Arts Alive, a one-hour, weekly national arts and culture current affairs radio program has celebrated the broadcast of its 300th episode.
Arts Alive has been in continuous production since April 1997 and is syndicated to over forty community stations in all parts of Australia by satellite via the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) and the Aboriginal Program Exchange in Melbourne (TAPE).
The program is produced in Melbourne by the Independent Media Foundation, a collaborative team of program makers principally students in media, journalism and PR at RMIT, young working professionals, and recent graduates.
Arts Alive won the CBAA/LOUD award for best radio program in regular production and one episode was nominated in the Best Radio Feature category of the 1997 Walkley Awards. It is also published each week as an E-journal in Real Audio at http://www.vicnet.net.au/~artsalive .
It “consistently achieves high standards of presentation and is well recognised as being at the forefront of arts in Australia, not simply for its ability to cover high profile artists and events, but also for its recognition of undiscovered talent in this country.” Regular contributors are Nicole Findlay, Jess Miles, Nina-Marie Petrik, Leslie Brannigan, Lan Quach, Vincent Fok, and Vincent O’Donnell. Several past contributors to the program have gone on to achieve great things including Fiona Parker (ABC/RRR), Nicole Foote (JJJ), Alicia Gorey (JJJ), and Kate Thwaites (ABC).