Radio Blue Mountains 89.1 is a not-for-profit, all-volunteer community radio station serving the Blue Mountains since 1993. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day from its studio in Katoomba, to a potential audience of some 75,000 people across the Blue Mountains and to a much wider national and international audience through internet streaming.
Radio Blue Mountains is a member of the CBAA Community Radio Network, a national network that provides a wide range of programming when local presenters are unavailable. The station is funded through listener support, grants, and limited commercial sponsorship and is run on behalf of the members by a dedicated management committee.
Our People: Staff and Board
Ron Green | President
The Breakfast Show | The Beatles Hour
After five years getting up at 5am Monday to Friday to present his hugely popular Breakfast Show, Ron bade farewell to his loyal listener base in February 2022, handing The Breakfast Show over to four other presenters, while remaining on air every Tuesday morning.
Ron is a fantastic President at RBM and remains fully involved and committed to the station.
As well as keeping his Tuesday Breakfast Show, Ron is a huge Beatles fan and presents The Beatles Hour every fortnight on a Saturday morning. His favourite album is ‘The Beatles” (aka the White Album) though he hesitates to choose between Lennon or McCartney when asked to name his favourite song writer.
As well as his tireless unpaid work at RBM, Ron and his wife help run a queer support hotline and Ron is also an active RFS volunteer.
Andrew Dinsdale-Scanlon | Vice President
Parke Street Social
Andrew began working in the financial services sector in the UK in 1999 before moving to Australia in 2003 where he has continued working in the industry. He has worked for large licensees before moving across to work for the smaller, more personal financial planning firms.
Andrew holds an Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning and is currently studying towards his Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning.
When Andrew is not working, he has a passion for music production and is a volunteer member and presenter at Radio Blue Mountains, where he is involved with the station’s fundraising and grant applications. When not in the studio, Andrew enjoys taking off on walks through the Blue Mountains, he is a keen cook, a malt whisky enthusiast, and a founding member of the Blue Mountains Whisky Club.
Elizabeth Hart | Secretary
Elizabeth is Secretary at RBM, providing assistance with admin, events, social media, and branding. Her mission is to provide support to people when and where they need it.
“I believe that everyone deserves to ask for help when they need it, whether the task be big or small.”
Hazel Shum | Treasurer
As Treasurer, Hazel admirably keeps the good ship RBM afloat and in the black, using her accounting skills on a voluntary basis for the benefit of RBM.
Management Committee General Members
Blue Mountains Live | Webmaster
Brad Diedrich is a Web & Graphic Designer, Digital Marketer, Photographer, Film Maker. Brad works and lives in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales. He works on Digital Projects for Corporate, Local Business and Community/Non-profit organizations. He has a particular interest in improving networking and management systems for creatives in the Blue Mountains in the Music and Visual Arts.
The Theme Machine | Journalist
Paul Young is an avid music journalist, and writer who presents one of RBM’s most popular shows, The Theme Machine for 3 hours on a Saturday Morning here on RBM 89.1FM.
Paul also writes articles for our website which you can read here
The Eclectic Music Show
Irishman Patrick Leonard arrived in Australia in 1978. He has been involved with music from an early age and has continued this since his time in Australia. As First Tenor, he has performed in many choirs including the Philharmonic Choir which had a yearly performance in the Opera House.
Patrick says “My musical tastes are wide-ranging hence the title of my program The Eclectic Music Show. I like to mix my playlist with some classical, rock ‘n’ roll, world music, folk, jazz, country, cajun, bluegrass, brass bands while also including poetry and some comedy. From time to time I will have a guest on the program too. Most importantly, I just want to provide a couple of hours of alternative to mainstream radio. Have a listen then please provide me some feedback on Eclecticmusic@hotmail.com“
Wednesday Night Music | The Beatles Hour
Raised in a musical Dublin household, his love of music and appreciation of a wide range of genres comes from family gatherings listening to his tenor father sing while being accompanied by his mother on piano. Later, his 3 older siblings would regularly arrive home from town with LP’s from the likes of Thin Lizzy, The Police, and ELO.
He disgraced the family’s pedigree when he arrived home with his first 7” single in 1980, “Kings of the Wild Frontier” by Adam & The Ants and was unceremoniously shipped out to Australia.
He loves Community Radio and is thrilled to participate in what is essentially an alternative to the mainstream. He is a father of two boys who are both taller than him now, despite being quite a bit younger.
One Love | The Monkey Cage
Ian Maynard come over from England as a small lad and lived in Wollongong and Newcastle before the family settled in Lithgow. Ian has been part of the Blue Mountains community for many years (1990-92) (1994-95) (1999- present) Known for his love of Reggae and Ska music he is also known for his good humour and quick wit on-air. As well as co-presenting the topical show the Monkey Cage he has also been known to work the stage, being a member of Brooke Theatre Company (local mountains community theatre group).
Ian has a passion for social justice, especially homelessness and disability. As a person with a lived experience of mental health, Ian strives to break down social barriers and misunderstandings of mental health. Ian is a proud grandfather of two beautiful granddaughters. Oh, he is also a mad Bunnies and West Ham supporter.