SYN Volunteer Joshua Olek reflects on the impact Community Radio has made on his life.

Community radio has been an amazing experience for me, allowing me to learn about the industry I love.
I had a weird start for my falling in love with radio. I started in Commercial radio and swung back towards community because I felt that I needed to learn more. It was a good choice because learn I did.

I can easily say that I’ve learnt far more volunteering at SYN media than I have working. Community radio gives everybody keen for it that freedom to make the content that they want, allowing them to be creative as possible, take on as many roles as they want and really see an improvement in themselves if they put the work in.

At SYN I’ve had the opportunity to do amazing things, hosting radio shows, producing a team of almost 30 people, creating video content for a youtube channel, read news, learnt about the legalities AND have been taught to use equipment I’d normally never be able to get my hands on. This was all easily accessible for me as well. All I had to do was put my hand up.

If we were to lose our digital radio signal AND not get it back, I would hate for other young people to miss out on this opportunity. We need to set a precedent to the people running this country that community radio IS an important medium and that losing it would not just be people of Australia losing a hobby, it’d be the government putting a knife in the back of our national media.

Josh is Co-Executive Producer of SYN’s breakfast show Get Cereal, 6-9am Weekdays. He’s also one half of podcast Idol Threat. Find him on Twitter: @josholek

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