By Bev Jordan
After five years as Chair of the Board at Community Radio Station Alive 90.5 Gillian Schrickker has stepped down.
The much-respected volunteer will continue her 19-year association with Alive 90.5, continuing broadcasting her on-air Gospel program Kaleidoscope on Sunday mornings from 7am.
The new Chairman is fellow volunteer Jerome Vagg, who said: it was with “great regret” that the Board had accepted Gillian’s resignation as Chair and Board Member of Alive 90.5 FM.
“Gillian shepherded Alive 90.5 FM through very difficult times, bringing stability and certainty to the Station by consistently attracting sponsors and nurturing on-air talent.
“Gillian was always a positive and caring supporter of the station, presenters and me personally. I cannot thank Gillian enough.”
Deputy Chair is volunteer presenter Darryn Capes-Davis who said: “Gillian and I worked hard over the last two years to improve the quality and reliability of our radio broadcast. We are sounding better than ever.”
Gillian said what drew her to listening to Alive 90.5 nearly 20 years ago was the jazz program. “I called them up and they called me in for a chat and I used to go in and help and when people were away I would fill in. So I fell into it.”
Her Kaleidoscope program started 10 years ago and three years later she was asked to join the Board and five years ago became Chair.
“I have loved it and have put all of me into it,” she told the Hills to Hawkesbury Community News. She said her first aim was to create a Radio family. “I challenged myself to make it better every day. I want everyone to feel welcomed and feel that were coming to a place and enjoy what they were doing. It has grown. I promised myself we were not going to be the best kept secret any more. We have to get out more.”
From local Carols by Candlelight, the Hills Winter Sleepout, The Hills Relay For Life and community events and school fetes, Alive 90.5 outside broadcast unit has been reaching out with great success.
She said the station has remained on air through the COVID pandemic. The station had a pool of 72 presenters with young presenters playing a part in new shows.
“My aim has always been to get young people involved …we are certainly going in the right direction.”
To find out more about Alive 90.5 visit www.alive905.com.au