More than 70 volunteers including presenters, past presenters and supporters celebrated the 25th anniversary of Happy FM community radio station at Pa's Fish Cafe at Encounter Bay. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of life member certificates to Barbara Spence, Eric Temme, Lucielle Eden and Anne Temme.
In presenting the certificates, Chair of the Board of Happy FM Stewart Leggett spoke on the dedication that these members had given in time and effort over many years. During his speech he also paid tribute to Station Manager Kenny Burgess who "lives and breathes 90.1".
"The reason for the on going success of 90.1 community station is that we have a great team who work in harmony and fellowship at the station. There is no jostling for power and with the professional leadership of Kenny, it is one big happy family," Stewart said.
Earlier in the night Kenny Burgess acknowledged those who had worked hard over the 25 years and mentioned that some had sadly passed and others were unable to be here on this special night.
"We have an amazing Board that is the driving force of the success of the station and now we have entered a new and exciting phase of community television, which has been fully embraced by the entire community," he said..
A giant cake was cut by the four new life members to mark the 25th anniversary of a station that began in a 'beat up' old caravan on Crows Nest Road. Peter Lewis who was the first chair of the Board, recalled the early days of the station and proudly acknowledged the advancement over those years.
"The station has grown from nothing to the professional community radio and television station that it is today bringing local news, sport and community events to the entire region," Peter said.
Happy FM transmission began with the broadcast of a Great Southern Football League game on April 16, 1994. It was humble beginnings of no studio, limited land lines, no phone coverage, a petrol generator and the signal beamed from a single pole mast that was supported by ties to nearby trees.
Happy FM now televises a weekly program on community events, local information, as well as entertainment, which can be viewed on radio901.com.au.