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Radio broadcaster Kit Harvey shares some of the knowledge he’s gained while volunteering with SYN.

Presenting on SYN Radio has been an invaluable way for me to hone my craft as a presenter and content producer. That said, community radio is not simply a training ground for the more commercially minded among us. It is an essential part of Australia’s media landscape that increases and diversifies the voices available to media consumers.

On a personal level, community radio has given me the opportunity to share my own ideas and opinions, regardless of how light-hearted or tongue-in-cheek they may be. There’s something special about that.

To be completely honest, I’m not sure where I’d be without community radio.

In fact, scratch that, I’m not sure where we’d be without community radio.

Kit Harvey has presented and produced various SYN programs over the past three years. Currently he is a co-host of SYN’s seasonal program, “The Advice Line”. 

SYN Broadcaster Rose Houghton reflects on the opportunities given to her by Community Radio.


Community radio creates opportunities for young broadcasters to practice, learn and be involved in radio. It has been a massive part of my life for the last three years, giving me the chance to broadcast on air and be a part of the media industry. I have been able to learn so many skills and put back a little bit into the community.

Community radio talks about local matters and plays a wide range of music. It is so important that SYN and other community stations are not left behind, as it is such an imperative part of the community. Without community radio I wouldn’t know half the things I do about radio and wouldn’t be able to practice and learn more.

Rose Houghton is a SYN Volunteer on Get Cereal and the producer of her own show, Da’Burbs. She has also volunteered with 3RRRFM and was 2012’s recipient of the radioinfo prize at RMIT. 

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

How was everyone’s first day at #CBAA2012? We speak to Matt Nock, Chris Jameson and Kyle Minall from JOY FM and Bec Petraitis from SYN.

After the today’s final plenary, Turn Up Your Radio, Chris Johnson spoke to us briefly about the importance of AMRAP for youthful artists.

National Listener Survey

Matt Balogh opened our second plenary with some startling statistics conducted by McNair Ingenuity Research. Balogh had only half an hour to present, explain and justify the results of The National Listener Survey that outlined the nation’s listening behaviours and engagement.

The study can be found here.

But for those of you afraid of hyperlinks or suffering from lazy apathy (reading surveys is hard), I’ve sifted through the material and decided to post the most interesting statistics for your convenience.

How many people are listening?
4,446,000 people listen to community radio every week (that’s up to 25% of population)
10,611,000 people are occasional listeners to community radio (that’s, like, over double 4,446,000)

Why are they listening?
The number one reason for community radio’s survival is to hear local information and local news. The second is to support and listen to local artists and bands, and Australian artists.

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The CBAA 2012 Conference: Access All Areas has kicked off with a bang! The SYN bloggers– or “kids” as a representative from North West FM called us – commandeered a table up the back, close to the all-important powerpoints. Greens MP Adam Bandt gave the opening address, mentioning the strength of community radio in Melbourne and how nice it was to be in a room full of community radio enthusiasts (hear hear!). Although he normally sits on the other side of the desk now, Bandt reminded us that he was once operating the panel at 3CR. Voicing the opinions of many in the room, Bandt stressed that community radio plays a vital role in the Australian media landscape, making our society more inclusive and bringing local issues to fore. At 9.19am, Bandt was the first to say that community radio runs on the smell of an oily rag, a cliche that is unfortunately all too true.

Wurundjeri Elder, Uncle Bill Nicholson was running a little late, but when he arrived, he gave a great welcome to country, speaking of the importance of language, cross-cultural communication and storytelling.

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SYN Media will be providing extensive coverage of the main plenaries and panels at #CBAA2012. Follow @LiveSYN and @_CBX_ for the latest and the hashtag #CBAA2012 on Twitter.

Here are some of the key moments to follow and join the conversation online:

Friday November 16

9:00am-10:30am EST – Welcome and keynote address

The big opener for #CBAA2012 is presented from Greens MP Adam Bandt and shareholder activist Stephen Mayne. Adam Bandt has been a long time supporter of community media in his role as Federal MP and Stephen Mayne is known as the founder of Crikey and a long standing business journalist, publisher and activist. How will Adam and Stephen interpret the theme of “Access All Areas”? Follow along at #CBAA2012 from 9am Friday.

11:00am-12:30pm EST – Content, Development and Making Media

We’ll hear the latest community radio listening figures from MacNair Ingenuity‘s Matt Balogh and we’ll host a panel discussion looking at the role of community radio and what makes it work. Where does community radio fit in the converging media environment? How does community media reflect community interests and attitudes? What makes it unique? How might “content development” be defined? Join us in discussing these questions at #CBAA2012 on Twitter.

4:00pm-5:30pm EST – Turn Up Your Radio

APRA Ambassador Rebecca Barnard will talk about the role of community radio and Australian music and we’ll have a panel discussion about the role of radio in “music discovery” and changes in music production, distribution and consumption. What role does Community Radio play in profiling and supporting Australian music? Do we still need radio quotas? Who are the “taste makers” in the 21st century? Join us in discussing these questions at #CBAA2012 on Twitter.

Saturday November 17

9:00am-11:00am EST – Building Capacity

Senator Scott Ludlam is the Australian Greens Spokesperson for Communications and is another long time supporter of community media. He’ll share his spin on “Access All Areas” and we’ll also have a panel discussion about sector development issues and resources including national projects. What are the critical areas for sector development in the current media environment? What’s the role of national infrastructure for local broadcasters? How do we use scarce resources to support the development and profile of Community Broadcasting? Join us in discussing these questions at #CBAA2012 on Twitter.

7:00pm EST onwards – The Voxies

Community Broadcasting’s Gala Awards dinner. We’ll tweet the winners and big moments across the night at #CBAA2012 on Twitter.

Sunday November 18

9:30am-11:00am EST – The Breakfast Session with Tony Wilson

Tony Wilson is known to many Melburnians for his 6 year stint on RRR’s Breakfasters. He’ll help wrap up proceedings and lead us into the final plenary and business of “Access All Areas”. Follow at #CBAA2012 on Twitter.