2NURFM's Volunteer of the Month
We are fortunate here at 2NURFM to have as many as 50 volunteers who donate their time to keep the radio station running through its day to day activities such as on-air presenting, rostering and general administration. Without the dedication and tireless efforts of our volunteers, we simply couldn't do what we do.
Janelle Eckermann is one of our fantastic volunteers who works on reception here at 2NURFM. Janelle doesn't have a regular day, she fills in whenever we need her and at times, at very short notice and is an absolute ray of sunshine whenever she's here. Janelle was a primary school teacher for over 30 years in Newcastle, Penrith and the Hunter Valley.
Happily married to Murray for 34 years, she lives in Lake Macquarie. Janelle loves to go walking, enjoys her vocal training and she is a goddess of domestic duties. Her son Peter and his wife Amanda both work here at the University of Newcastle too.
Presenter Jane Klein started volunteering at 2NURFM in 1983 and in this our 40th year of broadcasting, Jane celebrates 35 years at the station and is a volunteer program presenter hosting Classic Folk with Phil Bates and hosts Thursday and Friday Afternoons and also sits on the 2NURFM Program Committee.
Jane was a TAFE language teacher and started with 2NURFM with the "Papertalk" Team. Volunteers came to 2NURFM to read newspapers on air for people (and the print handicapped) who wanted to listen rather than read their news. One of the team Jane worked with on Papertalk was NBN Newsreader Paul Lobb.
Jane then went on to host a program called "Our World" with Felicity Biggins, where they would interview someone living in the Hunter who was from another country.
Jane met her husband Geoff on a blind date in Sydney and the pair lived in Germany for quite a while before returning to settle happily in Newcastle. Asked what Jane loves most about volunteering at 2NURFM she said "being part of the team and making things happen. Interacting with listeners and playing the music that they love".
David Baus is one of our Administration Volunteers. David is a database whiz and knows his way around an excel spreadsheet better than anyone! He also is very handy at fixing broken poles for our promotional banners and is the CEO of the Office Laminator. David, also known as the Mayor of Hinton, is married to the lovely Pauline and they have two beautiful daughters Tracey and Cheree. Tracey and Cheree have given David and Pauline four gorgeous grandchildren Ben, Millie, Noah and Piper.
David worked as a State Safety Manager for Workpac and loves nothing more than helping out the family with various jobs and chores. When asked what he will do when he retires, David replied "Keep Active and healthy and do some travelling". We hope you never retire David! Thank you for all you do for us here at 2NURFM. You are MUCH appreciated.
Margaret Johnson is a born and bred Novocastrian who has always listened to 2NURFM. Before her retirement, Margaret worked at the University of Newcastle reporting on evaluations of courses and lecturers, which is how she came to learn about 2NURFM. She heard an announcement, asking for volunteers for the radio station.
Margaret was married to Kevin (who sadly passed away in 2003) and they have 2 beautiful sons. Margaret and Kevin made Stroud their home. Margaret's hobbies are walking on the beach at her beloved Fingal Bay, bike riding, gardening and looking after her grandchildren. She likes to be busy and one of her favourite pastimes is baking for the very grateful 2NURFM staff.
Margaret is our valued Thursday Receptionist and we can't wait to see her smiling face every week. She is a ray of sunshine and works tirelessly for us. Thank you so very much, for all you do for us Margie! We really do appreciate it!