Mallacoota would not be the same without the outstanding skills and almost boundless energy of Don Ashby. If it needs lights, props and sound Don will oblige.
His 3MGB story starts well before 2000, but this is where the recorded narrative begins.
2000: October - Don joined Geoff Coles to share presenting That's All Folk on a rostered basis.
2001: July to September - Don took over the Wednesday Breakfast spot when Ken Cooper's poor health forced him to vacate that chair.
2001: September - Poor health, this time that of Geoff Coles, resulted in Don looking after That's All Folk on a solo basis.
2001: November - Don left That's All Folk to concentrate on his new evening program Music Without Borders.
2001: December - Music Without Borders finished its brief run.
2003: July - Don returned with a one hour show - Orbitsville.
2004: March - Orbitsville ended its run.
2006: April - Orbitsville returns.
2006: May - New Kids On The Block(NKOTB) and Sibling Of NKOTB return. (?)
2011: Don continues as our Youth Coordinator, with New Kids On The Block, involving P-12 College students.
He also has been looking after our AMRAP responsibilities.
2014: Songs To Ageing Children, Sounds Like Australian Music (SLAM), Popz, Oztronics and New Kids On The Block.
2011: Kathi joined 3MGB in April 2010, and presents her weekly program Eclectic Lady Land. She also is a key member of the Kaleidoscope roster.
2016: Robin Bryant has succumbed to the blandishments of many years to do a show. In this case his interest in CFA, and the renewed role of 3MGB as an emergency radio station coincided. Working with Tricia Hiley, 3MGB President, they are making sure the station is the go-to channel for information about both general activities in the emergency services and up-to-date and authoritative information on incidents effecting the town.
A long term denizen of Mallacoota Robin was formerly a Canberra Public Servant and heavily involved in badminton at the national and international levels. Married to Ondra he now finds he has an outlet for all the Bluegrass and banjo CDs that he has collected over many years. Robin seeks every opportunity to fill station program gaps with Bluegrass and other very eclectic music.
After many years away from Mallacoota, Angus returned and subsequently started his weekly program Music To Move You in July 2009. Outside of 3MGB he is co-producer of the successful Open Mic afternoons at Lucy's Noodle Bar. In early 2011 he had a starring role in the locally-produced Mash: The Musical.
Betty was involved in the original application (1988) for our licence, and is a longtime supporter of 3MGB. She re-joined the on air line-up in January '00 as a member of the Light Classics roster.
2011: Betty continues with Light Classics and also the Kaleidoscope roster.
Geoff is another 3MGB stalwart who can trace his involvement back to the earliest test transmissions.
The records show:
1999: April - Geoff took a brief break to recover from the rigours of a busy Easter period.
1999: July - Replaced Jacquie Wilson on the Music Gallery roster.
2000: October - Don Ashby began sharing That's All Folk on a rostered basis.
2000: December - Geoff finished his stint on the Music Gallery roster.
2001: November - Another spell of ill-health forced Geoff off air, at the same time Don Ashby finished sharing the That's All Folk chair.
2002: March - Geoff was able to resume That's All Folk. The show had been forced into recess during the early months of 2002 as we were unable to find replacement presenters.
2002: November - Geoff was elected to the Committee at the AGM, having been seconded some months earlier.
2003: April - Geoff took over as President when Christine Liedtke resigned.
2011: No details exist for the intervening years, but Geoff continues as a presenter of his weekly Folkways program, and is a member of the From The Concert Hall and Light Classics rosters.
2014: Geoff put his hand up for another stint on the Committee, this time as Vice President. G'donya Geoff!
2017: Geoff continues to present Folkways and From The Concert Hall.
Ken is a hard-working, popular presenter who has been producing great programs since 1991. He has trained many people throughout the years, and has often
volunteered his services on Christmas Day for a local special.
Our written records start in 2000.
2000: April - After a period of poor health when Ken could only fill in for other presenters, he was able to take up regular duties as a member of the Wednesday Breakfast roster. By November of that year, Ken was covering this breakfast spot on his own.
2000: December - Ken added Rock'n'Country to his busy 3MGB week.
2001: Winter - Poor health forced Ken to give up temporarily his Wednesday Breakfast spot.
2002: January - Poor health again forced Ken off air.
2002: April - Ken returned to the air waves with Rock'n'Country in a new time slot.
2003: May - Ken joined the Monday Breakfast roster.
2004: February - Ken introduced All Australian Country, a program designed to fill a gap in our line-up.
2004: May - Ken finished his spell on the Monday Breakfast roster to attend to his other programs.
2004: July - Ken introduced AMRAP Hour to feature the wide range of music made possible by AMRAP.
Sometime after that, with the arrival of co-presenter Carol Nelson, Rock'n'Country became Blast From The Past.
2011: Co-presenters have come and gone, but Ken soldiers on with Blast From The Past and has added another - Something Different.
2011: May - Along with a handful of other presenters, Ken notched up 20 years with 3MGB.
2011: July - 2012 Ken teamed up with Leanne Phillips to present All Mixed Up.
2013: June - Ken has retired (from regular presenting) after 23 years of service but still fills in for occasional morning programs. Well done, Coops.
2015: Ken came out of retirement after discovering the easier access to our new studio.
2017: He now shares Blast From The Past and Something Different with Wally Who.
In May 2009 Dr DJ answered a call for help from presenter Tim Frazer, who wanted a break. He's been attending to our needs since then with his weekly evening program SOS.
Michael is a very active presenter of longstanding. Over recent years In Your Company has been a labour of love, with Michael sometimes making early-morning departures from Melbourne in order to present his popular afternoon show, now renamed Back In Your Company. He has been on Monday Breakfast and Light Classics rosters and remains a member of the From The Concert Hall, team.
Michael served as President for several years in the last decade, and was instrumental in setting up our joint venture with Mallacoota Arts Council - Croajingolong Centre For Communication and The Arts. Michael presented the first program from our new studio.
Behind the scenes is wife June who produces From The Concert Hall and gives support energetically in our fundraising and social events.
The Drakes have hosted many enjoyable 3MGB functions over the years.
2017: Michael retired from his popular longstanding Back In Your Company in October 2016. He and June continue From The Concert Hall on the roster.
2018 - February: Michael has retired from all presenting duties.
Amongst his many skills and achievements Warwick is a semi-professional DJ who has provided pleasure for many people at various functions in town. Arriving in Mallacoota in 2008 he was finally enticed into 3MGB in early 2011, and stood in for Leo Op Den Brouw on Friday Lunchbox when Gabo Island duty called, and for Margaret Stevenson on Genoa Gold
2011: August - Warwick donated his services for a highly successful Music Trivia Night this month.
2012: February - Warwick calls his Friday lunchtime program Famous By Friday.
2014: September - He and James Mason have a new musical request show late Saturday afternoon called The Afternoon Before.
2015: November - Warwick joined the committee of 3MGB.
2016: Started Not Responsible request program.
2017: Lazy Sunday Afternoon.
Russell, a keen jazz fan, started presenting in December 2007, with Smooth Grooves. Russell is our current President, succeeding Michael Beedle in 2010; and has filled the role of Sponsorship Manager. Also he is the main 3MGB representative on the 3CA (Joint Venture) committee, serving as President of 3CA for the last few years. He is the Building Coordinator of the project.
With all this he continues to find the time for his weekly Smooth Grooves show, and also shares the Uptown Sunday Morning roster with Mike Webb and Mark Keating.
2015: November Having completed his task with the 3CA project, Russell has stepped down from the 3CA sub-committee and 3MGB committee for a well-earned rest. Thankyou Russell.
Laurie joined 3MGB in 2002, and has presented his Wednesday breakfast show This And That since then - without fail. Laurie served on the Committee and was Vice-President for a year or two.
Amongst his many activities in the community, Laurie was a volunteer Ambulance Officer.
Marg is one of our presenters from the early days. After 20 years, much to our delight, she has been persuaded to return. In July 2013 she filled in for Angus Buchanan and then joined Kaleidoscope and Sisters of Soul rosters. She has moved in 2015 to The Good The Bad & The Ugly with Leo op den Brouw.
Sue Hines discovered Mallacoota when she used to zoom all over the countryside on her motorbike. She settled in Mallacoota for good in 2012 after many years teaching English and ESL in Sydney and Canberra and writing novels for young adults. Reading and writing are passions for Sue but she also dabbles in watercolours, singing and birdwatching. She has recently had to 'retire' from motorcycling.
2016: February - Now she's indulging a long-held desire to have a go at radio presenting. Sue presents Tuesday Lunchbox and is one of the Sisters of Soul.
2017: Sue agreed to become Program Manager in 2016. She has also taken on the training of new presenters. She has now taken on the Friday breakfast show, appropriately titling it Poets' Day Brekky
Greg commenced with 3MGB in March 2011. He is an early riser so presented Early Morning With Greg now renamed Good Morning Blues.
2015: February - Greg kindly moved Good Morning Blues into the hard-to-fill Friday breakfast slot. After complaints about the loss of Greg on Saturday mornings, he has happily returned.
Greta has been with 3MGB for many years, as a presenter and a willing participant in fundraising activities.
Her story from 2001 on --
2001: June - Greta moved from fortnightly appearances on Music Gallery, a show which she developed, to sharing presenting duties on Pot-pourri with Maree Webb. Greta called her version of the show Easy Listening.
2003: June - Greta made her final Monday Breakfast appearance.
2003: October - Greta took a brief break from radio, with Maree Webb covering most of Greta's scheduled Easy Listening programs.
2003: December -Easy Listening became Brunch.
2006: April - Greta returned to regular presenting as a member of the From The Concert Hall roster.
2011: Greta has been a member of the Kaleidoscope roster in recent years.
Mark, another keen jazz fan and musician, joined 3MGB committee as Sponsorship Manager in 2008. Establishment of a new home took him away from us for a couple of years, but in mid-2011 he agreed to represent us on the 3CA Joint Venture (New Studio project).
2011: November - Mark has become a presenter and joined the Uptown Sunday Morning roster with Russell Grabert and Mike Webb.
2012: September - Mark now presents Tuesday Breakfast.
2017: Mark continues to present Uptown Sunday Morning and Tuesday Breakfast, and to serve on the 3MGB committee. He is responsible for gaining a Grant to change our logos and signs last year. He also is currently on the Croajingolong Centre Management Sub-Commitee
Mervyn first went on air in 2002, soon after arriving in Mallacoota. He presented a Friday breakfast show called Waterfront with short breaks away. Waterfront is now on Thursday afternoons. Mervyn also served a term or two on the Committee in the early years.
Christine's time with 3MGB started much earlier than the year 1998, when this history begins, as Sponsorship Manager.
She served as President from November 2000 until April 2003, having taken over from Ken Vatcher. During much of that period she managed to squeeze in Thursday's Far East Brekky Show, Kinda Country, Friday Lunchbox, Saturday Nite Party and took her turn on the Monday Breakfast Show roster.
2011: Christine continues to present the ever popular Far East Brekky Show
James has been associated with 3MGB for many years, as a presenter, and has at times served as Program Manager, Station Manager and committee member.
He chooses to leave town for extended periods, to pursue other interests around the country, but always offers his skills to 3MGB on his return. This history starts in 2000.
2000: June - After a substantial gap James rejoined 3MGB team, becoming a committee member in November of that year. James is now looking after the Tuesday Lunchbox (aka Golden Oldies Lunchbox) as well as Thursday Drive.
2001: May - James added the innovative Coota Cook Up to his busy 3MGB schedule.
2001: October - Coota Cook Up ran out of steam or more specifically guest presenters, James finding it difficult to support the program single-handed. [Pity, because it was good listening].
2001: December - James took over as Programming Manager and at the same time relinquished his Thursday Drive spot.
2002: January - Commenced Bubble and Squeak (a breakfast show) - later handed over to Laurie Hamilton for a time; also Oz Country.
2002: September - James left town to further his thespian ambitions.
2003: September - We began to hear James again, filling in for others.
History restarts in 2011.
2011: June - September 2012 James returned to 3MGB after many years working around the country, including a lot of time in outback community radio stations.
He featured in a recent local production "Mash: The Musical" as Father Mulcahy
James readily jumped in and took over shows as presenters left. During this time, James at various times presented Monday Breakfast, Tuesday Breakfast, Monday Fun Day and Scrambled Eggs Brekky Show.
We don't know if the pressure got too much for James but in September 2012 the grass looked greener on the other side of the country and James left Mallacoota and 3MGB to take up a role as gardener/maintenance man at Kununurra Hospital in Western Australia. He kept in touch. and through the wonders of the long-distance internet-enabled speaking trumpet has been able to produce sponsorship reads for us from the discomfort of his caravan
2013: October Back with us again, straight into Friday Breakfast, recently vacated by Richard Fisher.
2014: James presented Monday and Friday Breakfast until September when he swapped Friday for Tuesday Breakfast while Mark Keating was overseas. From October, James will continue only Monday Breakfast.
2014: June James along with ex DJ Warwick Driscoll, started The Afternoon Before, a musical request show, on late Saturday afternoons.
2018: December James is back with us this year, presenting Back Tracks.
Wally joined us in June 2010, having recently settled here. In July he began his popular Easy Listening show, nicely filling Saturday afternoons for our listeners.
2010: July - Wally assumed the role of Assistant Technical Coordinator responsible mainly for things that need backing up and rebooting.
2010: November - Wally frequently partnered Ken Cooper on his Wednesday morning show Blast From The Past.
2012: June - Wally presented Monday Breakfast.
2013: June - Following Ken Cooper's retirement, Wally took over both Blast From The Past. and Something Different on Wednesdays.
2014: June - Wally gave up Monday Breakfast to concentrate on his favourite Wednesday and Saturday programs.
An asset to 3MGB, Wally is always willing to fix computer problems, train new presenters or fill in uncovered programs.
2011: July - Leo was involved with 3MGB in the very early days, and can recall broadcasting from the green bus - but that's another story. Recently he renewed his acquaintance with 3MGB, and when he is not looking after Gabo Island he presents a weekly Friday Lunchbox.
2014: Leo joined the 3MGB Committee and is on the Sponsorship and Fundraising sub-committees.
2015: Leo now presentsThe Good The Bad & The Ugly with Marg Harrison on Friday Afernoons.
Belinda's first appearance on 3MGB was with Susie Vatcher in August 2007 on The Healthy Living Show. Belinda took on the show after a few weeks. In April 2008 she commenced her own music show Groove Train.
2012: April - Belinda has taken Groove Train out of service and now presents Scrambled Eggs Brekky Show on a 3 week roster.
2013: April - Belinda has also joined a 4 week roster for Sisters of Soul.
2015: November - After 8 years of dedicated and effective duty as our Secretary, Belinda is taking a break from the Committee. Thankyou for everything, Belinda.
John was a long-serving member of our committee and a past Vice-President but outside commitments forced his resignation in November 2000. He kindly allowed 3MGB to use his home as the setting for its Classical Candlelight Concerts at which John's baritone voice could be heard.
2017: John is currently a member of the From The Concert Hall roster.
Lester is a lover of Baroque music, as well as a keen singer/guitarist. In mid-2015 he agreed to present his weekly Tuesday afternoon show The Baroque Hour.
2017: Baroque and More Mondays 2-4pm
Chris has had a long and active association with 3MGB. Part of our Genoa contingent, work commitments restrict Chris to her rostered appearances on Sisters Of Soul
2000: September - Maree joined the Light Classics roster. In November she introduced her own program Pot-pourri.
2003: December - Pot-pourri became Brunch. Maree also re-joined the Light Classics roster for a time.
After a year or so Brunch was replaced by Wednesday Lunchbox, which Maree presented on a roster with Sue Williamson. Since September 2012, due to ill health, Susie has often been unable to share Wednesday Lunchbox and Maree has presented a weekly one hour program.
2007: Maree took over responsibility for Radio Waves. Subsequently she was invited onto the Committee to handle Presenter and Programming matters.
2014: Maree is currently Program Manager and Editor of Radio Waves. She presents Wednesday Lunchbox alternately with Sue Williamson and is on the Scrambled Eggs Brekky Roster on Saturday mornings.
2017: Maree is now the Assistant Program Manager and remains editor of Radio Waves. She continues on the Saturday Scrambled Eggs Brekky roster. She includes a local gardening segment - Soil Sisters - in that show with, usually, Jenny Lloyd and Julie Milligan discussing particularly local gardening topics.
1997: - Mike was asked to join 3MGB as assistant to the then Technical Coordinator, Greg Cyster.
1999: October - Joined the Committee as Treasurer (at the insistence of June Drake).
2001: July - Mike made his first on-air appearance, presenting Genoa Gold, covering for Margaret Stevenson who was away travelling through to September.
2002: April - Mike took over Uptown Sunday Morning while Sheila Day took a break and continued sharing the show on a rostered basis after Sheila returned.
2002: November - He stood down as Treasurer after three years, as well as ceasing to be a Committee Member. However Mike became our Technical Coordinator.
2010: July - Mike put his hand up for another term as Treasurer on the retirement of Ray Davey, as well as continuing as Technical Coordinator
2014: Still presenting Uptown Sunday Morning, Mike shares with Russell Grabert and Mark Keating.
2015: Mike, as Technical Coordinator, managed 3MGB's move to our new studio in the 3CA building and assisted all 34 presenters in adjusting to the technical changes.
Fred presented a regular, popular Blues show Dr Fred's Blues Clinic from our first test transmissions in the mid-80s until withdrawing in 1998.
In 2015 he returned, to present (Dr Fred's) New Blues Clinic.
2017: Now it's Jukebox Jamboree.
Arriving in Mallacoota in September 2015 this child of the 60's still wears petchouli oil, burns incense and wears odd earrings. Her love of Mallacoota, music and drama led her to become a presenter with 3MGB.
Francesca says she has a great face for radio.
She is looking forward to entertain and inform the community with programs of general interest and diversity with a few touches of difference.
2017: She now presents Peas And Carrots on Tuesdays and Like A Box Of Chocolates on Fridays.