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Dads on the Air

CBAA News, 30th October 2014
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Celebrating fatherhood and masculinity, and aiming to promote a positive view of fathers, men and boys, Dads On The Air is a fascinating insight into mainstream society’s shifting attitudes towards fathers and fatherhood.

 

The program features informative and entertaining conversations with a wide range of experts and interesting people. Guests on the program have included leading politicians, authors, academics, and lobbyists from Australia and around the world.

Dads on the Air also gives a voice to less represented groups in our community such as incarcerated Dads, Indigenous Dads and Gay Dads. The program originated at Liverpool's 2GCR and has recently made a shift to Sydney's Fine Music 102.5.  Program website.

Coming up

4/12: Ten Conversations You Must Have With Your Son
Parents are all too familiar with the difficulties of relating to their sons in a language that they understand while they grow from boys to men. Our guest today is Dr Tim Hawkes who as Headmaster of The King’s School Parramatta is responsible for 1500 boys. Dr Hawkes has held this position since 1998 adding to a wealth of experience gained in England and Australia on how boys can best reach their potential as men.
Dr Tim Hawkes is informative, entertaining and a lot more. An interview not to be missed.

11/12: SuperDad SpeedBible
Ever thought about how when you leave the hospital with your new baby you do not receive an instruction manual? Our guest this week Ryan Heffernan has addressed this issue. In his entertaining and informative book Ryan provides a welcome toolbox for any Dad left with the responsibility of caring for a young child in the age range of 0-6. In fact any parent will welcome this no-nonsense resource for handling the challenges of parenting where you get the benefit of learning from a single Dad’s experience.

18/12: The other glass ceiling: fathers stepping up, mothers letting go
In the news lately there have been frequent references to pay differentials between males and females. This is often put down to the different opportunities available in the workplace because of gender roles that are a hangover from a less-enlightened past. But what about the denial of opportunities to look after the children and get involved in other areas around the home? In brief, Mums have too many roles, Dads have too few.

Dads on the Air (27'50) will be syndicated to stations through the Community Radio Network service from December 2014, and be available for DDN capture. Playing Thursdays 09:04 EDT.

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