JOY94.9 is shaking things up with a line-up change this month to keep the airwaves fresh.
JOY broadcast manager Nigel Slater said the station had extended its usual three-month grid time to four months.
“The new program grid has been shuffled, cut and we’ve added new shows to provide a smoother flow and a greater selection [to] ensure the station’s important delivery of services to the GLBTIQ community,” he said.
After the recent axing of popular drive-time program The Campervan, JOY management is also set to announce five separate new shows to fill the crucial timeslot in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, the station is focusing on its three new morning magazine-style programs on Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 9am – noon.
Community talkback show The Conch, presented by longtime volunteer Paul Anthony, will hit the airwaves at the new time of Monday mornings for some community pot-stirring.
New show All That False Instruction — named after Kerryn Higgs’ lesbian literature classic — will fill the Tuesday morning timeslot, covering politics, pop culture and the arts from a Generation Y perspective. The show will be hosted by former Southpaw Grammar presenters Sam and Alex.
On Friday mornings, The Artelier Sessions with Amy Bagshaw will treat art lovers by delving into in-depth discussion about the latest in performing arts, music, art and design, film and literature.
In other changes, a new one-hour show presented by Victoria Police Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officers has moved to the 10am Wednesday timeslot, offering the community a chance to interact with police, ask questions or help out police with Crime Stoppers information.
The station has also announced it will change tack in the afternoons, playing more weekday music from noon to 3pm in response to community feedback.
Slater said, apart from drive-time, the grid won’t change again until July with the submission deadline for new shows closing in May.
info: To view the new grid, visit www.joy.org.au