who we are
Your Board is elected each year at the Annual General Meeting of Technorama Incorporated. To give you some idea of the breadth of skill and background of your leadership team, here’s this year’s rogue’s gallery.
The current Committee members and officers of Technorama Incorporated are:
- John Maizels (President/Public Officer)
- Stephen Wilkinson (Vice President)
- Jim Parish (Secretary/Treasurer)
- Chris Deacon
- Frank Wilcox
- Josh Pearson
- Mike Tobin
- Julie Spencer
- Emma Couch
John Maizels – President/Public Officer
John started his radio career as a teenager, teaching himself to build consoles and studios, developing announcing skills and running radio stations at school. He entered the Broadcast Industry as a tech at 3XY in 1970, moving to 3CS as an announcer in 1972, then back to Melbourne to study at RMIT – which turned into Chief Technical Officer at 3ST, Australia’s first landline station. Since then he has worked professionally in radio and television in a variety of creative, production and engineering roles.
He co-founded and built 3MU at Monash Uni, was first on-air presenter at 3CR, and in 1976 became founding Chair of 3PBS-FM, helping to create both policy and the first on-air studios. John spent 11 years as Director of Engineering at 2NSB, introducing IT, an OB unit and full broadcast automation, and led the Friday Breakfast show for several years. He has also volunteered and contributed to many more metropolitan and submetro stations, and is frequently consulted on technical and regulatory matters.
In parallel with Community Broadcasting, John has had a long career in the IT industry. He developed TV-based interactive education systems and a broadcast facility using compressed digital video for IBM, and was a Senior Engineer at Foxtel with the team which launched the Digital platform. In 2009 he consolidated Entropy Enterprises to provide technical, operational, creative and consulting services to the media industry.
John currently works as a freelance technical director and engineer in television, teaches TV in TAFE and Higher Education, is a voice-over artist and audio editor, and moonlights as a Technical Writer.
He is the Director of International Sections for for the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), sat on the Board of the Society as Governor from 2008-2017 and was promoted to the grade of Fellow of the SMPTE in 2006. He has been made a life member of 3PBS-FM, and was awarded the “2003 Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Commitment” at 2NSB.
John has promoted the interests of Technologists in Community Broadcasting since the sector began. After years of agitation, in 2008 he was appointed as a founding member of the CBAA’s Technical Standing Committee, and led the charge to create the first Technorama Conference.
John lives in Sydney, holds (but rarely uses) VK2JPM, and has passions for pipe organs, good coffee, and skills recognition.
Stephen Wilkinson – Vice President
In his early days he gained experience with his local 200W community station by upgrading STLs, transmitters and rebuilding studios.
He also has an audio engineering background in multichannel recording and mixing in studios and live to air multi-microphone productions, as well as mixing for Live sound reinforcement. Experience was also gained by assisting ABC Radio with outside broadcasts and live recordings including the Opera House and Sydney Town Hall.
He has a post graduate degree in Design Science (Audio) from Sydney University.
Stephen joined Hope Media in 2004 and shortly after became Technical Operations Manager overseeing the Production and Technical Departments. In his time at Hope Media (Hope 103.2 a metro FM station in Sydney & Inspire Digital on DAB+), he has overseen and implemented a new transmission facility, a total refit of the studio facility to digital and continuous upgrades of IT infrastructure.
In recent years Stephen was on the board of Radio Northern Beaches for over 6 years and was Deputy Chair during the last 3 years of this term.
Stephen has helped a number of community stations with technical assistance, content direction, fundraising, sponsorship and board governance and earned the ‘Most Valuable Person in Christian Media’ Award in 2014 from CMAA.
He has been fortunate to attend international conferences such as NAB in the USA and IBC in Europe.
In 2015 he joined the Committee of Technorama and currently sits as Vice President.
Stephen lives in Sydney, and moonlights doing front of house audio on Sundays.
Jim Parish OAM – Secretary/Treasurer
He trained as a Broadcast Technologist and then spent time in television and radio working in studio and outside broadcast environments. Jim then moved into the Training section, preparing and presenting technical and operational courses at a state and national level. He spent a number of years in Local Radio as a program producer and technical operator in News, studio and outside broadcast areas.
Beyond the ABC, Jim Parish has been involved in the community radio sector since 1981. He has built and maintained studio and transmitter sites, run training courses, served on committees and managed outside broadcasts.
Since retiring from the ABC Jim has increased his commitment to the sector and currently provides technical assistance to ten stations across Tasmania.
Jim Parish was awarded an OAM for services to Community Broadcasting. At the 2016 CBAA Community Radio Awards ceremony, Jim received the award for Excellence in Technical Services for his work with Hobart FM 96.1 and other stations across Tasmania.
Jim lives in suburban Hobart and, although not actually a fan of the Goon show, answers to polite calls of “Hello Jim”. He looks after ten radio stations, and that’s why the boat stays on the front lawn.
Chris Deacon BSc (Hons), OAM
Chris Deacon has over 40 years’ experience in the communications field. Since the early 1970s when he became a technical guru at Radio ANU, he has been a radio presenter, broadcast and recording engineer, and has amassed experience in constructing AM and FM stations, while maintaining a distinguished professional career in international telecommunications at Government and private levels.
Currently Manager Technology of Canberra’s ArtSound FM, Chris brings an extensive working knowledge of broadcast audio, IT and RF design, acoustics and business development. He designed and built the analogue studio consoles used at Artsound (design available for home constructors), and more recently did a design-from-scratch of the acoustic and construction planning for Artsound’s music recording studio. He is often sought to provide advice and guidance to established and fledgling stations and aspirant licensees.
Chris holds a number of awards, and in 2009 he was awarded the Order of Australia for service to community radio.
He was a founding member of the CBAA Technical Standing Committee, and has been part of Technorama since its inception. He has also recently joined the ranks of CBF grants assessors.
Chris plays a mean boogie-woogie and lives in Canberra.
Frank commenced in the broadcast industry in 1972 as an announcer at 2XL in Cooma. He worked at a couple more stations as a breakfast announcer until ‘crossing the tracks’ and becoming an Engineer in the mid ‘80’s (still doing some on-air work!).
He was Chief Engineer at various stations around Australia until 2000 when he became Group Chief Engineer of the Australian Radio Network. After completion of the new studios at North Ryde, he then moved to the Macquarie Radio Network and constructed their new studios at Pyrmont – for which he won the Australian Commercial Radio Engineering Excellence Award for the new 2GB/2CH Studios.
Then in 2005, Frank moved to New Zealand and joined The Radio Network as Group Chief Engineer where he won the New Zealand Commercial Radio Engineering Excellence Award for the new Christchurch Studios (as part of the TRN Engineering Team – after the earthquake).
Frank moved to Mount Gambier in 2013, helped the local community station, 5GTR, and then in 2015 joined Southern Cross Austereo as the local station Engineer.
Frank lives in Mount Gambier, and is regularly seen on several industry Facebook groups.
Josh has been involved in radio since 2010, mainly at JOY 94.9 in Melbourne but has learnt in time to provide assistance to other stations with their tech mishaps. He was Operations Manager at JOY from 2012-2018.
Josh’s background extends more to Information Systems than Broadcast Engineering, but he isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty and learn new skills. Coming from a corporate IT environment and running his own consulting firm, he brings a diverse range of skills to assist with strategy development and future planning.
Josh lives in Melbourne and when he isn’t spending his time behind a computer screen he enjoys hiking and reading, and avoiding technology at all costs.
Michael Tobin Dip Ed, Dip Tr
Mike Tobin’s interest in electronics began at the very young age of 10, with his first foray into theory of high power mercury-vapour rectifier and thyratron gas-filled tubes used as a high-power electrical switching controlled rectifier. Mike read through his father’s RAAF course notes, and quickly showed an aptitude for the subject. After serving his Telecommunications Apprenticeship with the Electricity Commission of Victoria, he then spent 20 years as a freelance RF technologist with projects including:
- Tullamarine airport landing system
- Design and installation of the Sydney Opera house sound system
- Installation and commissioningof the Ceduna and Carnarvon satellite stations
- Project manager for the OTC Seaphone service
- Panel Operator at 2CH Sydney
- NASA ground support for Apollo missions
Whilst working on the Opera House project, the opportunity arose for Mike to do the sound desk for the musical Hair – with an opportunity to get first hand experience of mixing and production techniques.
In 1989 Mike relocated to Bendigo in central Victoria to leave the hands-on experience behind him, and commence teaching at TAFE. However due to budget cuts the role didn’t happen. He started his own mobile two-way radio business, and visited the local Radio Inspector to let him know what he was doing commercially. In conversation, the R.I. asked if Mike would be interested in assisting a local Community radio station that was having their first steering meeting that evening.
As a consequence, Mike became a founding member of KLFM and has been with the station since, notching up 25 continuous years in September 2014. As well as being responsible for station engineering, Mike is now the presenter for the Morning Mix from 9–12 daily, Irish every 3rd month on a Monday night 1900-2100, and fill-in when necessary.
Mike is also a member of the board of the Community Broadcasting Association of Victoria (CBAV), and for 7 years served as CBAV President.
In 2014 Mike returned to school at Chisholm institute, to complete Certificate IV in Training and Education, a Diploma of Education, and Diploma of Training.
Mike Tobin was a founding member of the CBAA Technical Standing Committee and in conjunction with the CBAV was the local arrangements manager for the first Technorama Conference, held in Melbourne in 2009.
Mike holds amateur call VK3AHA, and is married to Heidi Tobin VK3FHID.
Julie started her Community Radio involvement with a station in Canberra, her home town, and connected with the CBAA during her first role at the Australian Broadcasting Authority. She also facilitated introduction of community broadcasting legislation and was involved in the project planning for Digital Television.
After building the telephone network for Lucent/OneTel, she moved to Broadcast Australia where she rolled out AM, FM and DTV across Queensland and Southern WA. In this role she led a team of engineers which rolled out up to 60 operational sites per year.
As Engineering Manager at SBS, Julie built the new DAB system, assisted with upgrade and fitout of the new studios, and ran the Transmission team. She currently works for Geoscience Australia, where she built two 9m satellite tracking antennae.
Julie has formal qualification in project management as a practitioner and trainer, and has already participated in Technorama training activities.
Julie is passionate about the promoting involvement of women in technology careers, and any activity that improves gender equity. In her spare time she sings and leads choirs.
Julie Spencer was Special Guest of Honour at Technorama 2018.
At the CBAA Emma was responsible for organising many events, including the CBAA Conference and Awards and the CBAA Webinar Program.
At the Community Media Training Organisation, Emma Couch is the National Training Manager, responsible for managing the CMTO’s webinar program and the pool of CMTO trainers, and she also spends time on the road teaching pathway and accredited training topics.
Tim joined the Technorama organising committee following the first Technorama event in Melbourne in 2009, and was instrumental in guiding and managing the funding process which enabled Technorama conferences to be funded in the period prior to incorporation. Through SACBA, Tim was convenor and organiser of two Technorama conferences held in Adelaide.
Tim’s experience with RF and transmission systems means that he regularly consults with stations across South Australia, and he is heavily involved in helping stations to put together winning grant applications. As part of a Sector documentation project, Tim has visited many extremely regional stations, and helped them fix long-standing problems.
Tim was founding Treasurer of Technorama Inc, and stepped down in 2016 to bring additional focus to the more than 30 members of SACBA that are under his watchful eye.
Tim lives in Peterborough SA (look it up), and we hope that some time in the future he will convene the first Technorama conference (maybe the first conference of any type!) to run in Woomera.
Email: [email protected]
Chris was Founding Secretary for the Victorian Public Broadcasting Association (now the CBAV). He was on the Board of the CBAA as Vice President, Radio.
During a stint as an elected member of the CBF General Grants Advisory Committee, Chris worked to establish the satellite distribution and playout system in the early nineties. He initiated CBAA policy for inclusion of the community sector in DAB, and coordinated the Telstra industry trial of Digital Radio in Melbourne in 1996.
Chris has worked in the industry as a contract technician for Melbourne stations 3MBS, 3ZZZ, and 3RRR. He also contracted to the ABC, SBS, and many commercial radio stations.
He also was employed for many years as a broadcast technician with Broadcast Australia.
Chris has provided voluntary technical assistance and “get back on air” support for most Victorian sub metro and regional stations.
Chris lives in southern Tasmania, where he sails, enjoys life, and listens to a lot of radio.
Email: [email protected]
William is Executive Producer, Production Manager and Traffic Manager at 2BAY in Byron Bay. Over the last 5 years he has written and produced on-air and online sponsorship materials, developed the backend technology for segmented list development, produced award-winning radio shows for national and international audiences, initiated the podcasting operations, provided in-house training, and developed the Outside Broadcast division, which resulted in some of the largest national audiences ever for the live multi-day broadcasts from Bluesfest, Byron Writers Festival and more. William was the 2016 Walkley-Google innovations in media winner, and serves as executive producer of the NewsHub, the Walkley’s Community Newsroom and podcast initiative.
As a digital marketing specialist, William has developed a branded campaign package called YourStation Everywhere, utilising a suite of cloud-based apps for content management across multiple platforms, online course builders for training, social media scheduling tools, sponsor management tools, online booking/calendar system, mail list builders, online video creation, survey and quiz builders, Facebook integration, google analytics, payment gateways, subscriber database management, banner makers, and landing page tools for targeted audience development. With the support of the Community Broadcasting Foundation, William developed the station smartphone app, and has pieced together an integrated station package for branded digital campaigns, targeted email segmentation, content discovery, app-based loyalty program and invisible mini-funnels to display personalised content recommendations for BayFM website visitors and app users.
Email: [email protected]
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 Officially, the correct term is “Committee” per the constitution and the definitions contained within the Act. However this naming is unwieldy as we create subcommittees. Technorama has adopted the convention that the governing unit will be call itself the “Technorama Board” in non-legal documents and where the context is clear, and anywhere that the term “Board” helps and simplifies the conversation. Consider that “Subcommittee of the Committee”, which is syntactically and legally 100% correct, sounds a heavy and hard to say, compared to “Subcommittee of the Board” which just rolls off the tongue. Your leadership is nothing if not pragmatic.