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.

Congratulations Max Chadwick

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

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

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.