Voice of the Illawarra joins global radio chorus | Mercury of Illawarra

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On Sunday, February 13, Illawarra community radio station VOX FM will join radio stations and broadcasters around the world in celebrating World Radio Day. Amid the rise of social and online media, radio continues to be an important source of information and entertainment for communities around the world and in Illawarra. Read more: Dalibor Bubanja identified as swimmer who died off Shellharbour Beach This year’s theme, set by UNESCO, is ‘Radio and Trust’, and for VOX FM this translates to the role that the station has performed serving communities old and new in the Illawarra. At this year’s Wollongong Australia Day Awards, VOX FM was recognized as Community Group of the Year for their role in providing reliable information to the community. The award recognized VOX FM as a model of diversity in reaching seniors, youth, Indigenous people, ethnic groups and members of the LGBTQI+ community as well as sharing vaccination messages in multiple languages ​​as part of the campaign Vax the Illawarra. Coincidentally, World Radio Day falls on a Sunday, the day VOX FM regularly airs programs produced and broadcast by Illawarra’s diverse cultural community. The programs are broadcast by Croatian, Slovenian, Macedonian, Filipino, Indian, Serbian and Cypriot presenters in their respective languages. Lilian Wings, president of VOX FM, said the station had been a lifeline to various communities in Illawarra during its 30 years of operation. “People who have come to Australia without knowing the language or any of the rules and regulations, they connect to their language and bingo, they have information, they have entertainment, they have community engagement,” Ms Wings said. . noted. To mark World Radio Day, VOX FM will hold an open day at 11 Tallegalla Street, Unanderra. The presenters will share a dish of their culture with the visitors. Also in attendance will be Wollongong City Council Mayor Gordon Bradbery, Wollong MP Paul Scully and community representatives. The event will be the first in-person event open to visitors at the new studios since the station moved in two years ago and kicks off the volunteer-run radio station’s fundraising events for the year. “We tell the truth,” Ms. Wings said. “106.9 VOX FM, the voice of the Illawarra.” To read more stories, download the Illawarra Mercury news app from the Apple Store or Google Play. Sign up to receive up-to-date emails below…

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