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Published December 6th 2015
Members of the station community in front of Radio adelaide's current premises in North Terrace
In 2009 I was asked if I'd like to become a radio producer/presenter for a poetry program that was to be launched at a community radio station. All I had to do was undertake the ten week training course. The community radio station was Radio Adelaide, and I knew very little about it, except that I'd occasionally tuned into some good jazz programs and I was aware that it did a lot for the local arts community.
It seemed like an opportunity I couldn't refuse, even though I wasn't sure I had the time to commit to such a project! After a highly intensive training program which involved meeting 20 plus fellow trainees from all walks of life, I was finally equipped to embark on the airwaves - but shaking with stage fright when I made my debut!
Six years later the poetry program is no longer running, but I'm now a regular presenter on Latitudes, a world music program that airs on Saturday nights. I have also produced a series of podcasts called Words for Birds that celebrates both local poets and local birds.
Kat and Oskar from Lemorai came and performed on Latitudes. You can't see me, I'm operating the panel!
I have acquired so many skills as a volunteer with Radio Adelaide, including voice production, writing reviews (producing radio reviews for the Fringe gave me the courage to start writing for Weekend Notes!), recording interviews, researching news stories for Breakfast news bulletins, multi tracking - and squeezing a bunch of musicians into a small studio for live music broadcasts!
I have met dozens more people since my initial training, and I've been intrigued to discover that radio enthusiasts are as diverse a bunch as you could possibly imagine: ranging from Uni students completing their media studies, professional musicians who like to donate their time and knowledge as they play their favourite music, indigenous presenters who are passionate about giving a voice to our local indigenous community, to migrants from every corner of the Globe who play music from their homelands and provide vital connections for their communities by publicising events and services. Local Arts are extensively covered in Arts Breakfast and science, climate change, food, health, spirituality and the LGBT community are all featured in their own dedicated programs.
The older generation are also well represented, with two special programs featuring senior citizens' affairs: Roundabout, which has two hours of music and information for older listeners, and The Legacy Hour, that is devoted to war widows' reminiscences.
And if you miss any of the programs, you can listen again to most of them on the website, or trawl the archives for podcasts that serve a vital role documenting Adelaide's history.
I would recommend to anyone who is new to Adelaide that they join up as a volunteer with this lively radio station. You can commit as much or as little time as you have to spare: you don't need to do the radio training in order to be part of the Radio Adelaide community, but if you do complete the training it can lead to opportunities you might never have dreamed of.
But something is happening at the moment that is threatening to tear this community apart: The University of Adelaide has sold Radio Adelaide's home at 228 North Terrace to help fund its new Medical School. It was a choice made a year ago in full knowledge of the implications for the station, and it came with a commitment to relocate Radio Adelaide. The building is scheduled to be demolished within 12 months. A decision and funds commitment was expected in November, but instead the University has opened another brief consultation period that pushes a decision closer to Christmas. The station community is concerned that this is a precursor to shutting the station down.
The station community is keen to work with the University to give this iconic Adelaide radio station the best chance to prosper as an independent entity. But we need your help to demonstrate that the people of Adelaide love this station and appreciate what it does for everyone in our community. If you don't already know all about it, have a listen to 101.5FM or on digital radio, or you can listen online at radio.adelaide.edu.au
If you like what you hear, please like the Facebook page and visit #SaveRadAd to find out what else you can do to help.
If you want to voice your support for Radio Adelaide on the airwaves, why not give the station a call on 8313 5000 and tell them what you appreciate about Adelaide's favourite community radio station.