Get To Know Us: Emma Ramsay

CBAA Communications, 19th May 2021
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DRP Service Data and Training, Emma Ramsay 

The CBAA's Digital Radio Project (DRP) is a sector-wide community broadcasting initiative funded by the Commonwealth Government. The CBAA's DRP coordinates and supports the establishment and delivery of community DAB+ digital radio services nationally, with over 55 full-time broadcast services currently operating in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Darwin and Hobart, and other regional areas in planning stages. Emma Ramsay is a key figure in maintaining station and program data for digital services and providing training support to stations. 

How did you first get involved in community radio?

My bestie and bandmate Anna John swooped me in to co-present and produce a weekly music and arts style drive program on 2ser 107.3 Sydney. I was studying Cert IV in Screen and Sound at TAFE at the time. I was trained on the job and loved the connection of live radio. The thing that impacted on me most, was the feeling of interdependence between different points of view and beliefs in the broader community radio sector. A place putting people first and asking questions not being asked in other media outlets, and a place to hear to the best music minds on air.

What is the best part of your role at DRP? 

Exploring the new visual frontier for DAB+ radio with stations is really rewarding. The best part is the first-hand exchange of knowledge and skills with people at stations, and the long form working relationship with Kath Letch and David Sice that has seen the project move through many arcs of development and change. I’ve been graced with some fine work colleagues too in the CBAA and sector. 

You are offered a radio show - you can have any timeslot, play whatever music you like, discuss whatever you feel is of interest - what's happening today on the Emma Ramsay Variety Hour Radio Show?

Love this question. Late time slot with atmospheric vocal works and overloaded music oddities...an open format that allows me to do occasional interviews, that may tie into themes of language, architecture, dance and the lives of obsessive hobbyists, activists and music geeks. 

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