Community radio runs on people power

Over the three decades that BayFM has served the Northern Rivers’ community, hundreds of positive people have pitched in to help our little station stay strong and relevant. In addition to our crew of presenters – there are currently around 60 of them – the people on this page all help to keep BayFM ticking along with their skills, experience, time and energy. Thanks everyone!

Our Management Committee and Volunteers

Hudson Birden, President

Hudson Birden has been a member, subscriber, and presenter at BayFM since 2005, hosting Postmodern Backlash. Since 2008 he has been an Administrator of the BayFM Public Fund.
He has been the house bass player for Ballina Players theatre company since 2002 and also plays with Bangalow Theatre Company and Lismore Symphony Orchestra.
He is currently Chair of the Human Research Ethics Committee and Vice Chair of the Research Development Committee at Townsville University Hospital and Health Service, and teaches Epidemiology at the University of Saint Joseph in CT USA. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Byron Community College.

Philip Shine, Station Manager

Philip has been working in community radio for 32 years. With experience in presenting, production, programming and management at major community stations, he now steers the BayFM ship.

Pat Campbell, Treasurer

After 40 years working at various magazine publishers Pat found his way to BayFM. When he’s not checking the BayFM bank account he can be found in Studio 2 co-presenting Up The Junction with his mate Nick.

Mia Armitage, Secretary

Mia came to BayFM as a journalist in 2017 looking for more radio experience and now finds herself completely immersed in a passion for community media. The Secretary email account is one of six she manages, including the Community Newsroom account – the difference between ON and OFF the record is everything 😉

Ange Kent, Events and Socials

Ange has a passion for travel and worked in the travel industry for many years, and yes, she enjoyed the fruits and has crossed the globe. Another passion is music and BayFM was a perfect fit. Ange helps out with the social media, fundraising gigs and broadcasts a local music show every Friday. 

Peter Wynn-Moylan, Grants Officer

With a PhD in Audience Development and a Masters in Cultural Policy, Peter’s qualifications are only just enough to understand the labyrinthine machinations of BayFM’s committee structure. But a seven year stint as Treasurer and a short time as President at the turn of the millennium gives him the confidence to pontificate and be boringly pedantic when ever the chance arises. Thank goodness for a tolerant committee. 

Nick Mercer, Business Manager

Nick spent the last 30 years in the advertising industry and ran a successful independent agency in Sydney. Looking for voluntary work and loving music meant helping BayFM with marketing & fundraising was a natural fit for Nick.

George van Ridal, Broadcast Technician

When running a radio station, there is always lots of technical gizmos and electronics that need constant attention or lots of audio editing that needs doing. That is why we have George. If he is not fixing something he will be in the production studio cooking up some new Sponsorship announcements.

Fernando De Freitas, Broadcaster

Fernando was born on the Portuguese Island of Madeira in the Atlantic and migrated with his family to Australia as a seven-year-old in 1976. He has a Masters in Journalism and a degree in psychology and sociology. Fernando spent 10 years working as a radio journalist, program maker and presenter at ABC Local Radio in Sydney and the Northern Territory, as well as Radio National. He is passionate about radio, independent journalism, human rights, justice, the environment and community.

Nick Richardson, Writer

After a factory job shovelling frozen peas, Nick decided a career in writing would be a much warmer option. When he’s not clattering the keys for BayFM, Nick presents Up The Junction on Thursdays with Treasurer Pat.

Liz Hind, Office Volunteer Manager

Liz swapped a career of over 35 years in photo editing and gruelling magazine deadlines for a simpler life on the Northern Rivers coast. The sea change alone wasn’t really quite enough and volunteering at BayFM for the last 8 years has given Liz the perfect balance – a lot of life and a very enjoyable bit of work

Adele Smout, Office Volunteer

Adele has wanted to live in the rainbow region for more than 30 years but working life took her elsewhere. She has finally made it…
Helping out at BayFM is the icing on the cake!

Nikki Mercer, Office Volunteer

Love my Wednesdays cooking breakfast for the homeless at the community centre then straight upstairs to the great BayFM vibes!

Susan Wise, Office Volunteer

Suze was our Thursday morning front desk vollie for three years before heading off on a house-sitting adventure. She’s now back in Byron and loving being part of the BayFM team again. She’s a philosophical nature lover, with a passion for travel, writing, food, music, and life!

Thelma Knibb, Office Volunteer

Thelma has loved living in the Byron area since the mid 70s. After many professions led to her retirement Thelma is enjoying being a vollie at BayFM as it gives the best connection to the local community.

Susan Blenheim, Office Volunteer

Bees are my role models. Bees live in tune with the multiverse. Elegant and totally connected.

Victoria Sullivan, Office Volunteer

Victoria has lived the last 20 years in Byron Bay. By volunteering at BayFM for the last 4 years she has found a community that maintains the values of our region.

After spending 30 years in the film industry the air waves are the next adventure

Vanessa Weekes, Bookkeeper

After a life in Sydney and overseas in the advertising industry I left the city for another life in Byron Bay in 2000.

Not only was it a change of environment but I decided to change careers as well. I started volunteering at BayFM in 2004 then went onto become the Bookkeeper at the station in 2009. A job I thoroughly enjoy.

Jeff McLeod, Sponsorship and Community Partnership Manager

I worked with Apple for 8 years as Pacific Region Sales Manager. I then worked in San Francisco and Hong Kong for 7 years and relocated to Byron Bay. As Sponsorship and Community Partnership Manager for BayFM for the past 12 years I get a reward working in the community and helping local businesses grow through connecting with local audiences.

Cheryl Soper

Cheryl grew up at Fairy Bower in Manly. She was involved in admin at Family Circle magazine and Sky Channel for many years before doing an extended tree change to rural NSW.

Cheryl has now returned to the coast and chose the Byron Shire to continue her life journey.

BayFM is a great place to volunteer, being able to interact with the community on many levels and be close to my passion for music.