate about at JOY 94.9?

I am really passionate about the JOY brand and the feelings that it evokes in the LGBTIQ communities. Not only does JOY provide great sound but it serves a very powerful role in the connectedness and well being of many people in our community – that is so important!

What would you like to achieve from your time on the board of JOY 94.9?

I would like to ensure that JOY remains a strong and sustainable force not only today but into the future in what ever form that takes as technology evolves. JOY is a powerful brand with strong recognition and street cred. JOY is nearly always present at most LGBTIQ community events – I believe their is an enormous potential to leverage this in many ways – socially, economically and politically.

We are a LGBTIQ radio station, so we have to ask, who is your favourite LGBTIQ performer?

Gee that’s the tough one – can I get back to you later in the year on that one! In the mean time, I’ll stay tuned into Chris and Cam’s show for more inspiration.

Secretary: Cassie Chadwick

Cassie Chadwick

Cassie Chadwick

How long have you been associated with JOY 94.9? In what capacity have you been associated with JOY 94.9?

I have been a member of JOY 94.9 for over 3 years. I started as a volunteer in early 2013. I am a member of the O/A team with a permanent shift on Saturday mornings and a casual long term shift on Tuesday mornings.

The radio station has a different personality on the weekends compared to the week days; I enjoy and appreciate the different moods of the station.

I am also fortunate to meet different people during the week and the weekends. Over the last several months, the Taste of Radio course has been running during the time that I am on the desk. I love seeing the Taste of Radio participants gain more confidence as the course progresses.

What are you so passionate about JOY 94.9?

My daughter introduced me to JOY 94.9 some years ago. She has been an avid listener for a long time. She is now an on air volunteer at JOY 94.9. I consider myself privileged to be a volunteer alongside my daughter.

What would you like to achieve while you are on the Board?

I have professional experience in risk management. I would like to offer these skills to JOY 94.9 whilst I am on the Board to protect, preserve and sustain the future of the radio station and all that it offers to the GLBTI community.

We are a radio station for the LGBTIQ community, so who is your favourite LGBTIQ performer?

Tegan and Sara are my favourite LGBTIQ performers.

Director: Andrew Thorp

Andrew Thorp

Andrew Thorp

I started volunteering at JOY 94.9 six years ago when I, like many of our listeners, found myself at a crossroad in my life’s journey. I know first-hand how JOY is integral to the social and emotional wellbeing of our diverse rainbow communities.
There have been significant changes over the past six years – not just for me but also for our communities. In 2009, the Commercial Road clubs were still busy and the gay dating apps had only just been released – and JOY had not yet embraced the digital age to its full extent. It is quite different now.

JOY needs to continue to evolve as the media and technology landscapes change and we need to ensure we remain relevant to an increasingly visible but increasingly disparate range of
communities.

As a member of our Board I will be well placed to assist our organisation through these changes. By working across the commercial, health and community sectors over the past fifteen years, I have been successful in supporting organisations adapt to change through evidence-informed planning.

This has included my role in the development of beyondblue’s five-year strategic plan – a transferable capability that will assist JOY in the development of our next strategic plan within in the next three years. As a member of the JOY Board I will have the opportunity to integrate these skills with my JOY experience as a volunteer, presenter and Specialist Program Director from 2012 to 2014.

Director: Andy McNamara

Andy McMamara

Andy McNamara

How long have you been associated with JOY 94.9 and in what capacities?

I have been an onair presenter at JOY 94.9 for 11 years – on a roots music show called “3 Chords & the Truth” (on Sundays). I have also spent 3 years on JOY’s Programming Committee. I have also been involved in listener surveys and in JOY’s recent strategy review.

What are you really passionate about at JOY 94.9?

The thing I am most passionate about is getting diversity into our onair presenter lineup, both in terms of gender mix and in covering the total LGBTIQ communities.

What would you like to achieve from your time on the board of JOY 94.9?

It would be fabulous if this current Board could move JOY to its future permanent home that JOY fully owns.

We are a radio station, so we have to ask, who is your favourite performer?

The Indigo Girls – fantastic live, their albums are still getting better and better, and terrific to interview!

Director: Steph Amir

Stephanie Amir

Stephanie Amir

How long have you been associated with JOY 94.9 and in what capacities?

I am quite new to the station but since getting involved have dived all the way in!  I did the Taste of Radio course early in 2013, then co-hosted a few episodes of Fresh Air before we started our own show in the Spring grid of 2013. We are now in our fifth consecutive season, and I’ve also become one of the JOY 94.9 producers for The Wire. I was elected to the board in 2014. I feel so lucky for being part of such a supportive, trusting and friendly organisation that has provided me with so many opportunities.

What are you really passionate about at JOY 94.9?

I am very proud to be involved with Australia’s only LGBTIQ radio station, and one of the few fulltime LGBTIQ radio stations in the world.  It’s exciting to be on the leading edge of inclusion at an international level by providing a voice for the LGBTIQ community in such a positive, public and inclusive way.  I love the idea that anywhere in the world, a person can go to our website or app and connect in to a community where they are in the majority, and LGBTIQ voices fill the airwaves rather than being pushed to the sidelines as is the case in so many other public domains.

What would you like to achieve from your time on the board of JOY 94.9?

I am the youngest board member, and work in the youth sector, so see part of my role as representing the “youth” voice on the board.  I am also passionate about social inclusion and previously worked for the Victorian Government as a Policy Advisor, developing policy to improve access and equity for people with a disability, people from culturally diverse backgrounds, LGBTIQ people, and other marginalised groups.  This is another lens I bring to my role on the board, and will be looking for opportunities to further strengthen opportunities within the station for people from diverse backgrounds, and have these voices represented on air. This includes achieving the inclusion goals identified in the JOY 94.9 strategic plan, such as increasing representation of LBTIQ presenters on air.  Many people at JOY 94.9 have done great work in this space, and we can continue to do more!

We are a LGBTIQ radio station, so we have to ask, who is your favourite LGBTIQ performer?

This may be a cliché, but I’ll have to say Tegan and Sara. I have all their albums and have been to see them play four times.  At the Groovin the Moo festival last year I convinced them both to autograph me rather than my t-shirt, so that I spend the rest of my life happy in the knowledge that Tegan and Sara once touched my arm (ridiculous, I know).

Director: Tanya Matthewson

Tanya Matthewson

Tanya Matthewson

How long have you been associated with JOY 94.9 and in what capacities?

I came across JOY 94.9 when I moved to Melbourne from London in 2007 and became a member the same year to show my support. In 2014 I decided it was time to make a more personal contribution so I volunteered as part of Radiothon and since then have been working as part of the Membership Committee. I’m delighted to have the opportunity to join the board as a casual member in 2015. I’ve really enjoyed working with a handful of the JOY team so far and look forward to meeting more more of them over the coming months.

What are you really passionate about at JOY 94.9?

I’m passionate about helping our LGBTIQ community to have a louder voice in society and I’m passionate about giving back. I think JOY 94.9 has a special role to play, whether it be supporting, enabling, entertaining or even enlightening a few of our souls. I’m really proud that JOY 94.9 exists in my home town and I’d like to help expand its reach and impact and make it increasingly accessible to those who aren’t lucky enough to live here in Melbourne.

What would you like to achieve from your time on the board of JOY 94.9?

The Membership Committee has started to explore the future value proposition of JOY 94.9. We are seeking to address some key questions about how best to attract and engage stakeholders (primarily members, patrons and sponsors) so that we remain relevant in a changing world and for future generations. Building from here, we need to realise the opportunities that come with digital disruption of the media and entertainment industry. I’d like to leverage my experiences in industry and as a strategy consultant to help shape the changes that will make us an organisation fit for the future needs of our community and capable of having increasing influence and impact on society at large.

We are a radio station for the LGBTIQ community, so who is your favourite LGBTIQ performer?

Ellen and Graham Norton to make me smile, Pink to do a little jig to in the car at the traffic lights, and Sarah McLachlan to belt out a ballad to (in private).

All pictures courtesy of Tim Lennox