In a sudden move this week, JOY 94.9FM station manager Stephen Hahn has announced his resignation, effective from the end of this week.
Southern Star spoke to Hahn on Monday amid a shake-up of the gay and lesbian radio station’s management line-up, which included the restructure of the part-time program manager to full-time broadcast manager.
JOY president Stephen Duns confirmed this morning the board had received Hahn’s resignation on Monday night, however, he wouldn’t go into detail about the reasonsfor Hahn’s decision.
-œWhen people resign it’s usually for a number of personal or wor- related reasons, so Stephen would need to go into them, Duns said.
Duns paid tribute to Hahn’s time at the station saying he had taken the station through the difficultÂ move period well and -œre-energised the radiothon with a clear passion for independent broadcasting.
The news comes after volunteer head of engineering Travis ScottÂ stepped down from his role last week, a move Duns said was for external work-related commitments and had -œno connection with Hahn’s departure.
Duns said he could not confirm further rumours that head of music Adam Christo had also resigned.
JOY station management will be placed in the hands of former ABC director of radio Sue Howard, who is a member of the station and has over 20 years radio experience.
Howard will caretake Hahn’s position until a new manager is found.
-œSue will be coming in to provide support to the whole leadership team, including the board and volunteers and we will work out what we do next to move forward, Duns said.
-œ[Her experience] is a positive for us in quite a difficult time.
Hahn told Southern Star this afternoon he made the decision to step down for personal reasons and felt he needed a break.
-œI’m really proud of what we have achieved but I really don’t think I’m right the person to carry the station through to the next stage, whatever that will be, he said.
Hanh said there had been no ill feeling with the board and said he has not ruled out applying for the new broadcast manager position, wanting to focus on broadcasting rather than station management.