New resources to help community radio better include people with disability

Community radio exists for everyone to have a voice. While there are some really great radio producers with disabilities in the community radio sector,  a real opportunity for voice still exists for many more!

For this reason, we produced these guides with RPH Australia, the radio network providing Radio Reading services to the 34% of Australians with print disability. We want to encourage more people with disabilities to participate in community radio, and to help radio stations prepare for new volunteers.

Some of the topics for stations include:

    • Get Reading
    • Access for all
    • Who’s out there?
    • New volunteers
    • Accessibility shopping list

And for people with disabilities or prospective Radio Readers who might think radio is something they want to try, but don’t know where to start, we made:

    • Pitching your program
    • Planning and researching a radio reading programs
    • Presenting skills for Radio Readers
    • Introduction to the studio
    • Social media with screen readers

You can find the Radio Reading Resources for stations and for volunteers on the RPH Australia website.

There is also a series of video interviews with RPH and non-RPH volunteers on their experiences in the sector. Watch them here.

We developed these community media training resources to support the Regional Development project, which aims to broaden the national reach of Radio Reading services to reach people with a print disability living in regional and remote areas.

The resources have been created by Kim Stewart for RPH Australia utilising original materials developed by the Community Media Training Organisation (CMTO). Produced with the assistance of the Department of Communications and the Arts through the Community Broadcasting Foundation. We also thank our project partners: Tagged PDF and the CMTO.

RPH Australia is supporting stations, outside the current Radio Reading Network, to produce new, diverse, quality local programming made by and for people with a print disability in their community. Contact them to find out more.

Radio Reading programming aims to meet the information needs of people with a print disability (those who are unable to effectively access printed material due to visual, physical or cognitive impairment, age or low literacy).

It provides a voice for people in our community with a print disability and caters directly to their information needs and interests.


Home Truths: New community radio series dispels some myths

Home Truths, original songs of homeless men in Brisbane featuring th. e Whoopeedo CrewHomelessness is the subject of many myths. While most people think drugs are to blame, rather poverty, disability  and family violence are some of the main reasons people find themselves with no where to go.

Home Truths is the product of a series of weekly radio and music groups at OzCare men’s homelessness shelter facilitated by 4ZZZ and the Whoopeedo Crew. 

Over five months in 2018 relationships, stories and songs developed into an enlightening and poignant illustration of how music can connect people to community.

Executive producer, Kim Stewart says, “Reconnecting to community is important for  people experiencing homelessness. Through music and the amazing songwriting work of Tom Smith, we were able to create a musical community to allow stories to flow naturally and in an environment of equality.

“I hope this series helps listeners better understand the challenges of men’s homelessness and dispel some of the myths around why people become homeless. The series is advocacy journalism in action.”

Produced by Kim Stewart, Craig Garrett, Renee Jones, and Nic Huntington.

Home Truths will be broadcast over five weeks on 4ZZZ 102.1fm, 6th May at 12 noon, replayed on Zed Digital at 6:30 on Tuesdays from May 7 and available On Demand for six weeks from

Only Human 4ZZZ seeks input from people with disabilities

Only Human is a weekly radio program broadcast on 4ZZZ and Zed Digital in Brisbane.  The regular team include Kim Stewart, Madonna Brady and Steve Kerridge.  We welcome casual or regular contributors to provide content on disability-related issues.  We can offer you training and support to do this!

You don’t have to be in Brisbane to do this, we encourage people with disabilities from over Queensland.

Tune in to 4ZZZ at 102.1fm in Brisbane, Mondays 12 noon. Zed Digital 6pm Tuesdays. Or you can stream live online or on-demand at the 4ZZZ website:

Email to find out more.

Radio groups in West End for 2018

Ever wanted to be on radio but were not sure how to start?  Have a story to tell or a song to sing?  It’s FREE to attend.

We are holding radio groups with the Whoopeedo Crew

in West End every Friday morning until December.  Join us at:

  • OzCare Men’s Hostel 48 Peel St, South Brisbane
  • Friday’s at 10am-12noon
  • email to find out more


TR2C project with Whoopee-do Crew bringing radio to community in inner Brisbane

18700247_1925783024332274_4572706074774982525_nThe Brisbane City Council has supported a groundbreaking community radio collaboration with 4ZZZ, The Whoopee-do Crew, OzCare West End and West End Community House’s “Taking radio to the community” project to start this August.

4ZZZ Station Advocate for People With a Disability, Kim Stewart, will get musicians and 4ZZZ journalists together with disadvantaged and homeless aspiring musos at OzCare shelter and see what happens!

Tom Smith from the Whoopee-do Crew has been helping people in the community write songs about their lives and performing them at community events for the last few years.

In conjunction with radio producers and trainees from 4ZZZ we are going to turn that experience into recordings and interviews, teaching each other about our lives and sharing out skills in a two-way learning experience.

Outcomes for the participants, who will come from the Brisbane homeless community, include skills development in voice, scripting, storytelling, interview techniques, working collaboratively, using recording equipment in various environments, digital editing, mastering.

Culturally, 4ZZZ plays an important role in training and sending young newsmakers and media producers out into the real world, and this project will give participants a good grounding in community based reporting and storytelling.

Funded by the BCC Creative Sparks Grants round 2018.

Watch this video by Alison, one of the founders of the Whoopee-do Crew, about what being involved in the community music making means to her:

4ZZZ Only Human’s diverse crew of radio announcers

TeamOnlyHuman.PNGSince 2015 4ZZZs Only Human has been covering disability rights stories and featuring guests and citizen journalists with a disability.  In 2018 our crew has blossomed to 5 volunteers!

We’ve also seen a bunch of work experience and casual volunteers from the disability community, as well as radio group members from Community Living Association, HELP Enterprises, West End Community House, WWILD-SVP and others!

Pictured Left to right:  Renee, SteveK, Kim, MC Chosen and Madz.

If you’ve got some free time on a Monday and you are in Brisbane, why not get in touch with us for a studio tour, chat on air or whatever you’d like to contribute.  Email

You can listen to some of our interviews on our Soundcloud here:


What Works? Engaging People with a Disability in Community Radio @ the CBAA Conference 2017

Session time:  9:30am, November 11, 2017.  Gold Coast Convention Centre.

Kim Stewart (4ZZZ), Steve Richardson (4RPH) and Paul Price (4RPH) will be presenting a workshop & discussion on what can work in engaging more people with a disability (PWD) in community radio.

Since 2015 Kim Stewart has been running radio groups with PWD, in conjunction with an array of community groups including the Community Living Association, Nundah Activities Centre, West End Community House, ABC Brisbane and community radio 4ZZZ.

In 2017 she interviewed PWD from around Australia for her doctoral research to find out what worked for them: how did they get involved in community radio, what helped, what didn’t. Kim puts forward a model, based on those interviews, of how community radio might move forward to include more PWD on air and in our station communities.

Steve Richardson is a radio producer with over 20 years at 4RPH in Brisbane.  He produces Access All Areas, a regular interview based show on disability matters.  Steve is the Queensland Representative for the RPH network.  He is blind.

Paul Price is a board member, producer and volunteer at 4RPH in Brisbane.   He works as an announcer, schedules programming and has a degree in Information Technology that has allowed him to help 4RPH progress their technology.  He is blind.

Find out more about the conference here –


Community Radio 4 Triple Zed  launches a FM station show for and by people with a disability

Have you got a disability and a story to tell? 4 Triple Zed wants you.Only Human branches out into the FM world in Brisbane on 4ZZZ 102.1fm  at 12 noon Mondays  from June 5.

Only Human Gold will give PWD from the community an opportunity to be live on air from August.

The show will feature:

  • members of the People of the Air radio group, Nundah;
  • members of the Whoopeedo Crew radio group, West End
  • Disability news from 4RPH radio veteran Steve Richardson’s Access All Areas  
  • Interviews, events and music from the local community

If you think you’d like to be part of the “live in the studio” experience, and have a story to tell, you can hone your radio skills until then by attending one of our Ability Radio Project radio groups at:


  • Nundah Activities Centre – 15 Jenner St, Nundah.  One Friday a month at 1pm.

West End:

  • West End Community House – 4 Norfolk St, West End.  One Thursday morning a month at 10am.

RSVP:  If you know or work with anyone with an intellectual disability or cognitive difference who might be interested in participating in one of our monthly radio groups, please feel free to contact Kim on 0413397839 or

Brisbane ARP radio groups in 2017

Ability Radio Project flyer for 2017 groups.  Same content as the post.Are you interested in learning some radio skills, making friends and sharing your musical tastes?

Do you identify as someone with an intellectual disability or support someone who does?

Come along to one of our MONTHLY radio groups!

  • On the Southside:  We start a second radio group at West End Community House, 4 Norfolk Road, South Brisbane.
    • Starting  9:30 am on Thursday, February 2nd.
  • On the Northside: People of the Air radio group
    • re-starts in 2017 on January 27 at 1:30pm at 15 Jenner St Nundah.

RSVP:  If you know or work with anyone with an intellectual disability or cognitive difference who might be interested in participating in one of our monthly radio groups, please feel free to contact Kim on 0413397839 or