Radio Adelaide manager resigns

Rado Adelaide manager Chris Leese has resigned.

The station recently had an appeal for funds, which helped somewhat, but it has had ongoing funding issues since being cut loose from Adelaide University in 2016.

Leese told the station:

I’m writing to let you know that I have resigned from my position with Radio Adelaide and my last day as Station Manager will be on Friday 6 March 2020.

It has been my honour to lead Radio Adelaide through the most turbulent and difficult period of its 47-year history. We have persevered as a community because of the enduring commitment and efforts of many volunteers like you and I am very grateful to you for the work you do every week to enrich Adelaide with local arts, music and ideas.

By reaching our crowdfunding goal, we demonstrated enormous support for Radio Adelaide in our community. We still face significant and urgent challenges, but I am very proud of what we have achieved and I know that, with the support it deserves, Radio Adelaide can prosper as a thriving, independent station.

Thank you again for your commitment to Radio Adelaide and for your support of me personally.

Radio Adelaide chairperson P J Rose said:

“In our halcyon days, Radio Adelaide employed up to 15 full-time staff in a University subsidised building with a budget well in excess of half a million dollars. Since then, government subsidies have experienced their own drought, and the University has cut us loose.

Currently, Radio Adelaide can cover all expenses until 30 June 2020, including the employment of one brave staff member, Program and People Manager Nikki Marcel.”

The station reached its recent fundraising goal of $50,000 demonstrating enormous community support for Radio Adelaide



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