The Greek program, airing live on SBS Radio for many years in an effort to keep the Greek-Australian community informed, is one of the longest running shows and the first radio program to be heard in a foreign language, since SBS’s debut broadcast in 1975.
Efthymios (Themi) Kallos shared his experience being the Greek broadcaster of SBS Radio for over 25 years, saying: “It’s amazing, the wealth of experiences, emotions and stories this community, the migrant community that we constantly cover, has to offer… They have amazing stories to tell.”
And he continued: “And just putting them on radio, on the microphone, and then giving them to the wider audience, that in itself is an experience that you never get bored.”
Sophie Gabriel, a Greek who recently came to Australia due to Greece’s current financial crisis, highlighted the important role of SBS Radio’s Greek program for listeners: “Well, it’s keeping in touch with our culture and, you know, feeling like you’re Greek, although you’re not in Greece. I think language is the first and foremost thing that we need as a culture. If you forget how to speak Greek, then you lose your … your identity.”