Wally takes to the airwaves

Not many people are dedicated enough to volunteer for 12 hours on Christmas day, nor give up their Sundays in the name of community. 

But when you love what you’re doing, it doesn’t feel like work. 

Wally Smilie has volunteered at KLFM radio for many years and says the role really is a community service. 

“We have so many people who are dedicated to listening to the programs and you really feel like you’re creating a nice atmosphere for people listening at home,” he said. 

He began listening to KLFM after seeing an advertisement on television and fell into the role by accident. 

“I installed a phone system for the station in my free time. When I was there, it was suggested I attend the Announcer Training course that was about to run. 

“I stupidly said yes and started coming to the station on my free days and helping produce some of the shows. 

“Next thing I am doing the easy listening show 5pm – 7pm on Sunday evening.”

Now he works even more hours and even fills in for the Christmas Day shift. 

“It can be a lot of work but you really are giving back to people,” he said. 


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