2Dry back on air waves
Tuesday, 17th June, 2014
Broken Hill’s community radio station is back on air after a stressful three months which included a federal government funding battle and falling victim to a lightning strike.
In May this year, 2Dry FM’s aerial wiring was damaged in a storm, causing a loss of transmission.
But thanks to the donation of parts from Gloria Jean’s and the use of a cherry picker from Abby’s Tree and Stump Removal Contractors, the wiring and connectors between the aerial and transmitter have now been repaired.
Lobbying from the community also helped to win funding after a cut was scheduled in the Federal Budget.
Additionally, 2Dry FM managed to get a grant for a new mixing desk after the old one failed due to a worn out power supply unit.
The station has also recently welcomed several new DJs, including Rina who travels from Menindee to host a program at 10am on Thursdays; Andrew who is on air at 12pm on Fridays and; DJ Luke who plans to run a sports show on Saturday mornings.
Plenty of spots are still available for budding DJs to get a taste of the radio broadcast industry or have an input into how the station sounds.
2Dry FM has been streaming online for the last six months on the www.2dryfm.com website which allows it to be heard across Australia and all over the world.
The station’s President, Adrian Eckert, said local sponsorship was crucial in keeping it running and contributed to overheads such as rent, utilities, music licences and Community Broadcasting Association of Australia fees which cost around $6000 a year.
“It is always a continuing struggle to raise funds to keep the radio station running, but with the fixing of our FM Broadcast and the soon-to-be installed mixing console we should have a better product that the community can support,” Mr Eckert said.
“Also, sponsors would appreciate their message getting to a wider audience.”