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Phoenix FM 89.5

Phoenix FM 89.5


(Photo by Bill Conroy-The Bendigo Advertiser)

Great news for both Phoenix FM and the Football community with the news that permission has been granted to broadcast the Round 9 TAC Cup match between Bendigo Pioneers and Eastern Ranges at Golden Square on Sunday, June 15 2008. This is a fantastic coup for the fledgling Community station, as well as the Footballing community at large, as the TAC Cup competition is one of the major Victorian competitions that the AFL Draft picks are chosen from each year. This broadcast will also provide a great 'launching pad' for future broadcasts when the station is hopefully granted a full broadcast licence in August 2008. Just in time for the Finals series! 

Phoenix FM will have a team of four announcers calling the match (see below), all of whom have a rich and varied background within the Australian Rules community, as well as within Community Radio circles.


(Photo by Bill Conroy-The Bendigo Advertiser)

Richard served as sports editor at the Bendigo Advertiser for 17
years (1979-1996) during 24 years service at the local daily paper.

Radio experience during the late 1960s-early to mid-1970s with ABC in Port
Moresby, Papua New Guinea, broadcasting international pro boxing (PNG had two
fighters in the early 1970s ranked in Top Ten in the Commonwealth in their
weight divisions) and Inter-territory rugby league .... Papua vs. New Guinea
on the 9PA Port Moresby-9RB Rabaul, ABC network.

Eventually the ABC handed over all their broadcasting facilities .... not only
transmitters, equipment, studios and all the equipment therein but whole
buildings to PNG as first self-government, and then Independence, were
declared in 1974 and 1975. The ABC did this as a gift to PNG and the brand
new National Broadcasting Commission.

So with the ABC handing over, Richard broadcast sport and hosted the Saturday
night 6.30 -7.00 pm Sports Roundup program for the NBC from 1974 to 1976.

No Aussie Rules broadcasting in Port Moresby at that time. The sport wasn't big enough. Not then anyway (but times are changing now!)
Rugby League is PNG's national sport --- they've even played the Aussie
touring team, the Kangaroos, from time to time.

Here in Bendigo, Richard broadcast Bendigo Football League and inter-league footy for 3CCC-FM, Triple C and the Fresh from the late 1980s to 2007. He was also part of the midweek and Friday lunchtime footy panels and the Saturday morning BFL preview program, which for many years was hosted by Geoff Morris.


(Photo by Bill Conroy-The Bendigo Advertiser)

Jackson Saunders is, like Phoenix FM, a 'young-gun' in the sports media industry.

Currently studying year 11 at the Catholic College in Bendigo, Jackson's dream is to be a sports commentator. And he is working hard to achieve just that.

Apart from writing the Bendigo Pioneers match reports for the Bendigo Advertiser over the past twelve months, Jackson has also been an announcer at the vision Australia radio station. He was also the co-host on the Saturday morning sports show on Phoenix FM, along with Geoff Morris and Richard Jones, during their 2 week test broadcast early in 2008, a role he is looking forward to repeating again in June.


(Photo by Bill Conroy-The Bendigo Advertiser)

Geoff has been associated with radio, on the other side of the microphone, for the past 23 years, first as a talk-back counsellor in Melbourne, then in Bendigo both on commercial and FM radio.

A Relationship Counsellor by profession, Geoff is also a football fanatic by nature and inclination.
For fourteen years he hosted a Saturday morning football panel show in Bendigo and took the Special Comments role in football broadcasts from time to time.

Geoff also presents two internet bluegrass shows each week and will be presenting a weekly bluegrass show on Phoenixf.m. as well as presenting talk and interview programmes with many people on topics of local and human interest.


(Photo by Bill Conroy-The Bendigo Advertiser)

Kraig has had a long and varied history within the Media and Entertainment industry, and Australian Rules Football.

Radio announcer, actor, entertainer and Aussie Rules player & umpire, Kraig began his career as a singer back in the early 1970's until the early 1990's. During this time he appeared on a variety of popular shows including 'Young Talent Time', 'Bert Newton's New Faces' and many others. He has also appeared in 'Cop Shop', 'Skyways', the first episode of 'Young Lions' and was featured on the popular BushVision show 'Talkabout'. He has also appeared in television commercials in the USA, England & Australia. Kraig was also a semi-regular on the Melbourne stand-up comedy circuit during the mid to late 1990's until he 'migrated' to Sydney to volunteer at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Kraig played Aussie Rules with M.H.S.O.B while at school, but suffered a career ending injury during the pre-season at Box Hill in the VFA in the early 1982. He then took up the challenge to become a boundary umpire in that same league in 1983, before (once again) finishing his career with another leg injury. In 2005 he took up umpiring again with the Western Border Football League for another couple of years. He finished his career with five Grand Final appointments, umpired on the MCG and ran the boundary at Victoria Park during two Collingwood 'legends matches' in the 1980's.

His career in Radio began with 3-RRR FM, co-hosting two long-running shows on the station, and interviewing such showbusiness legends as Venetta Fields, Ronnie Burns, Alan Lancaster (Status Quo), and many others. He also had a short stint on BLU FM presenting the Breakfast show five days a week. He followed this up reading news during the Breakfast show on 5-GTR. Kraig was also a co-presenter/writer of the popular internet Radio program 'Greetings From Australia', on DownunderRadio.com, with his politically incorrect character 'Krazy' Kraig.

Kraig is still involved with Aussie Rules as the founder of the popular website AustralianRulesFootball.com.au.

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