Belgrave Platypus Festival
Landcare Southern Dandenongs will be holding their seventh annual Belgrave Platypus Festival at Belgrave Lake Park on Saturday, 12th September from 1pm to 6pm.
There will be a range of activities for all ages, with the highlight being a platypus monitoring session!!
Two local bands will be performing - Bones and Bodhran Bush Band from 1pm to 3-30pm and the Bean Project from 4pm to 5pm and there will be a free bbq, screen-printing, Trash Puppets and LOTS MORE!
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Enjoy the second in our series of four videos showing photos from 3MDR's fabulous 30 year history!!
With the passing of Andy Sneddon on Friday 21st August, 3MDR has lost a long serving volunteer.
Andy had been a fixture of the station since its earliest days presenting his old time jazz and country show in a variety of time slots. For many years Andy presented his show early Saturday afternoon and could be found entrenched in the studio with his racing form guide in hand placing his bets by phone or thumbing through his much worn Moroccan bound compendiums of jazz music. A lover of both kinds of music - country and jazz - it was probably the latter that was his greater preference. Jazzman Andy, as he was affectionately called, had served with the Australian Army during the Second World War and was a drummer in a services band and shared the stage with many touring American swing bands at the time.
Andy was a great personality and loved a chat as many presenters found over the years. There was nothing indirect about Andy and he was quite open to providing those who cared to listen with a frank assessment of what was wrong with the world . In a nutshell he thought affairs had headed south since 1945, that the country had never been the same since Robert Menzies was PM and that the music of today was rubbish (to put it mildly).
In fulfilling the 'old time' criteria of his show Andy ignored modern technological advances such as CD players and computers and continued to play vinyl and, as a concession to modernity, cassette tapes on which he could record many of his LPs.
A funeral service will be held on Monday 31st August 2015 at 4pm at Heritage & Heritage 733 Boronia Road, Wantirna.
Andy was a life member of 3MDR and he will be sadly missed.
This Wednesday 26th August the 3MDR studios will be without electricity due to a planned interruption between 8am and 4pm.
Fortunately 3MDR has recently installed a battery back up system at the studios and we're hoping that you don't notice a thing.
This will be the first full test of the battery power supply with initial testing providing positive results. Alas we can not pre-determine exactly how long the battery system will last. 3MDR will be switching off all non essential equipment at the station to keep the batteries going for as long as possible. Our presenters will be in darkness and the office will be closed for the day.
Works scheduled for 3MDR's shared transmitter site are still pending. These works will take 3MDR off air when they are finally undertaken. We will notify our valued listeners as soon as we find out the dates of these transmitter works.
In the mean time we hope you can enjoy your favourite programs on 3MDR as it will be business as usual for Wednesday 26th August.
3MDR's 30th Anniversary Gala Ball is SOLD OUT!!
We are very excited about our community's support and enthusiasm for this event and we look forward to seeing everyone who is coming along on Saturday night.
There will be photos posted after the event and maybe even a sneaky video or two.
This Wednesday on Harmonica Riff Raff, Steve Williams holds a workshop on blues harmonica in the third position.
Inspired by John Lennon, Steve started playing the harmonica at 14. He took up saxophone in his twenties and his first professional performance was with country legend CHAD MORGAN in 1979.
In the eighties Steve played with many Melbourne rock bands whilst recording television jingles, TV themes, albums and movie soundtracks.
He was a member of the IMT Band and the DON'T FORGET YOUR TOOTHBRUSH Orchestra. He met John Waters during the JCS Tour which led to his theatrical debut in 1995 in the play REUNION. He co-hosted the TV show WHAT ON EARTH in 1997. Steve also plays guitar and sitar as well as doing backing vocals.
Steve and Old Shep are sure to have a gold ol time.. Check out their jam @ the end of the show!!
Have we mentioned that it's our 30th Birthday this year??!!
Thanks to some fabulous work by Neesy & Jessica we have a series of four videos to share with you, which showcase many pics taken over the years at 3MDR.
Here is the first video and we hope you enjoy looking back over the years as much as we have!!