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




SNY Blogger Declan Kelly spoke with Tony Wilson, former Triple R Breakfaster, about the challenges of Breakfast Radio, Community Radio and Youth in Media.
This interview took place after Wilson’s Keynote address at the CBAA 2012 Plenary on Breakfast Radio. Click here to listen to the full interview.

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When you’re so incredibly tired from the Awards last night but still want to eat the delicious breakfast at the same time


How you feel during the Final Conference Plenary


When the Conference is finally over

‘Excellence in Community Participation’

Nambucca Valley Radio 2NVR


‘Outstanding Volunteer Contribution’  

Michael Smith (3CR)


‘Best Digital Media Initiative’

Radio on Demand (3RRR)

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We asked some of the panelists and people from the ‘Content, Development and Making Media’ discussion what they believe is the most important piece of content they have made or facilitated.  To hear it, click here.

Treasures of the Deep Blue Internet was held in the media lab on Friday. The session covered a range of online tools using an online ‘treasure hunt’ with quiz questions as a framework. The session covered the following tools:

Crowdfunding – looked at Pozible and also resources created by the Australia Council for the Arts, The Crowdfunding Roadshow. Crowdfunding is a very effective way of raising funds for targeted outcomes, a crowd funding project could form the backbone of a supporter drive or used as stand alone funding drive.

Team Viewer – remote access software that allows any computer to access and control another computer. Don’t feel like going all the way to your station 3am to sort out your play out system Team Viewer is a very easy to use alternative. Dan Callaghan from Community Radio Network showed us a demo.

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From the CBAA 2012 in Melbourne, SYN Bloggers bring you the the Plenary on Building Capacity.



Speakers in this Pleanary include:

Peter Batchelor – President of CBF
Sentator Scott Ludlam – Greens Party
Stephen Hahn – CBO Project Manager
David Sice – CBAA Technical Consultuant
Kath Letch – General Manager of CBAA

For the full audio podcast of the plenary, click here

Senator Scott Ludlam, Stephen Hahn, Kath Letch and David Sice at #CBAA2012

If there were two things to take away from this morning’s panel discussion, titled ‘Building Capacity’, it’s that we need to protect our spectrum and get loud about our integral role in Australian lives.

The morning started off with a report from Community Broadcasting Foundation president, Peter Batchelor, which seemed to set the tone for a main focus of the morning- funding. Though much was discussed, the main points of focus for the CBF were identified as funding support for community television, content development funding, financial distress assistance as well as emergency grants for television. Batchelor also addressed the lack of government funding for AMRAP and the digital radio project, raised for the first time today though by no means for the first time at the conference.

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Second up to the plate was guest speaker, Greens’ Senator Scott Ludlam, talking about why he believes the government should support the community media sector and why it is so important. He addressed his key belief as to why the community radio sector needs to exist, that being as the antidote to the banality of commercial radio, stating that commercial radio is “like listening to junk mail with a broadcasting licence”.

Tweets during Senator Ludlam’s address

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It’s a less filled room then before and there’s substantial amount of noise coming from the other side of the wall that separates the plenary from the rest of the conference.

David Shields takes the floor; he wants me to identify him so that we can have a drink later. When I say me, I mean the room, though I think I shall track him down anyway because that what you do at conferences.

Shields is a funny man, partially as he introduces Rebecca Barnard our first speaker of this plenary and the APRA Ambassador to the CBAA, he teases that Barnard may just sing a song for us, something that she soon will. Barnard takes to the stage and starts.

“My father was a musician, he started playing drums when he was 12 and played up until he was 76, when he died. “Barnard starts. I wont lie, I’m engaged.

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When you’re late to a workshop waiting for the lift…

…and you decide to take the stairs instead.

When you’re trying to connect to the Rydges wifi network and there is an IP conflict

When someone asks if you stole their seat between plenaries

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