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Community Broadcasting and ANZAC Day 2020

Danny Chifley, 21st April 2020
Every 25 April, Australia commemorates ANZAC Day with services and marches in cities and towns and throughout Australia and the world where servicemen, servicewomen and peacekeepers are stationed, to remember all those who lost their lives in service to their country, in all wars.

Normally we do this together, but this year is obviously different. While we may not be able to gather together in a physical sense, we as a sector are doing all we can to mark the day.

The Community Radio Network (CRN) is pleased to make available content for stations use, including: 

Longford ANZAC Day Observance

A 27'50 observance for broadcast on the day, thanks for City Park Radio and the Longford RSL sub-branch. Available as a file to stations on Friday 24 April, and playing on CRN-2 Saturday 25 April at 11:00 AEST, the observance broadcast will feature an address by the President of the Branch, an ANZAC address, The Ode of Remembrance, a minute silence (filled with ambience), The Rouse and song.

Available for download Friday 24 April, and playing on CRN-2 Saturday 25 April at 11:00 AEST

Service Voices

Much is known about the Australian regular Army, Navy and Air Force units who served in New Guinea during WW2, but we don't hear much about the Papuans who were fighting desperately for their own freedom from the Japanese invaders. Their people suffered greatly at the hands of the Japanese, and with their food going to help support the Allies, their people were often starving.

Available for download now.


10 x segments of varying lengths, presented by Aboriginal actor Aaron Pedersen – featuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who served or assisted in Australia’s war efforts over the year.

Available for download now.

Many stations are also joining with their community for special broadcasts and events.

2MCE, Bathurst and local commercial stations 2BS/B-Rock FM have united to promote an ANZAC Day dawn service ‘letterbox’ commemoration. broadcast for the ANZAC Day dawn service and they invite community members to hold a candle while standing at their home letterboxes and listening to the service.

Radio Nambucca 2NVR 105.9FM in Nambucca Valley, NSW have a special ANZAC Day broadcast commencing at 6:00am on Saturday 25 April with a commemoration service beginning at 9:00am. Livestream is available via with video content available via the 2NVR Facebook page.

2MNO – Monaro Community Radio in NSW have teamed with the local RSL Sub-branch to broadcast services for the day, including the Ode of Remembrance, the Last Post, Reveille for the Dawn Service and The Rouse for 11:00am. 

Highland FM 107.1 in Bowral, NSW will be broadcasting The Last Post at 6:00am and encouraging residents to stand in their driveways at this time to show their support and observe a minute’s silence.

2MIAFM 95.1 in Griffith, NSW are hosting a special program to commemorate the day from 10:45am, hosted by Keith from Keith's Aussie Country Corner. 

88.9fm in Tamworth, NSW will present a special commemoration segment starting at 6:00am with The Ode, followed by the Last Post, one minute of silence and then Reveille.

Hills Radio 88.9FM in Adelaide Hills, SA will be presenting 6 hours of special broadcasting from 5.45am.

106.7 Hotfm in Mildura VIC

Aboriginal TV Channel 4, Australian Indigenous Radio Vast 913 and Larrakia Radio 94.5FM - Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander communities will have access to Commemorate ANZAC Day this year in their communities as Aboriginal Broadcasting Australia will be broadcasting a Dawn Service at 6.30am.     

Collie Community Radio 101.3fm in Collie, WA will broadcast a special dawn service preamble from 5.40am with the Ode of Remembrance, one minute of silence and The Rouse at 6:00am. At 1:00am, the station will replay the 2019 Anzac Service from Soldiers Park. 101.3fm has worked closely with the Collie-Cardiff RSL to prepare these programmes. From 5am to 12 noon, the station will focus on Anzac related material.

Rose City FM 89.3 in Warwick, QLD will be participating in the 6:00am Driveway Dawn Service, using audio supplied by RSL Queensland and will include the Last Post and one minute of silence. Programming will conclude with a lone piper playing 'Flowers in the Forest'.

Tiaro Community Radio 107.1fm have planned two broadcasts for the day. The first broadcast will commence at 5:50am and includes the Last Post, one minute silence and The Rouse. The second service will be broadcast at 10:00am.

Capital Community Radio 101.7 FM & Capital Digital will pay tribute to all those who embody the Anzac Spirit starting from 10:00am. Introduced by the Governor, The Honourable Kim Beazley AC and presented by Tony Howes, this special broadcast features historic ANZAC recordings and stories, including voices of some of the original ANZAC, and the stories of those who followed from the Second World War, Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam, Afghanistan and other areas of conflict and peace-keeping. West Australian performers will lend their talents in telling these stories, including Jenny Davis OAM and veteran actor Rick Hearder. WA singers, Kelly Newton-Wordsworth and Robert Hoffman will be joined by the musicians of Royal Australian Navy and the Army. The state RSL is helping to publicise this event.

105.1 FM Rhema Wide Bay in Hervey Bay, QLD have a short Dawn Service planned for 6:00am broadcast, including the Ode, the Last Post, one minute of silence, Reveille, the anthem and concluding with 'Abide With Me'.

Kalamunda Community Radio 102.5 FM in the Perth Hills, WA will be broadcasting a special service recorded by the Kalamunda Branch of the RSL starting at 5.45am. This will include the Last Post, one minutes silence with Rouse at 6.00 am. The Service will also be streamed simultaneously on the station website: 

Armidale Community Radio 2ARMFM 92.1 in NSW will be serving their community by broadcasting ANZAC Day content available fom the CRN.

2CBD – Glen Innes & Deepwater Community Radio in Glen Innes, NSW will begin their programming at 6:00am with the Last Post, followed a minute's silence then a two-part tribute to those who served in WW1 and WW2.  At 7:00am, they will broadcast the ANZAC Day service from Glen Innes RSL.

Each year 88.6 Plenty Valley FM in Mill Park, VIC covers the Epping RSL Dawn Service, which normally accommodates up to 4500 people on site and many thousands by radio who might not be able to attend in our service area. This year, they will have a special presentation in conjunction with the Epping RSL shortly after the 7:00am news commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. the station will also be remembering long time RSL MC and Plenty Valley FM Life Member Ken Jeffrey, who passed away shortly after last year’s service. 

Colac, VIC station OCR FM’s ANZAC broadcasting commences with a special edition of ‘In the Spotlight’ at 8pm on Friday night with a replay of a production put together to commemorate the 2018 ANZAC Centenary. At 5:55am on Saturday morning the station will broadcast a special Dawn Service program featuring the Last Post, the 2020 ANZAC song ‘Raise Your Glass’ by Simply Bushed, historical information, archival interviews and music inspired by ANZAC Day. At11:00am, special broadcasting will continue with a minutes silence with the Last Post, followed by ANZAC themed music and information compiled by presenters, Jon Peppin and Ward Lake. 

2MaxFM 91.3 in Narrabri, NSW are working with their local newspaper and RSL Sub-Branch to broadcast their ANZAC Day service. The station has also been actively involved in a social medial campaign running asking everyone to stand in their driveways for the 11:00am broadcast. 

Casey Radio 97.7 FM in Melbourne's South East will be broadcasting the live feed from the Australian War Memorial from 5.28am, followed by special programming until 8.00am. They will also repeat the War Memorial broadcast at midday.

Lake Macquarie FM 97.3 in NSW are presenting special programming from 10:00am until midday.

2YYY in Young, NSW will be broardacsting the The Ode, The Last Post, one minute’s silence and Reveille to their community.

Radio Adelaide, SA is hosting a special ANZAC Day Broadcast presented by the Service Voices team. Beginning at 6:00am, the broadcast will include a full day of commemorative stories, music, and ceremonies at dawn and dusk. It will also feature stories of survival and resilience from World War One to the current day, highlighting the impacts still affecting our communities.

If your station has anything planned that is not listed above, please let us know by emailing [email protected]

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The Community Radio Network satellite service will be broadcasting two live Anzac Day services this year, thanks to Albany Community Radio, WA, and City Park Radio, Tasmania.


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