Fresh a winner

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 24-Mar-2016

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on the spot: Fresh FM host and Weekly journalist Joel Peterson with Bendigo Spirit’s Kelsey Griffin.
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BENDIGO radio station 101.5 Fresh FM has scooped a major media award, claiming the Women’s National Basketball League’s Best Radio Coverage award for the 2015/16 season.

The station has covered the Bendigo Spirit since its inception into the league, and has called all Spirit home games for the past eight years.

The broadcasts allowed fans to listen via the 101.5FM in central Victoria and around the world via the internet, including the parents of Spirit star Kelsey Griffin who stay up into the early hours of the morning in Alaska to tune in.

Station manager Wallace Teasdale said the station has a great tradition of broadcasting local sport.

“The station puts a great deal of time and effort into these live broadcasts of Bendigo Spirit home games and we always endeavour to support sport in this region,” he said.

“We have a totally professional calling team with Joel Peterson, Darren Edmondston and Jackson Saunders, along with Jim Mackey and Glen Gordon assisting with production.”

The broadcasts included interviews with both Spirit coach Simon Pritchard and opposition coaches, as well as access Spirit time outs providing a unique insight into the games.

“It is a fantastic achievement for Fresh FM to be acknowledged by the WNBL as the best radio coverage of the competition which is a testament to the outstanding work that the team put into all our home games,” Spirit general manager Adam Tarr said.

“The pre-game show provides a fantastic insight into what lies ahead in our games and allows Simon the opportunity to provide listeners with insights into his game plan and match ups.

“Fresh FM’s live streaming allows for the game coverage to be heard not only across Australia but also around the world.”

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