JOY94.9 general manager Corey Irlam has resigned from the organisation only weeks after starting.
Station production manager Conrad Browne has been appointed acting general manager of the Melbourne LGBTI radio station for the next six months while it searches for a new candidate.
JOY president Breed Lewis would not disclose the reasons for the resignation when the Star Observer contacted her, saying she wanted to respect Irlam’s privacy.
“There’s no animosity. We wish Corey all the best. He’s a great guy. We’ve accepted his resignation, but also totally respect his privacy so we won’t be discussing the details,” Lewis said.
Irlam also declined to comment.
Lewis said while JOY94.9 will reshuffle its staff and volunteers to cover the loss, Irlam’s departure won’t affect the running of the station.
“It’ll be business as usual and the staff and volunteers have been very positive in their support of Conrad, so we’re not anticipating any change to our routine in terms of how we normally operate,” she said.
Prior to his appointment at JOY94.9, Irlam was spokesman for LGBTI lobby group Australian Coalition for Equality.
The station has been without a permanent general manager since Danae Gibson moved to Melbourne Queer Film Festival in June.
Former Victorian government staffer Tass Mousaferiadis was interim general manager until Irlam started on November 2.
The station is likely to advertise for the position in early 2012.
The news comes weeks after David McCarthy resigned as president, citing health reasons.
The broadcaster celebrated its 18th birthday in early December with a concert at Federation Square on World AIDS Day.