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We are Australia’s LGBTIQA+ community media organisation, made up of the diverse voices of the LGBTIQA+ rainbow.

Powered by 300+ volunteers and led by a small leadership team, JOY’s presenters, producers, newsreaders, podcasters and everyone in between, deliver quality community media, every hour, every day of the year.

JOY informs, entertains and empowers rainbow communities across Australia and the world, with the purpose of building a more inclusive society. JOY 94.9 is proudly self-funded through sponsorship and most importantly membership and donations.

Access podcasts, blogs and listen online to award winning music & talk, news & current affairs, arts & cultural programs. JOY 94.9 radio provides over 450 free Community Service Announcements on behalf of organisations that serve and support our community.

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, we will:

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

Mission Statement

JOY 94.9 is an LGBTIQA+volunteer-based community radio station committed to providing a voice for the diverse LGBTIQA+ 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 lesbian gay bi-sexual transgender & intersex communities.

Annual General Meeting

2019 Annual General Meeting held 20 October 2019

2018 Annual General Meeting held 7 October 2018

2017 Annual General Meeting  held 22 October 2017

2016 Annual General meeting  held 23 October 2016

2015 Annual General Meeting  held 25 October 2015

2014 Annual General Meeting  held 15 November 2014

2013 Annual General Meeting  held 27 October 2013

2012 Annual General Meeting  held 01 October 2012

Rules of Association

Download the JOY 94.9 Rules of Association 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.


Local History

Original name from 1993 JOY Melbourne Independent Community Broadcasters Association Incorporated
Incorporation date 28th June 1993
Current name from 1996 JOY Melbourne Incorporated


Logo from 1993
Logo from 1996
Logo from 2001 JOY 94.9
Current logo from 2017


First location of station


268A Coventry St South Melbourne 80sqm

1 studio


268A Coventry St South Melbourne 120sqm

2 studios

Current location


Level 9 – 225 Bourke Street Melbourne 360 sqm

4 studios


1st Broadcast (90 day test license) on 90.7fm 1st December 1993… it was World AIDS Day
1st onair presenter John Oliver
1st official track played Celebration by Kylie Minogue
1st outside live-cross Midsumma 1995
1st outside broadcast Diversity 1996
Last test broadcast as aspirant broadcaster on 90.7fm 28th August 2001
Full licence granted 19th December 2001
1st full time broadcast (24/7) on 94.9fm 12th January 2002
Transmitter first location

1993 – 268A Coventry St South Melbourne

the original aerial is still on the roof!

Transmitter current location 1996 – Melbourne Central
Transmitter range as per licence

up to 20 kilometre radius from Central Business District

Distance depends on weather conditions and geography.

Listener numbers Monthly 530,000 people in Melbourne
and more online
(audience figures from a Survey conducted by McNair Ingenuity Research January 2019)
Members of JOY 1761 as at 31 December 2020