Over the few months I have had the privilege to be the manager of 98.5 theLight I’ve had the chance to speak to some of our regular listeners and the number one question on everyone’s mind is. “How long is 98.5 theLight going to stay on air for?” Well the quick answer is, as long as YOU want it to.
Let me try and explain. Because of the nature of community radio licensing in Australia at the moment 98.5 theLight currently broadcast on a ‘Temporary Licence’ that needs to be renewed every 12 months by submission to the Australian Communications and Media Authority ACMA the only other licence available from ACMA for Community Broadcasting is a ‘Permanent Licence’ but this licence also needs to be renewed every 5yrs. So the problem, like with most government agency’s, is the ‘jargon’.
So what needs to happen? Well for regular listeners you will probably have heard the ACMA announcements that have gone to air that state what needs to happen for AWCB to keep the licence. In short, some of the questions that the announcement asks are;
Can the organization that runs the station, AWCB, show that it can run the community radio station? (Which we have for the past almost 8 years)
Is there a need in the community for this radio station to have the licence? (In other words do you listen?)
Can the community support the station?
At this point I would like to clarify that if you are a financial member of AWCB the ‘we’ I referred to includes you. When you pay your annual subscription you are a part of AWCB and in part help to run 98.5 theLight. So thank you for your part in keeping 98.5 theLight on air and helping us meet some of the criteria so we can renew the licence every 12 months.
If we increase the financial membership of AWCB.
If more Christians and the wider community in Wodonga and Albury region begin listening to 98.5 theLight.
If more Business Partners like those listed on the next page, come on board and sponsor 98.5 theLight.
If our Business Partners are able to increase their support because they are in turn are supported by the listeners and community.
Then the likelihood of 98.5 theLight being taken off air permanently or at all will remain as it is at the moment, not at all. Let me say that again, there is no chance of 98.5 theLight being taken off air by ACMA as long as there is support from the community.
So, “How long will 98.5 theLight stay on air for?” as long as you want it to.
All the board of AWCB and the management at 98.5 theLight unreservedly thank you all for your continued support and hope you continue to talk to your friends and family about 98.5 theLight and the work of AWCB.