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President

David ‘Macca’ McCarthy

Vice President

Amanda Millar

How long have you been associated with JOY 94.9 and in what capacities? I joined the JOY board at the AGM in October 2018. In addition to my board role I have taken on the roles of Chair of the JOY Broadcast Compliance Committee and the Chair of the Fundraising Working Group.

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 building a sustainable JOY for the future with a range of revenue sources and resources to continue to drive the organisation forward. I want to know that JOY will be there for everyone well beyond my time on the board.

We are a radio station, so we have to ask, who is your favourite performer? My sister has got me hooked on EDM which has so many great Aussie artists – SAFIA, Kite String Tangle, Cub Sport. And a bit of Christine and the Queens for some queer pop.

Treasurer

Priscilla Jeffery

Secretary

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.

Directors

Josh Pearson

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.

 

All pictures courtesy of Tim Lennox

Picture Mark Adams by Mark

Picture David McCarthy by unknown