Community Radio

Community (or Public) broad casting is Australia’s third media sector (there is the ABC and Commercial broadcasting sectors as well). The sector encompasses a broad, but largely unacknowledged role in Australian media, particularly as a source of local content for communities. Our Australian communities are diverse in their make-up and often have a variety of cultures living alongside one another. This creates unique opportunities for like-minded people in community radio to share their stories, skills, talents and culture with the local population to which the community radio station broadcasts.
The role of community broadcasting in Australia is to make available a diverse range of services meeting community needs in ways that are not met by other sectors. Community broadcasting is sustained by the principles of access and participation with volunteers, members and employment, diversity within the given local community and localism.
Community radio stations vary depending on their target audience. They might strongly represent local music and arts, or be a specialist music station. Others may choose to broadcast talks and current affairs programs representing alternative, ethnic or Indigenous information and culture. Some may favor environmental, or fill in perceived gaps in commercial or government radio content.
Although this sector has continued to grow considerably over the years, both in terms of the number of listeners from a broad range of age groups, and the number of stations, Community Radio is largely under funded with individual stations having to spend much of their time financing their community service activities by such means as membership, fundraising opportunities, grants and sponsorship.
Community radio stations serve an array of different communities of interest including: Indigenous and Ethnic, people with a print disability, young people, older people, arts/fine music, and religious. There are also stations which provide service that may be described as generalist. These stations address the interests of communities in a particular geographic location but continue to address a range of diverse specialty interest.
More than any other form of media in this country, community radio influences and reveals the national character in all its diversity. It is a unique sector in its ability to provide fresh programming by and for indigenous, ethnic and Radio for Print Handicapped communities.
Because these stations reflect their local communities, they have a strong commitment to local news, events and information. They value the promotion of local and Australian music, arts, culture and are often the starting point for people to train in media skills.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority oversee and regulate the Community Broadcasting Sector licenses. See for further information on license application.

Other Information related to this topic: (grants for community broadcasting)


Learning (Radio)

Below are notes from what I'm learning, so they aren't in order. Maybe there will be a sentence or two that helps you!
"What does it take to become a colourful, creative communicator in your writing and public speaking? How do you craft a message that sparkles in the mind of your audience?"

Radio is a powerful, personal media. What we hear helps us interpret the world around us. Because radio is an audio medium, how you script your CSA’s, ads, programmes and interviews will be different to visual and print mediums.
Our minds become a ‘theatre’. We can, by the use of descriptive words, sounds and music be transported into the “theatre of the mind”. This enables us to “see” in our mind the story or information unfolding. Sounds and music help to describe the spoken information. This aids the listener to interpret the information or story. Effectively you become a story teller.

Some tips that may assist you:
  • Make the best use of sound clips and/or music
  • Keep your sentences short with only one item of information per sentence
  • Write script to connect with your listeners
  • Rehearse the script, better have others rehearse it for you so you can listen and make any necessary revisions before recording and editing Who What When Where How
6th September 2010

Here's a site I've found which may help you -

5th January 2011
When you are writing scripts for radio remember that your listeners can't see you and won't be reading what you say. Keep your words simple as you would in a normal conversation. Say only what needs to be said don't spend extra paragraphs getting to the point.

Keeping your sentences short and to the point will help your listeners stay interested. Remember those who tune in to hear you are often working, or driving so they aren't wanting to wait for long periods of time while you get to the point you want to make....(see what I mean by writing this sentence?!)

Also use words that make clear the meaning of what you want to bring across. Write you script as if you are speaking to one person. When researching topics keep in mind:
  • What are our listeners interested in?
  • How does the chosen topic help/educate our listeners?
  • What do our listeners want to learn from tuning into this program?
Finally, edit and revise. Cut out what doesn't need to be said. Keep your words relevant to the point/s you want to bring across.

For more information read: "Writing for Radio" by Graham Andrews (

Scripting/writing for radio sounds easy, but you need a sound knowledge of the English Language (or whatever language your radio station transmits). Keep the language conversational. Most importantly, have fun!