SYN Radio

Changes to the 'SYN Nation' channel on DAB+ radio

CBAA Communications, 23rd April 2019
As of Monday April 22nd, SYN will present one consistent program of young voices across SYN 90.7FM and SYN’s DAB+ digital radio channel.

This will mean all of SYN’s radio programs will be broadcast on both channels - FM and digital - at the same time.

This change will enable SYN's team of broadcasters reach a wider audience. Over one high-quality channel, every existing program will increase its reach. At the same time, the seasonal programming model will ensure there is always room for new presenters to join the SYN community.

While the SYN Nation DAB+ channel will no longer exist, SYN remains committed to the SYN Nation Project. All the programs that currently broadcast on SYN Nation will continue on the new channel, and reach an even wider audience. SYN will continue to broadcast content from its partners, including Wangki Radio, Gippsland FM, 2BOB Radio Taree, Radio Fremantle, Woroni Radio, Minds In Tune, Murdoch University and 6WR in Kununurra.

The new channel, simply called “SYN”, will continue to present outstanding content from young Australians of all backgrounds.

Talking about the change, SYN’s General Manager, Campbell McNolty said “SYN exists to train and empower young media makers and we will always ensure that young people have the space they need to learn and grow at SYN. The change of format will create a fuller, more engaging listening experience. This is better for our presenters and our audience. Most importantly, any young person who wants to join will find a place at SYN. We will always ensure there is room for new voices, new ideas and a truly diverse group of young people who want to be creative".


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