MEDIA RELEASE – 27 March 2020
COVID-19 CHANGES AT 2BBB
In response to the current Coronavirus situation, the Board of Community Radio 2BBB has temporarily suspended all live broadcasting of programs from its Wheatley Street studios in Bellingen, in order to protect both its volunteers and the public. This decision applies from today until further notice, and the 2BBB studios themselves are now officially closed.
However, the station remains on-air, and will continue to provide an ongoing broadcasting service to the local region, albeit with a number of necessary changes.
With its presenters, as well as its listeners essentially housebound for the time being, many new ways of producing and delivering programs are currently being explored. Some of the station’s local presenters will still be able to create their programs remotely from home and deliver them to the station digitally, where they will be rebroadcast, while other presenters will be regularly providing online music playlists to share with listeners.
The station also maintains its 24/7 access to the Community Radio Network (CRN), which provides high-quality national talk and music programs to Community stations around the country, including National Radio News (NRN) bulletins and the weekday 5:05pm national current affairs program ‘The Wire’.
With 2BBB Board member Kye Ruigrok coordinating the local on-air aspects of the revised programming schedule from home, a number of new initiatives will also be progressively introduced in the coming days and weeks. These include:
- Starting Monday 30 March, Kye and Kevin Evans we will be presenting a daily 2-hour home-based community news program which will be broadcast from 8am-10am, Monday to Friday. This will include the latest relevant information, plus interviews with local community groups, businesses and health professionals. If you have any story ideas for this program you can get in touch with Kye and Kevin via the station’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Starting this Saturday morning at 10am is a new local music program hosted by local musician Josh McGovern from LTTLE KNG. This program will feature music 100% from the Mid-North Coast, in order to showcase regional talent and to help the local arts and music community through these hard times.
As an essential broadcasting service, 2BBB remains committed to providing listeners in the Bellingen Shire and surrounding region with a vibrant mix of news, information and entertainment, and will be expanding its new programming options as widely as possible in the coming weeks.
We request your patience and involvement during this changeover period, and look forward to returning to our normal full broadcasting format as soon as possible. We trust that you, your family and friends will remain safe and healthy, and that our shared community stays strong. We’re all in this together.