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JOY 94.9’s Season 4 commenced on Monday 7 October 2013.

The sun is returning and so are plenty of your favourite programs for Season 4, and we will be springing into summer with some new program makers exploring their passions.  Of course, as always, we say thanks to some who are taking a short break, and regretfully announce the longer-term departures of some favourites.

Changes to JOY daytimes

  • Air Bags with Gillian and Nik; Monday Drive

“Cushioning the blow of the drive home”.  Gillian and Nik and their quirky producer Callum are moving from their usual ‘Wake Up It’s Wednesday’ breakfast slot and heading to Mondays to drive you home with great music, prizes and the usual antics and anecdotes from the fabulous female duo…and Callum!

  • Rise Up with Ginni and Adam; Wednesday Breakfast

There’s a new team in town! Ginni and Adam S will wake you up as the sun rises over Melbourne on a Wednesday morning with great music, competitions, fun facts, and all you need to know about growing up with gossipy Sri Lankan aunties or with a fetish for oversized men’s watches.

JOY’s own ‘grey power’ program, exploring the issues affecting our community elders today. Gordon and Chris bring their experience, wisdom and life lessons to the show.

New specialty programs

Our new specialty programs for Season 4 are:

Community elder Jim Hyde will be discussing politics, current affairs and our GLB, T&I communities’ history with a panel of younger presenters.  It will be an intergenerational exchange of ideas and opinions, and a sharing of knowledge, sure to spark some broader conversations.

Each week Dolly Diamond sits down for an intimate chat with a very special guest. And each week Dolly’s guest will share a little of their life – and of course promote the hell out of their latest project.  An hour of wonderful conversation, fabulous music and some hilarious insight into the frustrations of everyone’s favourite comedy diva’s celebrity and non-celebrity friends.

A rainbow-flooded sound collage featuring music, art and voice highlighting the diversity of views and forms of expression of the GLB, T&I communities past and present, in particular those existing around the edges.  The radicals, the mavericks, the hard to pin down, the individuals, the funny, the visionaries and those who helped changed the world.  Greg is joining JOY after several years community broadcasting in northern Victoria.

We have our very own SBS celebrity taking to the JOY airwaves every Sunday lunchtime for an hour of all that is Greek and all that is Gold. The show will focus on Greek culture, food and fabulous music! Broadcast in English with a splash of Greek to get you in the mood.

And on every Tuesday evening from 7 pm, The JOY Chronicle will bring you a weekly compilation of some of JOY’s best content.

Returning programs

Several of your favourite JOY programs are returning after a short break:

A forum where people of all faiths can explore the integration of their spirituality and sexuality; breaking down the isolation for those of you who feel rejected by your faith communities and perhaps find a way to help you reconnect with your faith.

Over the past eighteen years Anita has made a unique mark on Australian broadcasting, through the presentation of women’s music, and after a short rest to recharge the batteries, she returns.

With old and new, international and local, and just possibly the occasional show tune, the Cabaret Room team returns for a new season to keep you up-to-date with the diverse and ever-evolving cabaret and musical theatre scene in Melbourne.

Retiring and resting programs

After ten years on air, eight of them with The Rainbow Report, Doug Pollard will be retiring the program at the end of Season 3.  We wish Doug all the best in whatever comes next, but we have no doubt he will not become a stranger.

JOY also sends a sincere thank you to Trev, Sparx and Zoe aka Manic Monday Drive for their contribution to the daytime programming team over the past 3 years. The show is now resting and we look forward to hearing the team members back on JOY in the near future.

After a once off special season of Handclaps and Harmonies we hope that we will not be saying farewell to Jade Gulliver for ever either.

A few programs who are taking a quick rest include:

A big thanks to all of you for your efforts since you’ve been on air, or since your last break, and we look forward to your return soon.

Time changes

Several of our existing programs will have new timeslots in Season 4:

The Single Life from Tuesday 11 pm to Tuesday 10 pm
Asian Pop Radio Australia from Sunday midnight to Tuesday 11 pm
Stand Up Straight from Tuesday 9 pm to Thursday 7 pm
Turn The Beat Around from Friday 11 pm to Friday 9 pm
Aesthetica from Sunday 9 pm to Sunday 5 pm

JOY 94.9 program grids

JOY 94.9 has four broadcast seasons per year beginning on the first Monday in January. Subsequent seasons begin on the first Monday of April, July and October, respectively.

We have more than 70 presenters on air during any one season, and JOY maximises the welfare of our volunteers by asking them to regularly take breaks and to come back fully refreshed for a new season.

Although you might miss a particular program while it takes a break, there are plenty of others among JOY’s diverse specialty programs that are sure to draw your interest.

JOY 94.9 is always on the lookout for new content that reflects the diversity of the gay and lesbian communities we serve – diversity of voices, diversity of spoken word, diversity of music genre.

If you are interested in becoming a program maker at JOY, then head to volunteer recruitment to find out more.


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