Voice of Clarence’s new off-air radio role
LIFE FM103.1 has an old pair of hands with a new heart for radio, with Clarence Valley broadcasting icon Ron Bell joining the community radio station as chairman of the advisory council.
Mr Bell said he hoped to contribute in an administration role, after a 43-year media career in television and radio.
“There’s probably something there I can teach them,” he said.
“I was invited by the board to contribute something to the behind-the-scenes administration of the station.
“It’s an exciting opportunity, and I’m looking forward to being a part of the radio station in this way, in a hands-on but hands-off way.”
Mr Bell said community radio plays an important role for many people across the valley.
“It’s more of a personal thing to the community, rather than a set network,” he said.
“There are certain things you’ve got to do when you’re a part of a commercial organisation as opposed to when you’re a local community group, where you can do pretty much what the local community needs, and you can react on a community level.”
Loving Life FM103.1 president Ken Tucker said the experience that Mr Bell brings is invaluable.
“We’re here to serve the community and Ron is one of the best recognised faces and voices in the community that he served for over 40 years,” he said.
Mr Tucker said the station is hoping to help train valley locals in radio and social media skills to give them a chance to gain work experience.
“Rural towns like Grafton really do need to have barriers broken down before people can get into the big radio and TV stations in the larger cities,” Mr Tucker said.
“We want people to be familiar with this in their own territory and working, so we want to have a greater public prominence in the town so we can make sure people get a decent chance against those in the big cities.”
Loving Life FM103.1 has moved to a new studio, with the necessary acoustic insulation and cabling work expected to be finished by Easter.