SYN Media Hub goes live in Byron Bay
Last week I got to visit the sunny shores of Byron Bay and meet the staff and incredible young volunteers at Bay FM.
Bay FM is the centre of a close community; everyone from the guy who made me a coffee to my airport transfer driver listens to the station and knows the range of personalities and viewpoints that the station provides. The combination of this close and engaged community and a partnership with SYN has seen a flow of young people turning up to the station to get involved with the local Media Hub.
Since the start of the project, Young Media Leader Jack Long has taken on a range of new challenges including writing a project plan, recruiting volunteers and radio training at Bay FM. Though Jack has learnt so much already, this is only the beginning! Jack and his team of 8+ Media Hub volunteers have now been on air for just two weeks and are undergoing radio training at the station, every week learning more about their strengths and weaknesses and generally having a ball.
I was lucky enough to sit in the studio with these budding broadcasters while they discussed everything from Instagram to identity. In that crowded little studio with a team of overexcited teenagers playing music, telling stories and sharing their experiences of life in the Byron Shire, I couldn’t help but think that this is exactly what this project is about. Bay FM is providing these volunteers with an incredible opportunity to have their voices heard and the space to learn and grow.
As someone who has seen firsthand the positive effect that having this freedom to broadcast has had on my confidence and communication skills, I can’t wait to see what these volunteers achieve and explore on their show.