People of the Air radio group: people with cognitive differences making radio

13245429_10153662752022898_8697857620926356113_nSince late 2015 a group of outspoken self-advocates from Brisbane have been making radio for the first time.

Meeting once a month at the offices of WWILD or the Community Living Association, the group have interviewed a range of guests so far.

Of interest to the Community Radio world is their interview with Steve Richardson.

Steve has vision-impairment and has been producing community radio for 20 years with the RPH network. He has been on the boards of 4RPH and the national network of RPH and currently produces his own weekly show, Access All Areas on 4RPH in Brisbane.

Listen in Brisbane, First Tuesday of the month at 7pm, Zed Digital. The People of the Air share a show with Zed Digital’s Only Human.

NOTE: You need a digital radio to listen in


Hear some of our other shows on Soundcloud here:

Your favourite free audio editor has accessibility

Audacity has built in accessibility features to assist vision-impaired radio producers.

A very important feature of Audacity is the ability to fully manipulate the selection using the keyboard.

Screen reader access works very well on Windows. Mac OS X screen reader support now requires considerable adjustment following a transition to wxWidgets 3, but a 2.1.1 accessible build is available on our Mac OS X downloads page. Screen reader support still needs further development on Linux.

See the Audacity Wiki here:

There is also and Audacity For The Blind email list here:

ACMA: Digital radio offers accessibility for PWD

The Australian Communications and Media Authority released a 2010 report into the possibilities of digital radio in providing important services to PWD.

Some of the developments included:

  • captioned radio for the deaf
  • accessible design developments
  • digital radio for the blind or vision impaired
  • emergency warnings notifications for people with sensory impariments delivered via digital radio

Read the full report here (pdf download):

Budget threat to CR funding

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An important message from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia:

The Federal Budget has failed to maintain funding for metropolitan community digital radio services in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. The CBAA has launched a campaign to show just how much support there is for our sector and how important it is to secure our digital future.

The Federal Budget contains cuts of $1.4 million p.a., funding that currently keeps community radio stations broadcasting on digital in 5 capital cities. Community radio’s standing alongside public and commercial broadcasters is at risk.

Please, sign here and make sure your friends know about it so they can sign it too.
In the midst of a very close election campaign I believe we can turn this funding shortfall around, but the only thing that will make a difference is you, and everyone who cares about the future of community radio.

Keep the Community in Your Radio by adding your voice.

You can also:

  1. Sign our petition
  2. Share our Facebook post on your station page
  3. Forward this email to others at your station
  4. Tweet using our hashtag – #keepcommunityradio