Ken’s War Memories

Monday 3rd April 2017

With Anzac Day commemorations taking place this month, Ken Lyons shares his memories of serving in the RAAF.

Anzac Day, 25 April, is very special to those of us who served in the armed services during the Second World War. It rekindles special memories and gives us the opportunity to remember those mates who never made it back.

Let me tell you why I am so proud to have served with 31 Beaufighter Squadron during WW2 in the Pacific area. We formed at Wagga Wagga in 1942 moved to Darwin, Morotai, Noomfor and Tarakan.

130 crews flew Beaus, of these, 38 pilots and 33 navigators lost their lives in action which represents 27% (almost 1 in 4) of the 31 crew members lost, 14 were lost on their first mission. Three members flew 40 missions.

Total number of Beaufighters in RAAF service was 365 of which 147 were flown by 31 Squadron. The one remaining Beaufighter in the Moorabbin Museum, acquired 30 years ago, required hundreds of hours of restoration put in by enthusiasts.

Although there are only five of us original members of the Squadron left in Victoria, we still turn up for the march on Anzac Day in the city, along with lots of family, and these days enjoy a car ride to the Shrine and great reunion lunch afterwards.

It’s a special time for us to remember and honour our mates who made the supreme sacrifice, and an opportunity for us to ‘win the war’ all over again.

Ken is President of the 31 Beaufighter Squadron Assn. (Victorian Branch). He presents Here’s Health and Anything Goes.

Beating loneliness, one broadcast at a time

Monday 13th March 2017

A new report from the Community Broadcasting Foundation, shows that participation in community radio can significantly reduce social isolation and loneliness.

The Joy of Social Connection, researched by Murdoch University on behalf of the CBF, states that three groups are more likely to be lonely in Australia; men, isolated parents with young children and people living alone. The report further highlights that community broadcasting can support the reduction of loneliness in three key ways: by reducing the stigma of being lonely, connecting people across communities and increasing volunteering.

More than five million Australians listen to community radio each week, and 23,000 people volunteer at community stations.

“With around a third of Australians experiencing loneliness at some time, it is a growing issue with a serious social cost,” said Jo Curtin, Executive Officer of the Community Broadcasting Foundation. “The research found that with such a big reach, community broadcasting is perfectly placed to tackle the far-reaching social issue of loneliness.

“With more than 450 stations in metro, rural and remote locations covering all types of demographics, community radio has a special ability to socially connect and support listeners and volunteers alike.”

“Two million Australians live alone and research shows they are twice as likely to experience loneliness as those in multiple person households.

“Community radio can provide company to isolated listeners, helping maintain a connection to the outside world. It also helps reduce isolation associated with ethnicity and minority groups.”

For volunteer Catherine Chadwick, ten years struggling with a severe health issue and numerous surgeries led her to resign from her job and a long struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts.

“Even though my parents were incredibly patient and supportive I felt that no-one understood what I was going through,” Catherine said. “I felt really alone… and lonely.”

A chance meeting with Bill Livingston, from 3WBC community radio station in Melbourne changed everything. Bill convinced her to do an interview about a guitar instruction book she’d written, eventually encouraging her to co-host a music show with him. Catherine trained as a radio host, and has presented Community Corner, a two-hour program of local events and activities for the past ten years.

“If other people knew how much my life has changed since becoming involved in community radio they would jump at the chance of joining,” she said. “I feel so blessed that 3WBC came in to my life.”

Research shows loneliness has severe health effects, with lonely people experiencing higher levels of depression, drug abuse, alcoholism and suicide. It is also linked to a 30 per cent increase in the risk of heart disease and stroke.

This article was originally published at radioinfo.com.au on the 10th March 2017.
https://www.radioinfo.com.au/news/beating-loneliness-one-broadcast-time

Vale Peter McArthur

Tuesday 7th February 2017

3WBC is saddened to learn of the death of Peter McArthur, a stalwart of community broadcasting.

Peter was one of the founders of 3ECB (Eastern FM Croydon) and of 3WBC. In 1994, before regular community television transmission occurred, Peter became involved in ERA TV (Eastern Regional Access), one of the 8 original founder groups of Channel 31 (Melbourne Community Television Consortium). He had been President at 3WBC and also spent four years as President at Channel 31.

Peter had worked for the ABC as a television newsreader and on Radio Australia until retirement. In between he represented the seat of Ringwood as a Liberal Party parliamentarian, having been a Croydon councillor, including as Mayor.

Peter spent many years on the Board of Channel 31 as a Director and played a very active role in its development and restructuring. At a time of uncertainty for Channel 31 (digital and then moving to the internet), Peter engaged politicians of all persuasions, state and federal, including with Malcolm Turnbull as Communications Minister.

To the end, Peter remained active at Eastern FM and with ERA TV, especially its weekly program Eastern News Beat which Peter founded in 1995. He was in the process of more political lobbying to try to keep Channel 31 on “free-to-air” beyond the end of June 2017.

Peter spent several years as a Committee Member of the Community Broadcasting Association of Victoria and also remained active in the retired Victorian Parliamentarians’ organisation.

Peter McArthur died on Thursday 2nd February, aged 79. His health had deteriorated in December and he spent some weeks in hospital with a recurring chest infection.

The funeral is to be held on Thursday 9th February at 3.30pm at Lilydale Memorial Park Chapel. There will be a gathering in Peter’s memory afterwards at the Wyreena Community Centre, at its conservatorium venue.

A New Look For 3WBC

Monday 30th January 2017

If you’ve visited our website, Facebook or Twitter pages today you may have noticed something different – our new logo!

Late last year the 3WBC Committee of Management resolved to introduce a new look for our station. The new logo has been rolled out across our online presence from today. This design was chosen from multiple options and aims to simplify our identity whilst projecting an updated and modern look.

Physical re-branding will take place over the coming months. This includes stationery, marketing materials and apparel.

Congratulations Max Chadwick

Monday 5th September 2016

Max Chadwick, presenter and member of the Technical sub-committee, was awarded life membership at the 3WBC annual general meeting held on the 31st of August.

Due to personal reasons Max was unable to attend the meeting, however the award was accepted on his behalf by daughter Catherine (herself awarded life membership in 2015).

The Committee of Management and members congratulate Max on this well-deserved achievement.

Meet Ken Lyons

Tuesday 2nd August 2016

On Tuesday 26th July the Meet Ken Lyons event took place at Goodwin Close Retirement Village in Blackburn South.

During the afternoon, Ken, who was introduced by Goodwin Close Manager, Rob Taylor, spoke of his early days with radio stations 3DB and 3AK, the connections he made with many well-remembered radio personalities of a past era, followed by 25 years with community radio stations Yarra FM and 3WBC.

He outlined the history of community radio and how important it has become for the community at large. He spoke of the great variety of programs including the many ethnic programs heard on 3WBC.

Ken was then joined by 3WBC personalities Babs Wheelton, Michelle Saccardo and Sherrin McWilliam. Ken and Babs performed a short play reading to demonstrate how radio plays were done, followed by Ken and Michelle with a song and reading. All were very well received by an appreciative audience.

This was followed by an excellent afternoon tea provided by the management of Goodwin Close giving Ken, Babs, Michelle and Sherrin an opportunity to mix and chat with the audience.

Ken presents Here’s Health every Monday from 1pm and is joined by Babs every Thursday from 1pm for Anything Goes. Michelle presents Afternoon Delight every Tuesday from 12pm, and Sherrin presents Modern Vintage every Thursday from 10am.

Notice Of Annual General Meeting

Monday 1st August 2016

Whitehorse Boroondara FM Community Radio Incorporated hereby gives notice of its Annual General Meeting to be held in the Boyland Room, 1st Floor, Box Hill Town Hall, 1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill, 3127 on Wednesday August 31st 2016 commencing at 7pm.

All members and the general public are invited to the meeting.

Nominations For Committee of Management

Nominations are now open for 7 positions on the Committee of Management.

Nominations must be received by the Secretary no later than 5pm on Friday 26th August 2016. Only eligible members are entitled to nominate. Nomination forms are available from the Secretary.

Notice Of Special General Meeting

Friday 27th May 2016

Whitehorse Boroondara FM Community Radio Incorporated hereby gives notice of a Special General Meeting to be held in the Boyland Room, 1st Floor, Box Hill Town Hall, 1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill, 3127 on Tuesday June 21st 2016 at 7pm .

All 3WBC members are invited to the meeting at which the Committee of Management will put several motions to the membership, including our new Policies and Procedures statement.

In addition to the above, the committee will review current operational matters, provide an overview of our on-going commitment to station development and outline further
initiatives soon to be introduced. A presenter’s meeting will be incorporated into the SGM.

These issues do concern all members, and will impact the way programs are prepared and presented. A full attendance is therefore in the best interests of all.

Members are encouraged to notify the station manager of their intention to attend no later than Friday 17th June 2016.

Welcome To The New 3WBC Website!

Monday 18th April 2016

You may notice the 3WBC website has changed! We’ve overhauled the entire site with a new CMS (content management system), a fresh look, new features, great dynamic content and more.

The site is responsive, meaning it will automatically adjust for visitors using a small-screen device such as a mobile phone. This makes browsing and navigating the site a painless task.

Over the coming weeks we’ll be adding even more for you to explore, so don’t forget to check back.

Although we’ve undertaken rigorous testing prior to launch, there may be some wrinkles to iron out – if you do run into any issues, or just have some general feedback to provide, please let us know.

Kew Festival 2016

Friday 1st April 2016

3WBC participated in ‘Kewmunity Day’ at the 2016 Kew Festival (KEWfest 16) on Saturday March 19th at Victoria Park, Kew.

A marquee was erected and we were very grateful to the organisers for permitting us to park our cars next to the marquee. This enabled us to easily set up the equipment, Raffle prizes, Showbags and T-shirts that were going to be on display.

During the day, 3WBC programs were streamed via a P.A. system including Peter Cassidy’s Saturday Afternoon Program between 12noon and 3pm. Thank you to Peter for his preparation and the program that was presented on the day.

3WBC greatly appreciated the services of Ken Lyons, Michelle Saccardo and Sherrin McWilliam; also,
many thanks go to Max Chadwick, who set up the streaming and P.A. equipment. Sincere thanks also to KEWfest 2016 President, Debbie McColl-Davis and Administrator, Helen Sorensen, for their valuable assistance.

Kew Festival