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Public broadcasting is driven by volunteering and contributions but it will die without a modicum of Government support.
It’s funny when I am reminded that I am a volunteer at PBS as to be honest I completely forget this. It feels more like I’m just hanging out with friends and a big adopted family, meeting inspiring people and getting to play music I love.

The enjoyment that I get out of doing my show, the incredible people that I get to meet, the stories that we are able to share with listeners, the enlightenment I get from the array of music that gets sent to me, the festivals and gigs I’m able to attend, being part of the incredible and inspiring Melbourne music community and most of all hearing from listeners about how they have been effected and moved by the show would never amount to any monetary sum. I do it because I love it and I believe we have such strong voices in our community and such talent locally that it would be criminal to not provide a platform for this to be heard. Without community radio many of these musicians, activists and storytellers would go unheard and I believe this would tarnish our cultural identities and awareness of issues going on outside of the public eye. It is imperative to a democracy to have independent media, unswayed in it musical programming and topic-based discussions.

Jess Fairfax

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