J-AIR moves back to the bagel belt
J-AIR is to temporarily suspend its live broadcasting from the 5pm on Friday (23 June).
The suspension is due to J-AIR moving its studios from Oakleigh to Caulfield North.
Station manager Robert Bontschek said J-AIR’s 30 live programs (in English, Hebrew, Yiddish and Russian) would resume in late July after the new studios had been built and tested. “In the meantime, we will be playing recorded music and repeats of earlier programs,” he said.
“We apologise for the inconvenience to our growing band of loyal listeners, but we have no choice. We are a small community station run by volunteers and do not have the resources to build duplicate new studios while still being on air from Oakleigh,” he said. “It’s an enforced break we would rather not have.
“Our move to Caulfield North will be of benefit to the Melbourne Jewish community and J-AIR.
“We will have a big presence right in the heart of the community, making it easier for guests to go live in the studios and easier for our presenters and technicians to access the station.”
J-AIR had spent about two years in its Oakleigh studios but had to move after its landlord required the space back for its expanding business.
The Oakleigh studios were purpose-built for a small community radio station and included air-conditioned on-air studios, a production studio, an engineering and rack room, and a meeting/guests room.
The Caulfield North premises will be smaller but will be efficient and compact and will provide all facilities needed for a dynamic community radio station such as J-AIR.
J-AIR can be heard at 87.8 on the FM dial or streaming on the internet at j-air.com.au
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Abetz questions Mr Bean
Former leader of the government in the Senator Eric Abetz has described J-AIR as dynamic.
“As far community organisations go it’s pretty dynamic and yet it has continually been frustrated in its request for licence,” Senator Abetz said this week.
Senator Abetz, who has appeared on J-AIR’s Nothing Left, was speaking at Teusday’s Senate estimates committee (environment & communications) hearing in Canberra, at which he put several questions to acting chairman of ACMA Richard Bean.
ACMA — the Australian Media and Communications Authority — has rejected three J-AIR applications in the past four years for a temporary community broadcast licence (TCBL).
“It has put in three applications over the past four years, they advise me, all in conformity with the act,” he said. “It has the potential of serving a community within Melbourne of at least 50,000 people and the general public at large.”
Senator Abetz said J-AIR broadcast over the internet and “through another mechanism”. But its application to use the old Lion FM frequency of 96.1 had been rejected.
“I have been been advised Lion stopped using 96.1 for broadcasting four years ago and another community organisation applied to use it. ACMA, in its wisdom has denied … J-AIR from using this on now three or four separate occasions.”
Senator Abetz urged Mr Bean to provide some answers for the next estimates committee hearing.
“If you could provide a good brief on all that we might revisit this topic then next estimates,” he said.
“Of course, you can you can avoid all that by simply allowing J-AIR to use 96.1.”
A hearing date is yet to be announced.
Senator Abetz’s questioning of Mr Bean got a run on the radioinfo.com.au website. Read ACMA’s Richard Bean quizzed about Melbourne FM frequency