New documentary series to air on Channel 44 profiles nine South Australian community radio stations.
Channel 44 is excited to announce the release of Broadcast Radio Australia, a 9-episode series profiling community radio stations around South Australia. The series was first produced in Victoria by Channel 31 and has been made possible with support from the Community Broadcasting Foundation.
Over the course of the last year, the Channel 44 crew travelled across the state to nine community radio stations to interview each station’s volunteers, staff and hosts. Travelling up as far as Roxby Downs in the state’s far north to Victor Harbour in the south, the stations featured included Radio Adelaide, Coast FM, 5EBI, Fleurieu FM, Umeewarra Media, Rox FM, Life FM, Vision Australia Radio, and Three D Radio. The series explores the impact of community radio and focuses on the volunteer force behind each station.
“This was an important series for us to make as there is a strong connection between community radio and community television,” says Kristen Hamill, producer of the series. “We wanted to highlight the incredible work these stations were doing for the diverse communities they serve and put a face to their volunteers and staff. We were excited to collaborate with Channel 31 on this idea and expand the series into South Australia, which has over 30 community radio stations.”
Education and Community Radio pioneer Keith Conlon said, “I’m really looking forward to seeing community radio and television come together in this new Channel 44 series Broadcast Radio Australia. Community stations have thrived since our pioneering days of the 70’s in Adelaide. The series will bring out all of the good things it does in our community. It will also celebrate our volunteers, who are priceless.”
The production involved a crew of five Channel 44 volunteers, many of whom were interested in documentary as a career path and looked to this series as a way to gain hands-on industry experience.
“As a recent film and television graduate in Adelaide I felt extremely privileged to have the opportunity to work on this production,” said Channel 44 volunteer Eloise Grover who worked as a production assistant on the series. “I am particularly passionate about the documentary discipline so having the chance to work on the project from research through to post-production was really rewarding.”
The first episode will go to air on Channel 44 on Monday, October 21 at 8:30 pm and can be streamed online at www.c44.com.au/watch.
The Broadcast Radio Australia series has been made possible with the valued support of the Community Broadcasting Foundation.
C44 Digital Production & Marketing Manager, Kristen Hamill
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