Boom Producer a HOT-FM Commodity

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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Boom Radio Wins College Radio Station of the Year

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.”

Gala honour for radio graduate

Despite being barely three years old, Central’s Diploma of Radio course has delivered its very first ACRA award winner.

Currently in their 27th year, the ACRAs (radio equivalent to the Logies) are a celebration of the vast talent pool that drives the Australian Commercial Radio industry. The awards are designed to recognise excellence in all areas of radio broadcasting including news, talk, sport, music and entertainment.

All 33 award categories are peer judged, with judging panels comprised of industry members.

Radio alumni student Gemma Maddox won ‘Best Music Director’ in a country market for her work at the Max FM station in Taree, NSW. Gemma graduated from Central in 2013.

The annual awards were held at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre and this national recognition is an outstanding achievement for Gemma.

The pedigree of Central’s training further cemented with the fact that at the same event, Gemma’s former lecturer and course co-founder Russell Torrance, won a Best Show Producer award for his recent work at Wave FM in Wollongong, NSW. (See Gemma Interviewed on Prime 7 TV)



Breakfast Boom

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.

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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.

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Boom Killed At The RadioStar

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.

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From the ground to the air

Whatever age you are, and whatever profession you are in, Central can make your desired career switch happen.  The latest shining example is Lauren McWhirter, who as I write this is driving from Perth across the country to Dubbo, to begin her new career as a radio presenter.

Lauren was firmly established in her career in the field of geology, but like many, had a yearning for another vocation.  To find out how she made the big switch, I got hold of Lauren, mid-journey in Port Augusta, and once again reunited with the wonders of Wi-Fi…

Where were you working in Geology and how long had you been in the industry?

I worked for Fortescue Metals Group at their Cloudbreak site in the Pilbara as a Mine Geologist and then in their Perth Office as a Resource Geologist.  All up it was from Jan 2007 until May 2012.

What made you decide to change?

I wasn’t happy anymore and the money wasn’t worth not enjoying going to work.  I didn’t want to look at rocks anymore…I wanted to play rock!  I’ve always had an interest in radio, having volunteered with RTRFM since 2007.  I was just too scared to actually go on air!  I guess when I was younger I never really knew there was such a thing as a job in radio, and also I felt obliged to my parents to do something ‘smart’ if that makes sense? My Dad finished school at 14 and spent a lot of money and his time earning it to send me to a good school…

Once you had made your mind up to pursue a career in radio, how did you know what to do next?

Image of career changing radio graduate I realised when I had decided to take a six month holiday (from June until Dec 2012) that when I got back I didn’t want to go back to what I had been doing – geology.  I can’t remember what exactly set it off, but I started researching and checked out the ECU course and realised I didn’t want to do another Bachelor degree (and spend 3 years doing it!).

I can’t remember how I found it, but I found the Central course and three things stood out:

One, I could possibly get away with just taking one year off to study (which is all I could really afford).  Secondly, it was much less expensive than the BA at ECU.  Finally, it was just down the street from me.  I lived in Mount Hawthorn while doing the course so could ride my bike directly south for 2km and be at college!

What did you most like about Central’s radio course?

So many things. The passion that Russell, Phil and Annwen (lecturers) brought to all of their classes was nothing short of impressive. I was constantly astounded at how much they care about the students’ work and them being good enough to get a job (and also care about the students’ wellbeing).  This is what Central (I think) is great at – providing course material that is industry based.

The experience of having our own studios, participating in shows and having direction and course-work structured around fulfilling assessments built to get you a job in the ‘real world’ of radio clearly works! I have never done a course where students that have not even completed their first year are able to get paid employment in the field they are studying…it’s extraordinary.