Musical Chairs at Joy 94.9

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by Jared Hansen

Temporary management changes at Joy will see volunteers covering for absent professionals

Program Manager Chris Tait leaves the station August 13th on a four month unpaid leave of absence. CEO Tennille Moisel is off on European vacation until August 20th.

To fill the gaps, long-time presenter Andy McNamara is stepping down from the Joy Board, taking on the voluntary role of Relieving Station Manager.

Andy McNamara, Volunteer Relieving Station Manager
pic: Joy website

Tait, whose resignation has been rumoured for weeks, is instead taking up a temp job at another media organisation.

According to Moisel, “he will be keeping across what we are all doing”, stepping in to voluntarily assist during key events, before returning in four months time.

After her vacation, Moisel will be asking some of the more experienced presenters to cover some of Taits work during his extended absence.

They will monitor presenters on air performance (air checks) and providing mentoring, along with Program Coordinator Tom Morgan.

The shuffle comes at a difficult time for the station, after major internal ructions, and a less successful than usual Radiothon fundraiser.

About the author

Veteran gay writer and speaker, Doug was one of the founders of the UKs pioneering GLBTI newspaper Gay News (1972) , and of the second, Gay Week, and is a former Features Editor of Him International. He presented news and current affairs on JOY 94.9 FM Melbourne for more than ten years. "Doug is revered, feared and reviled in equal quantities, at times dividing people with his journalistic wrath. Yet there is no doubt this grandpa-esque bear keeps everyone abreast of anything and everything LGBT across the globe." (Daniel Witthaus, "Beyond Priscilla", Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, 2014)