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President: Melinda Rich

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

I’ve been involved with JOY for about six years now. I was a listener, and then a colleague of mine got me involved with the Finance & Audit Committee. After some time on FAC, I joined the Board in 2013, and since then I’ve covered a number of roles – Chair of Risk, Treasurer and Vice President. Hopefully this gives me a great set of all-round skills to continue to apply at JOY. I’ve just stepped up to be President after the 2016 AGM, and I’ll be doing my best to follow in the footsteps of my predecessor, Jed Gilbert – those are definitely some big shoes to fill. Working as a volunteer at JOY has been a terrific way to give something back to our community. It’s great to take some of the skills I have from the corporate world and apply them in the community sector.

What are you really passionate about at JOY 94.9 and what would you like to achieve during your time on the Board?

I’m passionate about JOY continuing to be a voice for our community. We’ve done some amazing things in the last five years, and I think we keep getting stronger in terms of our presence and our unique ability to bring our community together. Recently, we did an outside broadcast from the AFL’s first Pride Game, and it was an amazing night, the energy in that room was sensational. Our programming team did a superb job and it was awesome that we had the ‘Chicks Talking Footy’ team as hosts. We’ve recently renewed our licence and broadened our purpose to include all parts of the LGBTIQ community, and I’m proud to see more specialist programming emerging giving representation to a broader and more diverse set of voices. We’re also always expanding our reach, people can listen to JOY from anywhere via our app, and engage with our content via podcasts. The sky’s the limit, we’re no longer just a sub-metro analogue radio station in Melbourne – although Melbourne will always be our home. In terms of important initiatives in the next 12 months, there are a few things I want us to deliver as Board. We have a brand refresh that will be rolled out soon, and we are also ready to do a refresh on our Strategic Plan for 2017-2020. The Pride Centre is on the radar too, and we need to stay close to that as it develops.

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

This 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, and seeing a performer from that genre stand up for marriage equality with ‘Same Love’ was pretty groundbreaking. Even though that song dates back a couple of years now, it’s still topical for us given that marriage equality is (sadly) still a debate in Australia.

Vice President: 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).

Treasurer: 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

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

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: Marianne Choong

marianne-choongHow long have you been associated with JOY 94.9 and in what capacities?
I became involved with JOY through the Taste of Radio course in 2015. Today I volunteer at JOY in a few ways. You can hear me as Andy McNamara’s co-host on “Three Chords and the Truth” on Sunday afternoons. JOY’s multi-lingual Community Service Announcement project is also using my language skills for the greater good. I am also serving on the Board’s Risk and Programming sub-committees.

What are you really passionate about at JOY 94.9?
I am really passionate about two things;

  • Making great radio to lift up the diverse voices of all our LGBTIQ communities.
  • And making great radio with money in the bank.

I truly believe both can be done concurrently because JOY is a fantastic team, with big voices and bigger hearts.

What would you like to achieve from your time on the Board of JOY 94.9?
I believe that JOY needs to be economically viable yet uncompromising in our beliefs and values. This means that our strategic plan for the next few years need to be reviewed and refreshed, to ensure that we have a sustainable future and stay true to our mission. My focus is in ensuring that we continue to build our culture, deliver our strategies and have money for a rainy day.

We are a radio station, so we have to ask, who is your favourite LGBTIQ performer?
Does Justin Bieber count?! No? …oh alright then. Sia – she is poetry in motion!

Director: Rachel Rees

rachel-reesHow long have you been associated with JOY 94.9 and in what capacities?
I’ve been a proud JOY Vollie since about August 2015 when I joined both the Risk and JOYTAC Board sub-committees. I also work on a number of projects across the organisation including the Brand New JOY potential rebranding project and an exciting and inspiring podcast production project about surrogacy within the community.

What are you really passionate about at JOY 94.9?
My last role was in a social justice campaigning organisation which sparked within me a dormant fire surrounding the issues of equality and fairness. JOY is an amazing place with a great deal of responsibility to be the voice, tell the stories, entertain, inform, educate and support not only those within our colourful community, but those outside of it as well, and I’m incredibly proud to be a part of that.

What would you like to achieve from your time on the board of JOY 94.9?
With over 20 years spent in various aspects of the media industry I have seen and experienced many changes within the sector – which it will continue to face in this ever changing technological world that we live in. This experience, coupled with my new found learning undertaking an MBA, will enable me to help JOY ensure that it stays current, in tune (no pun intended!) and sustainable into the future.

We are a radio station, so we have to ask, who is your favourite LGBTIQ performer?
I’m a tragic 80’s rock chick at heart so it would have to be the pure genius collection of Melissa Etheridge, Indigio Girls and who can go past the amazing Cyndi Lauper.

All pictures courtesy of Tim Lennox