A new broadcast manager with a strong dance music background starts at Melbourne GLBTIQ radio station JOY 94.9FM next month.

Hailing from Bendigo commercial radio station Easy Mix 98.2FM, Nigel Slater will take up the position on January 4, bringing more than 15 years of community and commercial radio experience with him.

“I love dance music,” Slater told Southern Star. “Out of my couple of thousand CDs I’d say I’ve got about 1000 of dance. I keep up with all the Ministries, but at the end of the day, I’m a radio person, first and foremost.”

Playing a more mainstream hit list at Easy Mix, Slater said JOY listeners shouldn’t expect any great changes to the regular line-up just yet.

“I don’t want to come in and change it in a day. I’ll work slowly,” he said.

“JOY at the moment has a lot of really good aspects. It’s a very polished station and a really good base to build on.”

Slater was one of the founders of dance music station KISS FM in 1994, helping to build the station from the ground up. He moved on when the station moved to a commercial structure.

“I’ve always listened to JOY as much as [I] can… when I come back to Melbourne, and again it’s one of the only places to hear dance music so it’s probably the interest factor’s in it, but I’ve always been a supporter of what it stands for and the community it supports.”

Slater said he would like to use his commercial radio experience to shape some of the talk-driven content in a more “palatable” way.

“This may be a bad example, but the Christian radio station Live FM, they don’t tell you ‘God is good’, they do these little [segments] where they report a good deed, so in 24 hours if something nice has happened to you — one guy rang in and said McDonald’s gave him a second cup of coffee.

“They don’t blast you and if you weren’t into the Bible, they don’t tell you you have to read the Bible… [whereas] the gospel radio stations in the country areas push it down your throat.

“We realise too that the station plays a [wider] role. Everyone who listens is not of the same orientation so they’re going to say, ‘Hey, what can I learn’, which is a good opportunity. Rather than preach to the converted, preach to the people who aren’t converted.”

JOY president Stephen Duns said he was excited to have Slater start at the station.

“He will be an excellent addition to the JOY team,” Duns said.

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