Australia’s oldest Community radio station, Radio Adelaide is under threat of being shutdown.
The University of Adelaide’s review of Radio Adelaide has outlined five options for the future of the community station.
Publically, the station community is keen to work with the University to give the station the best chance to prosper as an independent entity and has released a statement (below) as well as a public petition and social media campaign to save it.
CBAA Chief Executive Officer Jon Bisset has spoken out in support of the station:
“Radio Adelaide was a foundation community radio station, and today continues as a cornerstone in training for the sector and the production of popular and innovative content. The future of community radio in South Australia needs a strong Radio Adelaide, and we urge the University to ensure that the station continues to provide these valuable services to the University and wider community into the future.”
Save Radio Adelaide
The future of Radio Adelaide is on the line.
Radio Adelaide, Australia’s longest running community radio station, is calling upon supporters to speak out, before it’s too late.
The University of Adelaide sold Radio Adelaide’s home at 228 North Terrace to help fund its new Medical School. It was a choice made a year ago in full knowledge of the implications for the station, and it came with a commitment to relocate Radio Adelaide.
After 12 months of review and costings, time is running out to relocate Radio Adelaide before 228 North Terrace is demolished.
A decision, and funds commitment was expected in November, but instead the University has opened another brief consultation period that pushes a decision closer to Christmas. The station community is concerned that this is a precursor to shutting the station down.
The University review of Radio Adelaide outlines five options for the future. Radio Adelaide believes three of these options would see the station close, either immediately or soon after. Radio Adelaide urges the University to commit to a 3-5 year staged transition, consistent with their independent review option 2. The station community is keen to work with the University to give this iconic Adelaide radio station the best chance to prosper as an independent entity.
Radio Adelaide is a multi-award winning community radio station broadcasting a wide range of news, current affairs, social issues, arts and music. We are heard 24/7 across metropolitan Adelaide and SA regional areas on 101.5FM and Digital Radio, with streaming, podcasts and on demand via our website at radio.adelaide.edu.au.
Radio Adelaide has been part of South Australia’s public life for 43 years. In 1972 the University of Adelaide had the vision to start and then support the first educational community radio station in Australia. Since then, thousands of volunteer program makers have passed through our studios, speaking up for our diverse community. Many have gone on to achieve amazing things in the media, public and cultural life.
We want to continue that journey.
Radio Adelaide urges members of the community to respond to the discussion paper and to provide their own views of the importance of Radio Adelaide to the community and the University.
To read the consultation documents, submit your views and sign our petition please visit:www.saveradioadelaide.org