Thursday, June 17, 2010

To South American Heaven

I was absolutely shocked last night. If the news had not come from an authoritative person and source, I would not have believed it. Long time, almost since its inception, broadcaster at Joy Melbourne and a person very involved with community broadcasting all over Australia, Addam Stobbs died suddenly at his home last two nights ago. He was found next to his bed by his partner.

Jayne has posted about Addam and cited some of his talents. I only met him once, at a trivia night, but in years past we exchanged quite a number of emails and used to chat on ICQ. He was an incredibly talented media performer and communicator and amusing to boot. He could certainly bitch with the best of them. I always found it amusing when he would inform the audience that he lived in upper class Balwyn, while his very long time friend and co-broadcaster Peter only lived in the slums of Albert Park.

To his partner Yoda, to Peter and to those close to him, I feel very sad for you all.

The reference to South America, Addam recently holidayed in South America and fell in love with the place and the people.

Sad day indeed.

Copy of media release from Joy.

It is with much sadness JOY 94.9 announces the passing of long time presenter, board member and life member Addam Stobbs.

Addam has been a leader and mentor at JOY since the station’s early test transmissions.

His passion for the community radio sector saw him become a member of 70 community broadcasting organisations, work with Melbourne Ethnic Community Broadcaster 3ZZZ and led to him being elected to the board of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. He was a trainer for JOY’s Taste of Radio Course in the areas of media law, presentation and production and presented sessions at the CBAA National Conferences.

JOY 94.9 listeners will know Addam as the presenter of the Allegro Non Troppo, JOY’s longest running show, which was first broadcast over 15 years ago on April 30th, 1995. The programme is significant in community broadcasting, as it underscores the viability and support for Gay and Lesbian broadcasting across the community sector and the programme is broadcast nationally on the Community Radio Network.

Addam’s enthusiasm for the station is highlighted with his recent statement, “It is notable that the commercial and public sectors have not been able to present any sustainable programmes for our community. JOY 94.9 is one of the most valuable resources for the Australian G&L community.”

Addam was a teacher, music lover, travel writer and community advocate for GLBTI and human rights. After the 2009 Victorian bushfire disaster, he presented an emergency broadcasting submission to the Bushfire Royal Commission.

He was a strong and vital community voice and will be missed.

The JOY 94.9 Board, Staff and Volunteers express their deepest sympathy and condolences to Yoda and all of Addam’s family and friends.

For more information please contact:

Stephen Duns, JOY 94.9 President

Phone: 1300 JOY 949

Mobile: 0448 892 553

Email: president@joy.org.au

Danae Gibson, JOY 94.9 Station Manager

Phone: 1300 JOY 949

Mobile: 0488 445 949

Email: gm@joy.org.au

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