Hamish and Andy pay for their SYNs

Hamish and Andy have lent their support – in cash – to SYN Media’s Pay for your SYNs fundraising campaign.

Celebrating SYN’s tenth year on air, the youth-led community broadcaster is calling on the public and its alumni to donate cash towards a long overdue studio upgrade project.

SYN estimates its alumni numbers over 12,000, with many now working at stations such as 3AW, Fox, Triple M, Nova, ABC 774, Channel 9, Channel 10 and Triple J.

SYN Alumni include Leon Sjogren, producer of Fifi and Jules, 3AW Breakfast producer Nicole Denton, triple J presenter Zan Rowe, Mornings with Jon Faine ABC 774 producer Dan Ziffer, as well as Hamish and Andy. 

SYN’s studios were fitted with second hand equipment when the station launched in 2003, and almost ten years on are in disrepair and in desperate need of an overhaul.

Motivated by their own memories of broken headphones and skipping CD players, ex-SYNners Hamish and Andy have paid for their SYNs, generously donating $1000 towards the $15,000 target needed to complete the studio upgrades.

Not only did Hamish and Andy start out at SYN, but so did their button-pusher Jack Post, better known as Cacklin’ Jack.

Hamish says, “If you stick with SYN you’re eventually going to get a good broadcaster… I mean, we were the misfires but someone good will come out of SYN, you’ve got to have faith.”

The campaign’s $15,000 target will supplement the $75,000 already raised by SYN through the support of the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust and the ANZ Trustees, bringing SYN to its goal of $90,000.

 With this money, the equipment in SYN’s existing two studios will be replaced and a third studio will be set up. This will enable SYN to broadcast a unique digital signal that will expand on the long-running 90.7FM service.

This project will ensure SYN can continue to offer broadcasting opportunities to young people well past its tenth birthday and into its teenage years.

The Pay for your SYNs fundraising campaign runs from 1 October and will culminate in a week-long radiothon from 22-29 October.

SYN provides training and broadcast opportunities to over 1000 people aged 12 to 26 every year.

To Pay for your SYNs and donate, visit syn.org.au (from 1 Oct) or call 9925 4747.