Bay FM spot on in community role
By RACHEL AFFLICK
BAY FM team members Chezi Pullen and Lel Sebastian describe the station as 'a kind of pulse of the community'. And according to a new Griffith University study, they're spot on.
The study found community radio and TV stations are hugely important to the vitality of local communities.
In the largest project of its kind in the world, researchers from the university have spent two years interviewing audiences across the country.
They found people's reasons for tuning in were overwhelmingly similar.
Their station offers an affirmation of their community and its values.
Chezi, Bay FM's president, said community radio had always played an important role in her life.
"I used to live in the desert in Central Australia and radio was my link to the outside world," she said.
Now it is also her link with the local community. "The community is fantastic at responding to what we do.
It's because they have access. They can come on and talk about the things they want to talk about," she said.
"You meet some incredible people in this place." Lel, Bay Fm's Radiothon Co-ordinator, said the strong response to Radiothon showed just how passionate their audience was.
Radiothon, the Byron Bay community radio station's biggest fundraiser for the year, is under way.
Listeners are encouraged to subscribe to support the station and be eligible for great major prize draws.