True community spirit: The transformation of 5tcb


Just in case you were wondering, it takes approximately 140 litres of paint to re-colour the walls of an entire radio station.

With presenters, board members, receptionists and their partners all having rolled up their sleeves, the transformation of 5tcbFM in Bordertown, South Australia is a true celebration of community spirit.

The local community station was desperately in need of some TLC.

Station Manager Sardia Kakoschke (pictured left in main photo, with Franky Faul, the second person to go to air on 5tcb) tells Radio Today “5tcb relocated to the current premises approximately 22 years ago and up until the last few years, no major renovation work had been done.”

5tcb approached the Tatiara District Council for a loan and grant to undertake a complete upgrade of the electronics, networking and cabling of the station.

“With fundraisers through the community, the station also had some money set aside, ready for this moment.”

The station’s annual Radiothon raised more than $17,000 to put towards the renovations.

Sardia says the local community really banded together make the refurbishment dream a reality.

“They helped us raise the funds to pay for the carpet, studio desks and part of the installation.”

“Some locals and businesses also assisted with the renovations out of the kindness of their hearts.”

“We are very thankful to be supported by a wonderful community.”

The excitement has been tinged with sadness, with the passing of two very special people along the way in Peter Jackson and Rod Carter.

“Peter was first employed at 5tcb as a full-time breakfast announcer for a year or two, then a volunteer presenter for the last 15 years with the popular Sunday program Jacko’s Jukebox,” says Sardia.

“Rod had many roles with the station over the years. He was every manager’s dream due to his commitment and ability to fill in and do almost any radio program.”

“Both men were very passionate about radio, music, the community and were very much part of the 5tcb family.”

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