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Broadcasting during fires and emergencies

Wednesday 15 January, 2020

The weather has eased a little, giving bushfire fighters a much needed reprieve, but the fire season is still not over and local radio stations continue to do what they can to keep their communities informed.

Over the past ten years, Steve Ahern’s company AMT has worked on disaster and emergency response plans for Australian and International government agencies and disaster relief organisations such as the Red Cross to develop and deliver training for those facing emergencies. He shares some insights and guidelines.


Bushfires affecting 80 community stations around Australia

Wednesday 15 January, 2020

Nearly 80 community radio stations are broadcasting in fire affected areas of Australia.

With around 450 stations in the sector, community broadcasters are represented in most larger towns in Australia. Many of them are staffed by small handfuls of volunteers who keep the station on air in normal circumstances, but during the current bush fire situation, many of those stations are facing severe pressure on their people and resources.

Fires hit ABC Radio's Batemans Bay transmitter

Tuesday 07 January, 2020

In an example of radio industry cooperation during adversity, commercial network Grant Broadcasters is working with the ABC on the South Coast of NSW to keep transmissions on air during the fires in that area.

As fires raged through the area last week, the ABC’s Mt Wandera transmission site at Bateman's Bay was disabled by flames (see pictures below) and is expected to take some time to repair.

"Radio was all we had." How a TV exec escaped the fires

Monday 06 January, 2020

Most readers will remember Jason Morrison from his years as a presenter on 2GB and 2UE.

Since 2015, he's been 7News Director, Sydney. Like many Australians he and his young family was taking a well earned Christmas break when they found themselves surrounded by bushfires.

Jason was kind enough to share his observations with us:

Radio Network fights fires on many fronts

Monday 28 October, 2013

It's what this medium does best

When fires swept through NSW the other week (and are still going in some regions) radio networks with mulitple stations found themselves on emergency broadcast footing at many of them. Grant Broadcasters' stations happen to be in many of the markets that were affected. David Rogerson, (beloe left) Group Director - Programming and Content at Grant Broadcasters tells how his network sprung into action.

More community stations become Emergency Broadcasters in lead up to CBAA Conference

Friday 22 October, 2010

Two more Victorian community radio stations have become official emergency broadcasters in time for the bushfire season. The Minister for Emergency Services Bob Cameron announced that Stereo 974 FM in Brooklyn and Plenty Valley FM will both take on the emergency broadcasters role in a further bid to boost emergency messaging to communities in times of need. Emergency broadcasting will be an important topic at this weekend’s Community Broadcasting Conference in Hobart.


Marysville and UGFM rise from the ashes

Monday 12 July, 2010

It was a big day for the tiny Victorian hamlet of Marysville, which was all but destroyed during the bushfires of 2009 as Prime Minister Julia Gillard chose it as the venue for her first official engagement in that state. It was also a big day for local community station UGFM who scored an interview with her and Victorian Premier John Brumby during their live outside broadcast at the Marysville SES.

UG FM first Community Broadcaster to sign Emergency Broadcasting MOU

Monday 26 April, 2010

Southern Community Media Association (SCMA) member UG FM, Alexandra, has become the first Community Broadcaster in Australia to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in regard to Emergency Broadcasting.

UGFM and the Victorian Office of Emergency Services Commissioner formalized the MOU at studio complex of UGFM in Alexandra. UG FM played a vital role in Emergency Broadcasting during the Black Saturday fires and continues to broadcast recovery information to its area.

It was literally raining fire: How Radio Murrindindi survived Black Saturday

Thursday 26 November, 2009

“Now that all the media hype is gone [after the bushfires], our community radio station is still there during the recovery, which will go on for years,” says Peter Weeks who tells radioinfo this week how his station, Radio Murrindindi UGfm, survived the Black Saturday Bushfires and is now helping to rebuild the community around Marysville.

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