Community radio open day generates warm buzz

AN experiment in broadcasting a live in-house concert has proven to be a great success for 3WAY FM, according to one of the organisers.

Veteran presenter Garry Dalton said Sunday’s Live And Local broadcast went off without a hitch and appeared to have been a great promotion for the community station.

Nine acts performed in the station’s Club Crew room from 10am, with their sets sent out across the south-west on 103.7FM in a first for the broadcaster.

Dalton said some low-key live performances had paved the way for Sunday’s event but the station had never tried anything on such a grand scale.

The event was also an open day, which gave the audience an opportunity to go behind the scenes at the station, as well as catch some live music.

“We probably had about 150 people through the day, maybe more ... and we did sell some memberships and renewals, so from that aspect it was positive,” he said.

“The bands all enjoyed it. Everyone who played had an audience in the room so they weren’t playing to an empty room.

“There were a lot of people coming in to say they were listening in the car and saying how good it sounds.

“All the feedback has been positive — there’s been not one negative comment.” In a rarity for such a technical endeavour, Dalton said the day went off without a hitch, which he attributed to the efforts and skill of Naringal producer/drummer Brenton Smith, who set up the necessary equipment for the broadcast.

“Someone said (afterwards) that nothing went wrong, and I said ‘why would it when you’ve got a bloke like (Brenton)?’,” Dalton said.

“It was absolutely flawless what he did yesterday.”

The line-up on the day was Red & White & Swanny, Ashar & Scotty Thwaites, Trevor & Boyd, Kayla Dwyer, Eddy & The Exciters, Bec & The Big River Trio, Lost In Suburbia, Blackwood Jack, and Tank Dilemma.

Dalton said each of the sets had been recorded, although it was unknown what would be done with the recordings.

The success of the day meant another one was likely to happen later in the year, he said.

In the meantime, 3WAY FM is gearing up to resume its weekly Hampden league broadcasts next month.

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