Australia’s longest running educational and community radio station Radio Adelaide first opened in 1972, and is now facing possible closure before Christmas.
The station’s home at 228 North Terrace was sold 12 months ago by The University of Adelaide to help fund its new medical school. However, they have yet to be relocated and the University is considering a number of options including shutting down the station.
A petition was created to save Radio Adelaide from closure and gathered over 2,000 supporters in just 24 hours.
Station worker Anthony Nocera says what separates Radio Adelaide from a lot of other community stations in South Australia is how longstanding it is.
“We have the support and structures in place to provide industry recognised training in radio and media to people from all over the community,” Anthony says.
Anthony hosts and produces The Range every Tuesday afternoon and also helps out with weekly queer show Pride and Prejudice every Thursday night.
Anthony says participating in student radio helped him find his passion and is the reason he pursued writing and working within the media.
“It’s a confidence thing. In order to really do something, to go after it and make it happen for yourself, you need to feel as though there are opportunities for you,” he says.
“For me, and I think for a lot of other people, Radio Adelaide was that opportunity. It’s a really special place.”
The loss of Radio Adelaide would be a loss for the community and the vitality of Adelaide's media landscape.
The station prides itself on diversity and gives a voice to people whether they be queer, non-English speaking, Indigenous or anything else in between. They provide hands on experience for media students at both UniSA and The University of Adelaide and showcase an array of local music.
The lack of support and funding for creative industries seems to be an ongoing issue and Anthony says attitudes towards the arts need to change.
“Too often artists and creatives are seen as hobbyists who need to do real work and then be creative on the side,” Anthony says.
“If you look at the creatives and community media in Adelaide, you’ll see people doing remarkable work that is being recognised on a national, and sometimes international scale, on a shoestring budget.”
“I think if we change the attitudes and see them as real and important pursuits that contribute in a huge way to our community, we’ll be willing to put more money into them.”
So whether you’re a student, musician or simply a casual radio listener, you should care about Radio Adelaide.
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