Central’s student run Boom Radio has just been awarded ‘College Radio Station of the Year 2015’ at the RadioFlag, RadioStar Awards in the USA.
The success of Boom Radio is due to Central’s commitment to providing students with real industry experience and a live broadcasting channel.
Students in their final year of the Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Radio) run Boom Radio. They are immersed in the day-to-day responsibilities of a commercial radio station before entering the industry.
Before working on the station, radio students complete work placements on commercial radio stations organised through Redwave Media, to develop industry networks and practical experience.
It has been a successful twelve months for Boom Radio with presenter Ophelia Standley Thompson winning best music show for ‘Full Metal Jacket’ at the RadioStar Fall Awards held in July 2015.
Earlier in 2015 Central Alumni member Gemma Maddox won the Australian Commercial Radio Award (ACRA) for ‘Best Music Director’ in a country market for her work on the Max FM station in Taree NSW.
RadioFlag is US based organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting college radio. At the end of each year, RadioFlag chooses a College Radio ‘Station of the Year’ winner. It presents the award to the college station that demonstrates the best unified effort to grow their audience and connect with listeners.
Central is an industry leader in radio training and development, with Boom Radio presenters sought after by commercial stations to host their shows.
Course Coordinator Phillip Vinciullo credited the internationally recognised success of Boom Radio to a learning environment dedicated to delivering on industry needs and expectations.
“In 2015 four radio students and Boom Radio hosts were hired for two different shows on two different radio stations”, he said.
“We have an excellent strike rate for our graduates.”