Covering the Goulburn and Murray valleys

Shepparton community station celebrates quarter-century on the air

OneFM has marked 25 years of servicing Shepparton with a birthday celebration.

JENNA BISHOP April 7, 2014 3:52am

OneFM committee of management chair Mary Smith and secretary Susan Parnell enjoy the birthday celebrations.


Susan Parnell’s inaugural radio show might have been a little shaky with nerves, but there is no sign of that now for the occasional presenter and management board secretary.

Ms Parnell began volunteering with community radio station OneFM three years ago.

Ms Parnell said volunteering at OneFM had given her so many opportunities, including the chance to meet new people, develop skills and play positive music.

After four weeks of training, Ms Parnell was offered her own show, covering ‘‘light and fluffy’’ things.

‘‘My first time on air was terrifying, I barely spoke,’’ she said.

‘‘I was so nervous, I had to plan everything down to the second. Now I can just go in and do whatever I want.

‘‘It’s so much fun, I really enjoy it.’’

While she has scaled back her on-air role recently due to work commitments, Ms Parnell said she hoped to get back into the presenter’s seat soon.

She said she had family in America who would listen online to her show and send in requests and feedback.

Ms Parnell was part of a group of volunteers helping OneFM celebrate its 25th birthday yesterday with a special barbecue and station tours.

After numerous hurdles, OneFM went to air on April 2, 1989 after years of sending bulletins to be broadcast from Castlemaine as the Goulburn Valley segment.

Long-time station volunteer John Harbord said it was wonderful to see the support from the community for the station’s 25th birthday.

‘‘We’ve had a great response to the celebrations throughout the week — with the on-air birthday breakfast on Wednesday, to the private dinner on Saturday night and now today,’’ he said yesterday.

Mr Harbord said the celebrations were an opportunity to pay tribute to the station’s hundreds of volunteers.

‘‘It means we’re celebrating the hard work and dedication of people who’ve been passionate about community radio,’’ he said.

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