Temporary Broadcast Disruptions

Due to unavoidable third-party works at the 3WBC transmission site, there will be some days where you will be unable to listen to 3WBC on your radio.

The works being undertaken require that our transmitter be turned off for duration of the works.

The times we are expecting interruption to our transmission are:

Tuesday 18th July – 6:00am until 8:00pm
Wednesday 19th July – 6:00am until 8:00pm

If you wish to continue to listening to the wide range of programs on 3WBC during these times, our streaming service will still be operating.

Click here to listen via our stream.

Alternatively, you can download the free TuneIn app for iOS (iPhone or iPad), Android or Windows Phone. Once installed, simply search for “3WBC”.

As soon as the works are completed, we will be back on to normal and continuing to provide the best content for our local community.

Ken’s War Memories

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

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

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

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.