JOY 94.9 is Australia’s only LGBTIQA+ Community Radio station and one of only 3 stations worldwide broadcasting rainbow content 24 hours a day.
The station, that is run by a handful of paid staff and over 200 volunteers, relies heavily on memberships and donations to stay afloat, and have kicked off their annual Radiothon fundraising campaign amidst covid-19 restrictions.
The presenters of JOY 94.9, in an inventive way to stay on-air through social distancing restrictions are broadcasting from their bedrooms, home offices and kitchens.
CEO Ange Barry says, “To be perfectly frank we have to go ahead with our campaign now, even in this uncertain atmosphere, if we have any hope of staying on-air and afloat during these uncertain times.
“We’re hoping that with so many of our 589,000 listeners isolating at home they’re being kept company by JOY and will support us however they can- even if that’s a donation of the price of a cup of coffee. Every little bit helps.
‘All of our presenters have gone above and beyond during the pandemic by broadcasting from their own homes! We’ve seen more houseplants, empty dishes, pets, kids and housemates emerging from bathrooms in towels than I ever thought possible!”