TamarFM is deeply indebted to Kaye and Dennis for their outstanding volunteer effort. Kaye has volunteered at the station for about 10 years and has been station manager for the past 8 years. During their time with the station, the couple initiated and drove major changes: The station was relocated from inadequate premises to its current professional premises in the Memorial Hall complex and they sought funding to resolved diffcult financial issues which threatened the station's future. Kaye has underaken all aspects of station management, including assessing, training and managing our volunteer staff, seeing to the station's reporting responsibilities, producing pre-recorded shows, conducting on-air interviews and announcing, and was the regular presenter of the country show. Excellent relationships have been developed with the local community and all levels of government in the broadcast area.
Dennis has fulfilled many roles as well, apart from currently retiring Treasurer. Dennis has taken on major responsibility for the station's radio, communications, and computing equipment as well as remodelling and upgrading the station from time to time. He has had primary responsibility for the Outside Broadcasting Van which has provided radio and public address assistance to many local functions including the annual Christmas parade in George Town. Dennis has spent many hours as an announcer, notably in the 6am-9am slot 5 days per week. Both Kaye and Dennis were also great supporters of the monthly TamarFM market and barbeque, the station's primary fund raiser, with food preparation, assisting with arrangeing the hall and keeping the station open with live shows for the morning.
Kaye and Dennis leave the station in excellent condition: the station operates 24 hours per day, 7 days per week with mostly "live" announcers from 9am - 6pm during the week as well as some live programs on the weekend; pre-recorded shows are all produced by the station's volunteers; the station runs from professional premises with a small dedicated group of station volunteers, it's financially viable and with a waiting list of sponsors.
Kaye and Val are two of the dedicated volunteers that keep Tamar FM 95.3 on air.
Kaye is an extraordinary hardworker who dedicates a large portion of each week to managing the station. Kaye has a wonderful, inspiring leadership style that brings out the best in the volunteers that assist the station. In addition to attending to broadcasting legislation and requirements, managing volunteers and sponsorhips, she regularly does announcer spots. Kaye is an active committee member on matters affecting the town and region and keeps abreast of important developments in the community.
Val, a former teacher and long-time music lover, is a regular announcer with a dedicated audience who call in many requests during her show. In addition to her volunteer efforts at Tamar FM, Val is a member of the George Town Soroptimist International who work tirelessly to improve the lot of women and girls around the world.
The crucial ethos for the existence of Tamar FM is to serve the community as a voice that ensures information is heard by as many listeners as possible within our community and the northern region. Apart from the brilliant broadcasts heard each day, the volunteer team at Tamar FM assist the community at local events with live broadcasting, provide work placements for students, and importantly work with all levels of the community to promote our region and tourism.
Accepting the award was TamarFM President, Warwick Eldridge.