Outback students record war history for ABC popup station

Nervously, they filed in to the main ABC Western Queensland studio, whispering and quietly giggling. but they knew they had an important job to do.

The students from Blackall were recording the names of the 50 of the 62,000 Australians who died in World War One.

Over the last few months, staff in ABC regional stations have been involved in an extraordinary project to record primary school age students reciting the names of those recorded on the World War 1 Roll Of Honour at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

During June, an estimated 1300 students from regional cities, towns and villages paid a visit to their local ABC station, sometimes travelling several hundred kilometres, to record the names.

In the weeks leading up to these recordings, the students practiced their allocated names, learned more about the people behind their names, and reflected on war and peace.

The soundscape will be officially launched on Monday.

To coincide with the launch, ABC radio is featuring a special pop up station on ABC Extra where people will hear many of these recordings, as well as insights into how the students and the children reacted to this extraordinary project. There’s a two hour loop which will run through next week.  The station commences at 0600 next Monday 4th August.

The pop up station  can be found on ABC Extra in those markets with digital radio, streaming at abc.net.au/radio, and on ABC Extra on the ABC Radio app.

The operations team at RN, particularly Tim Nicastri and Russell Stapleton, created the beautifully crafted piece that will be heard on air.


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