Something in the AIR

Tune into a community radio station just about anywhere in the country and the chances are you’ll hear a news bulletin delivered by the team at AIR News.

Launched in 2004, Australian Independent Radio (AIR) News is an Australia-wide service, delivering news bulletins as ‘ready to air’ items.  

It’s the brain-child of veteran broadcaster Artie Stevens, who keeps the operation running, while also editing and recording news.

“We saw a niche in the market in primarily helping community radio stations, who’d been let down in news.  And that’s not a criticism, that’s just how it was.

“We saw that niche in the market and we’ve been able to capitalise on it.  And we’ve had constant growth over the 14 years. Not one month where we haven’t see growth.”

With a roster of 7-8 news presenters/journalists, AIR news can be heard on 200 frequencies across the country in what Stevens describes as the ‘smallest newsroom with the biggest reach’.

Presenters include former Triple M Hot Breakfast newsreader Sarah Patterson and former Triple M & 3AW journalist Lesley Yeomans. Two others are based overseas.

“I look up to them, I really do. And they don’t work for me. They work with me. And they’re all very good at what they do and I rely on their experiences.

“All our people have a home set up and access to a ‘virtual’ news desk, where they can log-in and produce a quality news bulletin.”

AIR news delivers a service from 6am to midnight, which Stevens says is not generic and reflects state specific elements such as AFL/NRL.

It means those client stations can provide their listeners with a quality product without the expense of setting up and running an in-house newsroom.

Although not actively recruiting at the moment, Artie says he’s always happy to hear from anyone, who might be interested in what AIR does.

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