The RPP FM Annual General Meeting was held over the weekend in the BlueScope Studios with members, presenters and RPP FM management in attendance.
RPP FM President Graeme Kniese opened proceedings thanking everyone for making our local community radio station the success it is today and taking it to the ‘next level’. Graeme also commented on the new Outside Broadcasting van which is constantly in use, taking the RPP FM studios to local communities and was pleased to announce the attraction of new sponsors and thanked corporate sponsors for their continued support.
Station Manager, Brendon Telfer acknowledged the hard work volunteers put in to make this station what it is today. He remarked on the successful business model that is attracting corporate sponsorship, the new look media kit, improvements to the transmitting towers on Arthurs Seat to increase the reach of our signal, the installation of new technology that will see the station enter into the digital age and the improvements and variety of programs whether they be spoken word, news, interviews or music.
“We are moving ahead in a very competitive market and the year ahead promises to be entertaining, challenging and fun”, Mr Telfer said. He concluding “We are in the strongest position we have ever been, we aspire to be the best community radio station in Australia”.
Treasure John Fraser described the financial position as ‘steady as she goes’. He said, “We are not just a community radio station, we are a business that happens to run a community station,” adding we are in a good financial position to bring the best radio station to the Peninsula.
There were a number of Awards given to acknowledge the professionalism and hard work of volunteers for 2014. They are:
BEST OFF AIR CONTRIBUTOR
Noela Graf (administration)
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Rab Siddhi (RPP FM photographer)
BEST ETHNIC PROGRAM
Maria Vaitsis (Greek program)
BEST LIVE MUSIC PROGRAM
Sunday Sessions with Mark Mayle
BEST MUSIC PRESENTER
Tarryn Tracey (Radio Fresh)
BEST SPORTING COVERAGE
Michael Voss (Football)
Neil Williams (Cricket & Baseball)
BEST NEW ON AIR PARTNERSHIP
Peninsula Run Drive Program with Johnny, Andy and Lofty
NEW PROGRAM INNOVATION
Radio play ‘Island King’ written by Peter Swan
Sina Summers for her Evolve Project
BEST NEW PRESENTER
John and Margaret Raabe from Rosebud
Mostly Music with John Tinney
BEST PROGRAM FOR 2014
Taking Care of Business with Jacki Mitchell
BEST FEMALE PRESENTER
Debra Mar – The Breakfast Table
BEST MALE PRESENTER
Peter Smedley – The Breakfast Scoop
Brendon Telfer was honoured to receive the RPP FM Life Membership Award and joins a long list of Life Members who have brought the station to where it is today.
Congratulations to all those who received an award and to the many presenters and ‘behind the scenes’ contributors who put in a sterling effort.
Refreshments were served after the meeting.
RPP FM Management wish to thank everyone who works tirelessly to continue to move our local radio station forward. Thank you to our listeners who take an interest and help define our purpose in the community and local and corporate businesses who continue to support us so we can provide a service to the Peninsula and beyond.
Words Debra Mar
Pictured: L-R Committee Members: Bob Phillips – RPP FM Vice President, John Fraser – Treasurer, Graeme Kniese – RPP FM President, Ellice Viggers – Secretary Public Officer and Station Manager, Brendon Telfer. Graeme Kniese presenting Brendon Telfer with his RPP FM Life Membership Award.