In Focus - Asian Pop Radio Australia
The team of volunteers who contribute to ‘Asian Pop Radio Australia’ are celebrating a year of Asian pop music, news and interviews on air.
With over 3550 ‘likes’ on their official Facebook page, 350 subscribers on their YouTube channel & 250 followers on Twitter, the show which is available in full weekly on iTunes has also attracted an audience of up to 16,000 downloads per episode. The team have enjoyed exclusive interviews with Kpop groups Crayon Pop, Pure, CNBlue and 4Minute, whilst also being the first in Australia to interview other artists such as Burmese girl group Me N Ma Girls, Indonesian rock group NIDJI and Vietnamese boy band 365.
JOY 94.9’s Asian Pop Radio Australia believes there is a local audience for Asian pop music from all countries of Asia. "We think people want to hear something new, something different, something they don’t hear on mainstream radio, so we search far and wide to the lesser popular Asian pop scenes in countries where others don't" tells presenter/producer J-Jon (pictured). "We also aim for our program and our social media avenues to be a safe and inclusive place for all. We especially tackle ageism with the belief that a love for Asian pop culture shouldn't have an expiry date, so our audience ranges from young to the more mature members of our community. It's important that Asian musicians get air time in Australia, there's a lot of quality on offer from here and overseas."
In 2014 the program has a fresh new sound, being recorded in real time with regular co-hosts and guests that JOY listeners have grown to love. On-air competitions will feature members of the audience such as 'Kpop Versus Jpop' a new weekly quiz, and more online. Again this year Asian Pop Radio Australia is set to be media partner or have heavy involvement in film festivals, cosplay conventions and local concerts. As well as interviewing the big names in Asian pop music, the team will continue to support local Asian musicians from a diversity of genre's.
Produced at the Melbourne studios of JOY 94.9, the program is heard Tuesday nights at 11:00 EST via the JOY 94.9 Smartphone APP, online or via podcast on the JOY website at joy.org.au. International listeners can also tune in whilst the program is airing on JOY via the website at www.joy.org.au/listenlive .
The program is also available to all Australian community stations on syndication through the Community Radio Network, via which it currently airs on 2SER in Sydney, Switch 1197 in Brisbane and Cairns FM in Cairns. A new show is available for free download on iTunes or podomatic and the podcast can be found weekly on the Asian Pop Radio Australia Facebook page from Friday's at 6pm.
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JOY 94.9 is a community broadcaster committed to providing a voice for the diverse lesbian and gay communities, enabling freedom of expression, the breaking down of isolation and the celebration of LGBTI culture, achievements and pride.