Melbourne GLBTI radio station JOY94.9 has announced its reshuffled drive-time line-up, keeping it safe with some tried-and-true presenters.
The station will host five new drive shows from 3pm to 6pm Monday to Friday, filling the gap left by The Campervan which finished suddenly in February after two years, due to cost constraints.
JOY broadcast manager Nigel Slater told Southern Star he thinks listeners will adjust to the varied schedule.
“I think so. That’s what we do with breakfast. There’s a lot in there with the different presenters, so I think listeners will really enjoy it.”
Southern Star recently received letters bemoaning the lack of music played on the station during the day, criticising presenters for too much “boring” talk.
Slater said the issue of getting more music back on air was addressed last month with the return of formatted music programing from 6am to 7pm weekdays.
“I would encourage those who might not have listened in to JOY lately to tune in and listen a bit more objectively,” he said.
“We’ve got music running again … and the formatting means there’s no double-up tracks if one presenter happens to love Lady Gaga, for example, and it’s already be played three times.”
JOY general manager Dane Gibson said, in a recent members email, the station will play at least 35 percent Australian and New Zealand content and at least 10 percent of content from openly queer artists.
Now in the mix, newcomers Trev, Sparky and Neets have taken over Monday afternoons; Trace and Jase fill the Tuesday slot, moving from ’80s music program Fluro; Wednesday listeners will be treated to The Royal Daltons with former Campervan presenter Glen Dalton and the entertaining Michael Dalton; Katie and Nat will move from their Friday night Theme Party show to hit the mics on Thursday; and long-time JOY presenters Sue Wilkinson and David Hunt will take listeners home for the weekend on Friday nights.
Slater said the new drive programs will also feature regular news bulletins, weather, traffic updates and “upbeat” JOY music selections.
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