New team busy at FBi

Christina Alvarez is the latest in a string of high profile additions to the management team at Sydney’s new community station FBi.

Alvarez – the long standing Membership Services Manager and Deputy General Manager of the CBAA – has just been appointed to the position of General Manager of the station.

Alvarez joins new board members Brandon Saul and Andy Nehl as the latest additions to the station’s strong management team. Saul is the manager of the Australia Council’s LOUD and noise youth media festivals, as well as their Australian Music Online initiative. Andy Nehl is the head of Television production at AFTRS, and previously held the role of Head of ABC triple j.

Other recent additions to the FBi team include board member Rose Pearse, head of the NSW state government contemporary music organisation Music NSW; Chris Peakin, former program manager at 3RRR who has been consulting on technical and operational matters; and Sharon Longridge formerly of triple j and K*Grind who has been actively involved in programming.

The station has recently concluded negotiations with the NSW Trades and Labor Council to take over management of Wobbly Radio it’s online contemporary music radio station, and has also concluded negotiations with recording and rehearsal studios Troy Horse over substantial new premises in Alexandria.

After being granted the licence for Sydney, FBi were immediately embroiled in a Supreme Court case defending challenges from unsuccessful aspirant WILD FM, making it the first station to be put in this situation. With these matters now concluded in FBi’s favour, and a strong management team there is apparently a renewed energy to get on with the business of establishing a radio station.