North Metro TAFE’s radio courses continue to go from strength to strength, with yet another student hired, this time by Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) Bunbury.
Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Radio Broadcasting) student, Monique Gundry has been recruited by SCA Bunbury’s Imaging and Production team as a producer for HOT-FM and RadioWest.
Prior to her recruitment, Monique was the Production Manager and Breakfast host for Boom Radio.
Boom Radio is North Metro TAFE’s student run radio station designed to provide students with tangible experience running a station before entering the industry.
Students complete placements on commercial radio stations organised through Redwave Media and in their final year are immersed in the day to day operation of Boom Radio to simulate working life in the industry.
Coupled with her responsibilities as Production Manager and Breakfast host, Monique hosted Boom’s late night Drum and Bass show that has been nominated for ‘Best Music Show’ by international college radio platform RadioFlag.
North Metro TAFE’s radio training is an industry leader in the field and Boom Radio presenters are sought after by commercial stations across the country to host their shows.
Last year Boom Radio was awarded ‘College Radio Station of the Year 2015’ at the RadioFlag, RadioStar Awards in the USA and in 2015, four students and Boom Radio hosts were hired for two different radio stations.
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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.”
Commercial radio is highly competitive, so when one of our students is hired by the industry it’s a big achievement, let alone the hiring of a whole presenting team. In the past two weeks we’ve had exactly that happen, twice.
In an unprecedented two weeks for Central’s radio portfolio, four of our Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Radio Broadcasting) students and Boom radio hosts have been picked up for two different shows on two different radio stations.
Boom Radio duo; Christian Dichiera and Kane Coelho have agreed to be the breakfast show hosts for ZOO-FM in Dubbo NSW. Christian and Kane currently host the Boom Drive show and have just two weeks to farewell their listenership before heading east.
While the broadcast team of Tim Collins and Tayla Golesworthy will be moving to Radio 97 in Tweed Heads in NSW to host the breakfast show. The now former Boom Radio breakfast show presenters will soon be heard from the Gold Coast to the Northern Rivers in Queensland.
Getting hired individually is a hard enough, but to have two complete Boom Radio shows recruited for two different industry breakfast shifts is a huge endorsement of the training here at Central as well as the talent at Boom Radio.
The employment of these two radio teams is yet another triumph in an already stellar year for the Central Radio portfolio, which is arguably reaching world class standards in training for the world of radio.
For the first time ever Central’s Boom Radio had the opportunity to compete against college radio stations from around the world and guess what… we won, twice.
2015 was the first year that applications outside of the USA and Canada have been accepted for the RadioStar Awards.
Boom Radio, Central’s student-run music station, won two awards including Best Music Show for the local music program Booms Backyard, a show dedicated to promoting local music including Central music student’s recordings.
Boom Radio also won Best Artist for a radio station that introduces, promotes and supports a local artist to the college platform. Boom introduced Kat Wilson, a former Central music student to the college radio scene with great success.
RadioFlag is an organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting college radio. It presents the RadioStar Awards to celebrate and reward the fresh original content of college radio and elevate it to a larger audience.
The RadioStar awards feature a panel of judges consisting of radio industry professionals, RadioStar Blog writers, and RadioFlag interns who all share a passion for college radio while still ‘keeping it real’.
With Boom Radio confirmed as an international leader, it shows out students are tuned in to original broadcasting.