Radio Murdoch set to go live

April 7, 2017

Murdoch students will be broadcasting live from Radio Fremantle.

Murdoch University radio students are about to hit the airwaves and broadcast to thousands of listeners across Perth.

The second and third year undergraduates will be broadcasting live on Radio Fremantle later this month.

They will fill a one-hour daily slot with stories about life on our Perth Campus and youth interests in Western Australia from Monday, 24 April.

“We’ll be telling Fremantle about our teaching and research, reporting on events and campus culture, and featuring stories from the Murdoch Guild,” said Dr Simon Order, who is Academic Chair of Sound and Radio at Murdoch’s School of Arts.

“There are student teams working on radio production, presenting, digital content and social media, music coordination, journalism and news, marketing and branding, sound and sponsorship, reflecting the make up of the teams found in radio stations across Australia.

“It will be an excellent experience for our budding broadcasters and will also help to highlight the breadth of activity at Murdoch.”

Murdoch students have been broadcasting on Radio Fremantle for around 15 years, but this will be the first time a program dedicated to Murdoch University activities will feature. Known as M.E.T FM (Murdoch, Entertainment, Transmission), some of its segments will be pre-recorded and some will be live.

The students will broadcast from the Murdoch University radio studios with the signal sent down to Radio Fremantle to be distributed on their FM transmitter. The broadcasts will also be available online via Radio Fremantle.

Dr Order said this kind of experience was invaluable for graduates hoping to enter a ‘booming’ radio industry.

“Not only do we still have the legacy FM and AM stations but there are all the newer digital formats that require staff,” said Dr Order. “Radio has reinvented itself in the digital age and the number of jobs available has grown exponentially. It just might not be called radio anymore – podcasting is just one example of that.”

Dr Order said Murdoch alumni from the radio course were working in stations in Perth such as ABC, RTRFM, 92.9FM and 6IX, as well as in stations across Australia.

“All of the stations in Perth know about our course and what we do,” he said. “They will often take our students on work placements to help them gain vital experience.”

The daily slice of Murdoch life can be heard on Radio Fremantle 107.9FM from 24 April, Monday to Friday at 4pm for six weeks.

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