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Arts and ReviewsJoanne Eisemann

February 2019

2019 IS promising to be a great year for Meander Valley community radio station MVFM 96.9.

With a new transmitter purchased and commissioned in 2018 and the aerial retuned to improve the signal, coverage now reaches more areas of the Valley and beyond.

Thanks to grants from Bendigo Bank, Meander Valley Council and the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia, building renovations and equipment purchases have made the station more efficient. Listeners, memberships and sponsorships have all increased.

Renovations for the second production studio space are complete. Equipment is being installed for live broadcasting to begin in 2019.

MVFM is run and maintained by volunteers, producing music and lifestyle programs, broadcasting a community calendar of local and council news, maintaining a Facebook page and website, servicing equipment and performing all the back-room tasks required to stay on air.

The September AGM elected Mira Kuperstein (President), John Kenzey (Vice President), Tim Biggs (Treasurer) and Marijke McGough (Secretary), with committee members Nick Weare, John Phelps, Linda Irwin, Carol McLean Carr and Noelene Hanson.

This year, for their work with the station, John Kenzey and Mira received Meander Valley Council Volunteer Awards.

If you enjoy listening to MVFM, consider becoming a member or a sponsor. Membership is open to all Meander Valley residents for an annual cost of $30.00 ($20.00 concession).

Membership and sponsorship allows MVFM to continue to broadcast, providing opportunities for people to make programs, meaningful training and work for benefit recipients and volunteers.

In March, MVFM will begin a fortnightly ‘Member’s Draw’ where three members will receive a special prize from sponsors.

Volunteers are always needed to make programs, to utilise their special skills in social media, website-building, technical and computer work, or to just help out around the station.

Drop in to the studios located at 59-61 Emu Bay Road, between 10.00 and 2.00pm weekdays, to pick up a membership form, speak to one of the volunteers and have a look over the facilities.