1. What days and times are you usually scheduled to be on duty?
Fridays, from 5pm until 8pm
2. How did you first connect with GDR?
My neighbours first told me about 3GDR and I have been a listener since approx. 2006.
3. Why did you want to be a Receptionist/Program Assistant?
I retired mid-2016 and knew from station announcements that 3GDR was operated entirely by volunteers. I wanted to help and also socialise with musically like-minded people.
4. What are the most important things that you believe you can do for listeners who call in, and for the Presenter you are supporting?
My task is to enhance the listeners’ enjoyment of 3GDR by providing a tangible contact point with the station. I enjoy talking to them and getting to know them and, in many cases, providing some companionship during the evening. I like discussing the music that they have listened to and appreciated. I have a full playlist for each session so can advise them details of the artists that they have heard or possibly, which of their favourite artists might be played later in the programme.
My main focus for the on-air Presenter is to a) write legibly, b) find out some background information from the listeners to give the Presenter some interesting comments to use when they acknowledge the call, c) minimal disruptions to allow the Presenter to focus on the programme and d) ensure that the Presenter is fully supported as we are usually the only 2 people in the studio for most of the programme.