Christine Riches has been an on air presenter with Alpine Radio since October 2018. Christine plays rock, R&B, new wave, dance, hip hop, punk and more during her Happy Hour and Wicked Beats programs on Friday and Saturday afternoons, and Thursday breakfasts.
Originally from Adelaide and having worked and travelled throughout Australia, Christine has a long term relationship with northeast Victoria where she enjoys finding and playing the best of new and contemporary music for Alpine Radio listeners.
Helen moved to Mount Beauty in 1997 and worked with Alpine Health for 18 years, first at Kiewa Valley House than at Bright Alpine Leisure Group.
Helen became a presenter at Alpine Radio when Bill Sutton suggested she give it a try. This opportunity enabled Helen to stay in touch with Bright ALG and she is so grateful to Bill.
Helen has lots of fun with her program, which airs song requests chosen by the group and sometimes there is a theme. Helen says that music can help us in so many ways. Alpine Radio is a wonderful community asset providing a very important service in reaching out to many people.
She is sure you will enjoy the program as much as she does and urges one and all to always look on the Bright Side of Life.
I first fell in love with radio when I was given a crystal set for Christmas, at the age of 11. I loved footy broadcast and especially the cricket on the ABC. I was drawn to radio broadcasts where the presenter was able to put their personality across – most commercial radio stations did not allow this. Deep down I always imagined myself on radio calling footy and presenting the music I love or just talking nonsense. Alpine Radio has given me the opportunity to play music that I love and to talk about my other passion – sport, with ‘The Has Beens’ and ‘Valley Sports’. I find the passion gets stronger with every show and I hope I can continue for many years yet!
Ken was born in Broken Hill. He left school when he was 15 years old and left home to undertake a four year electrical and communications training course with the then PMG department. He left the PMG and commenced work with HSV7 as a television technician in training. He left after eight years having gained the qualifications of AOCP BCOP TVOCP and commenced with GLOBAL TELEVISION, which was the production division of the O-Ten Network (Channel Ten). Eleven years later Ken retired having achieved the position of Assistant Chief Engineer. Ken’s friendly and warm demeanour ensure a great working relationship with the Alpine Radio team.
Hugh previously presented with 3RUM Radio Upper Murray, and before family and farming, 2REM Albury in its Ettamogah days. Hugh built 2REM’s first transmitter when he was an engineer at Melbourne’s Radio Development Laboratory. He is at ease behind the microphone and he loves to tinker in his home studio.
He became interested in Folk music and played Banjo and his Thursday program ‘The Stockpot’ reflects his interest in Roots music. You can hear Hugh pretending to be a really competent banjo player in the The ‘Betty Bushrat’ version of Peter Ward’s Kiewa Valley Song, which was recorded by Hugh one miserable August afternoon at Peter’s then pad at Tawonga South.
Hugh has family up Beechworth way, continuing the music and close relo’s a nice hour’s drive from the Mitta Valley up the west side of the Kiewa Valley.
Andrew ‘Scottie’ Graham started at Alpine Radio in 2010 helping out around the station. In 2011 Nick Brown invited him to co-host his ‘Milestones Jazz and Blues’ show, and they presented a show on Modern Swing. Scottie co-hosted other shows with Nick, Glen Spencer and Johnny White and to this day he fills in these and other presenters. He joined the committee as an ordinary member in August 2011. On 10th November 2012 , Scottie started his own show – The ‘Cellar of Sounds’, broadcasted from 3pm until 6pm on Saturday. In 2015 he was elected President of the committee. In March 2016 Scottie took on Monday’s ‘Something Different’ show, after his close friend Warwick Randall fell ill. On 1st June 2016 he joined Linda and Fay on their Wednesday ‘Brunch’ program presenting Music trivia. In October 2016 due to personal reasons he temporarily left the station, but came back in January 2017 presenting ‘Something Different’ on Monday’s 9 to Noon with the Goons at 11am, the ‘Cellar of Sounds’ at a new time of Noon till 3 on Sundays, also Music Trivia on ‘Brunch’. You can also enjoy Scottie’s ‘Sunday Lounge’ program from 6pm to 9pm on Sundays.
Helen is a passionate supporter of community radio and was one of the early readers for the Royal Blind Society’s Radio for the Print Handicapped (as it was known then) program in Melbourne in the early 80’s. Helen is the host of ‘RPH’ on Wednesday afternoons and she also presents ‘Sunday Morning Mix’ and ‘Caring and Sharing’ on Tuesdays.
Helen grew up in Sydney and in 1970 set sail for Germany, then London where she lived, worked and travelled for two and a half years. Helen and her husband Noel moved to Tawonga South in 1987 to run a motel for the next four years. Mount Beauty proved to be a wonderful place to raise their daughters. In the early 90’s Helen worked in Community Health in Mount Beauty from 1995- 2000. She gained her Bachelor of Social Work in 2000 and worked in Albury-Wodonga until she retired in 2013. Volunteering has always been a big part of Helen’s life and once retired she chose to volunteer in the local community.
Fay presents “Brunch With Fay” on Wednesday mornings and “What Are You Reading?” on Tuesday evenings.
Fay moved to Mt Beauty in February 2016 after retiring. She worked in the beauty industry for over 50 years, and was general manager of a large importer of perfumes and cosmetics.
Fay says, “I don’t take things too seriously, although I have a keen interest in current affairs and politics. I consider a sense of humour a must. I love the community here – after living in big cities and travelling, I find the people here are great, very giving and friendly.
My days are spent studying, reading and writing, I love to walk as there are many beautiful places to go, unfortunately I love to cook and eat. The radio station is a fabulous community effort, the presenters represent a range of people from different walks of life, I love the programs that reflect the personal choices in music (Jazz, Blues, Country & Western, etc).”
Born in Scotland, raised in Mount Beauty, Derek did his trade with the S.E.C.V (painter-decorator) in 1971/1972. He is a member of the local CFA (50 years), member of Mount Beauty Fishing Club, and the North East Muzzle Loader Club since 1982.
Derek commenced at Alpine Radio in early 2003, when the studio relocated downstairs in the current buildings. Derek was the first presenter in the new studio when it was commissioned.
Sunday Night Classics was his program. Growing up with a classical and easy listening music background, the program was mostly this style and influence, sometimes a little change of format to keep people listening. Currently, Derek is presenting “Stuff I Like” on Tuesdays at 4pm.
“I’ve been presenting Milestones Jazz & Blues since 2009, and it was that desire to present jazz on radio that got me hooked on community radio. I also present two breakfast programs a week, which I have been doing for several years. I also enjoy filling in if other presenters are away. I have been Secretary of Alpine Radio for the last 6 years, and also prepare all the grant requests to help the station come up with innovative and challenging new programs. I feel it is most important we keep engaging with our local communities across the Shire, for the benefit of those communities and to ensure that Alpine Radio is a vibrant, ongoing part of our ever-changing landscape.”
Linda joined the Alpine Radio team in February 2016 as Station Manager and job-shared the role with Jos Scherf until June 2017. Together with Fay Mason, Linda produced and presented Brunch on Wednesdays, but took a leave of absence for several months when an Albury job offer landed. Fay then flew solo, continuing to host Brunch with its magazine, chat and music format bringing local personalities and stories to life on Alpine Radio.
Before getting involved in community broadcasting, Linda followed a career in communications and organisational change management in the corporate sector in Melbourne. She has always been interested in radio having been a devoted listener of ABC local radio and Radio National until adding Alpine Radio to her favourites. Linda and her husband have made Mount Beauty their home with Chloe their Jack Russell Terrier.
Cheryl has a broad cross-section of experience, having worked in administration, local and state government, childcare, retail, animal welfare, journalism and hospitality. She had an early start in media, by appearing on The Happy Hammond Show’ in the early days of television as a side kick for country and western singer, Stan Stafford. She worked for Crawford Productions as a script supervisor and a reader for new properties and was taught how to use a computer by Ian Crawford, nephew of legendary Hector Crawford.
She studied media at Rusden, learning art history, documentary making, video and radio production, and went on to write several memoirs while working for the Memoirs Foundation in Melbourne. After working as a journalist and photographer on the Marlin Coast Gazette in Cairns; Cheryl wrote for the Alpine Observer and Alpine Times, as well as the Esperance Express in Western Australia.
She has a joy of life and a love of music that she is looking forward to sharing with others, and also an interest in politics which might be too dangerous to explore on local radio.
Jocelyn originally took on a volunteer presenters role at Alpine Radio in 2014, presenting ‘The Wiggly Woo’ a children’s radio program- connecting the local community groups and child care and kindergartens to play a range of children’s music and interviews. Falling into radio by chance with a conversation with another presenter about getting my daughter ‘Poppy (6yr) to start her own program and from that, Jocelyn fell in love with Community Radio.
Jos has held the Station Manager role (2016-17) and was involved in many facets of Alpine Radio from day to day issues to production, script writing, joining up new sponsors, training new presenters, mentoring and school holiday workshops.
In 2016 Jocelyn was nominated as a finalist in the CBAA (Community Broadcasting Association of Australia) ‘Volunteer of the Year’ Award.
During his time at Alpine Radio, Brian presented Breakfast Radio each Thursday followed by an hour of quality readings, along with supporting music and comment. He says Alpine Radio provides visitors and locals with information that isn’t readily available elsewhere. There are events, issues, emergencies and interests in this region that aren’t commented on elsewhere.
Brian says that Alpine Radio can reveal the diverse nature of this area to tourists in their cars, to farmers on their tractors, to drivers on their rounds, and to people in home and in hospital. All can feel connected with the immediacy of voices, interests and accents that are intimate, familiar and friendly. It has a unique and formidable appeal.
I’ve been part of the Uniting Church team that presents a program on Alpine radio each Sunday afternoon at five pm called Praise in the Alps. I have presented the program one Sunday per month on a roster system for the past seven years.
The program is a variety of Christian music with a bible reading and reflection during the program. We have a library of programs that are being progressively added to the station’s music library. Historically we have used CD’s though having all the programs on the music library will make it more user friendly.
My preference of Christian music has changed over the years and I have progressively incorporated these preferences into the program. At some future time I would like to explore doing another program (though not sure what that may look like).
I enjoy the opportunity to learn new skills and presenting a program on Alpine radio continues to be a very enjoyable experience.
Born and raised in Melbourne, Peter spent most of his working life in Melbourne. Peter’s working life started as a fitter and turner apprenticeship at the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation and progressed over the years in the engineering trade position at CNC programming as a foreman, production manager and sales manager.
Peter says, “my interest in music started in the 50’s & 60’s era, with my big influences Johnny Cash and a love for country music.”
His main interests are listening to one of his favourites from his music, of which he has a collection of over 5000 songs, while enjoying a beer (or two). In his program ‘Valley Country’ on a Tuesday Peter likes to play mainly American Country, some 50’s & 60’s Rock N Roll, Instrumentals and always a little hummer.