Future Stars of Radio

Staff Writer

AFTRS most recent radio graduates are currently airing their pop-up station called NEXT FM which will stay live until the end of this week.

The students build the station and its online presence from scratch and then perform all roles from announcing, production and management.

We got in touch with the NEXT FM team to find out a bit about them and their radio aspirations (and not all of them want to be on-air !!).

They also show us a bit of their personalities with this tour of the station….

or see the video here

Charley Kaos
Charley aspires to work as part of an Online Content Team at a music station. She has a passion for visual communication specialising in graphic design, photography & film.

Charley actively utilises social media for networking and promoting her creative work. Her current obsessions are Instagram and Pinterest.


Tian Gerrand
His talents are announcing, producing, panelling and anything to do with I.T! Proficient in Nexgen, Protools, Garage Band, Voxpro, Flashmics etc.

Tian would love a job announcing, panelling and/or producing a top 40 or talk formatted radio station in regional or metro areas. Fluent in conversational Mandarin Chinese, is a Scout Leader, loves to help people and loves Sushi.


Matt Heap
Has six years experience hosting his own youth and rock music program ‘The Whole Heap’ on community radio station Shoalhaven FM.

Has a degree in Journalism from The University of Wollongong and is keen to work in tactics or on-air as a music presenter.


Emmeline Peterson
Four years experience at Triple H, hosting a youth music program called Communication Breakdown, interviewing and playing some of Australia's best up and coming bands.

Em has worked at 2GB for almost three years now, currently working as a casual producer and call vetter, and is looking to furthering her career in producing at music stations.


Mark Krivo
His goal is to be in an on-air drive or breakfast team. Mark’s strengths lie in announcing, comedy, writing and production.

Prior to studying at AFTRS, Mark worked for 3 years in financial planning and has a degree in international business. He has also eaten crickets.


Joseph Groth
Hopes to be a major on air talent and aspires to work in a capital city one day. Moved to Sydney last year to achieve his ultimate goal of being a major radio personality; Joseph currently works as a bartender in Kings Cross.

His talents include announcing, show producing and production. He is active on social media and is proficient in Nexgen, Protools, Selector & Voxpro.


Murray Ryan
Passionate about music, plays in a band and is constantly working towards making something musically interesting. Hosts a community radio show called a Pinch of Salt which is on Wednesday nights, where it’s so late it’s technically early.

Murray is hoping one day to become a Music Director for a Sydney Metro station.


Keegan Thomson
His talents lie off air in producing and digital content. He enjoys working in organisational team roles and has a Certificate III in Live Production, Theatre & Events (Technical Operations).

Keegan is hoping to be part of an off air team such as a program producer or as part of the digital content team.

Asher DeGrey
Asher grew up in the entertainment industry. His father (Calvin DeGrey) and grandfather (Slim DeGrey) were well-known Australian comedians. Starting stand up comedy at 13, he was the first 15 year old to open a Sydney Comedy Festival.

Asher’s talents are announcing, comedy & production. Asher hopes to be part of a breakfast or drive team.


See their website here and Facebook page here

You can stream the station here and since Friday they have also been broadcasting in Western Sydney on 100.7FM.

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