SYN’s Day Of Action – Community Radio Testimonies: Sally Whyte
The thing that is the absolute best about Community Radio is actually the community. It sounds cheesy, but it’s true. I moved to Melbourne in 2010 for Uni but until I joined SYN in 2011, I hadn’t found a place where I belonged. When I started SYN, sending an email to get involved seemed terrifying, but now I’m not afraid to tell the mainstream media that I deserve a job. Places like SYN and other community stations foster training and development in a professional sense, but also in a personal sense. I’ve met some of my closest friends through Community Radio, and felt a strong connection with the people listening at the other end. If Community Radio’s Digital Future is not guaranteed then people like me won’t find a place to belong, and listeners will be left with auto tuned pop stars and gotcha calls. A world without community radio is a scary place for shy girls from the country lost in big cities and for people who like radio made with love. Senator Conroy says he supports media diversity, it’s time to actually do something about it.