So the Tatiara Council have shut down our local community station 5TCB for a grant for $750 to replace a dodgy mic they have in the studio.
This is ridiculous. The whole thing. It’s $750. The community station is just that, it’s for the community. They applied for a community grant. No one else did. And in comparison to what other groups ask for, $750 is a tiny amount.
They distribute grants anywhere between $10,000-$40,000 usually.
It’s a long story, but the council are bitter assholes who just cannot let go that many many years ago they had to fork out some additional funding to the station after it went into debt.
Never mind, that that was like 7 years ago. Never mind that the station has re-built and re-formed itself to become a great asset to the entire community, not just in the Tatiara, but the whole of South East Australia.
So. My suggestion to the station manager. I had two for her:
- Make all the announcers (who are volunteers might I add) literally crackle into the microphones like every 10 minutes or so, and then apologise for the bad sound quality, but the mics are just old and need to be replaced.
- Go to the next council event, jump out in front of the lecture when they have their morning tea, grab their perfectly working mic and leg it.
I like option 2. That’ll teach them to spend a million dollars updating their offices that were already in pristine condition, and then shutting down the radio station.
And might I add, they listen to the station, in their newly furbished offices that probably have digital wireless unlimited speakers from the ceiling to the floor.