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13 May 2010 - 4:30am
By any measure, there is greater awareness of community radio in the general community in 2010 than there has ever been, with many people choosing to look for alternatives to the often bland offerings of commercial radio.
This is particularly true in country areas, where significant numbers of both heritage AM stations and spinoff FM licences have been allowed to be bought by a handful of operators who then simply network the programming, resulting in virtually no local content. A similar situation has existed for many years with the ABC, with the exception of regional breakfast programmes.
Community radio provides virtually the only opportunities for truly localised, one community shows, for ethic broadcasting in a multitude of languages well beyond the mainstream nationalities covered by SBS, and for specialist music programmes embracing genres of music not even considered by the focus group/ heavily researched (to the point of repetitiveness and blandness) commercial radio networks.
Most of our community radio stations are run entirely by volunteers, with on air presenters actually paying for the opportunity to offer an alternative programme. Without this structure, with very limited or no government assistance to individual stations, community radio would not survive.
Yet, despite all the benefits that community radio potentially brings to the population at large, there is greater government funding given to the ACMA to watch over the activities of community broadcasters than there is funding to allow this sector to survive.
Once again, it seems that government policy and funding in broadcasting is being driven by young public servants who radio listening is dictated by today's top 40 and their own iPod selections.
Mixed results for broadcasters in Federal Budget

6 May 2010 - 4:30am
HA! Oldfield, your ideas and ego have been put in place. Maybe, instead of stewing about it and acting self-righteous, you should... sit in a corner, and think about what you've done? loser. HA! David Oldfield stood down over asylum seeker comments

5 May 2010 - 4:30am
It would be nice if we could pick up a digital radio signal in Docklands (Melbourne CBD) Austereo backs digital future with a third station

29 April 2010 - 4:30am
Glad to see Australian production and writing talent being recognised in the global market.
Good luck guys - long over due

The Mystery Blogger
INXS chooses Australian connection for global Music Special

28 April 2010 - 4:30am
Quite a few close radio friends have heard my 'gem' a number of times BUT for those who haven't, here's the scaled down version which is 100% TRUE.....I was on-air one Saturday morning in the late 90's anchoring the then 6 hour Leisure & Pleasure Programme on the former 5DN here in Adelaide. During an ad break in the 2 hour Gardening Show (featuring studio experts + guests) I decided to also include the latest golf update from the US which featured a number of Aussies. I pre-read the piece off-air first, noting American golfer Fred Funk (caution !) was playing. Anyhow, at the appropriate time I segued to the latest from Augusta, Georgia and passed the Fred Funk part with flying colours, only to stuff up the final sentence by stating a particular Aussie golfer "had missed the c...", I meant to say 'cut'. My studio friends (male & female) literally fell off their seats, my heart started pounding not believing what I had just said, my producer almost wet herself AND I was later told by those witnessing the event, they have NEVER seen anybody react so quickly. Yes folks, under a massive pile of papers scattered over the old 5DN Paul Kirk board, I found the DUMP button in 3 seconds flat and my blooper NEVER went to air across Adelaide. If only the listeners knew and I guess IF you were one of them on that particular Saturday morning, I've just let you in on my classic slip of the tongue episode !

IAN in Adelaide
Is This Thing On?

27 April 2010 - 4:30am
Quiet simple really, turn triple j into the same as Radio 2 from the UK not rocket science really!!! By the way Radio 2 makes great listening on the net as the BBC stream is such good quality, especially love Janice Long!!! ABC looks to BBC Radio for larger slice of audience

23 April 2010 - 4:30am
There is only ONE Classic Rock station in Melbourne, 91.5 How Classic is Triple M?

22 April 2010 - 4:30am
Ahhh Byrnesy , remember all those years ago you really wanted to be a rock jock ????? but stayed with news , looks like you made the right choice , and guess what , they still love me out there !!!!!! Greg Byrnes resigns from 2UE

22 April 2010 - 4:30am
Greg is a great example of how loyalty in radio pays off. He started at 2UE as a junior news reporter and rose up through the ranks - senior editor, news director, programme director. A rare story in metro radio. Hard work and loyalty .. and he stayed a good bloke through-out! Well done mate. Greg Byrnes resigns from 2UE

21 April 2010 - 4:30am
Unfortunate that these two individuals have done something illegal and will potentially get in to quite a lot of trouble, but I'd be interested to hear why they left the station in the first place. Also, interesting to note the similarities between the Grant Broadcaster operated stations of the South Coast's imaging and branding, and the imaging and branding of this internet commercial broadcaster.

(Correction to your story - the station is most certainly not a community station, nor in a category I would say is progressive, unless you say typical CHR stations are progressive.)
Dumb and Dumber caught hacking in to radio station


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