THE Community Broadcasting Foundation (CBF) has released a report outlining the importance of community radio stations in reducing social isolation and loneliness.
The CBF is an independent non-profit agency that seeks and distributes funding to support the development of community broadcasting Australia wide.
The Joy of Social Connection, researched by Murdoch University, states that three groups are more likely to be lonely in Australia: men, isolated parents with young children and people living alone.
The report finds community broadcasting can support the reduction of loneliness in three key ways: by reducing the stigma of being lonely, connecting people across communities and increasing volunteering.
Five million Australians listen to community radio each week and just over 23,000 people regularly volunteer in community stations. The research found that with such a big reach, community broadcasting is perfectly placed to tackle the social issue of loneliness.
2MCE not only provides a wide ranging radio service but also encourages people from all backgrounds the opportunity to become involved with the sector.
Some sad news
SAD news this week as we learnt of the sudden passing of regular 2MCE presenter Tony Conroy.
Tony had been struggling with ill health for some time and unfortunately deteriorated rapidly in recent weeks.
A quietly spoken gentleman probably best described Tony, who for the past few years had been the presenter of the Oldies, Goldies and Mouldies program each Thursday between 11am and noon and also did fill in shifts when other presenters were unavailable.
Tony enjoyed a chat, loved his involvement in community radio and was a proud grandad, he was also a keen four wheel drive enthusiast and his pride and joy was his big Toyota Landcruiser.
Tony presented his final program on 2MCE just a little over three weeks ago and we all extend our sympathy to his family.
The funeral service for Tony Conroy is taking place this afternoon (Thursday) at the Assumption Church in Mitre Street at 1.30pm.
Get well soon
TWO of our regular presenters are on the incapacitated list at the moment, long serving classical music presenter and life member Judy Rutherford is recovering from a fall and is unable to be involved in her Tuesday night program for a few weeks while she recovers.
Tuesday Talking Newspaper presenter Cathy Segaert is also out of action for a while with a fractured arm.
We wish both a speedy recovery.