We have come a long way from our old caravan on top of Mount Mackenzie, via a room in the old Tenterfield Lodge hotel building and then a studio in the back of the Community Centre, to our present converted house at 142 Manners Street, just up the hill from the Tenterfield Post Office.
The front lounge has been converted to our front office, with an extension out onto the old front verandah built by announcer and ex-president Terry West. The front bedroom is now the main studio, all sound-proofed, and behind it the bathroom was first converted to a record store, which became the CD store, and is now set up as the base for our technical and scheduling operations.
The back bedroom is now the production centre which is a hive of activity, with a small recording booth where our many announcements are produced. The kitchen is now our meeting room, and a small space behind the office, also extended by Terry West, is now the home of equipment which transforms everything to the airwaves for local and world-wide transmission.
We have had a studio presence in Stanthorpe for a long time, based in a room in the Adult Learning Centre annexe at the High School, and for many years our Stanthorpe-based announcers have used this facility to present their programmes. However out-of-hours access has been a problem and we have now set up a new studio in the Stanthorpe Civic Centre across the road from Weeroona Park. There is also a large room alongside where we can train new announcers, and we shall be using this when training senior students and others who wish to become part of the local Community Radio service.
A major part of our service to the community is to provide feedback from individuals and groups in the area with regard to issues of local concern or interest, and so we set up interviews either live or over the phone in order to publicise events in the area and allow input from interested parties. These interviews and local news items are generated from the studio but also involve roving reporters who collect feedback and prepare it for broadcast.
Access to the building housing our Stanthorpe studio is controlled, so anyone wishing to visit is advised to make prior arrangements to ensure access is arranged.