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Sunday 2 September 2012
PBS 106.7FM set up studio at Port Phillip Men’s Prison for a special live broadcast on Father’s Day. On Sunday 2nd September, from 1pm Melbourne’s purveyors of bone shaking country blues Graveyard Train played a live set, all from the Visitor’s Centre at Port Phillip Correction centre in Laverton, with Firewater's Claire Stuchbery hosting proceedings.
The audience for this show was prison inmates and their families- the focus was to provide a unique musical experience for the children of inmates on a significant family day. With face painting and other activities lined up, this project was about offering a relaxed, fun event for the kids going to visit their dads on Father’s Day.
The combination of offering a live gig that doubles as a live radio broadcast from within prison is a national first. Fellow community broadcaster 3CR regularly broadcasts its Beyond The Bars program (a talks based program for Indigenous prisoners) from eleven correctional facilities across Victoria. Two years ago, Tex Perkins’ The Man In Black show was staged from within Port Phillip. However, the Father’s Day Prison Broadcast is a first in that it is both a live gig and a radio broadcast. It also is very specifically targeted at encouraging positive bonding amongst inmates and their children.
This project is an initiation of PBS 106.7FM, produced with the assistance of the Community Broadcasting Foundation and made possible with cooperation and support from the staff at G4S Custodial Services.
Listen back to the entire two hour broadcast below, or jump straight to 37" for Graveyard Train's set.