Posted by: artsound | August 20, 2010

Listen to ArtSound anywhere over the internet!

Thanks to our partners at Infinite Networks, if you have an internet connection you can listen to ArtSound, live, anywhere in the world. There are two versions of the service, MP3 and AAC+, streaming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. See for information about the streaming.

Posted by: artsound | August 20, 2010

ArtSound’s new website is live!

Today we have switched over to a new website: The address still works and also points to the new site.

Our new website is designed to make it easier to find out information about ArtSound and our supporters and partners, and to get in touch with us. We have a new Arts Diary, where you can find details of events around Canberra from our Arts Partners. New services for ArtSound’s volunteers will be rolled out over the next few months, as well as extended information about our programs: stay tuned and come back often.

And now we are streaming ArtSound over the internet: to find out how you can listen to ArtSound on your computer, see the instructions for listening online.

Your feedback on our new sight is welcomed: instead of email addresses we now have a variety of web forms for you to send your feedback, questions, contributions or comments directly to the relevant person at ArtSound. See the list of forms on our Contact Us page, or contact the Web Manager.

ArtSound’s Engineering and Development Manager, Chris Deacon, attended the National Technorama Conference in Adelaide from August 6-8 in conjunction with the South Australian Community Broadcasters Conference.

Sponsored by the Community Broadcasting Foundation, this was the second gathering of community radio technologists and included demonstrations of new equipment, discussions about digital radio and ideas for communicating information better within the sector.  A forum and wiki have been established to promote interaction, with a buy and swap section for advising availability of old equipment.

Apart from gleaning some vital information and meeting his technical peers in community radio, Chris was awarded “Best Technical Innovation for a Community Station” for his dedicated work in the “design and construction of ArtSound’s broadcast and recording studio complex”.

This was one of three inaugural SACBA Technorama Awards that were made. The conference citation noted: “The awards are in recognition of the countless hours and dedication of technicians in the sector.  Technicians are the backbone of our stations and without them we would not be the strong sector we are today.  Chris’ achievements at ArtSound FM are almost too numerous to mention and his work at ArtSound makes him a worthy recipient of this award”.

Industry stalwart and designer of much of Australia’s broadcast studio equipment, Poul Kirk, received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Posted by: artsound | July 23, 2010

Community Broadcasting 2010 Election Campaign

According to the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia, the CBAA, community broadcasting is the largest media sector in Australia. Neither the government nor the opposition has a clear policy on how their party supports this vital, vibrant and growing movement in the Australian community, so the sector is launching a campaign to coordinate action to make sure this time around the parties go to the people with clearly articulated policies on where they stand in their support for the sector.

The Community Media Votes website will be the focus for the campaign: community media supporters should visit the site to see how they can help ensure candidates in the forthcoming election make their position on community media clear to the electorate.

The campaign is seeking election commitments for four things:

  • Support for communities to create their own content
  • Investment in infrastructure to build digital community hubs
  • Co-ordination funding for volunteer involvement + community access
  • Investment in training for the digital economy.

ArtSound is planning to invite candidates for seats and Senate positions in the ACT and surrounding regions to come along and discuss their positions on-air: stay tuned to find out when they might be on. As Canberra’s own music and arts radio, we are interested not only in the positions of the parties on community media, but also on their support for the arts, and will be encouraging candidates to use the opportunity to explain to the community how, if elected, they will support ArtSound and the wider arts community.

Posted by: artsound | July 6, 2010

Piano Jazz on ArtSound

ArtSound has begun a new series of music specials on Saturdays at 6pm, commencing with some excerpts from the US National Public Radio series “Piano Jazz”.  Hosted by renowned pianist Marian McPartland, the series mixes impromptu performance and dialogues with world class singers and jazz musicians, famous and obscure.

The series began last Saturday with Marion’s fascinating encounter with Elvis Costello and continues next Saturday with the definitive swing-era pianist Teddy Wilson.  He speaks volumes about jazz piano, both in terms of how far it has come and how much it has lost, and reveals “that he learned more through playing for dancers than through backing singers – the dancers who stomped at the Savoy and swooned to the tunes of swing time, taught him that pulse is the heartbeat of jazz” (Robert Doerschuk, Keyboard Magazine).

In coming weeks, through July and August,  you’ll be able to hear the following guests on Marian’s program:

Teddy Wilson – July 10

Dave Brubeck – July 17

Carmen McRae – July 24

Bill Evans – July 31

Steely Dan – August 7

Oscar Peterson – August 14

Mary Lou Williams – August 21

Bruce Hornsby – August 28

Posted by: artsound | June 26, 2010

Community Broadcasting Participation Guidelines

ArtSound is licensed under the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (the Act) to provide a music and arts radio service to the Canberra community. Our licence is for a period of five years, and is renewed every five years subject to the approval of a renewal application submitted by the association. As a community broadcaster, some of the conditions of our licence include the requirement that the service is operated by the community for the community, and not as a profitable enterprise.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority, ACMA, is responsible for administering the Act, including ensuring community broadcasters comply with their licence conditions. After several rounds of community consultation, ACMA has now released its Community Broadcasting Participation Guidelines June 2010 to provide applicants for community radio licences and existing licensees with general guidance on how ACMA views these obligations and how it will interpret them in relation to the granting and renewing of community radio licences.

You can download the Guidelines from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia website.

Chris Deacon, FNL host,  presents a big band brassy blast from the past on FNL this week!

Friday night’s program takes you to a concert recorded live at the late Nick Vollebregt’s Jazzcafe in Laren, in The Netherlands. It was recorded by Radio Netherlands International as part of their TROS-Sesjun series, broadcast on 200 public radio stations throughout the USA and Canada, and exclusively in Australia on Artsound FM.

Features  the group “Free Fair plus Eight”.  “Free Fair” was founded in 1974 as a quartet by pianist Rob van den Broek and tenorist Dick Vennik and is often augmented by trumpet and trombone players….


Rob van den Broek –piano; Dick Vennik – tenor/soprano sax; Harry Emmery – bass; Arnout Gerritse – drums; Jan Oosthof, Jan Hollander, Henk Heyink, Ruud Breuls – trumpets, Bart van Lier; Paul woesthuis  – trombones; Martin van de Berg – bass trombone.

Set 1: Interaction, Napalis, November Light, West End Blues/Blues for Ball

Set 2: Interlude + Mobile, Atofi, Dinkytoys, Slow e-motion, Interlude ABC + To Raoul

Commercial Radio Australia announced today that digital radio trials involving commercial radio stations and the SBS would begin in Canberra in early July 2010.   Community radio and ABC stations do not appear to have been included.

“It is quite unfair that ArtSound FM, and other stations for which digital transmission may be highly suited, have not been included”, said James Steele, President of ArtSound FM.

“This denies a potentially large sector of the ACT regional radio audience the opportunity to experience a new digital medium that has potential to benefit fine music stations the most”, he said.

“It is ironic that Commercial Radio Australia claims it is ‘committed to ensuring all Australians are able to access free to air radio broadcasting via digital technology’, while ignoring community radio’s increasing audiences, particularly in regional Australia.”

Mr Steele said that ArtSound FM agreed with Commercial Radio Australia’s view that we do not want to see a nation of metropolitan digital ‘haves’ and regional digital ‘have nots’.”

“While the true advantages of digital audio broadcasting have yet to be demonstrated, ArtSound FM listeners must have the same rights of access to digital radio as commercial and national broadcasting audiences, and those living in the five big metropolitan cities” he said.

ArtSound FM is at the forefront of trialling new digital technologies, and is the first and only radio station in Australia to mount a long term trial of new digital sub-carrier technology for specialized audiences such as the aged and socially isolated citizens.  As distinct from the digital audio broadcasting trials proposed, the “FM eXtra” system, used in the USA and Europe, allows up to four additional high quality digital stereo services to be transmitted within ArtSound’s current FM broadcast bandwidth, to special radio receivers.

Posted by: artsound | March 19, 2010

Community broadcasting secures community relevance


March 16, 2010 – 6:12AM

As we wrapped up Radio Adelaide’s broadcast and online coverage of Womadelaide last week, I reflected on the festival’s aim to excite, inform and to create awareness of the worth and potential of a multicultural society.

For more than 35 years, Australia’s unique community broadcasting stations have been doing this and much more, fulfilling our remit under the Broadcasting Services Act (1992) to develop and reflect a sense of Australian identity, character and cultural diversity.

Radio Adelaide, where I am Station Manager, was established in 1972 as Australia’s first community radio station. But our sector has blossomed in many directions and is as diverse as the Australian communities it reflects. We’re now looking to the future with Vision 2015, our five-year plan for the next era of community media.

When you listen to ethnic and Indigenous broadcasting in over 100 languages, hear Radio for the Print-Handicapped make media accessible, or tune in to youth and seniors stations, you’re listening to community radio.

When you download podcasts with local arts and current affairs programming, stream Indigenous stations online or keep up with the latest local bands via much-loved specialist music stations, you’re listening to community radio.

In response to these community needs and people’s desire to be involved, there are now 526 services around Australia. Notably, 80 per cent of long-term licensed community radio services are now located in regional, rural and remote areas of Australia. We are Australia’s largest media sector and we are not-for-profit.

Every month an audience of 9.5 million Australians – 57 per cent of the population – tunes in to community radio. Between 2004 and 2008 our audience grew by 20 per cent. According to the biennial McNair Community Radio National Listener Survey, Australians value most the local content and diverse music formats that community radio offers.

In fact, our programming is as Australian and as local as content gets. It is created by community members, for their communities and it’s much-needed: 30 per cent of community radio stations report that they are the only source of local programs.

At a time when commercial radio is seeking exemptions from Australian music quotas for digital broadcasts, community radio genuinely supports local talent, exceeding our 25 per cent quota by broadcasting 36 per cent Australian music.

Yet Australia’s community broadcasting sector must renew itself. As we’ve grown to meet demand and stepped up to the challenges of digital media and media convergence, Federal Government support has declined in real terms by 15 per cent since 1996, leaving a cumulative funding gap for both our facilities and operating costs.

Community broadcasters already generate three-quarters of our operating funds, but Government funding is an essential factor in our sustainability and an important recognition of our valuable contribution to media diversity and social inclusion.

Our 2010 Budget submission to Minister Conroy sets out Vision 2015, a five-year plan to deliver significant community outcomes with the aid of increased funding in four areas: content development, co-ordination, training and infrastructure.

In the 2009 Budget, the ABC received more than $165 million in new funds. More recently, the Federal Government recognised broadcasting’s “unique role in preserving our national culture,” granting license fee rebates worth $250 million to commercial television operators. In 2010, community broadcasting is asking Minister Conroy to recognise our unique role through an additional $25 million funding over the next financial year, with stepped funding increases to 2015.

What our keen, lean operations will do with an extra $25 million is an exciting prospect. Beyond radio and TV, all community stations are also working to engage volunteers in multi-platform production and multi-media delivery of local content to audiences. More than 20,000 Australians are involved. Stations in the mainland capitals begin the sector’s move to digital transmission in 2010, with new services to come.

It’s clear that there is strong support for community broadcasting and for the future we outline in Vision 2015. This support recognises that we create something more than media diversity: we provide a dynamic way for people to participate in the life of their communities. And we have an essential role in making sure all communities are able to be part of Australia’s transition to a digital economy.

The Federal Government has undertaken to “embed a commitment to fairness in everything the Government does.” Community broadcasting engages a diverse range of people who may be left behind in the digital economy. To achieve its aims, the Government needs the access, skills and audience of our sector.

Deborah Welch is President of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia.

Posted by: artsound | March 10, 2010

Tribute to John Dankworth on Friday Night Live

This Friday at 8PM we present a very special program for fans of Cleo Laine and the late John Dankworth.

Recorded by Radio Netherlands in 2000, the program is a unique live recording of Cleo Laine and the John Dankworth Group in concert at Nick Vollebregt’s Jazzcafe in the Netherlands.  In the two live sets presented on this forthcoming Friday Night Live, you’ll hear some of the music that made John Dankworth a famous musical partner to Cleo Laine.

That’s Friday Night Live, this Friday at 8PM! on 92.7

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