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Island Project is calling

CommunityJoanne Eisemann

MEANDER VALLEY Community Radio is proud to assist the University of Tasmania Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre with its state-wide ISLAND Project.

As Rijke from MVFM has said on air, ‘Our little island will play a major role in making life better for future generations worldwide’.

The Dementia Centre is a global research leader on the risk factors for dementia and this will be the largest dementia prevention study in the world, to date.

Tasmania has the oldest population in Australia and relatively high rates of many dementia risk factors.

The research is aimed at finding out the possible contributing factors in lifestyle and health, which are not only linked to dementia, but to many other common chronic conditions and illnesses in older adults.

By registering, you will be joining over 9000 Tasmanians already committed to helping the Island Project.

The immediate goal is to recruit 10 000 volunteers aged 50 and over. Anyone in that age group can register online at www.island@dementia.utas.

If you would like further information, phone Helen on 03-62666977.

Turn up your radio!

CommunityJoanne Eisemann

MEANDER VALLEY Community Radio launched their second membership offer on 1 August.

Members will receive discounts at local businesses on selected items that have a sticker with the MVFM logo and the words ‘MVFM Members’ Discount’. Members will need to show their current Member Card/Supporter Discount Card at the counter.

Membership renewal fell due on 1 July, so this year, supporters are receiving the new Member Card/Supporter Discount Card.

MVFM is finding ways of giving back more than just music and information to their membership. Current participating businesses are shown below.

New members are very welcome and any Deloraine businesses wishing to join the discount scheme are also warmly invited. MVFM also welcomes new guest presenters to add to the diversity of musical content.

Drop in to Meander Valley Community Radio between 10am–2pm at their DCS office, give them a ring on 63624969 or send an email to You can also find them online at www.

Seppenfelts – 10% off storewide

Art as Mania – free gift-wrapping Mountain View Inn – 10% off meals

Willis and Friends – 10% off everything

Deloraine Jewellers – 10% off everything

Deloraine Creative Studios – 10% off room hire

The Alpaca Shoppe – 10% off Alpaca products

Hats off to MVFM 96.9

CommunityJoanne Eisemann
From left, Secretary Rijke McGough, Studio Manager / Vice President John Kenzie and Treasurer Tim Biggs picking a lucky winner out of the hat in the fortnightly Members’ draw at the radio station.  Photo supplied

From left, Secretary Rijke McGough, Studio Manager / Vice President John Kenzie and Treasurer Tim Biggs picking a lucky winner out of the hat in the fortnightly Members’ draw at the radio station.

Photo supplied

MEANDER VALLEY community radio station MVFM 96.9 is looking forward to another great year, thanking members and sponsors for their ongoing support that has enabled the station to keep broadcasting and serving the community, promoting local organisations, events and businesses.

This past year has introduced a new committee, a renovated studio, additional equipment, different programs and music content, plus more members and sponsors.

The fortnightly Members’ Draw is now well-established, with three different members enjoying their prizes as their names come out of the hat each fortnight – the chance to win a $25 voucher from Wholesome House, coffee and cake for two at Mummabuzz Café, or a free gym pass for two at Body and Soul Wellness Studio.

The second offer commences on 1 August – discounts at local shops and businesses on presentation of a current 2019/20 member card.

Membership renewals are due on 1 July 2019, or July 2020 if you have recently signed up, and cost $30 ($20 concession) a year.

Listeners are invited to offer feedback on the past year’s efforts, and/or to become involved as program presenters themselves. Everybody at MVFM 96.9 is a volunteer and would love to welcome new members to their ranks.

Membership forms are available from the station at 59-61 Emu Bay Road, Bendigo Bank, Wholesome House, Mummabuzz Café and Body & Soul Wellness Studio.

Completed forms and remittances can be left at the Bendigo Bank for collection.

A 2019/20 Member Card not only comes with great rewards, but helps to provide another year of exciting community radio as well.

A boost for valley radio

NewsJoanne EisemannComment

May 2018 | Sharon Webb

MEANDER VALLEY Community Radio, MVFM 96.9, is going from strength to strength, widening its listener base all the way to Launceston and Wilmot with a new, stronger transmitter.

And committee President Mira Kuperstien said a new studio, mainly funded by a $5,000 grant from the Bendigo Bank, would be occupied by a new radio desk and computers on permanent loan from fellow community radio station Pulse FM in Huonville.

She said that MV Community Radio was being guided by a strong, experienced committee including Nick Weare formerly with ABC Radio in Hobart and NSW, Deloraine identity John Phelps, and experienced treasurer Tim Biggs.

“Now we need more volunteers interested in making radio programs,” Mira said.

Currently several locals present music programs including Eddie Tuleja and Greg Rossiter’s The Eclectic Show and John Phelps’ Classical Time.

More recent additions include an intriguing local history program by Deloraine resident Wendy Laing, who delves into newspapers from the 1800s for her themes; and a poetry program fronted by Mole Creek poet, Peter Bamford.

Students from Mole Creek Primary and Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Schools have made their own 20-minute programs.

Plus, coming up, there will be a series of interviews by committee Vice President John Kenzey with the local University of the Third Age.

“Our main goal is to go live on radio covering community events and openings and making bushfire announcements, but we just don’t have the people to do it,” Mira said.

Nick Weare said the radio’s music was broadening all the time: “A few years ago it was middle-of-the road stuff‰, but now we have everything – reggae, blues, jazz, classical and Americana.”

John Kenzey encourages locals to drop in to the station’s office at Deloraine Creative Studios, just to say hello and see what’s going on.