YOUNG people are taking to the airwaves in Warrnambool but are being heard all around the world thanks to a new project.
Local community station 3WAY FM has teamed with Brophy Family and Youth Services and Melbourne-based youth-run media organisation SYN to create shows which are being broadcast on the SYN Nation digital and online stations.
Heavy metal show Screamway and alternative program Night Sky Radio air on both 3WAY FM and SYN Nation, while locally recorded news and information programs The Difference, This Is Everything and Grown Ups are broadcast exclusively on SYN Nation.
The same project is also helping produce the shows Warrnambool Youth Radio and Waveform Live, which are local programs aimed at young people and broadcast exclusively on 3WAY FM. Kulcha Shift project worker and SYN young media leader Sam Moloney said the programs were teaching people aged 12 to 25 new skills and self-confidence.
“We’ve had young people come in who never had an interest in radio and it was just suggested to them and now they’re on the air, running their own panel, doing the edits themselves and writing scripts,” Moloney said. “(Initially) they were terrified about going live ... but this is giving people more confidence.” While SYN is based in Melbourne, its national youth media project has been rolled out in Warrnambool, Canberra, Hobart, Gippsland and Byron Bay as a trial project this year.
Head to 3wayfm.org.au and syn.org.au for program times and details.