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The Ethnic Broadcasting Service came into being in 1975 but did not gain permission to operate a radio station. Such permission was granted for a trial year to the West Australian Institute of Technology (WAIT) in Bentley in April 1976. There, radio station 6NR was officially opened in October 1976. Good Neighbour Council (GNC) requested from it 20 emission hours but was allocated only 10 for its ethnic groups and GNC. Recipients were: Poles, Ukrainians, Italians, Greeks, Germans, Chinese, Yugoslavs, Jews, Burmese, Islam and Turks.

The first meeting to organise Polish broadcasts took place on 4th July 1976 in the Polish Catholic Centre in Maylands.
Present were:
     Bazyli Marcinkiewicz (Association of Polish Youth)
     Zygmunt Slowinski (General Wladyslaw Sikorski Club)
     Edward Marcinkiewicz (Polish Ex-Servicemen's Association, Sub branch No. 9)
     Stanislaw Karbowy (Cracovia Sports Club)
     Eugenia Swider and Wisia Reginella (The Western Australia Association of Polish Women)
     Mieczyslawa Gruszka (Polish Association in Western Australia)
     Kasia Swider, Sylvia and Stefan Fordymacki (independent).
The cost of emission of 1 hour Polish programmes was $30. They were broadcasted on Tuesdays from 6pm to 6:30pm and repeated on Thursdays from 1pm to 1:30pm. Those present consented on behalf of their organisations to finance these at $20 to a total of $120 per month, as well as $3 for greetings with a song. It was decided that the signal of the Polish programme would be the Mariacki Hejnal, Krakow's historical bugle call.

The first Polish programme was transmitted on 19th October 1976, after many tests, three trials to activate the station and twofold recordings of the first programme, in a few months before the opening of the radio station. The speakers were Mrs Mieczyslawa Gruszka, Mrs Via Fordymacka and taking part were Father Boleslaw Smok and engineer Eugeniusz Hardy. Mr Jerzy Barton was sponsoring this programme.

The ethnic groups did not have console operators or a studio for recording at that time. They used the Community Education Centre in Fremantle (console operator Hans Stammel), the Italian Club (console operator Alex Lutero), the GNC Studio in St. George's Terrace, the Yugoslav Club in Balcatta and the office of the GNC in Fremantle which was used until 1979.
In 1980 the rules were changed and we were able to do recording of the programmes with our own console operators using the Community Education Centre in Fremantle, studio of 6NR in Bentley. Next year we could also use studio at 14 King's Park Road, West Perth, belonging to The West Australian Institute of Technology (WAIT). Our first console operator was Mr Leszek Gierke and later Mr Krzysztof Wozniak and Mr Tadeusz Gruszka.

The programmes were broadcasted during the school year with 2 months break in the summer holidays. The topics were: history, regional study, Poles world-wide and in the homeland, national traditions, legal and medical advice, programmes by children for children, interviews, Polish community information, religious informations, social announcements and greetings. Music and songs were always Polish.

At a meeting on 30th March 1978 the GNC announced that the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) would be taking over the funding of the ethnic broadcasts on 6NR from Government subsidies. Each ethnic group was getting about $65 per month from those subsidies, which were around 12 thousand dollars per year

In 1980 the Polish community in Perth was boosted by an influx of young Polish immigrants from post-Solidarity Poland, who also engaged themselves in the radio work. In that year, from August to December, the theme of the programmes was expanded to include news from Poland. Times and method of broadcasting was also changed. The Thursdays programme, which had been repeated of the Tuesdays, was given an informative character and transferred to Fridays noon. Also new version of "Voice of Polonia" constitution was worked out

On 27th March 1990 the contract with 6NR expired and there was a gap in broadcasting radio programmes to the 8th of December 1990, until the new ethnic station 6EBA-FM, located at 20 View Street North Perth, was rented and completed. During that time courses were organised for console operators to become acquainted with the new apparatus in the new studio. When programmes broadcasting started, we were able to increase airtime from 1 hour to 2 hours per week at the same price, of $60 per hour, as we had with 6NR. We started transmission our hourly programmes on Saturdays from 5pm to 6pm and Sundays from 7pm to 8pm.
A few years later our ethnic station 6EBA-FM purchased property at 386 Fitzgerald Street, North Perth, from where the programmes are broadcasted until today on 95.3MHz - licensee Multicultural Radio and Television Association (MRTA) of WA inc.

Over many years in the past, news from our homeland was acquired from BBC radio through arduous work via short wave radio onto tapes, hand transcription from them and re-recording onto new tapes for use in our transmitted programms. Later, a few people gratuitously gave our radio transcripts of "Donosy", a publication from Poland, and later we were buying news from a couple of journalists. With the passage of time and the coming of the computer age, our radio "Voice of Polonia" purchased its first Pentium computer in 1996 for $2,390. In 1997 we were able to connect computer to the Internet and to this date we gather news from our homeland and other interesting materials from this valuable source to make the radio programmes as interesting and informative as possible for our listeners of all ages in Western Australia. Today, for the same purpose, we are using our own computers.

In the past, for many years, our radio "Voice of Polonia" was working under patronage of the Polish Community Council of Western Australia and radio committee was elected annually at an AGM of that organisation.
In 2014 the Polish Community Council of Western Australia has been terminated and since then the Polish Association in Western Australia has taken the patronage over our radio"Voice of Polonia".

In the past, in order to acquire funds to pay for the programmes and other production costs, the committee organised such fundraisers as "Radiothons" and dances. Currently financial support for the radio "Voice of Polonia" are provided by few Polish businesses and some Polish organisations. We also receive donations from our listeners who are paying $5 for transmission of their greetings with songs selected by them.
Our meeting place is the Polish Centre, at 33 Eighth Avenue in Maylands.

In 2008 due to increased cost of transmitting radio programs, Polish organisations, under Polish Community Council in Western Australia, decided to reduce the transmission hours from 2 to 1. From that time we are broadcasting on Saturdays only from 5pm to 6pm.

Many people have passed through the ranks of the Polish Community Radio "Voice of Polonia" during its 40 years of existence, but a few are still working with it since the start and some almost from the beginning. For many years our Polish youth worked with and contribute to our radio, as well as many other talented people who feed the array of those who depart.
We trust that for as long as the Polish Community Radio "Voice of Polonia" exists, there will never be a lack of people to do this volunteer work.


33 Eighth Avenue Maylands 6051

Perth, Western Australia
Phone:
(08) 9271 2026
Fax:
(08) 9271 0917
Email:
polishassociationwa@iinet.net.au
VOICE  OF  POLONIA  COMMITTEE
  Mrs Maria Gerus
  Presenter
  Mr Jerzy Hamera
  Console Operator, Presenter
  Mrs Urszula Hamera
  Console Operator, Presenter
  Mrs Iwona Kilijanska
  Treasurer, Console Operator, Presenter
  Mrs Danuta Palysz
  Sekretary, Console Operator, Presenter
  Mr Witold Pszczola
  Coordinator, Console Operator, Presenter
VOICE  OF  POLONIA  SPONSORS

RAINBOW  MULTICULTURAL AGED CARE PROGRAM


ADRIATIC  BUTCHERS

VOICE  OF  POLONIA  SUPPORTERS

POLISH ASSOCIATION IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

WA ASSOCIATION OF POLISH WOMEN


CRACOVIA SENIORS CLUB


POLISH ETHNIC SCHOOL IN PERTH


POLISH ROMAN-CATHOLIC COMMUNITY IN MAYLANDS

List of all people involved in Voice of Polonia activities
Balicka Nina
Basinski Andrzej
Chmielewski Lech
Czerepinska Lidia
Habryn Anna
H I S T O R Y
CHAIRPERSONS/COORDINATORS
Harasymow Stanislaw
Karbowy Stanislaw
Krynski Andrzej
Kurek Wlodzimierz
Marcinkiewicz Bazyli
Nawratowicz Barbara
Palysz Danuta
Pszczola Witold
Pyrchla Karol
Sedzimir Teresa
SECRETARIES
Balicka Nina
Chmielewski Lech
Dawson Leopold
Dziedzic Wladyslaw
Gierke Teresa
Jezierska Lidia
Kuczborska Maria
Kurek Wlodzimierz
Makowiecka Irena
Marcinkiewicz Bazyli
Pawlowska Danuta
Podgorska Dorota
Polakiewicz Wladyslawa
Randall Teresa
Szunejko Halina
Zdzitowiecka Ewa
TREASURES
Donner Mieczyslaw
Dzieciol Adam
Fordymacka Sylvia
Harasymow Wanda
Kilijanska Iwona
Michalak Stanislaw
Swider Eugenia
CONSOLE OPERATORS
Balicka Paulina
Gierke Leszek
Gruszka Tadeusz
Hamera Jerzy
Hamera Urszula
Kilijanska Iwona
Koreywo Zbigniew
Kurek Wlodzimierz
Monka Andrzej
Orlowski Arkadiusz
Palysz Danuta
Pszczola Witold
Trzmielak Andrzej
Wozniak Krzysztof


PRODUCERS and SCRIPT READERS
Balicka Nina
Balicka Paulina
Basinski Andrzej
Bieganski Mieczyslaw
Bielski Waclaw
Bienias Szymon - Franciscan
Blum Jacek
Boniecki Janusz
Borodako Jadwiga
Brzusek Maria
Bujakowski Tomasz - Franciscan
Chmielewski Lech
Cieslakowski Tomasz
Cwetsch Franciszek
Cwetsch Janina
Czajko Janina
Czajko Piotr
Czekalowski Edmund
Czerepinska Lidia
Czerwiec Franciszek
Dawson Ewa
Dawson Leopold
Donner Mieczyslaw
Drozdowski Wojciech
Dzieciol Adam
Dzieciol Aniela
Dzieciol Elzbieta
Dzieciol Kazimierz
Dziedzic Wladyslaw
Fordymacka Sylvia
Fordymacki Stefan
Gerus Andrzej
Gerus Maria
Gierke Leszek
Gierke Teresa
Gorski Wojciech
Gruszka Mietka
Gruszka Tadeusz
Habryn Anna
Haller Eryk
Hamera Jerzy
Hamera Urszula
Harasymow Stanislaw
Harasymow Wanda
Hardy Eugeniusz
Harrison Anna
Jackiewicz Halina
Jalowiecka Krystyna
Janiewicz Krzysztof
Jungowska Teresa
Kaluzynski Zbigniew
Kacperek Ryszard
Karbowy Stanislaw
Keller Edward
Keller Lucyna
Kicinski Beata
Kicinki Marek
Kilijanski Iwona
Korepta Malgorzata
Koreywo Magda
Koreywo Zbigniew
Koszelak Zenon
Kowalik Wladyslaw
Królikowski Zbigniew
Krynski Adam
Krynski Andrzej
Krynski Danuta
Krynski Marek
Krysiak Jerzy
Kuczborska Maria
Kuczborski Stefan
Kurek Marta
Kurek Wlodzimierz
Lewandowski Andrzej
Lewandowski Piotr
Lilpop Piotr
Mackiewicz Stanislaw
Madon Jerzy
Majewska Barbara
Majewski Andrea
Majewski Stanislaw
Makowiecki Irena
Marcinkiewicz Bazyli
Marcinkiewicz Janina
Marczewski Eugeniusz
Michalak Stanislaw
Monka Andrzej
Nagajek Lila
Nawratowicz-Stuart Barbara
Nowosielski Lech
Olbramska Malgorzata
Olejnik Anna
Orlowska-Wilk Violetta
Orlowski Arkadiusz
Owczarek Alfred
Owczarek Kazimiera
Palysz Danuta
Pawlowska Danuta
Pepiak Sebastian - Franciscan
Pilarek Teresa
Podgórska Dorota
Pol Antoni
Polakiewicz Wladyslawa
Pszczola Witold
Puchalski Rafal
Pyka Andrzej - Franciscan
Pyrchla Karol
Rajchel Jan
Randall Teresa
Redziejowski Jerzy
Reginella Waleria
Ruszkowski Jacek
Rymarkiewicz Zbigniew
Slowinski Zygmunt
Sedzimir Teresa
Sierakowski Kazimierz
Sluzynska Beata
Smenda Janusz
Smok Boleslaw - Franciscan
Sroczynski Aniol - Franciscan
Sysko Karina
Szczepanik Elzbieta
Szunejko Halina
Szydlowski Wladyslaw
Sliwa Czeslawa
Swider Eugenia
Swider Franciszek
Tarlowski Hieronim - Franciscan
Trawinski Janusz - Franciscan
Trybala Brygida
Trzmielak Andrzej
Van Der Linden Joanna
Wawrykiewicz Edward
Wojciechowska-Tough Liliana
Wojtowicz Wieslaw
Wozniak Krzysztof
Zarzycka Stefania
Zdzitowiecka Ewa