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The Rock-itt : December 2010
It’s scarcely believable how quickly the year has passed, in fact it seemed only recent history that Radio Northern Beaches was celebrating a 25 th anniversary and we are now closer to our 30 th . There should be a mighty, collective pat on the back for all concerned that a volunteer organisation of any kind could be approaching such a momentous milestone, let alone one that has experienced so many tumultuous highs and lows. But with the previous year’s trauma of financing such an endeavour coupled with the stress of relocating the studios receding (slightly) into the background, the last year has seen a far more rewarding and enjoyable focus on developing the station, its content and the all-round experience for presenters and listeners. The past year has seen the profile of the station raised through a number of useful press articles in local bastions like The Manly Daily and Peninsula Living, of course the most valuable of these has been the continued support of Rock-itt Magazine, so a massive thanks to Peter and all the crew for their help in featuring us on a regular basis. This year has seen a number of profile raising broadcasts, appearances and live recordings outside of the RNB studios based here at the Belrose Bowling Club – another organisation who deserve thanks for their belief in the station. One of the most rewarding of these happened early in the year when the station set up camp at the Dee Why Beach Australia Day celebrations, it was an enormous amount of work but paid dividends in the connection made to the Northern Beaches community. This was swiftly followed by appearances at events like the Sydney Multi-cultural Festival in Manly Vale in February and most recently at the long running Newport festival just last month. Coupled with this has been our recordings of many live music performances over the past year, led by the endless enthusiasm of technical director Andrew Goodman- Jones, who has travelled far and wide across the peninsula to record local artists – all broadcast on Sunday evenings from 7-9pm as part of RNB Live. One of the more frequent providers of content for this show has been the local and am ateur songwriter showcase, “Songs Alive” held again at the Belrose Bowling Club with the help of RNB Board Member James Devitt. The opportunities that arise from and an involvement with community radio range far and wide and having never taught anything to anyone before, I was lucky to have been involved in the Radio Northern Beaches W orkshop this year. This was a fascinating and rewarding experience I would never have encountered otherwise. Run by Anna Clarke-Doyle, these gateway- into-radio quarterly workshops have grown in popularity to the point where they are nearly always full of excited potential presenters. One area of improvement continually clamoured for by our presenters recently came to fruition, a professional talk-back system, enabling a far wider range of interviews to be possible at the station (without dragging people out to Belrose) and a greater connectivity with listeners. I believe By Julian Brown - Program Manager Radio Northern Beaches raise a glass Studio A