Jeff Stephenson

REDLAND Bombers and community radio station Bay FM are thrilled to be linking together as a sporting tour-de-force throughout the forthcoming NEAFL season.

The hugely popular station, which has undergone some radical studio upgrades in recent times, will provide a weekly timeslot for the Bombers as well as broadcasting from most home matches at Totally Workwear Park.

Bay FM station manager, Ted Seymour, said he was thrilled with the partnership which he described as “an exciting undertaking.”

“The Redland Bombers are keen to establish themselves as the premier sporting team for the community,” Mr Seymour said.

“This dovetails with Bay FM’s aim as the key community radio station for the Redlands and the Bayside.

“Those goals represent the perfect fit for both of us.

“We look after all sorts of community groups throughout the Redlands Coast and I’m looking forward to this new arrangement not only promoting the Bombers on their journey but helping to attract broader support for the team at their home games.”

“We’re genuinely excited to be involved with the Bombers as they strive for success on the sporting field and help drive the club’s desire to continue establishing themselves as the key sporting franchise in the Redlands.”

As part of the commitment Bay FM will operate outside broadcasts at most home games – starting with the opening match of the 2020 NEAFL season on April 4 against arch-rival Southport.

There will be a weekly program “In The Hangar” hosted by Russ Barnsley and featuring Redland Bombers’ media coordinator Cameron Smith, the Victoria Point Sharks Football Cub junior football operations officer, Tyler Hayes, club coach Phil Carse as well as several players.

This will be a 15-minute segment starting each Friday throughout the season at 3.30 pm starting on March 27.

Bay FM will also promote the club’s fundraising events and functions during the year including the “biggie” the chance to travel with the team to Sydney for what will be a huge clash.

The “Tour with the Team” competition (tickets $10 each) will provide two lucky supporters with the opportunity to travel with the team and be involved in pre-match preparations with flights and accommodation included.

The lucky winners will be drawn on August 1.

Another highlight will be the “Hero Hour” featuring coach Phil Carse.

The club’s business manager, Maree Thomson, said the partnership with Bay FM “is a great opportunity for us to connect with a vibrant community radio station”.

“This is particularly so as we share the same values,” Maree said.

“At the Redland Bombers we want to represent the Redland City in a professional and innovative way, in the pursuit of success and this partnership will help us do that.

“Our club has the opportunity to represent the Redlands on a national stage and to have the backing of the local media is an integral part of the community getting on board and showing the East Coast of Australia what the Redlands is all about.

“We will be excited to see the atmosphere at Totally Workwear Park when Bay FM sets up for the opening match of the season against Southport.

“It’s going to be great and we can’t thank the team at Bay FM enough for the station agreeing on what we think will prove an exciting and beneficial partnership.”

Don’t forget Bombers’ supporters – if you don’t already, tune in to Bay FM for a wonderful experience and enjoy the magical soundwaves transmitting from the station’s Thornlands studio.

You can listen to Bay FM online here or on 100.3 FM.

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