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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.

#SYNforever

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

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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.