The Future Of Community Radio and JOY 94.9


Since 1972, when the first station license was issued – Community broadcasting has helped shape the media landscape in Australia – we lead the world in terms of number, diversity and quality of licensed community-controlled broadcasting stations. In this country we have more community radio stations (358) than the number of commercial, ABC and SBS stations put together (343).
Melbourne is the heartland for Australian community radio with nine (the most of any Australian city). Community radio gives access to the airwaves to people who are otherwise denied it— it provides news, information, cultural content and entertainment to communities defined by geographical location or common interest – and it gives voice to young people, old people, Indigenous people, ethnic people and people like Dean.

JOY 94.9 is a shining example of the success of Community Broadcasting. From a rather shaky beginning on the 1st of December, 17 years ago – JOY 94.9 has grown into a highly respected, much loved, multi-awarding winning radio station that delivers on its promise as stated in its mission statement….

JOY 94.9 is a gay and lesbian volunteer-based community radio station committed to providing a voice for the diverse lesbian and gay communities, enabling freedom of expression, the breaking down of isolation and the celebration of our culture achievements and pride.

Like all teenagers growing up, it’s not without a few growing pains, the odd bruise and a couple of stitches in the head – or is that just me?. But as the station enters its 18th year, with a new president and a General Manager who has publicly committed to nurture the Station through to its 21st birthday, things are looking good. We welcome – Word For Word – David Mc Carthy, President of JOY 94.9 and its General Manager – Danae Gibson.