Pay For Your SYNs

enadmin, 2nd October 2012

After ten years on air, it’s time to Pay for your SYNs

Youth run community broadcaster SYN Media is celebrating its tenth year on air with a call for support to upgrade its radio studios and build a third.

The Pay for your SYNs fundraising campaign has begun and runs until October 29. Supporters of community media are encouraged to donate by visiting  the SYN website to find out more about donating to this great cause.

SYN’s studios were fitted with second hand equipment when the station launched in 2003, and almost ten years on are in disrepair and in desperate need of an overhaul.

The campaign’s $15,000 target will supplement the $75,000 already raised by SYN through the support of the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust and the ANZ Trustees, bringing SYN to its goal of $90,000.

With this money, the equipment in SYN’s existing two studios will be replaced and a third studio will be set up. This will enable SYN to broadcast a unique digital signal that will expand on the long-running 90.7FM service.

This project will ensure SYN can continue to offer broadcasting opportunities to young people well past its tenth birthday and into its teenage years.

The Pay for your SYNs fundraising campaign runs from 1 October and will culminate in a week-long radiothon from 22-29 October.

SYN provides training and broadcast opportunities to over 1000 people aged 12 to 26 every year.


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Youth run community broadcaster SYN Media has raised $19,500 to upgrade its radio studios and build a third as part of its Pay for your SYNs campaign.


SYN Media is growing up and moving into its first share house. The Melbourne youth community broadcaster has secured a new CBD co-working space with more media production and training opportunities for young Australians than ever before.


This article is intended as a resource for community broadcasters and researchers. It draws on interviews and discussion with community broadcasters and activists to identify practical examples of funding methods. The seven common methods of funding a community station are detailed. These are: support from the station's own community; patronage from a larger organisation; commercial advertising and sponsorship; competitive grants; service contracts; support by NGOs; support by governmental agencies. The article points to resources where the reader can discover more fully how each funding method is used, and concludes that a prudent station may use several methods to help ensure economic sustainability.