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President

David ‘Macca’ McCarthy

How long have you been associated with JOY 94.9 and in what capacities? I have been a joy member for 20 years. I have been onair for 16 years and previously served on the Board for 4 years of which 3.5 years was as President

What are you really passionate about at JOY 94.9 and what would you like to achieve during your time on the Board? I am passionate about the voice it gives our community, the diversity of programming, the quality of the programming and talent. I am going to work as hard as I can to make JOY financially stable, engaged with it’s members and community and to be the place we all want it to be.

We are a radio station, so we have to ask, who is your favourite performer? I don’t have a fave artist, but if I had to chose some music for a desert island it would likely be Jazz

 

Vice President

Helen Jentz

How long have you been associated with JOY 94.9 and in what capacities? I became aware of JOY when I first moved to Melbourne a number of years ago and it was often a go-to for music on my way to and from work! I was really excited to find out JOY offered a taste of radio course that really piqued my interest so I ‘took the leap’ and did the course early in 2019. I was so impressed with the course and JOY in general – the fun, excitement and great radio produced, that I put my hand up to volunteer as a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee. From here I have been fortunate enough to be selected to be a member of the Joy Board and was elected as Joy’s Vice-President. In amongst all of this I was also fortunate enough to have my pitch for a new specialist radio show accepted – and GRUMPY GAYS officially joined the airways.

What are you really passionate about at JOY 94.9 and what would you like to achieve during your time on the Board? I think it’s hard not to be passionate about JOY as a whole! What has been achieved in its amazing 25 year plus history is truly incredible and I am very proud to be a part of building the next 25 years for our community. More generally I am extremely committed to ensuring our community has a strong, cohesive and united voice on matters of critical importance. During my time on the JOY Board I want to work to ensure the long-term financial viability and sustainability of JOY and to build a JOY Nation that continues to be a voice for the community.

We are a radio station, so we have to ask, who is your favourite performer? Well…as an out and proud GRUMPY GAY, my music taste is reflective of that! I’m a 70’s and 80’s tragic. Give me some disco or anything related to Culture Club or Wham and I’m good. Throw in a bit of old school from the 60’s and I think we have just about covered all the bases!

 

 

Treasurer

Priscilla Jeffery

 

Secretary

Pete Holmes

How long have you been associated with JOY 94.9 and in what capacities? My passion for JOY started back in the early 90s and continues today. I was an avid listener and supporter of JOY through its early test broadcast period and JOY was a pivotal part of my coming out process. I became a member in 1994 (No 334) and a volunteer in 2017 after my retirement from paid work. I completed the JOY radio course at that time and have been volunteering in JOY’s production team as Podcast Coordinator and a Podcaster since then. I love JOY’s daytime sound and am also a daytime presenter on Melbourne’s Most Uplifting Music Mix and a member of JOY’s Outside Broadcast Team.

What are you really passionate about at JOY 94.9 and what would you like to achieve during your time on the Board? The diversity of the JOY community makes me passionate about JOY as a whole. We are an amazing and unique part of the LGBTIQA+ community in Melbourne, Australia and the world through our radio broadcasts, podcasts, web streams and now through video content via our connection with Bent TV. I love the diversity of our specialist programming and our uplifting daytime sound. As a board member, I’m working toward creating a financially secure JOY, a successful relocation to the Victorian Pride Centre, enhancing JOY’s role as a powerful advocate for the LGBTI community and to expand the platforms for our JOY content – broadcast, streaming, podcasts (600K+ last year), DAB, web, video, social media, voice assistants plus whatever else comes along in the future.

We are a radio station, so we have to ask, who is your favourite performer? As a presenter on JOY Daytimes, you’ve probably guessed that I love pop music from any era. Having headed out to many rock concerts in the 70s and 80’s (Joe Cocker, Slade, Elton John, Pink Floyd, Tina Turner plus many more) and Melbourne’s Shed 14 parties and many Mardi Gras parties back in the 90s and 00’s, I guess, anything that’s uplifting and has a bit of a dance beat will get me up on my feet for a dance BUT I kinda love almost all music including pop, rock, classical, musical theatre, folk, electronic, house, deep house, chill, techno, trance, vocal trance and I’m open to any new genre that may come along! If pushed for my favourite artist of all time it would be (drumroll…) Pink Floyd. Their music uplifts and has a depth that still challenges me after all these years of listening to it.

 

Director

Mark Adams

How long have you been associated with JOY 94.9 and in what capacities? My dear friend and Joy life member Jodie Willmer got me involved in the radiation 2012, I had just returned from six years overseas and wanted to re-socialise in Melbourne. I joined, got on the phone banks and was hooked. I then joined the Taste of Radio program and took it from there – by the end of 2012 I had joined Jodie’s travel show as a host and learning about panelling, it was back in the analogue days so it was all about knowing how to program the D-Cart and have the CDs queued up… it was chaos – it was like twelve drunk monkeys trying to make love to a greased football. We made it work and the stress and joy of putting the travel show to air each Saturday was worth it. When Jodie retired from Joy, my co-host Jo Prior and I re-branded the show to The Escape Hour and broadcasted together for five years until Jo passed away. The travel show continues today as The Escape Hour. In 2014 I was invited to join the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee which was a great way to continue volunteering off air, and I love being behind the scenes and learning about radio broadcasting from a very different perspective. Due to an unexpected vacancy on the board, I was invited to join from July 2019 until the next AGM. Looking forward to working with the Board, staff and the hundreds of members to keep Joy going for another 25 years.

What are you really passionate about at JOY 94.9 and what would you like to achieve during your time on the Board? I am passionate about a fair society and everyone getting to have the opportunity for a full, successful life on their own terms. I’m lucky, and I believe that lucky people have a responsibility to help other people be set up for success where we can. Being a voice and being visible matters – I want to know that Joy is able to be the audible and visible connection to the LGBTI community to people who don’t have that choice. I want to know we continue to connect and inspire people in our community not only in inner Melbourne, but all around Australia and where our broadcast reach enables people to hear out, loud and proud voices talking about issues touching and concerning us.

We are a radio station, so we have to ask, who is your favourite performer? Umm.. what kind of performer? If I can assume music, I can’t say just one, but I can say queer and allies performing hip hop, jazz and r&b will aways have my heart.

 

Director

Gary Singer

 

Director

Madeleine Swain

How long have you been associated with JOY 94.9 and in what capacities? I became aware of JOY when it began but in those far-off days I had much more hands-on associations with sister media organisations the Melbourne Queer Film Festival and Bent TV. Over the years I’ve guested on programs, mostly at the invitation of long-time JOY presenter Gillian Bartlett, but a greater involvement is something I’m greatly anticipating.

What are you really passionate about at JOY 94.9 and what would you like to achieve during your time on the Board? The ability of radio to reach every little spot in the most far-flung places and bring a voice and a connection to those who may feel entirely isolated is an incredibly powerful thing – JOY builds and celebrates community and all I can hope to do is help facilitate that in any way possible, while being profoundly committed to ensuring that the station is a viable, sustainable and always ethical organisation that can thrive now and for the long-term future.

We are a radio station, so we have to ask, who is your favourite performer? My tastes range from the untouchable interpreters of the great American songbook – Fred Astaire, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, Judy Garland with special affection for the likes of Dietrich, Piaf and Doris Day etc – to (slightly) more modern performers like Bowie, Cohen, Dylan, kd lang and Blondie. In 2014 I flew to England purely to see Kate Bush at Hammersmith (having also seen her in 1979), although recently I’ve been listening to more classical music than anything. Ravel is a particularly favourite.

 

 

Photos
David McCarthy thanks to Saturday Magazine
Madeleine Swain thanks to The Silverfox
All other pictures courtesy of Tim Lennox

 

Term of Office

Board member Years
remaining
Term
expires
Gary SINGER Casual appointment 2020
Madeleine SWAIN Casual appointment 2020
Priscilla JEFFERY 2 2021
David McCARTHY 3 2022
Helen JENTZ 3 2022
Mark ADAMS 3 2022
Pete HOLMES 3 2022