Southern Community Media Association

The Board

Chief Executive Officer

Ray Hazen OAM

Ray has been involved in Community Broadcasting for over 20 year and have worked as a station Manager,in production, as a breakfast announcer and many other aspects of Community Radio. He has had a long involvement with the SCMA and has held positions of secretary, vice president, president and is now the voluntary CEO of the Association. Ray was made a life member of the SCMA at the 2015 National Regional Rural and Sub Metro Broadcasters Conference in recognition of his work for the SCMA and the Community Broadcasting Sector. Recognised for his work in community radio in 2012 by being awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his contribution to Broadcasting. Ray has an award for outstanding contribution to the SCMA and the sector named after him and was the first person to be awarded the Ray Hazen Award. Ray has a wealth of knowledge and a real dedication to Community Broadcasting.

Chairman and Technical Director

Michael Mcfeeters

Michael has been involved in community radio for over 25 years, and has been senior technician at 2AAA for the majority of this time he is the senior technical adviser to the SCMA . He has been has been awarded life membership to the SCMA for his contribution to the sector and he has also been awarded life membership at 2AAA fm for outstanding contribution to the station.

Michael owns and runs two companies MJM Consulting Engineers and MJM Software which employs locally over 15 professionals. He is the creator of several software packages designed for community radio including PDS written and maintained for the SCMA.

Vice Chairman

Helen Bath

Came to community broadcasting in Christmas 2000 on 99.9 Voice FM to promote another volunteer organization. As often happens the fun of being involved went from being a guest to being a presenter then joining the Board in 2003 and the story continues.

Previously worked in Personnel, WorkCover, Manufacturing and the Agricultural industry.

Helen & Robert moved into Ballarat in 2008.

Helen is General Manager at 99.9 Voice FM, has been an SCMA Board Member since 2008. Joined the Karden Disability Support Foundation Inc Board late in 2014 and looking forward to participating in the City of Ballarat Live Music Strategy – Marketing & Promotion sub-committee.

She is an Australian Shareholders Association [ASA] and NGV Member, Qualified Scuba Diver and Registered Organ Donor.

Secretary

Dolf Murwood

Dolf Joined The Board Of SCMA in 2014 and is Currently the Station manager of 2MIA in Griffith. Dolf has been involved in community radio for many years and brings experience with volunteers organisations.

Treasurer

Jason Wilson

He joined 979fm in 1999 as an volunteer announcer and took up the challenge as Treasurer in 2004 helping to raise raise funding from a greater number of sources including grants outside of the sector. Was instrumental in the garnering of accolades in the 2010 Powercor Melton Business Excellence Awards for Best Community or Training Organistion and Best Access for All Abilities and the 2011 Powercor Melton Business Excellence Awards for Best Community or Not for Profit Organisation. In 2011 also award a Above and Beyond Award for altruistic service to the Melton community by Prime Minister and Member for Lalor Julia Gillard.

In spare time outside of Community Radio, has worked for Corrections Victoria for almost 10 years, the majority of time in Prison Revenue and escapes on cruise ships to South Pacific Islands to get away from it all.

Board Member

Mike Culley

I was born in England in 1943 and came to Australia in 1950. Mum and I moved around for 3 years until we settled on a merino sheep stud called Wonga, in the Riverina district of NSW. Mum then married the owner Tom Culley in early 1955 and produced my sister later that year.

I went to college at St Patrick’s College in Goulburn and then joined the army in 1959. I went to Vietnam as a member of the AATTV in 1962, was injured by a chain saw and came home in 1963. Shortly after that I resigned. I went jackarooing on a station near Conargo for a year and then decided to become a carpenter. I was the oldest apprentice at the Wagga tech college and graduated in 1967. I was married the same year and went on to have 4 sons 2 of whom were twins. My wife died in 1977. My sons are all in Queensland two of whom, work in the mines. One is in danger of blowing a large hole in central Queensland as he is training to be a shot setter.

I left Wagga in 1970 and came home. I managed my stepfathers other property at Coleambally for a couple of years and then I bought it. I grew flock sheep for Wonga, and rice and wheat for myself. I was a founder member of the Coleambally Rescue Squad and stayed with them for 16years with the last 6 as captain. The squad is a member of the NSW VRA (Volunteer Rescue Association.)

In 1992, I got an offer I couldn’t refuse, sold up and moved to Wangaratta. The only reason I chose Wangaratta was because I knew people there and it was not that far to go to find a place to live.

I began my career in radio quite by accident, I was the president of the Wangaratta Country Music club and in 1995, I was interviewed on air at the Community Radio Station one Sunday morning. After the interview was over, I was invited to stay and chat off-air. The presenter then asked me if I would be interested in becoming a presenter. “Very funny”, said I, “What’s the date, the 1st April”? The rest as they say, is history. I was a member of the committee from 1996 to 2006, and the manager since 1999.

It has largely been a rewarding time, although three changes of premises were somewhat of a trial. I’ve learned some new skills, met some nice people and it keeps me off the street. I have been a board member before and am happy to do my bit again. OAK-fm is a founding member of the SCMA and the station has benefited in many ways by being a member. My only hobbies apart from doing nothing, is making things and music. As far as golf is concerned, I play off the ladies tee as it saves me at least two strokes per hole. A Greg Norman I ain’t.

Board Member

Artie Stevens

Artie has been associated with SCMA since shortly after its’ formation.

As the person who developed the AIR News service from scratch he say it as in his interest to develop a close association with like minded people within the Community Radio spectrum.

His radio involvement however goes back many years, with an obsession with the industry as a teenager watching 3SR (Shepparton) disc jockeys at outside broadcasts and thinking “I can do that”.

He trained as a DJ in Melbourne in 1969, and had his first stint back in his home town reporting football on 3SR.

Whilst Artie moved across into television production for a number of years, and was involved on the periphery of the first Community radio test licence (Liverpool, NSW) it was mainstream radio that drew him back in the 80’s as part of Melbourne’s 3KZ breakfast team, as well as producing the Captain and the Major’s 3KZ IS Football broadcast, and at one stage was seconded to the newsroom as a newsreader during the Gulf War – and developed an interest in news and sport.

When he left 3KZ/Gold 104 in 1993 he was “drafted” into service at 3RPH by then station manager Jim Hilcke, and worked with the “for the blind” station until 2013.

In the meantime Artie became the producer of Magic Football at Magic 693 upon its launch in 1994, later moving to Sport 927 producing golf and racing programs, and ran the online newsroom

At the end of 2004 he established AIR News in an attempt to provide a better news and information service for Community Radio.

The service has now grown to delivering news to around 80 stations across Australia, some Commercial outlets, but mainly Community radio.

He’s involved personally in all the back office functions of AIR News, as well as presenting the morning bulletins each weekday from 6am.

He also presents a music radio show “the Friday Night Funbag” on Community station 3MFM based at Inverloch on the Bass Coast of Victoria.

Board Member

Hayden rogers

Hayden has been involved with community radio on and off for years and is a past station manager, full-time radio presenter, news reader and production manager.

Hayden has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the radio industry and has even been behind several X-Awards wins for the stations he has worked at.

Hayden is also a Graphic Designer and Web Designer and currently maintains and develops the SCMA website.