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:

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

ARP at the CBAA conference November 2016

UPDATE:  Community TV C31 and the CBAA have put our workshop online for all to see:

ARP Coordinator Kim is hosting a meeting of community organisers from radio stations around Australia to get ideas about how to increase the participation of people with a disability in community radio.

If this sounds like you, contact ARP.  If you can’t make it to Melbourne, you can still contribute your experiences via a phone interview and join our knowledge base here:

cbaalogo-carousel-image_0Workshop: Building the involvement of people with disabilities in community radio

Community radio was founded on principles of social inclusion. However, despite 1in 5 Australians having a disability (ABS 2008), there are still few programs for or by people with disabilities on generalist stations. What does it take to make community radio work for people with a disability? How can we better support people who may have different needs to participate? In this workshop, hear the stories of people with a disability who have been successfully involved in community radio and develop an action plan to facilitate more involvement of people with disabilities in the sector. The session will include in-person, virtual and pre-recorded messages to the group to help include people with disabilities who are unable to come to the conference.