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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.

 

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

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.

 

Vice-Presidents

Jane Smith

Marcus King

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Directors

Kanthi Flynn

Priscilla Jeffery

Amanda Millar

Josh Pearson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All pictures courtesy of Tim Lennox