• Regional Program Manager – ABC Gippsland – resigned 20 June 2003
  • Station Manager of Life FM Gippsland – from 23 June 2003
  • Board Member of the Gippsland Centre Against Sexual Assault
  • Secretary/Treasurer of the Gippsland Women’s Network

 January 2003

Coverage of Gippsland Fires

February 2003

FEATURE: Stratford Friendship Garden Launch

April 2003

FEATURE: Hot Air Balloon trip over Sale – Live crosses into breakfast program

May 2003

AWARD – Overall Winner
Victorian Community History Award for Footprints in the Tar – Click here for more details

June 2003

  • Retired from ABC with significant expression of community support
  • Recorded station ID tags for HCJB (the short wave Christian Radio service to the South Pacific) for international broadcast

July 2003

  • Joined Life FM Full Time

    Gippsland Times – July 2003

    Latrobe Valley Express – 7 July 2003

July 2003

Commenced duties as full time Station Manager of Life FM Gippsland

Life FM News JULY 2003

In this first 2 weeks of my full time service I have seen God move in incredible ways. It has been a steep learning curve as we stepped out to sell Sponsorship packages to local businesses. This is a very slow and labour intensive process and while there have been fruits from that labour we are very short of our fundraising target.

The Committee of Management has been in discussion with our Broadcast Engineer and it has been determined that even though we STILL NEED $90,000, we can conduct this Test Transmission with a minimum of equipment costing $45,000.

That means we will need to hire some linking equipment short term and have negotiated with Broadcast Australia regarding the use of a combiner (that piece of equipment costs around $20,000) BUT we need the transmitter. The cost of leasing tower space from Broadcast Australia is still unknown.

So far we have raised $12,000 from donations and sponsorships with a further $6,000 in sponsorship sales still to be received. HOWEVER we have a deadline of Wednesday 30th July to order our transmitter or we will miss our Broadcast launch date of 3rd October and will have to start our negotiations all over again. The CoM agrees that a bank loan is not an option and that we (the members) need to own the mission.

God has been working in marvellous ways in the last few weeks. I am constantly amazed by the generosity of our members. It has been so encouraging to see tangible evidence of your support for this ministry. I believe God will move in a powerful way across our region through Life FM and already this is evidenced in the unity among believers that Christian Radio is what Gippsland needs. Please pray about how you can help us reach the target – $45,000 for now, but $90,000 would be a blessing so we can show Gippsland what a great and powerful God we worship.

Blessings – Deb Bye (Station Manager)
On behalf of the Committee of Management

Life FM News JULY (2) 2003

God Moves

Earlier this month we sent an urgent update as our deadline to order the transmitter approached. On Friday 18th July the Sale Christian Outreach Centre held a Fund Raiser Dessert Night and God moved in a mighty way. Local churches donated home made desserts, CoC Band Jehu provided background music, Station Manager Deb Bye brought everyone up-to-date with a Power Point presentation and Pastor Brian Heath (Life FM’s Vice President) closed the evening with a challenge to sow into future harvest. The opportunity was provided for memberships, donations and interest free loans. We were believing for $20,000 and the blessings poured out in nearly $10,000 donations and $30,000 interest free loans. There were also 17 new members signed up on the night! PRAISE GOD! That’s DOUBLE what we asked for!! Deb has been saying for some time when asked where the money would come from that “God owns the cattle on a thousand hills – He’s just going to sell some for us!” God moved in a mighty way that night and people responded.

We have now ordered a transmitter and have been able to enter constructive negotiations with Broadcast Australia regarding tower rental. We still need another $30,000 to complete the studio and for the transmitter installation and approximately $8,000 per quarter for tower rental. Please continue to ask God how you can sow into this ministry.

GCB 4th Annual General Meeting

Life Web News 2003