Mildura Weekly : Friday August 1 Vol 8 No 39
12 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 2014 A younger mindset key to HotFM radio future • From Page 9 Another segment centred on local school students presenting live on air once a month had also proved popular. “Our monthly schools segment have been a big hit,” he said. “Students basically come into the station and talk about what’s going on in their school communities. “Not only does it give them the chance to tell the community more about what they are getting up to and learning at school, it also gives them the chance to get a look at how a radio station works.” Bernard said that while the plan was to evolve the station’s content and attract listen- ers of all ages, the station was still trying to remain “true to its long-time listeners.” “Country music and HotFM have gone hand-in-hand for many years,” he said. “From 12pm to 4pm we run our ‘Country Afternoon’ programming, which provides our long-time listeners and lovers of country with their regu- lar fix.” Bernard said the group was also focused on appealing to different cultures within the community, with a number of programs dur- ing the week presented in different languages. “We’ve had Jean-De-Dieu Nkurikiye and Joselyne Ntahomvukiye running an African program since September, with the aim of these programs to engage as much of the com- munity as possible,” he said. “Mildura has such a rich and diverse culture, and these other language programs means more people can get involved.” Joselyne and Jean-De-Dieu have been in Australia for the better part of a decade, with their relocation to Mildura more recent. The pair has been with the station since September last year, with Joselyne saying she was enjoying the chance to teach younger members of the community more about the African culture. “Being able to teach younger people our language is great, and working here has also given us good experience in the media, and it’s interesting to provide information to members of the African community here in Mildura,” she said. Bernard said the next 12 months would see Hot FM’s focus move to building the sta- tion’s sponsorship-base to a more sustainable level. “Being a community radio station we are reliant on sponsorship to survive, and it’s one of the main reasons we are trying to diversify our content,” he said. “One of our big goals is to provide busi- nesses with a more cost-effective option when it comes to hosting outside broadcasts, while also being in a position to run a viable busi- ness. “At the end of the day while we might be a community radio station, we still have to pay the bills, so community support is vital when it comes to our survival.” More information about HotFM is avail- able by contacting 5021 3933, or Bernard di- rect on 0419 566 750. OUYEN residents are being en- couraged to re-tune their digital televisions, set-top boxes and digital recorders on August 6, with ABC, SBS and Prime7 to switch frequencies on that date. The move to a new frequency will form part of the final step in Australia’s move to digital-only television, with viewers encour- aged to re-tune their television on, or after, August 6. The move will also free up ‘broadcasting spectrum’ so that it can be used for new services such as mobile broadband, with Ouyen residents advised that channels may go ‘missing’ during the change-over, and a re-tune re- quired to gain access to available free-to-air digital channels. The re-tune is expected to af- fect most television viewers in Australia up to December 31, with unavoidable temporary outages to all television channels expected in Ouyenonthedayof–andaday or two after – the re-tune date. Outages are also expected due to engineering work being under- taken at the television transmis- sion tower. Viewers should wait until af- ter 3.30pm on August 6 before attempting to re-tune their digital television equipment, with view- ers also able to check for expected outages associated with the re- tune on the ‘Digital Ready’ website by entering their address in the ‘mySwitch’ tool. Channel changes should not impact the quality of television transmission or reception across the area, with those who are expe- riencing difficulties with reception on a particular channel asked to contact the relevant broadcaster for more information about recep- tion issues. Re-tuning is done using the device’s remote control, with most systems requiring users to go to the ‘menu’ button on their remote, and follow the prompts to re-tune. Those experiencing difficulty re-tuning should refer to their de- vice’s manufacturer’s handbook or manual, ask a friend or family member to help, or contact the Digital Ready Information Line on 1800 201 013 from 8am to 10pm (seven days). 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