Rena Frangioudaki: A life in Greek radio broadcasting

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Known as the ‘golden voice’ and ‘Greek voice’ of Melbourne, Rena Frangioudaki OAM, will reflect on her life on radio Wednesday, September 13, at the Greek Centre in Melbourne.

The event called Rena Frangioudaki: A life in Greek radio broadcasting (in Greek), will be co-ordinated by radio producer Panos Apostolou, who has been a radio producer at the Greek Language Program of SBS Radio since 2016. He worked with Ms Frangioudaki for four years at the newspaper ‘Ta Nea’ and at 3XY Radio Hellas.

The event forms part of a series of lectures entitled: ‘The History of the Greeks in Australia based on the contents of the collection’ organised by The Greek Studies Program of the Department of Languages and Cultures at La Trobe University, the Dardalis Archives of the Hellenic Diaspora and the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria.

As a renowned radio producer, Ms Frangioudaki, will talk about her lifetime career as journalist, coordinator of Greek language programs, presenter of cultural, social, youth and children’s radio shows and news anchor woman.

It was boundless love for the Greek language which led to a generation of Greek Australians who learned Greek by listening to “Ms Rena’s” broadcasts.

Born in Chania, and having immigrated to Australia in 1966, Ms Frangioudaki became one of the first producers of Australia’s multilingual radio stations. She worked in state and private radio stations, in a career spanning more than half a century. 

A long-time volunteer in community organisations and a single mother, Ms Frangioudaki has also been a business owner and was the victim of a brutal attack. 

The Victorian Hellenic community recognises Ms Frangioudaki OAM as the ‘queen of Greek journalism’ and a living legend, her voice leaving an indelible mark on their collective memory.

Panos Apostolou.

Coordinator, Panos Apostolou, was born in Nuremberg, Germany, and grew up in the Greek village of Oichalia, in the region of Trikala, Thessalia. In 2010 he migrated to Melbourne and until 2016 he worked at the Greek newspapers ‘Ta Nea’ and ‘Neos Kosmos’ and at the radio station 3XY Radio Hellas.

Event Details:

Rena Frangioudaki: A life in Greek radio broadcasting (in Greek) at 7:00pm on Wednesday, September 13 2023 at The Greek Centre, Greek Community of Melbourne.

Contact: Lecture series coordinator, Dr. Stavroula Nikoloudis, Greek Studies Program Coordinator, La Trobe University. Email: s.nikoloudis@latrobe.edu.au

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