PBS' General Manager: Adrian Basso

PBS’ General Manager: Adrian Basso

By Dina Amin

Photography supplied by PBS 106.7 

It’ll be a busy two weeks at the PBS 106.7 office when the 2015 Radio Festival kicks off. The festival is the one time of the year when PBS implores the community to support the station financially; a support that if big enough will keep PBS afloat for the next 12 months.

The PBS Radio Festival gives listeners the opportunity to fight for the station they love — a station independent of corporate control. For two weeks of the year PBS sets up a buzzing phone room filled with catering, coffee and volunteers.

“It kind of feels like a rolling house warming party that never gets to that bleeding edge seedy end of the night — awesome volunteers working the phones and mail outs, heaps of musicians coming in to love up the station, presenters hopping on board each other’s shows, the hard-working PBS staff focused on keeping everything together… it’s pretty amazing,” enthuses presenter Jennifer Kingwell.

So how does it work? Listeners can either sign up or renew their existing membership with PBS; a membership that enables them cheaper access to different events across the year; discounts; a 12-month subscription to PBS’ Easey magazine, plus other incentives. Major prizes for listeners that sign up during the festival include a brand new, classic red Vespa PX 150 scooter and a Maton W.A May custom guitar. Memberships range in price and incentives depending on the level you choose — the cheapest being a concession membership for $40.

Since December 1979 PBS has been pivotal in fostering and promoting local and international music. A social hub for musicians, presenters and general music aficionados PBS has also been fundamental in promoting the Melbourne live music scene; curating gigs, announcing daily shows and interviewing various musicians and industry folk. A community-run radio station PBS has always relied on listener support for the lion’s share of its income.

“The objective of radio festival is to raise the majority of funds that will keep PBS going through the year. The station has a small full-time paid staff who are essential to the operation, plus there are the utility bills, maintenance of equipment such as microphones, computers and broadcast equipment. There’s also our broadcast licence. It’s a big operation and we rely on public support so we can remain 100% independent,” explains fellow PBS presenter Adam Rudegeair.

“Public support is not only a financial necessity for us; it’s the reason we’re here: to bring you a fantastic and diverse explosion of under-represented music from around the world that wasn’t paid for by a corporation,” Rudegeair adds.

PBS general manager Adrian Basso has some fond memories of the annual Radio Fests: “Someone brought in a huge piece of rope once and I started skipping out the front of the station with Kylie Auldist; playing skipping games — it was so much fun!”

“Another time a guy called up from Afghanistan — he was in the army and he must have been streaming us live from a satellite thing. He wanted to support the station and sign up while he was on service,” Basso laughs.

Help keep PBS 106.7 afloat for another 12 months by calling 8415 1067 or signing up here. During the Festival, the phone lines will be open from 6am – midnight seven days a week. PBS tweet



Armadale's latest offering: Walk Don't Run

Armadale’s latest offering: Walk Don’t Run

By Dina Amin

Photography supplied by Walk Don’t Run

Walk Don’t Run is the latest offering from super food practitioners and business partners Vincent Conti and Mario Minichilli (Merchants Guild, Prana Chai). Opened in mid-March, the Armadale cafe boasts an organic breakfast and lunch menu, single-origin French pressed coffee, cold pressed juices and a selection of herbal teas.

These boys have been busy. Two years after opening the successful Merchants Guild in East Bentleigh, Conti and Minichilli were itching to spread their wings. Securing a space in Armadale’s Morey street – just off High street – Walk Don’t Run epitomises Conti and Minichilli’s slogan: mindful eating.  “We want people to come in, sit down and have a really nutritious meal,” explains Conti.

The meals are light and fresh with super foods incorporated into every dish. All the produce is organic and the juices are slow-pressed, containing both fresh vegetables and fruits. Example dishes include house made life loaf with blueberry/raspberry raw chia jams and whipped ricotta; superfood breakfast with kale, broccoli, spiced pumpkin, green chilli and pepitas with light cottage cheese and free-range eggs and green tea soba noodles with poached chicken and tahini dressing.

The chef and co-owner Ryo Doyama’s Japanese heritage is responsible for the Asian-fusion influences.”His flavours are great and he’s got beautiful technique,” states Conti.

“Our meals will satisfy you without feeling like you need to have a sleep,” he adds.

The “mindful eating” slogan continues to manifest in the French-pressed filtered coffee. The single-origin beans extract the natural sweetness of the blend, making it easier for patrons to hold back on sugar additives and milk. “It’s also a slower release of caffeine so it’s not a massive espresso hit — much better for the nervous system,” explains Conti.

“We’ve had a pretty good reaction to it; some people have been willing to have a go and then come back for it,” he adds.

A hiatus overseas – which involved travelling to five continents and 40 odd countries in four years – exposed Conti to different organic produce, flavours and culinary techniques. It was this, coupled with his father’s cancer battle, that pushed him into the study of wholefoods.

“When my Dad was sick with cancer I started looking into alkaline methodology and how to heal with foods. Foods that are grown organically are put here for a reason; they’re going to heal us. If you pay attention to how they should be prepared they’re going to benefit you,” Conti explains.

Although operating an espresso machine Merchants Guild runs alongside the new cafe’s super food agenda. The popular East Bentleigh cafe was received well due to the absence of trendy, niche cafes in the area. Operating since 2013 Merchants Guild grows its own herbs and is one of many distributors of Conti and Minichilli’s Prana Chai. “The production of Prana Chai started about 11 years ago in my mum’s kitchen. I came up with the recipe through research of various spices. There are seven spices contained. We did a bit of trial and error; started selling it to customers. One of our customers wanted to buy it one day, which got me wanting to approach other cafes with it,” Conti enthuses.

“Now it’s worldwide. It’s distributed all around the world — we’ve got six reps in America; we’ve got a Director in Germany. The Prana is spreading.”

Walk Don’t Run is located at 17 Morey street, Armadale.

It’s open seven days a week; 8am – 3pm.


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