Windgap Foundation has partnered with Eastside Radio 89.7FM, theatre professionals and DJs to develop the ‘Making Airwaves’ project, an opportunity for people with an intellectual disability to learn radio presentation and production skills, creating their own radio show to be aired on International Day of People with Disability, 3rd December 2013.
The ‘Making Airwaves’ radio project, for the second year running, has brought together a diverse group of people to share stories, new, views, interviews, humour, insights and music, to listeners across the City of Sydney and Eastern Suburbs.
Workshops have been held over the past few months, learning how to use a microphone, structure a radio show, prepare for interviews, announce the weather, the news, and have fun in the studio putting it all together.
New features of this year’s course include a DJ workshop, and the premiere of an original composition from Windgap seniors’ choir, “the Diamonds”.
Tony Smythe, manager of Eastside, is enthusiastic about the partnership and has built a good rapport with the team: “We love looking beyond the boundaries of traditional broadcasting to enable anyone who wants the opportunity to present on air a chance to fulfil their dream. The role od community stations like Eastside Radio is to ensure our open door policy extends to all aspects of the community providing a true reflection of the society within which we live.”
The broadcast is at 6pm on Tuesday 3rd December 2103, on Eastside 89.7 FM. A podcast will be available after the show.
Windgap Foundation was recognised as a finalist in the NSW Disability Industry Innovation Awards 2013 for the innovative partnerships it created last year for the ‘Making Airwaves’ project.
Serhat Oguz, Windgap’s CEO, fully supports and encourages innovation at Windgap: “Speaking out on radio is a big step out of your comfort zone for anyone, and I’m impressed by the team’s confidence and how quickly they are learning. I hope that community partnerships such as ‘Making Airwaves’ will increase as we respond to the roll out of the NDIS over the next four years.”
Eastside Radio: http://eastsidefm.org/
Windgap website: http://www.windgap.org.au/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MakingAirwaves?ref=ts&fref=ts