30 years of JOY

December 1st 2023, is the 30th anniversary of JOY Media, the only media organisation by and for the LGBTQIA+ community.

JOY Media President David ‘Macca’ McCarthy said there will be ongoing commemorations on the day and over the next 12 months:

“We have arranged a series of on-air interviews, featuring our pioneers, reflecting our growing audience of the LGBTQIA+ community. Technology has changed significantly from the sticky-tape and blu-tack days from our first studio in South Melbourne, then Bourke St, Melbourne and now, the Victorian Pride Centre in St Kilda.”

JOY was founded in 1993 in response to the HIV/AIDS crisis. Now JOY creates and reflects the stories of their community, featuring LGBTQIA+ music and artists, news bulletins and digital content.  JOY 94.9 remains a dedicated community radio station, JOY Media has evolved to deliver workplace diversity and inclusion training, radio and podcasting training courses, and provide tech services for community events.

Radio programs, audio love letters, social media and podcasts will also feature this year, celebrating how far JOY has come, and what’s next.

JOY Media CEO, Ange Barry said:

“Our aim is to inspire our audience to remember, to laugh, to celebrate and see a future for a strong independent media presence for the LGBTQIA+ community. Community media enables the sharing of stories, fueled by lived experience, that engage, uplift and most importantly acknowledge the identities of our beautiful Rainbow community.”


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