JOY 94.9 https://joy.org.au Australia's OUT. LOUD. PROUD. radio station Wed, 14 Apr 2021 08:04:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.6.2 https://joy.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/favicon-55x55.png JOY 94.9 https://joy.org.au 32 32 Australia's OUT. LOUD. PROUD. radio station JOY 94.9 clean JOY 94.9 webmaster@joy.org.au webmaster@joy.org.au (JOY 94.9) JOY Melbourne Inc. Australia's OUT. LOUD. PROUD. radio station JOY 94.9 https://joy.org.au/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/avatar_-_The_Concept_Album_1400x1400.png https://joy.org.au Melbourne, Australia Weekly Win BIG this Radiothon with Daily Prizes and Giveaways! https://joy.org.au/blog/2021/04/win-big-this-radiothon-with-daily-prizes-and-giveaways/ Mon, 12 Apr 2021 07:01:30 +0000 https://joy.org.au/?p=10813 Become a Member or Donate to JOY! JOY Radiothon is back for another year and we’re gearing up to fully #EmbraceJOY ! We’ve got plenty of giveaways and daily prizes...

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Become a Member or Donate to JOY!

JOY Radiothon is back for another year and we’re gearing up to fully #EmbraceJOY !

We’ve got plenty of giveaways and daily prizes running from April 14th to the 23rd that you can WIN! Radiothon is JOY’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and with your donations and membership, we are able to provide a safe platform for our community to be represented and feel heard. As a part of our Radiothon for 2021, we are hoping to give back to this amazing community of ours with some amazing daily prizes.

For every day of Radiothon, we will have a DAILY PRIZE alongside individual giveaways per JOY program. It’s important to note, the rules for the Daily Prize differentiate to the giveaway’s in the JOY programs.

In order to win the big Daily Prize, you MUST become a member/renew your membership THAT DAY. For example, if the prize you’re after is from Day One, Wednesday the 14th of April, you must become a member/renew your membership THAT day. Each prize is drawn that day and announced the following, and you are only eligible for the day you become a member or renew your membership.

To be eligible to win the individual JOY show giveaways, you can Donate OR Become a Member to enter. These will be drawn within the program’s allotted time on air.

Full in depth terms and conditions of any JOY Prize Draw are listed below along with our wonderful list of daily prizes!


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

T&Cs JOY Radiothon 2021 Updated 14:04


DAY 1 – WEDNESDAY 14TH APRIL

Thanks to PH Celebrants and CustomBNB

DAY 2 – THURSDAY 15TH APRIL

Thanks to Daylesford Country Retreats and The Daylesford Hotel


DAY 3 – FRIDAY 16TH APRIL

Thanks to Ella and Friends Photography

 

DAY 4 – SATURDAY 17TH APRIL

Thanks to Cinema Nova


DAY 5 – SUNDAY 18TH APRIL

Thanks to Moama On The Murray and Junction Moama (More details to come)

DAY 6 – MONDAY 19TH APRIL

Thanks to Marina Pitisano at LetzCreate

DAY 7 – TUESDAY 20TH APRIL

Thanks to The Provincial Hotel Ballarat 

DAY 8 – WEDNESDAY 21ST APRIL

Thanks to Houndsome

DAY 9 – THURSDAY 22ND APRIL

Thanks to Echuca Moama and The American Hotel (More details to come)

DAY 10 – FRIDAY 23RD APRIL

Thanks to Discover Daylesford and Daylesford Healing Massage

 

More details to come as we regularly update this page across Radiothon.

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Creating community, connection and comfort for Foster Families https://joy.org.au/blog/2021/04/creating-community-connection-and-comfort-for-foster-families/ Thu, 08 Apr 2021 02:23:00 +0000 https://joy.org.au/?p=10802 For decades, The Lighthouse Foundation has been a safe haven for young homeless people from backgrounds of long-term neglect and abuse. The Melbourne based charity organisation provides young people with...

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For decades, The Lighthouse Foundation has been a safe haven for young homeless people from backgrounds of long-term neglect and abuse. The Melbourne based charity organisation provides young people with a home, a sense of family and individually tailored consistent and on-going therapeutic care.

Currently, The Lighthouse Foundation are seeking foster carers to help better support the diversity of the youth they care for and work with. With the hopes of reaching the rainbow community and building relationships within this space, The Lighthouse Foundation are recruiting long-term fosters carers. They are asking willing individuals who can open their hearts and homes to children in need to reach out to them at lighthousefostercare.org.au

“We’ve seen first-hand the challenges children and carers face in the existing system. When you break it down, our solution is relatively simple but we still need you to make it work. We’re here to support you, so that you can support them.”

This organisation is not just a foundation that protects, supports and uplifts foster children, but also provides on-going support and care of the carers who choose to open their homes to children. Their promise is to provide Foster Carers with genuine therapeutic care, sense of community and a consistent circle of support they need to care for some of Victoria’s most vulnerable children. With a strong focus on community, The Lighthouse Foundation really want to ensure they are supporting all kinds of families in their work.

“Lighthouse know that rainbow families are happy families.  We have cared for first hand many children that were kicked out of home for being ‘different’ and through our inclusive mantra and model of care, have been able to support them become their true selves and feel supported in their choices. Our Foster Care program needs new carers from all walks of life that can support our children thrive and grow in a loving environment.”

So what do you need to do qualify?

  • Be over the age of 21
  • Have a spare room and a willingness to open your heart and home to children in need

Yep, that’s all! Lighthouse will guide you through the training and accreditation every step of the way.

“We know that there are barriers out there with other agencies, but Lighthouse are an inclusive agency and we especially welcome our friends from the LGTQIA+ community.”

Contact them on 1800 542 273 | lighthousefostercare.org.au

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LGBTIQA+ Mental Health Survey – Making Change https://joy.org.au/blog/2021/03/lgbtiqa-mental-health-survey-making-change/ Thu, 18 Mar 2021 03:48:46 +0000 https://joy.org.au/?p=10723 Mental health services should be accessible to all and provide support that meets the unique needs of those seeking it. With support from the North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network,...

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Mental health services should be accessible to all and provide support that meets the unique needs of those seeking it. With support from the North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network, Jesuit Social Services have created a short survey to learn more about the mental health needs of our rainbow community.

By filling out this anonymous survey, you can help them create and improve on mental health services and suicide prevention programs to better accommodate for LGBTIQA+ individuals. Find out more and have your say by following the link below.

This research aims to improve mental health and wellbeing outcomes of LGBTIQ+ community members in North Western Melbourne by:

          learning more about mental health, suicide prevention and related service needs of the LGBTIQ+ community;

          identifying and responding to service gaps; and

          enhancing cultural responsiveness and inclusiveness of Jesuit Social Services programs and other services in the region.

The survey will be open until 1st April 2021.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/makingchangesurvey2021

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Have your say JOYsters! – Favourite Soul/R&B Song https://joy.org.au/blog/2021/03/have-your-say-joysters-favourite-soul-rb-song/ Thu, 18 Mar 2021 01:01:11 +0000 https://joy.org.au/?p=10707 Hey JOYsters! We want to hear your thoughts! For their Easter Sunday special,  Caffè Lattè is asking you “What are your favourite Soul/R&B songs?” During the special, JOY Presenter Alan...

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Hey JOYsters!

We want to hear your thoughts! For their Easter Sunday special,  Caffè Lattè is asking you “What are your favourite Soul/R&B songs?” During the special, JOY Presenter Alan Ross will be doing a countdown of your favourite iconic Soul/R&B tracks before announcing the big number one!

Simply head to this link to cast your vote! Voting closes Good Friday.

Tune in to JOY 94.9 on Sunday the 4th to hear the results.

 

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Radiothon 2021 is here! #EmbraceJOY https://joy.org.au/blog/2021/03/radiothon-2021-is-here-embracejoy/ Thu, 11 Mar 2021 04:12:20 +0000 https://joy.org.au/?p=10545 It’s time for the rainbow community to shed the COVID cloak and embrace the joy of being LGBTIQA+. We’re leading this year’s Radiothon theme:  #EmbraceJOY. Embracing who we are, embracing...

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It’s time for the rainbow community to shed the COVID cloak and embrace the joy of being LGBTIQA+. We’re leading this year’s Radiothon theme:  #EmbraceJOY.

Embracing who we are, embracing who we can be, and celebrating the platform JOY 94.9 provides for rainbow voices. This year’s Radiothon sees us return to full LIVE broadcasting as the studio refills with vibrant energy and anticipation for this ten day event in April. 

Last year for Radiothon, we wanted to let our community know that We Are You. This year we want to remind you that whilst this still rings true, we want to celebrate all that you are. #EmbraceJOY encapsulates all that the community has been through as a people. 

Through actively participating across decades in protests and parades, we’ve become an established part of the fabric and landscape of LGBTIQA+ voices. We’ve built our grassroots organisation through the passion of our volunteer and membership base. Together, we want to celebrate and embrace the joy that can be found in our rainbow community lineage.

For our independent voices to continue to be heard, we are asking for your help. COVID-19 has had a massive effect on all of us and JOY was not immune.

This Radiothon fundraising event is our most important to date.

We are setting a minimum target of $250,000 and hope to far exceed this amount but we need you to share, donate and become a member.


Make sure you listen and check in to see what we’re up to during Radiothon on the
14th to the 23rd April.

Let us embrace joy, continue supporting marginalised voices and celebrate the intricacies of our rainbow family as a community.

 

Let’s make the rest of 2021 something to be proud of.

 

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Listen live to JOY Daytimes https://joy.org.au/blog/2020/12/9657/ Mon, 14 Dec 2020 00:47:12 +0000 https://joy.org.au/?p=9657   You can listen live to JOY Daytimes – Australia’s Most Uplifting Music Mix with the JOY Daytimes crew, from 9am every day at JOY.ORG.AU, the JOY App, on 94.9...

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You can listen live to JOY Daytimes – Australia’s Most Uplifting Music Mix with the JOY Daytimes crew, from 9am every day at JOY.ORG.AU, the JOY App, on 94.9 FM and DAB+ in Melbourne or via web apps such as TuneIn and iHeart Radio.

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Independent community media is alive and well at JOY 94.9 https://joy.org.au/blog/2020/12/independent-community-media-is-alive-and-well-at-joy-94-9/ Thu, 03 Dec 2020 00:51:06 +0000 https://joy.org.au/?p=9977   With much discussion around the commercialisation of media right now, it is refreshing to know that Australia’s LGBTIQA+ community media organisation, JOY is alive and well, celebrating 27 years...

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JOY Annual General Meeting was held on Zoom. November, 2020

 

With much discussion around the commercialisation of media right now, it is refreshing to know that Australia’s LGBTIQA+ community media organisation, JOY is alive and well, celebrating 27 years of existence this 1st of December.

Holding its Annual General Meeting last Sunday 29 November 2020 via Zoom, JOY reported the achievements of the financial year 2019-2020, including their navigation through the difficult COVID-19 period.

Macca – JOY President

According to David “Macca” McCarthy, President of JOY, the pivotal change for JOY after the 2019 financial year, was vital to the survival of the organisation, which was going through very challenging times. With a new and refreshed board, JOY appointed Ange Barry as the new CEO in August 2019.

With the sole purpose of building a more inclusive world, JOY built its reach to 620,000 monthly listeners on 94.9 FM in Melbourne, grew its online streaming and social media base, reached 2.3 million podcast downloads worldwide, launched its new video streaming service, JOY TV, and picked up CBAA Community Broadcasting Awards and GLOBE awards for its content.

Recognising the importance of community participation in their sustainability, JOY has worked with the Victorian Government, partners, philanthropy, patrons, donors and sponsors to enable the organisation to solidify finances, refresh the content offering and transition to a multimedia content hub.

JOY Awards 2020

JOY’s 150 talented volunteer content makers adapted speedily to the COVID 19 pandemic, creating and broadcasting their wonderful programs from homes across Victoria.   JOY recognised the team’s achievements including the Addam Stobbs Award for Broadcasting Excellence to broadcaster Ti Butler, and the Anne Hamilton Award for Volunteering Excellence to Clayton Wimshurst.

 

Ti Butler – JOY Broadcaster

Addam Stobbs Award for Broadcasting Excellence 

It’s such an honour to receive this award, and to be recognised not just alongside the other recipients of this award, but also the much missed Addam Stobbs. JOY is a community that I am so proud to be part of, and to be recognised for broadcast excellence amongst this community of phenomenal broadcasters is one of my proudest achievements.
Huge thanks to the team I work with that help bring my show to air: Jordan Johnstone, for connecting the show up on air each week, our Program Director, Rachel Tyler Jones, for encouraging me and backing my skills; and our music team, led by Music Director Michael Polh and Interviews Coordinator Bryan McGrath, for their support not just with The Sound of Now, but also the Six at Six, which wrapped up earlier this year after ten years on air.

 

 

Clayton Wimshurst – JOY Volunteer

Anne Hamilton Award for Volunteering Excellence
Having volunteered at JOY for over 5 years now I have been delighted by the experiences that it has afforded me. Starting as a podcaster and moving into other roles like a producer, presenter and trainer, JOY has given me skills that have translated into my day job and even helped me to get leadership roles in teaching. Being part of JOY has benefited me in so many ways and I love what I do. 
I wish the thank the entire JOY community for all of their tireless work. I have worked on a variety of shows with some amazing cohosts. As part of the production team, Jason Gipps gave me an amazing start and I have loved the continuation of that work with Jack and Jordan. Our work could not go ahead without the amazing Anne, Chris and a small collection of paid staff who all go above and beyond. No matter what your role is at JOY you add to an amazing community and I thank you all for what you do. 

 

JOY awarded Hon. Martin Foley MP, Minister for Health and Equalitythe inaugural President’s Award, in recognition for his extraordinary commitment and contribution to JOY and to the LGBTIQA+ community. Minister Foley was the guest speaker at the meeting, where he highlighted the achievements of the community to date, and the importance of continued work in building a more inclusive Australia.

JOY Awards 2020 certificates

With its eye on the future, a new name, chosen by the membership, was announced for the organisation – JOY Media Independently Out, Loud and Proud.  

Looking to broaden the opportunity for the rainbow community and its allies to participate in content making, JOY proudly announced a regional, rural and remote content engagement project, and the broadening of its service offering to include multi-channel sponsorship, podcast creation, studio hire and voiceover work and most importantly online, accessible education services through JOY Academy.

Looking forward to relocating to the Victorian Pride Centre in 2021, CEO Ange Barry noted, “This year has been a time of reflection for JOY, enabling us to build a shared vision on our purpose, our participation and community engagement, and on how we sustain ourselves.  …. a direction was set to review both our content offering and service provision to ensure JOY represents and serves the Rainbow community of today”.

Ange Barry, CEO. JOY Annual General Meeting with JOY Board Members – November 2020

 

Annual Report 2019 – 2020 

Download here the Annual Report for the financial year 2019 – 2020 .

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Here is the story of JOY – the Prequel ! https://joy.org.au/blog/2020/12/here-is-the-story-of-joy-the-prequel/ Tue, 01 Dec 2020 23:42:49 +0000 https://joy.org.au/?p=9972 Author – Chris Furneaux JOY 94.9 Volunteer Archivist – Text updated 1 Oct 2020 Let’s start with a little bit of gay history for context: Gay liberation in Victoria gathered...

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Author – Chris Furneaux JOY 94.9 Volunteer Archivist – Text updated 1 Oct 2020

Let’s start with a little bit of gay history for context:

Gay liberation in Victoria gathered momentum in the 1970s, & it was not until December 1980 that a law was passed (72-7) to decriminalise homosexuality in Victoria. Until then, gay offences could result in gaol sentences – and lives would be ruined by the scandal. No wonder we were ‘in the closet’. There was general antagonism towards ‘queers’ and we existed in the shadows of society.

The AIDS crisis hit Australia in Oct 1982, and the first Australian death from AIDS occurred in Melbourne in July 1983. There was public hysteria and vilification. We all knew guys who were suddenly sick — then gone! We attended funerals on a monthly or even weekly basis. Our ranks were severely depleted.

Eventually medication improved and patients were living longer, but still dying too young. Lots of them were lying alone in sick beds at Fairfield (Infectious Disease Hospital) and The Alfred Hospital – quite disconnected from their friends, lovers, family and communities. We were now in the public gaze.

At that time, major daily newspapers only carried scandalous gay stories, and gay matters weren’t handled sensitively. And we gay people obtained our gay news via weekly street newspapers or monthly magazines. Luckily there was an active pub & club social scene which provided safe meet and mingle venues which supported us; where we could dance to our music. I must remind you that the inter-web was still in its infancy; mobile phones were the size of house bricks; there was no SMS, Facebook, Twitter or Grinder. For those in hospital or still coming to terms with their sexuality or gender, or wanting to feel part of the gay community, isolation was a frightening possibility.

John Oliver (JOY Member #1) was aware of some gay men in hospital and he thought that it would be quite therapeutic to make contact with them in their isolation through a private, safe and intimate medium – Was radio the answer? John thought so.

After some delicate negotiations with an existing local community radio station, John was able to secure 2 hours of broadcast time on World AIDS Day 1992. However this just confirmed that our community needed its own voice. Further enthusiasm and support was revealed at Midsumma Carnival 1993. JOY was poised to fill that need. We had a purpose. John drew together a small group of passionate like-minded friends and volunteers and they set themselves a target of 10 months to set up and begin broadcasting.

It wasn’t just a matter of plugging in a transmitter and hooking up a turntable or laptop (what were they?).

We had to go to Red Tape Central – the Federal Government in Canberra. This was not a quick or easy process – licences weren’t just up for grabs. We has to follow a strict process of applying for a licence to broadcast to the G&L community & it was submitted to the ABA Australian Broadcasting Authority in early 1993. The ABA (now known as ACMA Australian Communications and Media Authority) had to allocate a broadcast frequency, our broadcast power and signal strength, frequency and direction.

Hours of broadcast were limited. All consequences of being in the not-for-profit arena.

In support of each application, details of our management, financial and capabilities had to be provided. This meant that we had to set up:

  • The legal Identity –so JOY Melbourne became Incorporated & adopted a Constitution (based on Model Rules from Corporate Affairs Victoria); & this led to a committee of management (later Board of Governance), a Treasurer & need for Bank Accounts & signatories; this is still in place to this day;
  • Having established our purpose and identity, we implemented a membership process, defining the preferred model of member involvement and running of the station – as “membership with Voting Rights”- this too is still in place; and we developed a revenue stream from memberships, donations and sponsorships;
  • On the technical side, just imagine what was necessary to find and buy suitable gear to set up a broadcast studio, a transmitter and aerial, & to source office equipment, computers, desks, phones and simple 1990s software – all with meagre financial resources. Thankfully none of that early infrastructure remains;
  • Volunteers were (& still are) our greatest assets – we relied on their knowledge, skills, experience, passions, enthusiasm, personal time and generous financial support. Individuals may have come & gone, but as a group our volunteers remain our life-blood.

All this was just for periodic broadcasting – not a permanent licence. That struggle came later.

We secured a licence for an initial broadcast. The core group of volunteers performed miracles; and JOY went to air, as planned on Wednesday 1 December, World AIDS Day 1993. An important symbol.

The following weekend 4/5 December 1993, JOY went to air for 2 days of full-time broadcasting – delivering a wide array of programs including the show “Hello Hospitals”, Women on Waves, Bootscoot, gardening, computers, cooking, travel and gay news, pop music and current affairs, and the Rev Robert White’s religious program – with representatives from our diverse community.

While our initial broadcasts were for a few days at a time and at low-power transmissions, we became more proficient and the feed-back from our listeners confirmed that we had the support from all areas of our community. Soon we negotiated with the ABA to broadcast up to 90 days a year (equivalent to weekends only). We also applied for and obtained Special Event broadcast licences for the first of many Outside Broadcasts.

JOY developed a broadcast schedule which included community engagement, giving others a voice, telling our stories, providing confidence to those coming out, and celebrating as part of a visible and proud community at annual events like Midsumma & Pride March – a community uniting without a gender divide!

JOY has become a respected facilitator in ‘getting us on the map, developing community pride and involving our GLBTIQ friends, connecting with the wide Arts community, bringing the general public – our straight allies – along with us. We are agents of change, as we live our 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.”

So our history became, tentatively at first in 1993, but them with confidence; In 2001 were successfully argues our case for a permanent broadcast licence for full-time broadcasting, and now graduating to 21st Century technology for radio and office processes – leaving our humble origins in South Melbourne, via our 12 years in rented premises in Bourke Street Community Village (partly courtesy of the City Of Melbourne), as we prepare to move to Victorian Pride Centre, St Kilda in 2021.

Thankfully, we have seen positive generational change in social attitudes, been witness to Marriage Equality, and been accepted as part of the vibrant fabric of Melbourne and Australia. This is our legacy – the future lies before us.

Chris Furneaux

Written by Chris Furneaux, Member 783, joined JOY in 1997..
Chris has been handling membership services since 1999 & is also JOY’s volunteer Archivist.

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Restrictions to JOY music podcasts https://joy.org.au/blog/2020/12/restrictions-to-joy-music-podcasts/ Tue, 01 Dec 2020 03:50:21 +0000 https://joy.org.au/?p=9760 To our dear community of listeners,   JOY 94.9 as an independent community media organisation is in a privileged position that allows us to use music in our podcasts. We are also privileged to have a growing global community of listeners who we...

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To our dear community of listeners,  

JOY 94.9 as an independent community media organisation is in a privileged position that allows us to use music in our podcasts. We are also privileged to have a growing global community of listeners who we value. However, recent clarification confirms that our license to include music in podcasts extends only to our Australian listeners.

As a result, JOY has had to start geo-blocking any JOY podcast that contains licensed music.  

If you are trying to listen to a music podcast from the JOY Podcast library from a country outside of Australia, your downloaded podcast will contain a message that the podcast is not available in your region 

However, all talk-based JOY Podcasts will remain available on our JOY Podcast library and can be accessed worldwide at JOY.ORG.AU and all popular podcast platforms.  

Spotify issues 

Spotify has also taken down some of our music podcasts recently. Spotify has stated that it will not allow music podcasts on its site, even though they may be legally downloaded within Australia. To prevent our other podcasts from being taken down, JOY 94.9 will no longer publish music podcasts to Spotify. 

We understand that this may be very frustrating and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. We encourage you to continue listening to JOY Podcasts at JOY.ORG.AU and follow JOY Podcasts Facebook Page for updates. 

If you would like to contact us, please do so by emailing feedback@joy.org.au

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JOY Wins CBAA Best Special Event Broadcast Award for 2020 Mardi Gras Broadcast https://joy.org.au/blog/2020/11/joy-wins-cbaa-best-special-event-broadcast-award-for-2020-mardi-gras-broadcast/ Mon, 02 Nov 2020 03:13:38 +0000 https://joy.org.au/?p=9853 Congratulations to everyone involved in JOY’s 2020 coverage of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras for taking home the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia Best Special Event Broadcast Award!...

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Congratulations to everyone involved in JOY’s 2020 coverage of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras for taking home the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia Best Special Event Broadcast Award!

Following last year’s award-winning broadcast we were able to achieve the same level of inclusive and diverse content, but this year we did it all live! This broadcast would not have been possible without our Mardi Gras partners Salesforce who made it possible for us to get to Sydney, and who marched side-by-side with us in the parade, and the support of the Sydney Bear Bar at the Burdekin Hotel for providing us with a broadcasting space.

It took 23 people across Sydney and Melbourne to create this four-hour broadcast, with many listeners writing in to share their stories and send their love to Sydney. We spoke to people of all ages, genders and abilities, as well as people from diverse cultural backgrounds, first time parade-goers and seasoned Mardi Gras attendees. Thank you to everyone who made the trek to Sydney and to everyone who stayed in Melbourne to make this possible. This was truly a team effort, and it is a testament to the power of hard work, creative use of technology and keeping the community in community radio.

Listen to the broadcast here.

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