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: