Ex-SCA announcer encourages people to ‘burn their radios’ in response to ‘outdated workplace standards’
A former radio announcer, Paul ‘Browny’ Brown, has launched an evocative campaign along with a call-to-arms in response to “the radio industry’s outdated workplace standards”.
Brown said even though the radio industry appears to support mental health awareness and initiatives via on-air talk breaks and ad campaigns, it still suffers from a “suck it up” mentality, where staff are expected to just get on with it, regardless of how they are feeling.
Even though he has now left the industry, Brown said he has spoken to countless current and former employees, who echo his sentiment that it’s not quite right.
Thus, the Burn Your Radio campaign was born.
@wallofsoundau#BurnYourRadio #WallOfSoundAU #fyp #foryou #burn #staytuned♬ My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up) – Fall Out Boy
Brown reflected on his own experiences in radio, which left him drained and defeated.
“For over 12 years, I poured my heart and soul into the shows and stations I worked for, contributing countless hours of overtime to get it right (and get noticed) whilst trying my absolute best to get the bands I knew and loved airtime,” he said.
“But behind all the radio shows, career highlights, various station roles and successful on-air campaigns, there were countless dark periods where I struggled with my mental health and unfortunately, I’d get stuck in my ways reflecting on the negative moments (and believe me there were LOTS of them) more so than the positives and in the end, it all became too much.”
He said he hopes the campaign leads to different outcomes for those stuck in the same cycle.
“I hope this campaign encourages conversation amongst the industry (and every line of work) for staff members to reach out to one another and make sure they’re doing everything they can to help each other through rough patches, where they’re feeling physically and/or mentally drained, and all they need is for someone to acknowledge their struggles and assist them with getting the help they need to make it through those dark times,” he said.
Brown was an announcer across various Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) radio stations including 105.9 Star FM in Orange, Hot FM in Gladstone, Hit105 in Brisbane and Triple M Brisbane.
SCA lends its support to Beyond Blue via various initiatives, and runs various on-air awareness promotions including Triple M’s No Talk Day. Internally, SCA also has a mental health strategy for its staff.
Brown now runs Wall of Sound, and recently spoke about some of his experiences in radio alongside former co-host Chris Baskerville.
SCA was approached for comment.