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JOY 94.9
CityMelbourne, Australia
Broadcast areaInner Melbourne
BrandingJOY 94.9
SloganOut. Loud. Proud.
Frequency94.9 MHz FM
First air date1 December 1993
Format[Pop]Dance, Electronica, Community Focus Radio
Power250 W[1]
OwnerJOY Melbourne Inc.
WebcastListen Live

JOY 94.9 (call sign: 3JOY), stylised as JOY or JOY 94.9, is a community radio station broadcasting at 94.9 FM in Melbourne. It is Australia's first and only LGBTQI+ community radio station.


JOY 94.9 float at Midsumma Pride March on Fitzroy Street, St Kilda

Under its original licence name JOY Melbourne Independent Community Broadcasters Association, JOY 94.9 began its first test transmission on 1 December 1993 (World AIDS Day) in Melbourne on 90.7 MHz. JOY continued to broadcast via temporary test transmissions, mostly on a part-time basis sharing the 90.7 frequency with other community broadcasters.

Out of the approximately 20 aspirant community radio licensees in Melbourne, JOY Melbourne was one of only four to be granted a full-time broadcasting licence in 2001 (the other broadcasters were SYN FM, Light FM and 3KND). In its application to the Australian broadcasting regulator (Australian Broadcasting Authority) JOY had applied for a community licence in both the Melbourne-Wide and lesser coverage Melbourne City coverage areas. However JOY Melbourne was successful in the Melbourne City licence area where it succeeded against one competing applicant then known as City-FM (Refer to ACMA licence report for official licence allocations report).

JOY Melbourne commenced full-time broadcasting on its permanent licence in January 2002[2] on its current frequency of 94.9 MHz.

In July 2008, after 14 years above a hardware store at 268 Coventry Street, South Melbourne, JOY 94.9 relocated to Level 9, 225 Bourke Street, Melbourne as part of the City of Melbourne's "City Village" initiative.[3]


  • 1993 - JOY is incorporated on 28 June 1993 and named 'JOY Melbourne Independent Community Broadcasters Association Incorporated'. JOY began broadcasting on World AIDS Day (1 December) on 90.7FM from the original studio location of 268A Coventry St South Melbourne, a total space 80sqm consisting of 1 broadcasting studio. The first words spoken on-air were by founder John Oliver, "Can I have a cup of coffee and then we’ll get going?" These words were broadcast by accident. The first track to be played on-air was scheduled to be Kylie Minogue’s Celebration, but due to technical issues Jimmy Barnes' Working Class Man was played first.
  • 1995 - JOY released an annual Electronic and remix compilation album which was a representation of the music broadcast on-air for listeners to purchase and listen to from home. The first compilation album released was called "The Strip – Pride and JOY".[4] JOY's first outside live-cross occurred at the 1995 Midsumma Festival.
  • 1996 - JOY’s first full outside broadcast took place from the window of "The Outlook" on Commercial Road, Prahran. This resulted in a continuous broadcast for a period of three weeks, 24 hours a day.
  • 1998 - Paul Terdich was appointed as JOY Station Manager and oversaw the stations initial growth and later the stations successful application for a full-time licence. JOY initially shared the 90.7FM frequency with Muslim radio (and Kool ‘n’ Deadly Aboriginal radio) so listeners could wake up one morning with disco divas and the next be called to Islamic prayer.
  • 2001 - JOY is granted its full-time licence by the ABA in December
  • 2002 - JOY begins full-time broadcasting on new frequency 94.9fm. JOY receives a grant from the Foundation for Young Australians to train same-sex attracted youth in radio. Six years later, more than 70 young people have passed through the FYA program.
  • 2003 - JOY celebrates its 10th birthday.
  • 2004 - JOY becomes the largest gay and lesbian community member-based organisation in Australia.
  • 2006 - JOY’s full-time licence is renewed.
  • 2007 - Stephen Hahn is appointed as JOY CEO Station Manager and overseas the planning to move JOY from South Melbourne to the City Village in Bourke Street, Melbourne.
  • 2008 - JOY co-broadcasters from inside the barricades at the 30th Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras in conjunction with Sydney station 2SER.
  • In March JOY commenced construction of new broadcast studio at its new home on the top floor of City Village at 225 Bourke St Melbourne and commenced broadcasting from the new location on 13 June.
  • In June JOY launched its member magazine Hear Here.
  • 2009 - In July Stephen Hahn resigns as General Manager. In November, Danae Gibson commences as General Manager. On 1 December, JOY 94.9 celebrates 16 years of broadcasting.
  • 2010 - Long-time presenter of Allegro Non Troppo, CBAA and JOY Board Member and JOY Melbourne Inc. Life Member Addam Stobbs dies on 16 June 2010.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17]
  • 2011 - In June, the JOY 94.9 App is released via the iTunes Store allowing people all around the world to take JOY with them, anywhere. Also, in June, Danae Gibson resigns as General Manager to commence as General Manager of Melbourne Queer Film Festival.
  • 1 December – celebrates 18th birthday.
  • 2012 - anniversary – 10 years ago today ( 12JAN2002 ) JOY officially launched full-time broadcasting on its newly allocated frequency – 24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. And of course with the usual can-do attitude of our team, JOY was ready to go in under 3 weeks, whereas many of the broadcasters at the time took 6 to 12 months to cut-over to full-time on their new frequency.
  • 2013 - JOY 94.9 celebrates 20th birthday.
  • 2014 -JOY 94.9 celebrates 21st birthday.
  • 2016 - The JOY studios were evacuated on Tuesday 20 September due to an alleged bomb threat, with the station's programming put on auto-play to allow a thorough investigation.[18][19]
  • 2018 - JOY 94.9 celebrates 25 years on-air.


JOY 94.9 is the first radio station in Australia to offer programming produced by and aimed specifically at the gay, lesbian & bisexual communities. Programs on JOY incorporate a mix of talkback, music and specialist culture and lifestyle programs, including announcements promoting community events, counselling and support services and key networks supporting the gay and lesbian community. JOY 94.9 also operates a news service covering mainstream news events and issues as well those mainly concerning the gay and lesbian community and its long-running current affairs flagship, Saturday Magazine, continues to broadcast on Saturdays. The station is staffed by over 250 volunteers.

JOY 94.9 utilises online streaming audio to reach the gay and lesbian audience in the rest of Melbourne and the world.

All JOY 94.9 presenters perform their roles in voluntary capacities.

Presenters in Studio 1 the old Coventry Street Studios


JOY plays a wide array of music,[20] with variations including techno, women's music, electronica, euro-house, disco, Easy Listening, Soft Rock, and Pop, alternative, jazz, classical, trance, independent music, gospel, folk, blues, hardcore metal, industrial, retro, brit pop, R&B, Hip Hop, Soul, Remixes and more.

Specialist Programming[edit]

Supplementing this day-time content is predominantly chat-based specialist programming broadcast from 7 pm to midnight each week day. Weekend specialist programming includes current affairs and lifestyle programming and many more varied examples in the programming schedue.[21] The JOY schedule is updated every 4 months by the JOY program director and programming committee. Many shows remain on the schedule, but new shows are only added when the schedule is updated.


JOY runs a news roster covering weekdays and weekends in the morning, noon, and drive. Many newsreaders have found employment in the commercial industry, such as Nathan Gardiner who is now a newsreader at Gold 104.3, and Anthony Laughton who was employed by Nova 100/Classic Rock 91.5 and MTR 1377.

JOY Newsreaders are volunteers.

Q-mmunity Network News[edit]

QNN is a news feed produced on a weekly basis and is syndicated to several community radio stations across Australia.[22]

Awards & Honours[edit]

Since JOY 94.9's inception varying shows, personalities and events have gained interest, honours and awards for their excellence in broadcasting and representation of the LGBTQI Community.

Community Broadcasting Association Australia Awards[23][24][edit]

Year Award
2018 Excellence in Music Presenting - Jason Heath, Local Roots
2017 Excellence in Sports Broadcasting - Chicks Talkin’ Footy
2015 Best New Radio Program (Music) - Babble POP!

Best Station Production - JOY Radiothon, JOY 94.9

2014 Most Innovative Outside Broadcast or Special Event Broadcast: World AIDS Day Worldwide, JOY 94.9
2012 Most Innovative Outside Broadcast or Special Event Broadcast – JOY and 3AW: Better Together Broadcast JOY 94.9
2008 Troy Garner Excellence in Sports Programming

Excellence in Spoken Word, News and Current Affairs Programming

Best Initiative to Build Station Capacity

2007 Can’t Get Out of the Car award

Best Sponsorship Announcement or Promotion award

High Commendation for Best Special Event Broadcast

2005 Can’t Get Out of the Car award
2000 Best Sponsorship Announcement or Promotion award

ALSO Foundation Awards[edit]


  • Most Outstanding Media award

Other Awards[edit]

  • 1997 – Melbourne Rainbow Media Award
  • 1996 – Melbourne Rainbow Media Award
  • 1992 – Pride Young Achievers Award

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 August 2006. Retrieved 1 February 2007.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Australian Communications and Media Authority: Register of Radiocommunication Licences. (8 January 2004). Retrieved on 17 October 2011.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 July 2008. Retrieved 19 August 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Various - The Strip - Pride & Joy". Discogs. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  5. ^ Yahoo! Groups. Retrieved on 17 October 2011.
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 July 2010. Retrieved 27 June 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ condolences Archived 20 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Current Affairs. Retrieved on 17 October 2011.
  8. ^ Vale Addam Stobbs | Community Broadcasting Association of Australia Archived 22 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine. (18 June 2010). Retrieved on 17 October 2011.
  9. ^ London Queer News: Vale Addam Stobbs. 28 Forever. (18 June 2010). Retrieved on 17 October 2011.
  10. ^ Rise above and conquer | Star Online. (20 April 2008). Retrieved on 17 October 2011.
  11. ^ Archived 25 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine>
  12. ^ [1] Archived 21 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ Freshly Doug 17 June Archived 8 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Current Affairs (16 June 2010). Retrieved on 17 October 2011.
  15. ^ Remembering Addam Stobbs – He wasn't just a music teacher, he taught life! van Jimi B op Myspace Archived 7 July 2012 at (7 October 2011). Retrieved on 17 October 2011.
  16. ^ National – A must see for the Gay community Archived 6 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Gay Destination. Retrieved on 17 October 2011.
  17. ^ Vale Addam Stobbs | Spots & Space – Media Sales & Representation. Retrieved on 17 October 2011.
  18. ^ country, About the Author Matthew Wade Matthew Wade is the Editor of Star Observer When he isn't covering the latest LGBTI news across the; Cinema, He Indulges in Queer (21 September 2016). "JOY 94.9 studios evacuated after reports of alleged bomb threat". Star Observer. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  19. ^ Wahlquist, Calla (22 September 2016). "Bomb threat against LGBTI radio station Joy 94.9FM condemned by police". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  20. ^ JOY 94.9 MUSIC. Retrieved on 17 October 2011.
  21. ^ "Program schedule | JOY 94.9". JOY 94.9. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  22. ^ JOY 94.9 (Q-mmunity Network News). Retrieved on 17 October 2011.
  23. ^ "Past CBAA Award Winners". Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. 2 June 2015. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  24. ^ "Station awards and honours". JOY 94.9. Retrieved 26 July 2019.

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