Name: Jean Rau
Current role/positions: Presenter, Treasurer and gofer at North West FM; Board Member at CBAA.
How long have you worked in the sector? where did you start out?
I joined the sector in 1989 when the Garden Club I was involved with, was asked to do a Gardening Program - that was the start of a huge learning curve!
How did you get involved at the higher level either in the management at your station or on a sector organisation? Di anyone assist or mentor you?
In 1989 the Committee needed people so if you attended a meeting you ended up on the Committee - I was nominated as secretary but ended up doing the books as the current treasurer took ill, and no-one knew where all the cash in hand came from? I had seen a number of people handing over their subscriptions so worked out the books in time for an audit - although I didn't become the treasurer until a few years later! It was learn on the job - and as I had no idea of what community radio was all about I asked lots of questions - I asked people to dicatate what they wanted in letters etc until I learnt enough to assist others. I learnt so much from listening and observing! There are some great examples!