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Radio without borders benefits rising stars

Thursday 05 February, 2015

The growing community radio livestream has encouraged local producers to think local and act global in their approach to radio, placing rising journalists on the world stage.

Yass FM Presenter and Producer Blake Danilczak has built a local brand of Thursday Live for the last 12 months, catapulting him into commercial radio.

“New technology in the radio industry has created a landscape of choice for listeners, creating the need to produce local radio with a global mindset,” said Danilczak.

Three months short of the show's first anniversary, Danilczak was approached by the Capital Radio Network to produce local shows and panel for Canberra’s 1206 2CC.

The 2015 return of the highly successful Thursday Live on Yass FM had to be postponed one week, as Danilczak was invited to produce a Thursday edition of 2CC’s drive–time show, Canberra Live.

“I am mostly working behind the microphone of commercial radio, but I consider community values to be paramount. Radio is a vastly personal medium and listeners’ like to be heard,”

The news and music program was recently condensed to one-hour, due to Blake Danilczak’s journalism studies, as well as his commercial TV and radio commitments.

“I have been fortunate to secure an internship with Southern Cross Television, and this has given me an insight into the newsgathering process from a visual perspective, and the use of pictures to tell a story.”

Blake is thrilled with his well-received program. “I think the success of Thursday Live has stemmed from versatility in content. A typical Thursday Live includes music, news, discussions and interviews. I’ve interviewed a diversity of people and I consistently cover ‘hard news’, it’s a passion of mine, but I love a laugh and certainly don’t take myself too seriously.”

Thursday Live is already streamed around the world, however, Danilczak’s next goal for the show is to take those community news values and syndicate the program across the Community Radio Network. 

“It’s reassuring to know that my hard work is paying off and that local listeners are confident with what I have to say. I’ve been stopped in the street on many occasions to be congratulated on my efforts and told to keep up the good work. I’m certain I can appeal to a national audience and I look forward to another year on Thursday Live,”

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