New resources to help community radio better include people with disability

Covers of new guides: one entitled Access for All with a smiling woman in glasses on the cover. The second cover is called Volunteer Stories and shows two radio producers who are blind in the studio.Community radio exists for everyone to have a voice. While there are some really great radio producers with disabilities in the community radio sector,  a real opportunity for voice still exists for many more!

For this reason, the Ability Radio Project’s Kim Stewart produced these guides with RPH Australia, the radio network providing Radio Reading services to the 34% of Australians with print disability. We want to encourage more people with disabilities to participate in community radio, and to help radio stations prepare for new volunteers.

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“Diversity and inclusion” amongst a range of new one-day training courses from the CMTO

Four radio trainees at 4ZZZ stand together in a room with graffiti and posters
Trainees at 4ZZZ

Get some fresh training! The Community Media Training Organisation are offering a range of new short one-day training courses that can be adjusted to suit the accessibility needs of your volunteers.

If you are a station manager or decision maker, now is the time to write your applications for training funding.

Have a look at what’s on offer here:

MEDIA RELEASE: Radio 4EB’s Katharina Loesche wins the CBAA National Features and Documentary Series 2018 with doco about Achilles Brisbane

CBAA press release: Radio 4EB, Brisbane’s Katharina Loesche has taken home the 2018 CBAA Community Radio Award in the National Features and Documentary Seriescategory for her radio documentary ‘The Runners’ Guide’.

In ‘The Runners’ Guide’, Katharina followed a running group of vision-impaired joggers, finding solutions to get exercise in the Brisbane area.

It was produced as part of the 2018 National Features and Documentary Series, an annual showcase of work by new and emerging Australian community radio producers.

It is now available as part of the fifth instalment of the NFDS, an annual showcase of work by new and emerging Australian community radio producers.

With training and mentoring provided by the Community Media Training Organisation (, eight producers based at community stations across the country turned their idea into a new half-hour feature for a national audience over 2018.

Discover all and previous year’s series at

Through these eight new features, individuals tell engaging stories about issues affecting their communities from mining to farming, mediating street drug use, exercising with impaired vision, and migration across generations. Works include:

  • The Runners’ Guide – Katharina Loesche (4EB, Brisbane)
  • Healthy Soils, Healthy Communities – Barry Green (Donnybrook Community Radio, Donnybrook)
  • Hear Our Voices – Aguer Athian (3ZZZ, Melbourne)
  • To Say I Am Home – Mahendra Chitrarasu (Radio Adelaide)
  • Hidden Carers – Meredith Gilmore (Coast FM 963, Gosford)
  • At The Coalface – Nikola Van de Wetering (4ZZZ, Brisbane)
  • The Shooting Gallery – Aoife Cooke (3CR, Melbourne)
  • Finding Voice – Mick Paddon and Humayun Reza (Eastside FM, Sydney)

Free for airplay on Australian community broadcasters, the series can be heard online at, through iTunes and your favourite podcast app or platform.

Produced with the assistance of the Department of Communications and the Arts via the Community Broadcasting Foundation

EVENT: Fostering your station’s accessibility @ #CBAAconf2018

Find out what you can do to make your station more accessible, and engage a largely untapped font of new and enthusiastic volunteers!

Sat November 10, 2018 at the 2018 Community Broadcasting Association of Australia Conference, Gold Coast Convention Centre.

This workshop, presented by Kim Stewart (4ZZZ and CMTO) and Emma Couch (CMTO), Sancha Donald from 2RPH and with special guest Alison Maclean.

Find out more at this link:

EVENT: The Runners Guide listening party, Brisbane

“My feature is about Barbara and Jane, both vision impaired, who were lonely and like one of the main characters said “me and my guide dog where getting fatter and fatter”. With the help of a wonderful initiative here in Brisbane, they changed their life around – they started running.”

Please join us for the listening party of:

The Runners’ Guide

– finalist in the National Documentaries and Features Series 2018, Community Radio Awards.

Get to meet Birgit, Barbara and Jane from Achilles Brisbane, producer Katharina (Radio 4EB) and her mentor Kim (Radio 4ZZZ) who are telling a very personal story of how running changed lives, even when there’s more to overcome than your “inner couch potato”…

Drinks & nibbles provided.

Limited seats available, please register.

General Admission $5 (box office).

Where:  at 4EB, 140 Main St, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane.

4:30-6pm Sunday October 21.

Facebook event link:

Katharina Loesche created her very first radio documentary for the National Documentary and Features Series with the Community Media Training Organisation.  She talks about it here (link)

She is a radio producer who convenes 4EB Brisbane’s German Show and provides content for radio for SBS’s Your Language

Link to SBS site:

CMTO Video competition: show us what you do to include more PWD at your station

Did you know that more than a quarter of community radio listeners have a disability?

We need more of them on the radio and YOU can help make that happen. Show us what you are doing as a station to make community radio more accessible to people with a disability (PWD).

Make a short video (3-5 minutes) giving us a look inside your station at what you are doing to be more accessible and inclusive for PWD.  Your video will help other stations be more accessible too!

The CMTO are offering $500 to the station that makes the best video as judged by the people!

You can use professional video equipment if you have it, or you can use a smart phone, as long as the quality is good enough for us to see and hear the exciting things happening at your station.  We prefer 720p quality.

If you haven’t got a camera, or any experience making a video, check out these handy video, iphone and smart phone guides.

The deadline for this competition is March 1, 2018. Click here for more information on the guidelines

UPDATE:  Deadline now June 1!