96.5 Inner FM is a vibrant community radio station located in the Melbourne suburb of Heidelberg and run by an army of volunteers who present weekly radio shows or volunteer in administration roles. All of our people involved are volunteers. No staff.
96.5 Inner FM’s Leadership Team
96.5 Inner FM is overseen by a Committee of Management which is elected by the members of 96.5 Inner FM. The Committee meets once a month to discuss matters of concern to the members. These positions are held for a term of three years.
The committee elects a President, Vice (Deputy) President, Treasurer and Secretary.
Executive Committee Members
Greg King – President
Greg King has worked in the printing and publishing industry for over 55 years in a variety of management and consultative roles. He started his own company in December 1979 and has been self-employed ever since.
Dennis Gambrellis – Vice President
In the late 90s Dennis Gambrellis knocked on the door of our studios in our previous location on the other side of the Warringal Shopping Centre with the passion of wanting to be a part of radio. 2 decades later and Dennis is now our Vice President, Tech Team leader and volunteers in many other areas of 96.5 Inner FM. Dennis has spent most of his working life involved in managing his family business and DJ’ing parties/events. Dennis can be heard hosting Fuzed Radio Live! each Wednesday from 6pm.
David Kuchmar – Treasurer
David is the treasurer of 96.5 Inner FM, is part of many sub-committees, and is a part of the Programming Working Group.
David has been a breakfast presenter here at 96.5 Inner FM for most of the years since he joined in 1995. Community radio has been a significant part of his life since the mid 1980’s beginning on the Diamond Valley Football Show on 3CR. Later he moved with the show on to Plenty Valley FM in 1989 – and eventually to 96.5 Inner FM since the 1990’s. Working with fellow Breakfast presenter – the late John Smith, they teamed for nearly 25 years. David continues that tradition with Saturday Breakfast each week “The All Happening Breakfast Show” from 7am.
Before retiring, David was an IT Architect with IBM teaching and working in IT all over the world. He still uses those skills today to solve problems and helping others. Additional hobbies include Australian Rules football, travel, maps, playing contract bridge, volunteering and “Old Time Radio”.
He now continues to volunteer with the Northern Football and Netball League of which he is a life member.
David indicates the best thing he ever did in life was marry his wife, Denise. This is immortalised in the ending of each show David puts to air.
John Gillespie – Secretary
John is a lawyer and retired public servant. He has been a member and presenter at the station since 1992. He has been involved in various aspects of station activities for a number of years and has been a member of the Committee of Management since 2019.
He is a member of the Administration and Financial and the Governance and Compliance Sub-Committees. He currently presents two programs, Memory Lane on Sunday afternoons and Interlude on Tuesday evenings.
Committee of Management
Tim took the communications course at the RMIT and has had various jobs in electronics.
Having an interest in radio broadcasting, he was willing to volunteer when the station started as an aspirant group with the first broadcast at Heidelberg Town Hall in 1988, along with fulltime work.
Tim has had more time at the station since changing from full time work in the 90s.
Outside broadcasts are one of his main interests with the station and he is often seen around the station doing maintenance, keeping our equipment operating at its peak, and doing the occasional repairs.
Greetings from the edge of northeast Melbourne! Research, Victoria. Yes, there are grey kangaroos, wallabies and echidnas in the garden.
Many interests as a gardener, reader of fact and fiction, supporter of others, problem solver, mediator, chocoholic, music, food is my transportable hobby. Life long learner, leadership, teamwork, communication and did I mention music!
I am a member of Rotary Diamond Creek; passionate about young people and giving back to my community.
My profession is educational/instructional designer and facilitator. I deconstruct to reconstruct and match to appropriate learning activities for the learner. I design learning programs and in some cases I facilitate the learning programs. Content from forensic to linguistics to history to leadership, teamwork and communication.
James has worked in radio for around 15 years both as a broadcaster and producer in the UK, America, Canada and briefly in Spain as a teenager. Outside of radio he has also worked as a project manager for a mental health charity and as a public servant for the UK Government. He currently runs his own Coffee wholesale and consultancy business in North East Melbourne. James is involved in various aspects of stations activities including the co-creation of the new Website, the studio refurbishment & upgrade working group and a number of outside broadcasts. He currently presents Music ‘n’ More with Co-host Noah deCosta (Monday’s 6-8pm).
Jackie was born in England and came to Australia at the age of 3. For most of her working life she has worked in Accounts and Bookkeeping. Jackie has also been involved with Ivanhoe RSL for approximately 30 years, as Secretary, Bar Manager, Caretaker and Membership Officer.
Approx. a Member and Presented over 29 years.
I was born in Ivanhoe Victoria in the 50’s.
So that makes me a baby boomer and probably is why I relate to music of the 50s 60s 70s and 80s
I am a dentist , married and have adult children and grand children.
Being involved in the community is my passion and so I am a member of Rotary and also of my local church and other community groups.
I also try to keep fit with swimming, gym, tai chi, walking and ballroom dancing.
As regards hobbies and other interests, there is none better than being involved with 96.5 inner fm .
Leigh worked in the not-for-profit and charitable sector for several decades; his last posting being with Austin Health as Head of Philanthropy. He holds a Masters Degree in Social Science and was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his community service.
To contact any of our committee members please send a message using our contact form here