Join the resistance

Like most community radio stations 3CR Community Radio relies heavily on subscribers and donations from it’s listeners to be able to stay on air. 3CR is a really important station in Melbourne as it gives a voice to many people who just aren’t heard in mainstream media, and certainly not on their own terms. It is also the station that hosts the Yarra BUG Radio Show. Val Nagle and I present this half-hour of radio every second Monday (our colleagues, Chris and Steve present on alternative Mondays) and it gives us thirty minutes to talk about issues important to riders in the inner-north of Melbourne and beyond. It might be about budgets, advocacy, politics, infrastructure, or mad rides, riders, fun on bikes and the people behind it all. 3CR-Radiothon14-POSTER-WEB3CR is Melbourne’s activist radio station and is the platform we use to actively inspire those who ride, or would like to ride in Melbourne. We need your support to stay on the air so it would be great if you could donate to the Radiothon, and mention Yarra BUG radio show in the appropriate box when doing so. In return, here’s a podcast from last week’s show where we were joined by City of Melbourne Cr Cathy Oke. We spent half an hour chatting about the next set of bike projects to be included in the draft budget for the city, the city’s Walking Plan and how it may or may not affect riders, Flemington Rd and Velo-city Global. Cathy generously donated to the Radiothon and in return, I’ll be sharing my riding-with-a-baby-on-the-bike ¬†expertise so that she and her daughter can hit the bike paths!

Dirt and Gravel

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Val and I were joined by Blakey, or Andrew Blake, the enabler of Melbourne’s bike world, for an episode of the Yarra BUG Radio Show. After meandering through some recent news we moved on to chat about Melbourne Gravel Grinders in general, and their recent 11th ride in particular.

There is another ride coming up soon so now might be a good time to catch up with this podcast. It’s actually from the 5th of May so has taken me a while to get around to putting it up. In the iTunes list it’s dated, strangely enough, May 4th. No photos from the studio as dropping my phone in the sink was only one of that mornings many disasters! Make sure you check out the Gravel Grinders link as details of their 12th ride have now been announced.

Tune into the podcast here; Yarra BIKe Radio Show on 3CR with Andrew Blake.

 

Commit to Community Radio

Community Radio across Australia gives voices to many that the mainstream media aren’t interested in. Whether it’s the music you enjoy listening to, the opinions that won’t be voiced elsewhere, those whose ideas don’t fit into neat commercial packages or just those who aren’t big enough or important enough for their stories to be considered interesting for those outside of their local community. Often community radio is one of the things that knits a community, whether it is a geographically located community or a one that is knitted together by radio itself.

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3CR Community Radio station in Melbourne, the station which hosts the Yarra BUG Radio Show, is one of these stations, but there are many more across Australia and they are all reliant on government funding to remain on air. Most stations rely on volunteers, and donations and subscriptions from listeners but still need funding to broadcast.

The Commission of Audit has recommended scrapping funding for the Community Broadcasting Program. If adopted by the Government in the upcoming budget, community radio stations could be forced off air. If you enjoy listening to community radio, in any shape or form, or even if you don’t, but believe it is important that it not only be commercial imperatives that decide what we listen to, then consider emailing Treasurer Joe Hockey to commit to keeping community radio stations on air.