International Women's Day 2016

Community radio celebrates International Women's Day

Helen Henry, 7th March 2016

Tuesday, 8 March, is International Women's Day and community radio is going all out to celebrate, with special content and programming happening all over Australia. 

Stations with special programming today include:

3MBS is taking on the whole day for special IWD programming celebrating the importance of the work of female composers in Australia and examining the impact that composers from Australia are having all over the world. This day is a culmination of the Female Australian Composers Project, a 3MBS initiative aiming to increase engagement with Australia’s talented female composers, and to actively promote their work to the wider music-loving community. Programming will include a three-part segment series focussing on the creation of a new work from the inaugural Merlyn Myer Composing Women’s Commission, written by pianist/ composer Sally Greenaway. The segments will include interviews with Sally, Mary Valentine (CEO, Melbourne Recital Centre), and one of the members of Syzygy Ensemble, Laila Engle, who will be performing the premiere of the commission in April this year. There will also be a special live-to-air performance by Plexus Ensemble performing the music of special guest, Mary Finsterer, who will also be there on the day to talk about her music. Alison Lee-Tet will also present a live-to-air featuring Olivia Chindamo and her band at 10:00pm during Jazz Rivers. If you're in Melbourne, tune in, or you can listen online.

Triple H 100.1 FM is celebrating International Women's Day live at Hornsby Westfield. From 10am to 2pm, they will have a number of guest speakers talking about women's health, well being, fertility, mothering, domestic violence, literature and much more. Triple H 100.1 FM is teaming up with Hornsby Kur-Ring-Gai Women's Shelter to raise money though a BBQ and raffle and will also be holding a suit and office wear clothes drive for Dress for Success. If you're in Sydney, tune in, or you can listen online.

PBS 106.7 FM is having a special day of broadcasting for International Women’s Day, with an array of guest announcers and the two killer live sets that will also go out on CRN-2. Beth AQ joins Cat on The Breakfast Spread, Mz Risk creates a Mystic Brew and Jess Fairfax takes the controls on Space Is The Place. Then, it's Southern Style with Jan Dale and then Sarah Carroll steps on the Gas. Erica Mixes up the Medicine with live sets from Cable Ties and Loose Tooth before Ella Dann-Limon takes over with Glitter And Doom, Ruby Soho Goes For Broke and Wendy Tonkin takes us through to midnight with Fret Net. If you're in Melbourne, tune in, or you can listen online

2BOB in Taree NSW is also having female voices take over the airwaves for IWD. Starting at 6am with Rosie Herberte presenting Breakfast , listeners will hear you’ll women presenters playing music throughout the day from women making music from all around the world. AM Music from 9am til 12 noon will be presented by Bronwyn Caller and Rai Sewell, and then Carol Lucas will be in to present Midday Magazine, followed at 2 by Leslie and Ria serving up Arvo Beats until a special girls edition of Schools Out at 4. 2BOB will be broadcasting PBS FM's live performances before Brendan Parker features female artists exclusively on The Other Window from 7:00 til 9:00pm. Tune in throughout the day, or listen online.

3CR will celebrate 40 years of fabulous feminism in 2016 with its annual International Women's Day broadcast. Running from midnight Monday to midnight Tuesday, tune in to hear 24 hours of women's voices, archival specials, music, current affairs, and more. Find out more and tune in or listen online

RTRFM has 24 hours of programming by women, about women, for everyone. Starting at 1am this morning, the day will roll out as follows: Up Late – Taylah Strano, Snooze Button – Leona Devaz, Breakfast – Tanya Bunter, The Mag – Kylie Sturgess, Out To Lunch – Meri Fatin, Full Frequency – Jo Lettenmaier, Drivetime – Jas Hughes, Rock, Rattle and Roll – Holly Doll & Claire Hodgson, El Ritmo – Jane Hebiton, Bass Check – Dani Marsland with special guest Tina Says. Tune in or listen online.

The CBAA is also making the most of this opportunity to celebrate women in our sector, with special programming available to stations across the Community Radio Network and Amrap.

On the Community Radio Network (CRN)

There is some fantastic special content set to be shared on the Community Radio Network for IWD 2016. This includes live shows and on-demand content such as 3MBS' documentary on female composers in Australia, Notes on a Page, PBS FM's Mixing Up the Medicine with two live-to-air performances from all-female bands at the renowned Studio 5 Live, special editions of Home Brew with Jenny O’Keefe, Good Morning Country with Jane Kellaway and Making Tracks with Koori Radio’s Emily Nicol, which focus on women in Australian music, Stand Up Ladies, which looks at women in Australian comedy and more. Get all the details here.

On Amrap's AirIt

To celebrate IWD in 2016, Amrap is honouring the great Australian female musicians who have used Amrap's AirIt to reach the community radio airwaves. AirIt users can log in to check out a selection of tunes from female musicians in your favourite music genre. All community radio program makers are eligible for a free AirIt account. Apply today here.

Does your station have programming happening for IWD 2016?

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Celebrate International Women's Day on Tuesday, 8 March with two special live shows on CRN-2, and much more.


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In celebration of International Women's day on Wednesday March 8th, Amrap has created a special playlist on AirIt featuring female musicians across all genres.