If you got 100 people in a line and asked all of them what their favourite feature of radio is, there is a high chance most will answer ‘it’s free’. That may well be a fair answer in some cases, but it is also the answer that people have fooled themselves into believing for decades.
Whilst stations such as The Fox and Nova may have commercial funding backing them, it’s the beloved community stations such as Melbourne’s PBS (106.7fm), that so frequently get taken for granted with many tuning in without taking the time to sign up for a subscription.
Well, if that’s you, now is your time to turn it around because yet again, PBS alongside their local sponsors, have dug deep to put up some unbelievably good prizes for this years PBS Radio Festival.
By subscribing to the station, you’ll be giving yourself the chance to be in the running for some insane prizes such as a ‘Golden Plains Luxury Package’ and a chance to win an all new Primavera 125 i-GET courtesy of Peter Stevens motorcycles, alongside many other amazing prizes.
But outside of prize incentives, why is it important to support your local radio station? We caught up with the beloved disco queen of Melbourne and host of Smoke and Mirrors on PBS, CC:DISCO! to chat about the impact that PBS has had on her life from both a professional and musical standpoint.
“PBS is a really big part of Melbourne for me. I lived in Mexico when I was a kid and when I moved back to Australia I was living in Sydney, so I thought, bugger it, I’m going to go to Melbourne, where I literally knew one person,” she explains.
“After I moved here I ended up getting a job at PBS. Admittedly, I had never heard of PBS before and I did my interview the morning after a Daft Punk concert so I hadn’t actually been to bed at all in preparation. I don’t know how I got that job, but that was in 2007 and then I ended up working in the offices for the next 4-5 years and I just fell in love with the station.
“I honestly don’t know what I would have done without PBS being a part of my life,” she continues. “When I moved, I really just wanted to meet people who loved music and had similar interests to me, and all of the people at PBS blew me away. I have loved every moment of the last 10 years.”
Emphasising community value, CC also expanded: “PBS is basically YOUR radio station. We take listener input very seriously and we try very hard to make it as enjoyable for all of our listeners. So if you are enjoying it but you’re not paying for it, that isn’t a great thing. You can get something for free for a long time, but at the end of the day you need to do your bit and chip in, it’s really not an expensive thing to do and it does feel really good to be a part of a music community.”
If you’d like to learn more about PBS, they will be hosting their annual PBS Radio Festival from now until the May 27. Forté are big supporters of PBS and we strongly urge all readers to check out the festival and get onto a subscription.
“Compare it to a night out on the town… Look, we’ve all been there, spending between $200 to $700 on a night out. This is something you can put your money towards that is a membership for a whole year and the amount of music you’d consume would far exceed that night out.”
PBS Radio Festival 2018: Feast Your Ears run from May 14 – May 27 2018. Visit www.pbsfm.org.au/signup
Written by Alex Callan