Contribute to CRN

Send your program to a national audience

The Community Radio Network invites applications from community radio program makers whose programs have the potential to go nationwide. We get a lot of submissions, so here are some tips on how to make the most of the opportunity.

Before you submit a program to CRN, discuss the idea with the program coordinator or committee at your station. Get their feedback and advice. Is the program as good as it could be? Will it work for a national audience? If not, what adaptations will it need? Will you be able to provide programs every week without fail?

Phone CRN staff to talk about your idea. We can provide feedback on the angle you are going to take. Your program will have much more chance of finding a home on the CRN program grid if it’s offering something different.

We’re guided by the Codes of Practice, which are reflected in CRN policy. As such, we’re looking for innovative content that:

  • Expands the diversity of viewpoints and programming choices available, especially those underrepresented in the media.
  • Promotes an inclusive and culturally diverse Australia.
  • Supports Australian arts, music and culture.
  • Provides a voice for views underrepresented in the mainstream media.

DO send in a fully-fledged pilot for a national audience, in broadcast quality audio.

  • Record and mix down to WAV format
  • Levels should peak no higher than -3dbfs; leave plenty of headroom during production to ensure no clipping or distortion
  • For music use CD quality source material, not MP3

Contact CRN for further production specs if required.

DON’T send a program containing time calls, local weather and traffic references etc. CRN programs are rebroadcast by stations all over the country and may be at any time of the day.

You will also need to provide a letter of support from your station program coordinator (or similar). Please allow a 60-day turnaround for initial applications.

SPECIALS: Call CRN directly (02 9310 2999) to discuss your idea. It may be a live feed from a festival, a conference, an innovative performance special, a pre-recorded documentary or series of short drop-ins, or feature interview.

For programs with commercial content or major sponsors, also call CRN staff first. That number again - (02) 9310 2999 or email

Content Development Funding may be possible to assist with the production of your program. Visit the Community Broadcasting Foundation for more information.

Online application forms:

Regular weekly program or segment

Outside broadcast or other live broadcast

Pre-recorded special broadcast or short series


CRN program review form (DOC 97 kb) Useful for a self-assessment before submitting your application.

Guide for one-off contributions