JOY 94.9: When two sides go to war
The SAVE JOY committee has returned serve in what’s descended into a ‘tit-for-tat’ squabble about the running of Melbourne gay and lesbian community radio station JOY 94.9.
The SAVE JOY committee has released its own statement to correct what it claims are ‘misconceptions and defamatory’ comments made about the group.
The committee says it is motivated by a love for the station and a concern for the direction its taken under its current management and board.
The statement is below:
We are made up of passionate volunteers and members whose involvement at JOY spans many years and in some cases, decades.
Members of the group have given over many years, hours of their lives to broadcast, volunteer, fundraise, donate and generally contribute to the growth and sustainability of this vital community asset.
Our decision to call for a SGM was not the first step we took to try and resolve our issues. We have repeatedly tried to directly engage the JOY board with the issues we have raised. Our issues have either been dismissed, unsatisfactorily addressed or buried and denied.
Furthermore, our intentions are not ‘vicious’ or ‘ridiculous’. To label us so is clearly a blatant PR spin by JOY’s president, Melinda Rich, to smear our reputations and our objectives.
We are not ‘vicious’, we love JOY as much as any other volunteer or listener. For us, JOY is family.
We refute many of the claims in Rich’s statement including the assertion that, ‘a small group of JOY members has sought to bring into the public domain internal matters that deserved to be dealt with in-house’.
The SAVE JOY Committee, since inception, has always wanted to keep its concerns out of the public so as not to risk JOY in any way.
We have followed JOY policies and procedures to the letter to tried repeatedly to seek a resolution. For the sake of full transparency, these are the actions we’ve taken so far:
1 February 2018: SAVE JOY sent a letter to the board informing them of our concerns and proposed a set of resolutions.
21 February 2018: Three JOY volunteers – including two life members – met with three board members to further discuss the matter.
The board sent a letter in response following the meeting, but SAVE JOY was not satisfied with its response.
Rich also accused the group of stealing a JOY database. This is an accusation we categorically deny and we welcome a full Victoria Police investigation.
We are also seeking legal counsel to pursue a complaint of defamation against Rich and the current JOY Board.
From day one of our interactions with JOY’s board it has been made clear they do not take our concerns seriously.
The board and CEO claim to have achieved high levels of listenership and a healthy financial position. But none of this would have been possible without the 25 years of hard work from a range of volunteers, staff and board members that preceded them.
SAVE JOY is so much more than the leadership illustrated by the 28 people who were prepared to put themselves on the line by signing our recent letter to members.
SAVE JOY is the many, many people who are disgruntled with the direction and management of the station. The many, many people who have let their memberships lapse or actively cancelled their membership after the way they were treated.
Momentum is growing rapidly for the SGM.
We urge people who would like to know more about SAVE JOY and members who wish to sign our letter calling for a SGM to reach out to us: [email protected]
The ball is now in the board’s court.