I began working in community radio in 2007 when I was in year 11, volunteering at Jazz FM on the Gold Coast. After 3-year stint at Brisbane station 4ZZZ, I decided to test my skills and relocated to Sydney, taking on the Station Coordinator position at 2RRR.
A stand out moment in my career would be going back to one of the first events I organized for 4ZZZ, for the opening night fundraiser of the 2011 Radiothon. It was incredibly stressful and I had no idea what I was doing, but with the support of Zed management it all came together. Working on the event really opened my eyes to how far and deep the bonds go between a station and the community it serves, and the validation that what the community sector is doing. This was just one of the many many eye-openers that I’ve experienced while working in community broadcasting. One of the greatest things about the sector is these moments never seem to stop occurring.
It’s hard to pinpoint just one learning curve, as I feel I learn something new about the sector, the people involved and the communities we care for every day. The biggest learning curve is learning how to adjust any preconceived ideas or notions that I may have and finding flexible solutions for all involved.
If I had known then what I know now, I probably would have done a degree in the technical operations of a radio station! The complexities, idiosyncrasies and importance of having technical knowledge would definitely be beneficial to my wider skillset.
I have been extremely lucky to have developed many of my skills and knowledge about the sector under the guidance of some incredible women. I have seen their struggles and battles, but they give me inspiration every day.