Melbourne LGBTI radio station JOY94.9 has appointed Australian Coalition for Equality spokesman Corey Irlam as its new general manager.

The announcement was made on the Rainbow Report today and confirmed in a statement from the station.

 JOY president David McCarthy said Irlam had impressed the board with his leadership skills and passion for the role.

“Corey Irlam will be well known to many people in the community for his role with the Australian Coalition for Equality and as a leading advocate for anti-discrimination and gay and lesbian human rights,” McCarthy said.

“He has demonstrated a deep understanding of the issues facing our community and matched this with strong strategic, marketing and people management acumen.

“The board of JOY is excited that he will take JOY into the future and realise its mission”

Irlam has previously held roles at ACON in Sydney, the Gay and Lesbian Switchboard and has worked in the energy sector.

Irlam said he was excited to take on the position.

“As Australia’s largest megaphone for the gay and lesbian community, JOY is a wonderful and unique organisation,” he said.

“I am looking forward to meeting and working with JOY’s volunteers, listeners, staff, sponsors and community partners.”

The board advertised for the position externally in the gay and mainstream media.

Irlam will replace temporary general manager Tass Mousaferiadis.

Irlam will start on November 2 and has resigned from all his existing positions to focus on the role.

He will attend the station’s AGM on October 23.

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