We hope youre enjoying the special Christmas music. It is such
a privilege to be able to celebrate Christmas in this way. As we remember
the birth of our Saviour, we pause to thank Him for the many blessings.
Inside youll be able to see His hand in the progress of Life FM
through 2003. This big news of course is that this new radio station was
born at 2:18am on Wednesday 29th October!
All Praise to Jesus! All Praise to Jesus! All Praise to Jesus! All Praise
to Jesus! We have now increased our loop to 21 hours and have added a
different 5 hour loop of praise and worship music for Sundays. We also
want to let people know what's happening around the region so we have
introduced a Community Service Announcements segment. If your church or
non-profit group is having an activity, we'd love to hear from you. (Contact
info below) Due to the limited equipment (see below) we cannot start scheduled
programs yet but we will be pro-viding some EXCELLENT Christmas music
through this very special time of year. Please continue to pray for us
as we work towards making LIFE FM a permanent part of our community.
WHY ARE WE LOOPING THE MUSIC? Since we started broadcasting it has become
evident that we need extra equipment sooner than we thought. We need to
build up our studio and also purchase microwave links. We always knew
start up costs would be around $100,000 - God has blessed us with the
money for the purchase and installation of our transmitter ($60,000) now
we need to finish the job. "For if the willingness is there, the
gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he
does not have." 2Cor 8:12 NIV
For more information on helping us reach the target - call the office
during business hours (03 5143 0355) or email firstname.lastname@example.org or go
to the How To Help section on the web site. We look forward to starting
our scheduled programs soon.
All Glory To God! Deb ByeStation Manager
For the rest of the December Newsletter - PDF - click
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Much has happened since our last
newsletter. God is so faithful and the speed at which changes and developments
come is sometimes overwhelming. Let's Praise the Lord as we look over
the last couple of months.
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Life FM Test Licence Extended !
The Gippsland Christian Broadcasters Inc. (trading as Life FM)
Committee of Management (CoM) is delighted to announce that Life
FM's Test Broadcast has been extended to twelve months.
This exiting news comes just weeks after the previously reported
'Dessert Night' Fundraiser which saw $57,000 being raised for a
transmitter and adds further strength to Life FM's efforts to provide
Christian Radio on Gippsland's air-waves.
Originally Life FM was only to have a three-month Temporary Community
Broadcast Licence (TCBL) so this put the station in a difficult
situation as they had to sign a contract with Broadcast Australia
for 12 months at $32,500 to have a transmitter on Mt tassie.
Life FM Management made an urgent approach to the Australian Broadcasting
Authority (ABA) asking for an extension and after investigation
and consideration, the ABA has confirmed that they are now prepared
to issue Life FM with a twelve month TCBL, the maximum permissible
We have also been able to negotiate quarterly payments to Broadcast
Australia which will ease the financial pressure considerably.
The future of Life FM now seems brighter than ever with the twelve
month TCBL and with Sponsor Packages re-calculated to reflect this
extended transmission period. It is hoped that many more businesses
will now take advantage of Life FM's very attractive Sponsorship
rates, thus ensuring continued cash flow and financial viability.
Sales representative Danielle Ford has joined the team and is excited
about being able to offer more to prospective clients.
This new development is a huge boost to morale. Life FM will conduct
a Technical Test Broadcast (that's a looped special test program)
from late October with scheduled programs commencing at the end
- Gippsland Grammar - 2 X Chapel Services Thurs 14th August -
Deb presented Power Point update
- Dutson Downs Public Meeting Thurs 14 Aug - Deb facilitated discussion
- CBAA Lunch Sun 17th Aug - Allen & Deb attended a lunch organised
by Gippsland FM and attended by reps from other Gippsland Community
Radio Stations and the General Manager and satellite tech from
CBAA. The purpose of the lunch was to meet each other and for
a demonstration of the CBAA's Digital Delivery Network (DDN) satellite
service. Our reception was very positive and we were able to establish
good contacts which we will cultivate and nurture.
- Sale Neighbourhood House AGM Tues 19th Aug - Deb chaired meeting
and presented Power Point update
- Stratford promotion Group Meeting Tues 19th Aug PM - Deb facilitated
- Morwell Presbyterian Craft Fair Fri 22nd Aug - Deb helped on
craft & info stall with Beryl and Elizabeth Harris
- Wellington Shire "Here For Life" Youth Week Tues 26th
Aug - Deb guest speaker and facilitated a group
- Traralgon Full Gospel Businessmen's Assoc Fri 29th Aug - Deb
presented Power Point update with Cameron Rash (CoM member)
- St Peter's Leongatha Sun 31st Aug AM - 2 services - Deb presented
Power Point update with Allen and Cameron
- St John's Maffra - Sun 31st August- Deb presented Power Point
update with Allen, Alison Clarke and David Jones (CoM members)
- Morwell Baptist Sun 14th Sept - Deb presented Power Point update
with Heather Toms (CoM member)
STILL TO COME
- Sale City Band Concert Sun 12th Oct
- Maffra Probus Tues 14th Oct
- Fusion -lead training session Fri 17th Oct
- Gippsland FM AGM - guest speaker Mon 27th Oct
- Life FM AGM - Thurs 30th Oct
- Morwell Church of Christ Sun 23rd Nov
- Seaspray Carols - MC - Wed 17th Dec
- Sale Carols by Candlight - MC - Thurs 18th Dec
Transmitter Ordered & Visit to Mt tassie
Allen has done a fantastic job liaising with all the relevant authorities
in regard to the installation at Mt tassie. This has been an extremely
convoluted process and has been well managed.
MT Tassie - Wed 10th Sept
What an amazing day!! First the convoy met at the Traralgon office @
10am, There was the site controller, the electrician, the phone man, the
engineer, the Station & Business Managers. Allen & I were there
to observe and we were to learn more than we expected.
By 11am we were all at Mt Tassie the first time for all but the site
controller. There were a few small buildings scattered around one main
building which we were to discover was where our TX home will be - in
a far corner by itself among its BIG brothers - millions of dollars worth
of equipment which puts the ABC and commercial radio and television stations
to air 24x7.
Just seeing the equipment was mind blowing (for us anyway!) The guys
quickly found their respective areas to see what needed to be done while
Allen was becoming un-done as Telstra (who were supposed to be installing
phone lines for us while we were there) hadn't appeared - and a few phone
calls quickly revealed there was a problem!
Allen spent much of the site visit on the phone to various Telstra offices
all over the country looking for the tech who would do our installation
- no one seemed to know who would do such a job. Just as we were about
to leave an hour and a half later yet another call revealed that the tech
was actually in one of the smaller buildings at Mt Tassie doing another
installation!!! We probably could have yelled out to him!
After the mountain experience Allen, John & I spent a few hours in
the TR office planning the next steps. We have determined equipment priorities
and operations structures for best programming practice. The upshot is
that we will have a production suite in Traralgon and communicate and
send programs via ADSL. This can all be done fairly inexpensively and
will also provide equipment for our sales team.
We were so blessed to have Wes Jay come from Melbourne to help set up
the on air computers. Wes has had an amazing career in radio and what
he DOESN'T know about Christian music - isn't worth knowing!
Steve Baker from Geelong has been helping periodically since day one
and has volunteered to help set up the automation system to get us on-air.
This is a pain-staking job and Steve has had lots of experience with these
types of systems.
President David Jones with newly appointed Sales Rep Danielle Ford and
Station Manager Debbie Bye. Danielle recently returned to Sale after ten
years. She was community Service Coordinator at Canberra FM for three
years and is currently completing Bachelor of Primary Education at University
of Canberra. Danni is a private tutor for years 1-8, mainly English and
Mathematics and an experienced coxswain and Level 1 rowing coach. She
was a Rotary Exchange Student to Wisconsin, USA in 1994. Danni enjoys
bushwalking, horse riding and spending time with "Pusskins"
(the cat) and is very keen to meet with prospective sponsors. You can contact Danielle at email@example.com or call the office
Sam Jones has spent many hours patching walls and painting
the 2 new offices in the Raymond St building in Sale.. Steve Castles
also helped to patch the holes in the walls, thanks guys!
4th Annual General Meeting
Thursday 30th October 2003
7:00pm at the Chapel of St Anne,
Gippsland Grammar Senior School, McGhee Street, Sale
- MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Wed 27th Nov 2002
- FINANCIAL REPORT
- BOARD REPORT
- APPOINTMENT OF AUDITOR
- ELECTION OF FIVE COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT MEMBERS
- DETERMINATION OF PROPOSED 'SPECIAL RESOLUTIONS
no matters other than those listed can be dealt with
Current Committee of Management
- David Jones (Anglican) - term expired
- Brian Heath (Christian Outreach) - term expired
- Heather Toms (Baptist) - term expired
- Andrew Cairns - stepping down
- (vacant 2 year term)
Alison Clarke (Uniting)
Kevin Neumann (Lutheran)
Trish Broadbear (Anglican)
Cameron Rash (Presbyterian)
Debbie Bye (Uniting) - Station Manager's CoM position
Members will find enclosed with this newsletter the proposed special
resolutions relating to the Public Fund to facilitate deductible
gift recipient status.
If you wish to nominate someone for the Committee of Management
you can download the form
here (pdf) or contact the office and we'll send you a nomination form.
Please note that to nominate someone you must be a financial member
over the age of eighteen (Rule 24.2)
Your signed nomination form, should be returned to the Life FM
office no later than 5:00pm on Tuesday 21st October.
Details of nominees will be posted on this website on Friday 24th
October (Rule 12.6). Voting will only be required if there are more
than five nominees.
If you are unable to attend the AGM and would like to vote in respect
of the special resolutions and the CoM if necessary, ~ you may request
an absentee voting form (Rule 24.4) from the Life FM office by phone
03 5143 0355 or email - firstname.lastname@example.org and a secure voting form will be sent out to you.
Your absentee vote will need to be received at the Life FM office
by no later than 5:00pm on Wednesday 29th October (Rule 24.4.1)
OR if you would like to appoint a proxy please contact
the Life FM office also. The notice of proxy must be received
at the Life FM office no later than 5:00pm on Wednesday (Rule 24.3)
STUDIO COSTS - EXCLUDING TRANSMITTER & MT. tassieE
|A. ABSOLUTE MINIMUM - all paid for
1 X 4 channel mixer
Basil - on air PC + software
Manuel - scheduling PC + software
WHAT WE CAN DO WITH (A)
" Broadcast music and pre-recorded programs from distributors
" Add voice announcement to music programs
A = Absolute Minimum but will not allow for any interviews or locally
B. BASIC STUDIO FOR SALE
Audio logging recorder $1,000 (1st payment)
Telephone Line Interface $3,000
ADSL, Router and LAN $1,500
Small mixer and associated bits $2,500
1X Headset with microphone $400
Installation Materials $1,400
Total $ 9,800
Deb to buy Field Recorder $2,000
NOTE: Audio logger ($3000 available on terms 30% deposit and balance
over two years)
WHAT WE CAN DO WITH (B)
All of (A) plus:
" Log all programs as required by the Broadcast Act
" Pre-record phone interviews
" Pre-record field interviews
" Download programs via the internet (needed for Experience
" Pre-record studio interviews
" Broadcast in "live" mode when necessary (not talkback
or live interviews)
B = Base requirement for locally produced programs and interviews
|C. MINIMUM STUDIO - SALE
Audio logging recorder $1,000 (1st payment)
Telephone Line Interface $3,000
Field Recorder (DAT or MD) $2,000
ADSL, Router and LAN $1,500
Small mixer and associated bits $2,500
Additional computer $2,500
Headsets with microphones $800
Installation Materials $1,400
CD Player $300
BASIC PRODUCTION SUITE - TRARALGON
ADSL Connection, Router, LAN $1,500
Mixer (existing unit) 0
2X Headset mics $ 800
GRAND TOTAL $19,800
WHAT WE CAN DO WITH (C)
All of (B) plus:
Download programs on production PC's
Have more than one studio guest
Pre-record interviews in Traralgon and email into program being
C = Close to what we need and allows for a more professional approach
D = Delivering the Best with all the bits and pieces that allow
for a very proficient operation
To broadcast regular "live" programs with "live"
interviews and talkback will require an audio delay unit. A "D"
studio will also allow delivery of a news service. We will also
eventually need studio mini disc and CD players and recorders and
Initial quote: $39,000
JULY (2) 2003
Earlier this month we sent an urgent update as our deadline to order
the transmitter approached. On Friday 18th July the Sale Christian Outreach
Centre held a Fund Raiser Dessert Night and God moved in a mighty way.
Local churches donated home made desserts, CoC Band Jehu provided background
music, Station Manager Deb Bye brought everyone up-to-date with a Power
Point presentation and Pastor Brian Heath (Life FM's Vice President) closed
the evening with a challenge to sow into future harvest. The opportunity
was provided for memberships, donations and interest free loans. We were
believing for $20,000 and the blessings poured out in nearly $10,000 donations
and $30,000 interest free loans. There were also 17 new members signed
up on the night! PRAISE GOD! That's DOUBLE what we asked for!! Deb has
been saying for some time when asked where the money would come from that
"God owns the cattle on a thousand hills - He's just going to sell
some for us!" God moved in a mighty way that night and people responded.
We have now ordered a transmitter and have been able to enter constructive
negotiations with Broadcast Australia regarding tower rental. We still
need another $30,000 to complete the studio and for the transmitter installation
and approximately $8,000 per quarter for tower rental. Please continue
to ask God how you can sow into this ministry.
VACANCY - SPONSORSHIP SALES
Résumé's are being sought for Sales Representatives
for Life FM sponsor packages.
Applicants would need:
- Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
- To maintain a high standard of personal grooming and presentation
- Sales and/or marketing experience (strongly preferred but not
- The ability to work effectively as part of a team
- An understanding of and an interest in the aims of community
broadcasting, particularly those of Life FM.
- Ability to set goals and priorities, and work under limited
- Computer literacy, ability to use or learn software and equipment
used in station as applicable to the position requirements.
Good record keeping and organisational skills.
- Knowledge of or willingness to learn sponsorship regulations
and legislation relating to community broadcasting
- Driver's licence and car necessary.
Salary: 5% commission
Immediate start planned for successful applicants.
Please send your resume to: Station Manager, Life FM, PO Box 1378,
or email email@example.com
New Committee of Management Member
A vacancy on Life FM's Committee of Management (CoM) has been created
by the appointment of Deb Bye as Station Manager. Under our Rules of Association,
the Station Manager is an automatic on-going appointment to the CoM -
Cameron Rash has agreed to fill the vacancy and this has been agreed
to by the CoM. Cameron was born in Maffra, raised in Stratford, attended
Secondary School in Sale and has been a member of Life FM for three years.
He runs his own financial planning business in Doncaster, Melbourne and
is a member of Eltham Presbyterian Church. He has completed a Bachelor
of Science (Accounting and Computer Science) and an Advanced Diploma of
Financial Services (Financial Planning). Having assisted with the preparation
of our licence application (the financial aspects of our proposal in particular),
we believe that his God-given talents will compliment the talents and
gifts of those already on the CoM.
ALLEN STEPS OUT
Allen Moore has joined Station Manager, Deb Bye as a full-time volunteer
at Life FM.
Allen has been Assistant Administration Manager for three years and for
the last two years has been faithfully opening the office every Monday.
With a degree in Christian counseling almost completed, Allen has not
taken this step of faith lightly.
He brings to Life FM a wealth of administration experience and has been
invaluable in deciphering Rules and Regulations for us. Allen worked at
ABC Gippsland for 12 months as a producer, so he also brings radio experience
and an excellent network of contacts. He will assist Deb with Life FM's
morning program during our test transmission.
Dessert Night Fundraiser Thanks
Thanks to Lynne Heath and the Sale Christian Outreach Centre team
who organised the Dessert Night fund raiser. It was a supreme effort
and the desserts were fabulous! Thanks also to the folk from Stratford
Uniting Church, St Paul's Cathedral Sale, Kingsway Fellowhip Sale
and Gippsland Grammar for your input into the evening.
NEW TRARALGON OFFICE
We have been blessed with a short term very low
cost lease (which has been paid for by 2 members) to establish
a presence in the Latrobe Valley. The space has been made available
by Needham Public Relations and will be used for our sales base
in the Valley.
In this first 2 weeks of my full time service I have seen God move in
incredible ways. It has been a steep learning curve as we stepped out
to sell Sponsorship packages to local businesses. This is a very slow
and labour intensive process and while there have been fruits from that
labour we are very short of our fundraising target.
The Committee of Management has been in discussion with our Broadcast
Engineer and it has been determined that even though we STILL NEED $90,000,
we can conduct this Test Transmission with a minimum of equipment costing
That means we will need to hire some linking equipment short term and
have negotiated with Broadcast Australia regarding the use of a combiner
(that piece of equipment costs around $20,000) BUT we need the transmitter.
The cost of leasing tower space from Broadcast Australia is still unknown.
So far we have raised $12,000 from donations and sponsorships with a
further $6,000 in sponsorship sales still to be received. HOWEVER we have
a deadline of Wednesday 30th July to order our transmitter or we will
miss our Broadcast launch date of 3rd October and will have to start our
negotiations all over again. The CoM agrees that a bank loan is not an
option and that we (the members) need to own the mission.
God has been working in marvellous ways in the last few weeks. I am constantly
amazed by the generosity of our members. It has been so encouraging to
see tangible evidence of your support for this ministry. I believe God
will move in a powerful way across our region through Life FM and already
this is evidenced in the unity among believers that Christian Radio is
what Gippsland needs. Please pray about how you can help us reach the
target - $45,000 for now, but $90,000 would be a blessing so we can show
Gippsland what a great and powerful God we worship.
Blessings - Deb Bye (Station Manager)
On behalf of the Committee of Management
years ago God called me to Christian radio. I was a postie then
and radio was a huge jump from delivering mail! (proving of course
that God can use ANYONE!) But God opened up a whole new world to
me that would develop into a 17 year career at the ABC.
Since coming to Gippsland 9 years ago, God has continued to keep
me in contact with Christian radio in one way or another. I believe
God has brought me to Gippsland and has carried me through the last
21 years "for such a time as this". Esther 4:14
As I have said before, now more than ever we need to hear the
message of Jesus and what better way to do that than by radio!
In Matthew chapter 14 Jesus walks on water and he calls Peter to
him on the water. Peter faithfully steps out of the boat as he hears
his master calling
28Then Peter called to him, "Lord, if it's really you, tell
me to come to you by walking on water." 29"All right,
come," Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat
and walked on the water toward Jesus.
I believe Jesus has now called me to step out of the boat, so
to speak, by leaving the ABC to work full time for LIFE FM. After
working 17 years at the ABC, including 9 years as Manager in Gippsland,
stepping away from the security of full time PAID employment, to
take up an UNPAID position at Life FM, is something you only do
after MUCH prayer, many sleepless nights, more prayer and then even
This is not a decision I have made lightly. I will be depending
on God to supply my needs from the very beginning, because I will
be finishing work as the Manager of ABC Radio in Gippsland on June
20th and commencing full time voluntary work at Life FM on the 23rd.
I'm stepping out NOT as the bold visionary, confidently charging
towards what I know will be a victory, but as someone who's a little
nervous, and feeling totally under-equipped to start a radio station
from scratch! But I believe that this is what God would have me
do at this time.
However, this is not something I can do by myself and already
God has been sending people with the skills we need WHEN we need
them. It has been truly awesome to see His hand in the journey we
have made so far and I feel very privileged to be working with people
I know God has hand-picked for this adventure.
Also, just because I will soon be working full time for Life FM
does not mean the hard work is all over; right now we need sponsors,
new members, new volunteers and, of course, we still need $90 000,
so please give some thought and prayer to how you can best help
to bring Christian radio to Gippsland "for such a time as this".
And, remember how in the second part of Matthew chapter 14 Peter
was out on the water with Jesus and saw the wind, became afraid
and began to sink
Please pray with me that we never
lose sight of Jesus in all that we do at Life FM.
And finally, if you are ever tempted to doubt that this dream
can be a reality, just try repeating this out loud; 20Now glory
be to God! By his mighty power at work within us, he is able to
accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope.
Dessert Night Fundraiser
18th July 2003 7.30pm
Garnsey Hall McGhee St. Sale
Great company, great entertainment,
Purpose for the night:
To communicate Life FM's vision to the local community, to raise
the necessary funds to successfully launch our test broadcast on
3rd October, and to engender greater community involvement.
Enquiries Lynne Heath Ph: 03 5144 3470
WHERE DO THE $$$$ GO?
When we started out we needed $100,000. In the last four years we have
purchased the equipment listed below and kept the office running, setting
up databases and systems to ensure the smooth running of the station.
The big ticket items now are the Transmitter and antanae - around $60,000;
a combiner - $20,000 approx and tower rental. The latter is unknown because
we have to negotiate with Broadcast Australia who owns the site.
17 Oct 1997
24 Nov 1999
25 Nov 1999
5 Feb 2002
1 May 1999
17 Oct 1997
1 May 1999
22 April 2002
22 April 2002
19 Aug 2002
14 Sept 2002
9 Dec 2002
30 Jan 2003
17 Feb 2003
17 Mar 2003
17 Apr 2003
5 June 2003
Sybil- Admin PC
Manuel - Scheduling PC
BSI Wavestation Broadcasting (software)
Basil - broadcasting PC
Hewlett Packard Printer
Backup Zip Drive
Lacie CD Burner
Polly - Admin PC
Quickbooks upgrade (software)
LG twin head Air Conditioner (installed)
Rode Mic + pre production mixer
Carpet studio & hallway
Cool Edit Pro V2 (Software)
Natural Music, Natural Log & Switcher (software)
Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there
any thing too hard for me? Jer 32:27 NKJV
It's Crunch Time!
We have until noon Friday 1st August
to raise $90,000!
From day one 14th April 1999 we knew that everything we did as Gippsland
Christian Broadcasters would have to be accountable and done with integrity.
As we now start to sell sponsorship packages for our first test Transmission
we likewise have to be accountable with these funds.
To that end we have decided that if, by noon Friday 1st August, we do
not have sufficient funds to equip Life FM in order to conduct the test
broadcast - all the sponsors money will be refunded. Accordingly, all
sponsorships will now be held in trust until the target of $90 000 is
HOWEVER - we believe that this Christian radio venture is in God's
plan for this region and so we urge you to PRAY and to ACT....
Some time ago God moved in your heart and you decided to join with
us in making the vision of quality, 24-hour Christian broadcasting
a reality in Gippsland. We've all been working hard for the past
few years, preparing for the day that a license is granted and we
can get 'ON AIR'. Thank the Lord that day is today!
The Australian Broadcasting Authority has issued Life FM with a
temporary broadcasting license from 3rd Oct to 31st Dec 2003. During
this time, we must demonstrate that we have the two things necessary
to sustain a permanent license: the ability to actually run a working
station, and popular support.
Many members of Life FM have been actively involved in the preparation
phase, spending thousands of volunteer hours (and not a few thousand
dollars) to get us this far. Praise God for all your generosity
and faithfulness to date - we're nearly there! The line is in sight.
The prize is set before us. The goal of all our hard work over the
past few years is within our grasp. Will you now help us to get
across the finish line?
Let us explain
In order for Life FM to get 'ON AIR', we need to have our transmitter
and associated technical gear installed and tested by no later than
1 September. To achieve this, we'll need to raise all the necessary
funds and place our order by no later than 1 August 2003. That gives
us about 70 days to raise $90,000. Or about $1,300 per day for 70
Are you able to help us make one great push for the finish line?
You are able to make a big difference by:
ASKING EVERYBODY YOU KNOW TO JOIN LIFE FM AS A FINANCIAL MEMBER.
If every one of us signed up just one person sometime over the next
two months, we'd more than cover one $1300 day. Imagine how much
we could raise if we each committed to signing up two or even three
people in that time! This is something every single one of us can
do! An application form you can use is attached.
OFFERING EVERYBODY YOU KNOW THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A DONATION.
Many people-even non-Christians-will be quite happy to make a donation
for a worthy cause, even if they don't feel strongly enough to become
a member. Every one of us knows somebody who would make even a small
donation to see this vision become a reality in October this year.
It's something every single one of us can do!
SELL SPONSORSHIP PACKAGES. Individuals,
groups, churches, schools and businesses are now able to purchase
'ON AIR' sponsorship packages to the value of $2400 (Gold), $1800
(Silver) or $1200 (Bronze). No doubt you'll be as excited as I am
to realise that just one of these Bronze packages almost covers
our daily need all by itself. Imagine what could be done if every
parish in Gippsland banded together to buy a sponsorship package
or if just a handful of the thousands of businesses we all
deal with every day signed up
we'd be across the line in
no time! You'll find more information about sponsorship packages
attached. Contact the Office for details.
You can make a difference!
The Apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 1:3-6 (NLT) "Every time
I think of you, I give thanks to my God. I always pray for you,
and I make my requests with a heart full of joy because you have
been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the
time you first heard it until now. And I am sure that God, who began
the good work in you, will continue his work until it is finally
finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again."
We, along with all the members of Life FM's Committee of Management,
want to echo those words. We are delighted to be partnering with
you in the cause of Christ. We're excited about what God is doing
across our nation, and absolutely thrilled about the heaven-sent
opportunity that's before us right now - to bring this great vision
to reality in October as Life FM goes 'ON AIR'.
$90,000 in 70 days. Together, if everyone plays his or her part,
we can do it!
With warmest greetings in Jesus' name,
Andrew Cairns & Deb Bye for
Life FM Committee of Management
"Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many
of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many
were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to
shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things -- and
the things that are not -- to nullify the things that are, so that no
one may boast before him." 1Cor 26-29 NIV
Something to Think About
I turned on the telly this morning and it was like God was revealing
to me (and this time I was really listening!) the urgency of having Christian
Radio in Gippsland because other electronic media is definitely not good
for the soul!
Have you ever REALLY listened to the lyrics of the songs our young people
are bombarded with? I was watching rage (briefly) and in just two songs
I heard how "everything is hopeless - what's the point?" and
"I want to rip the sheets with you" YUK!
Then I flicked to the cartoons - witches on broomsticks and death, doom
and destruction as colourful aliens plot to take over the world.
Then I hear on the radio about how witchcraft has been legalised in our
State! Pick up the paper and read about the latest murders or sex scandals.
Does your heart ache like mine? NOW MORE THAN EVER we need to be telling
people about God's saving grace and forgiveness AND about the hope we
have in Jesus. NOW MORE THAN EVER we need to let people see and hear that
Christians aren't just the "namby pamby" "wishy washy"
"milksops" the media makes us out to be! NOW MORE THAN EVER
we need to stand up and be counted - to proclaim that Jesus is LORD and
that THERE IS HOPE!
Life FM is here FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS - will you join us as we give
Gippsland a REAL alternative in our media.
Insight for Living
The CEO of the Melbourne headquarters of Insight for Living has offered
to support Life FM with the provision of programs for air and books, tapes
and CD's by Dr Chuck Swindoll for us to make available to our members at
discounted rates with a small donation to Life FM from each sale. Click
here for a list of products available.
About Chuck Swindoll
Insight for Living's Bible teacher, Chuck Swindoll, has devoted his life
to the clear, practical application of God's Word and His grace. A pastor
at heart, Chuck has served as senior pastor to congregations in Texas,
Massachusetts, and California. He currently leads Stonebriar Community
Church in Frisco, Texas, but Chuck's listening audience extends far beyond
a local church body.
As a leading program in Christian broadcasting, Insight for Living airs
in major Christian and non-Christian radio markets throughout the world
and to a growing webcast audience. Chuck's extensive writing ministry
has also served the body of Christ worldwide, and his leadership as president
and now chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary has helped prepare and
equip a new generation for ministry. Chuck and Cynthia, his partner in
life and ministry, have four grown children and ten grandchildren.
For more information go to www.insight.org
You may have heard the Prayer of Jabez - from 1Chronicles 4:10.
10And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, "Oh, that You would
bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with
me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!"
So God granted him what he requested.
Well at Life FM that has been our prayer (in more ways than one!) and
we are pleased to announce that :
New Office Space
The Anglican Diocese (our landlords) has reaffirmed their strong support
for Life FM and very generously opened up another room for our use. This
has come with some shuffling from the current incumbents and we are most
grateful for the enthusiasm of Diocesan Archivist Tim Gibson in wanting
to help us out. Thank also to Kelvin Kenny and Sam Jones for the "hands
on" help. The new space will be used as our administration area,
making room for separate on-air and production studios. WHAT A BLESSING!
Life FM Gippsland GOES INTERNATIONAL!
Allen and Deb travelled to Brisbane for the International United Christian
Broadcasters Conference last month and there were MANY BLESSINGS.
They learned that all the administrative processes we have in place (databases,
filing, accounting etc) are spot on - and in some instances further advanced
than other more established stations. There were many inspirational speakers
and an opportunity to hear some of Australia's Christian performers LIVE!
Wes Jay from Woodlands Media (and Light FM in Melbourne) was there - you
may remember Wes helped us put together our demo CD. Wes was promoting
his business and part of our demo was on the CD he gave to all the International
Guest speakers Dr Chuck & Kathy Pollack were very inspiring
and many pages of notes were taken.
recently we mentioned how Deb had recorded some station identification
tags for HCJB (the short wave Christian Radio service to the South Pacific)
- well they've been broadcasting those recordings so if you're overseas
and you hear a familiar voice on short wave - it just could be our Deb!
Interstate recognition for our web site
Life FM on the Gold Coast and Family Radio 96.5FM were also ports of
call for Allen and Deb. It seems our web-site has been helpful in inspiring
others - thanks again Beth Harris from Anchor
Web Design for the fabulous web page you've developed for us.
It was very encouraging to see how both stations are doing so well in
what is a very competitive market. God is blessing Christian Radio - AND
THAT INSPIRED US EVEN MORE!
The Entertainment Book
is a restaurant and activity guide that provides special 25-50%
and 2-for-1 incentives from many of the best restaurants, hotels
and attractions throughout Australia. Entertainment Books are distributed
through fund-raising groups, organisations and corporations, to
help raise much needed funds. The featured restaurants and other
businesses do not pay to be included; they are selected based on
awards, reviews and personal recommendations.
Order your Entertainment Book now and you will receive over
$10,000 in valuable offers, valid until June 1st, 2004. At the same
time, you'll be helping Life FM!
There are lots of opportunities for Gippslanders
... plus all the Melbourne features. Below is a sample of the many
well known businesses featured in the new Greater Melbourne Entertainment
- KFC - 3 vouchers - various offers
- Red Rooster - 3 vouchers - various
- Pizza Hut - 3 vouchers - various
- erton Rush Hotel - Morwell - 2for1 meal
- Darrell Lea - 3 vouchers - various
- Eagle Boys - 2for1 pizza
- Village Cinemas - 3 vouchers 2for1 (that's about $36 worth!)
- Coal Creek Heritage Village - 2for1 admission
- Philip Island Wildlife Park - 2for1 admission
- Arthur's Seat Maze - 2for1 admission
- Fall Creek Hotel - 2 vouchers - various
- Avis - 5 bonus offers
- Budget - 5 bonus offers
- Hertz - 5 bonus offers
- 20% off various magazine subscriptions
- Video Ezy - 12 vouchers 2for1 (that's about $90 worth!!)
- Autobarn - 3 vouchers 20% off
Interested? Call Life FM Member and Sponsor Cameron Rash 9840 1166 (BH)
or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org . Thanks to Cameron for organising this great fund raiser for us.
The Australian Broadcasting Association has given us the
"go ahead" to broadcast and our start date will be Friday 3rd
October. We'll have more details in the following newsletters but this
is a real answer to prayer!
There is MUCH work to be done in the next few months and
you will find this newsletter jam-packed with plans that will need your
assistance. Remember, PRAYER is the most vital
part of this project - without it we are just another radio station. This
is a ministry to Equip, Encourage and Empower Christians in Gippsland
and we will need YOUR prayers and support to make it happen.
The demonstration CD we have produced is now available and will
give you an overview of what Life FM Gippsland will sound like.
Of course it's difficult to get the whole range of what Life FM
will offer into 10 minutes but we pray that as you listen you will
"catch our vision" and hear the potential of what Life
FM can achieve in Gippsland.
Listen Online Click Here
The demo was put together by Wes Jay (Light FM Melbourne), Cameron
Want (Trans World Radio), and Deb Bye and Allen More (Life FM Gippsland).
It was mixed and copied in the Trans World Radio studios in Melbourne.
Our thanks to Pencil Boone and the TWR team for the use of the studio
and the resources. Extra copies of the CD are available from the
office so you can share it with your friends and spread the word
that Life FM is coming!
We have also made a draft program schedule so you can see the kind of programs we have planned for full time
This year we have reduced our annual membership fee to $33 for new members
and renewals. We will have to make another application for a full time
license later in the year so we really need to get those membership numbers
up. You can get copies of the demo CD by contacting us - share it with
your friends to encourage them to join us. Alive Magazine has generously
offered a FREE 2 months subscription (that's 2 issues) for each new or
renewed full membership in 2003. Make sure you fill in a NEW membership
form (online or by contacting the office).
Have you got a Ritchies Card?
You can support Life FM Gippsland every time you buy groceries at Ritchies
Supermarket in Sale & Maffra. Sign up today (quote Life FM ref# 94637)
and you'll get Ritchies discounts as well as help us raise much needed
funds. So far we've receieved almost $200.
We have 6 months to raise $90,000!
We need to look seriously at how we can raise these necessary funds for
equipment. In response to our fund raising appeal we have had several
generous donations and a few folk have signed up for regular donations
- but we have a LONG way to go.
$90,000 sounds like a lot of money and it is! You may wonder how you
can help. If 150 people (that's basically Life FM's membership) were able
to donate $23 per week for just 6 months we would reach our target. Friends,
remember every dollar you sow into Life FM now is seed for the future
harvest and through your support of Life FM "...your
generosity will result in thanksgiving to God" 2 Cor 9:11
Obviously not all of our members will be a able to donate this amount,
and that's ok - some will give more, some will give less. We have had
several one-off donations and a number of regular commitments which have
been very helpful. Quite a lot of work has happened since Christmas so
we need to keep the matter of our finances before you because God supplies
our needs through His people. "...give as freely
as you have received!" Matt 10:8
It is now possible to make a direct deposit to Life FM. You can do this
as a once-off or you can set things up so that your bank transfers a set
amount once a week, fortnight or month. Having a direct debit means it's
painless for you and regular for us. Why not give it some thought? Just
contact your bank and ask them to arrange a regular transfer to Life FM
Bendigo Bank BSB: 633 000 ACCOUNT
|We need to set up a van for our test broadcast. Initially
it would be a small information van to have out and about in public
view. Our plan is to eventually fit it out to do outside broadcasts
to get "Life into the region!". The van will need to be
road worthy and around 16ft so it can be towed easily. So far we've
had a couple of offers of vans that would require a lot of work and
money spent on them. We have seen a couple of suitable vans for around
$2600 but of course we don't have the money for this at the moment.
Do you have a suitable van that Life FM could put to very good use
OR perhaps you would like to designate some funds towards the cost
of buying one. Please contact the office for more information. Mondays
from 9:30am - 5:00pm or by email.
HCJB World Radio, the world's first missionary broadcaster, has
been touching lives around the globe since 1931. Together with its
local partners, HCJB World Radio now has ministries in more than
100 countries and broadcasts the gospel in nearly 120 languages
and dialects. HCJB World Radio also ministers thorugh healthcare
and training......doing whatever it takes, so all may hear.
AUSTRALIA SHORTWAVE STATION GOES ON THE AIR HCJB World Radio-Australia's
new shortwave station at the Jununurra in the northern part of the
country went on the air Sunday, Jan 5, with it's first five-hour
transmission to the South Pacific. This culminated more than five
hyears of planning and praying. "Praise God, He has doen it!"
said Director of Ministries Dennis Adams.from the Australian office
in Melbourne following a dedication service.
When the facility is in full operation, the shortwave signalwill
be within hearing range of more than 3.5 billion people -- 60% of
the world's population. Including the Asian antenna, 10 hours of
English programming with air daily: five hours to the South Pacific
and five hours to Asia, plus a weekly program in Oromo to Ethiopia.
Although the broadcasts are goign out on a 100kw short-wave transmitter
designed and built at the HCJB World Radio Engineering Centre in
Elkhart, Ind., the transmitter is still running at low power, but
this will be increased "gradually" as testing continues.
Plans are to eventually expand to five transmitters and 16 broadcast
towers as land and funds become available.
The station came as teh result of HCJB World Radio-Australia Director
David Maindonald's longtime vision to start an international shortwave
station in the country. This initially seemed like an impossible
dream. THe prospect that Australia would allow a privately owned
international station - including Christian ones - seemed unlikely,
and even mission leaders were sceptical about the plan. But instead
of giving up, Mindonald trusted God.
"I am filled with a great sense of awe at what God has done
to bring about this new Asia-Pacific service," said Maindonald
at the dedication service. "These past seven years I have seen
God do so many wonderful things. He has changed the law of Australia,
granted International licenses, provided finances and specialist
staff, and just so much more. We launch today because God has been
in it all. The staff has worked tirelessly to build buildings, erect
transmission lines, towers and antennas, re-equip studios and prepare
programs...........It is my pleasure to dedicated the radio ministry
of HCJB World Radio - Australia to the glory of God."
Life FM Gippsland supports the work of HCJB through tithes. Recently
Deb and Allen visited the headquarters in Melbourne to meet with
the team and see the studios. Deb also recorded some station identifications
for the new Austrailan service!
We have received the loan of some recording equipment from Wellington
Shire which whill be the base of our production studio until we
can afford to buy our own gear. We have the Shire's equipment for
12 months durign which time we will train people to produce our
sponsorship announcements. Check out the Volunteers
Form to see how YOU can be involved.
Auditions will be held soon and training will start in May.
Australian Gospel Music Festival
Looking for something new and exciting to do this Easter holiday? Why
not join the thousands gathering in Toowoomba Qld, for the AGMF!
THe AGMF is a community based music and lifestyle event for youth, kids
and families with the BEST artists and MOST attractions.
THe only word to describe AGMF 2003 is "BIG" ...... 140 artists
(with special guest David
Meece), 30 000 people, new attractions, massive venues, 33 seperate
events, and loads of positive atmosphere.
The city of Toowoomba will explode with over 30 000 people soaking up
the atmosphere of Australia's largest postive music and lifestyle festival.
Sponsors include Christian stations 96FM
Brisbane and Light
FM Toowoomba. Visit the AGMF
website for updates and new things that will be appearing
Life FM needs YOUR input.....most of all we need your prayers.
We also need practical help as we gear up for our first Test transmission
on 3rd October.
Please take the time to fill in this
If you want to audition for on air work you'll need to let us know
Forthright Discussions about a shared "Vision" for Christian
Radio in Gippsland
For the past three years the Committee of Management of Gippsland Christian
Broadcasters (Life FM) has been tirelessly working towards a smooth introduction
of Christian radio to Gippsland. It has always been the intent of Life
FM's management that no public announcements would be made until Life
FM was well and truly prepared and in a position to release clear, timely
and accurate details of Broadcast commencement dates, the specific frequency
to which listeners could "tune-in" to and the sorts of programs
that would be going to air. For this to coccur, steady, concerted and
unhurried planning was necessary, before the long awaited fan-fare of
announcing the arrrival of Christian radio to the region. It was therefore
somewhat disappointing to learn the a Brisbane based organisation was
set to launch a limited "network" service in the area,
that had the potential to confuse Life FM supporters, re-direct some local
financial support and derail some of the long term planning.
Late last year "Vision FM" purchased two Narrowcast Licences
at both Sale & Bairnsdale and will commence broadcasts from nearby
sites on the 29th of March. These services will be limited in the
area they cover, with a low power output, and will not feature local
programming. The services are not "Community" services
and will not be permitted to undertake the "community" style
of programming that Life FM seeks to offer in due course.
On Monday 17th February, Vice President (and local Pastor) Brian Heath,
together with Committee of Management member Debbie Bye and Assistant
Administration Manager Allen Moore, met with two representatives of Vision
FM to outline the various concerns that Life FM had regarding the projected
commencement date of Vision FM's transmissions and the publicity likely
to occur at the time of "switching on" the service.
After forthright discussions, an undertaking was given by the Vision
FM rep's that whilst the Bairnsdale area would see significant publicity
at the time of launching the service, Sale would experience a "soft
launch" without publicity, so as not to confuse Life FM's supporters
in the immediate vicinity of our Broadcast area, and those who will also
be the recipients of significant publicity relative to our impending test-broadcasts.
However, despite some misgivings, LIfe FM recognises that the
big picture is only ever known by God and in this spirit we wish Vision
FM every sucess in proclaiming the Gospel via the medium of radio and
we will now focus on our own start up date of October 3rd 2003