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SYN Alumni and former Vice-President Ellie Cameron-Krepp explains why Community Radio’s future is worth saving.


I thought I sounded like a bit of a wanker the first time I said I had 8 years of media industry experience in a cover letter. But, surprisingly, it’s true, and I’ve got SYN Media and community radio to thank for that.

As a 22 year old recent Media graduate, I’m fresh on the job hunt in an industry full of unpaid internships and a severe lack of entry level job opportunities. It sure seems disheartening at times, but I’m not too worried. Not yet. You see, working in community radio has set me up perfectly.

Thanks to SYN, I’ve had the opportunity to take on roles such as radio presenter, executive producer, trainer, interviewer, segment contributor, youth manager and even vice-president! Pretty snazzy resume for a 22 year old, hey?

Most of all though, SYN has just given me a beautiful family with which to share my passion for making media. There are very few organisations out there that provide open access for young people to produce their own media content, which puts SYN at the forefront of the industry for accessibility, and brings diversity to the Australian media landscape.

Considering the life changing experiences I’ve had volunteering at SYN Media, I couldn’t think of anything worse than the loss of digital radio and the consequences of that on a station like ours. We’ve been a breeding ground for so many of this country’s media makers, a place where young people have a voice, and an encouraging community for the thousands of vibrant volunteers who have passed through SYN’s doors.

Supporting a digital radio future is sticking up for the creators and consumers of community media who are at risk of losing the heart and soul of Australian broadcasting if stations are forced to go off-air.

But all hope is not lost- In order for other young Australians to be given the opportunities I have, we’re calling on everyone who cares about the issue to take action and join the campaign. It’s simple. Commit to Community Radio!


Madeline Smedley shares the importance of Community Radio to her personally and to society in general.

Since I started at SYN I’ve not only learnt important skills that will help me in my professional future, I’ve also been able to better understand my community and participate in it. Through contributing and listening to SYN, I’ve become a more active member of the Melbourne cultural scene and have begun to feel like a real Melbournian.  I’ve also made friends whom I’m able to work with on projects that we all enjoy, and that are useful and of worth to more than just ourselves. Most of all, SYN and its members have helped me understand what I want from the future, who I am and who I’d like to be.

If SYN were left behind commercial stations, not only would it suck for the members who would be at a loss without the opportunities to learn, improve their skills and explore their options without risk, but the listeners would be without a valuable resource. SYN serves the community in ways other media cannot. A legitimate, local and focused organisation like this is made by the community, for the community, and remains one of the last vestiges of true, impartial, free communication.


Madeline Smedley currently hosts Get Cereal on Thursday mornings, 6-9am on SYN. 

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