Living for Yassfm

It’s safe to say Trish Clarke loves her music. With more than 3000 albums, she is a die-hard fan who loves nothing more than kicking back and enjoying a good tune.

In her time as a presenter and a board member, Trish has become extremely fond of Yassfm. She hosts her own show once a week, some other breakfast shows and said it’s rare that she doesn’t get a call in at least one other time to fill in for someone absent. She said as of last year, she had filled every single timeslot.

Trish has also played the role of vice-president and station coordinator during her time at Yassfm, which started in 2001.

“I absolutely love it there,” she told the Tribune recently.

“They’re going to have to carry me out in a box.”

‘Trish’ Tricks’ airs every Monday from 2-5pm and while she loves her country music, particularly Slim Dusty, she is adamant she plays something for everyone.

“I like to play good strong ballads as well as lots of Australian music.”

And, when she fills in for other presenters, she is also sure to stick with the genre that usually accompanies that session.

Trish grew up in the area and has lived in Yass for seven years.

In her spare time she likes to knit, read and she also loves attending a good garage sale.

She is still getting used to the online world but said slowly it’s making sense to her.

“I only got Facebook recently. But it’s good, I actually like it.”

However, Trish continues to use CDs, cassettes and records instead of playing mp3s during her shows.

Along with her love of music, Trish said faith was a big part of her life. With her partner, Doug Bush, she travels to Canberra each week and attends the Russian Orthodox Church in Queanbeyan.

“We love the priest there, and we think what they do is what religion is all about. It is a very caring church.”

Trish said she would recommend Yassfm to anyone. She said the group camaraderie and the experience and skill set you get from volunteering is excellent.

“To be able to share your music and be part of something that the community can count on is a good thing too.”

She said the recent fires were a clear example of how important Yassfm is to the local community.

“There are still people around without the internet, so community radio is very important to locals.”

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