Hey Hobart


Earlier this month I had the chance to drop into Edge Radio in Hobart to meet the young volunteers who are producing Street Rag Radio and hear about their plans for the show and online presence.

Our local Young Media Leader, Honni, has recruited 5 passionate volunteers who brainstorm interview ideas, book talent, write questions, host and record the live show and edit the audio for SYN Nation and podcasting on the SYN website.

The show sounds great! One-hour long form interviews allow young Tasmanian interviewees to tell their story with depth whilst giving the interviewers media skills and an opportunity to highlight the perspectives and experiences they find most interesting.

The Media Hub volunteers (or ‘Hubbies’ as they’re known around Edge!) came together for a meeting while I was at the station and brainstormed everything from making a viral video and producing spoken word essays for radio to interviewing Miley Cyrus and holding a live music event in

The creativity and passion of these volunteers was so contagious I started to think I should be chasing interviews with mega stars across Australia!

Meeting the volunteers that Honni has assembled to produce Street Rag got me so excited about this project and the potential to link up young Tasmanians with the mainland. There is a particular isolation in being separated by water, one that is amplified by the isolation young people in non-metropolitan areas often experience.

The idea that media could be used to broadcast the opinions and experiences of young people to the whole of Australia opens new possibilities for young people in Tassie. A new opportunity has been granted to all the volunteers and interviewees who take part in Street Rag Radio and I look forward to hearing even more diverse Tasmanian stories!

– Tess


Street Rag Radio airs on SYN Nation on Monday nights at 7pm, and on Edge Radio from 4pm on a Thursday. You can meet the hosts of the show here, and listen to a Hobart-produced radio short here.

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