Thursday, March 03, 2011

Community Radio In Australia

Did you know that radio has been available in Australia since the early 1900's but it wasn't until the 1970's that Community Radio was an option for local communities.  Prior to this the only radio stations available were run by government or commercial.

"In the 1960s, Australia's social, political and cultural landscape began to change and people wanted the Australian media, in turn, to reflect these changes. Many specialist groups, including ethnic and Indigenous communities, political activists, students, academics and classical music consumers, began to lobby for their own radio broadcasting licences. This community radio movement was an important force in the birth of community radio and remains a vibrant force in the Australian media today."  (ref:

92.3FM celebrated 1 yr local broadcasting Feb 2010-11
In Australia the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) oversee radio and television licences.  In community broadcasting the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) is the national peak body representing community radio and television stations around the country.

There is much more to radio than just tuning in to your local frequency. And much more to broadcasting than just "getting on air" to have your say.  Radio Stations are places of creativity, research, people management, production, training, paper...., record keeping, CD's, computers, software, microphones, recorders, phone lines, and laughter, encouragement and going on a "journey" together.

Have you visited your local Community Radio Station recently?

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