How to Use CRN


Once your station is set up with the necessary equipment and your subscription has begun, you can easily access programs and content for your station.

The Community Radio Network's live-to-air audio stream runs to a weekly program schedule which includes:

  • Specialist music and talk programs covering many different genres including arts and culture, politics, lifestyle, environment, sport and more
  • National Radio News and current affairs programs
  • Live festival broadcasts and specials
  • Community service announcements
  • Commercial or non-profit programs
  • A range of short content, useful for embedding in your station’s local programming

In addition to National Radio News bulletins, CRN’s regular daily and weekly programs range from 28 minutes to 3 hours in duration. 

How do you access programs?

CRN staff can help you to find the best approach to accessing and broadcasting content, with options including:

What can you do with the CRN?

Choose what you want to use and when, with possibilities such as:

  • Switch to the live satellite for specific programming, or as a sustaining service during the day or overnight
  • Play on-demand files manually
  • Integrate files in your station's automation system and software
  • "Set and forget"- auto-update files for daily/weekly playout
  • Access short series' and extras that are great as seasonal content
  • Provide CRN to your broadcasters looking for 'drop-in' content
  • Keep as backup programming when your hosts are away
  • Use CRN content to attract sponsorship
How do you keep track of schedule changes and other updates?

Information on the latest schedule changes is available on our Program Guide page.

Other considerations

Who is responsible for program content?

CRN contributors are required to provide programming that is in accordance with the Community Radio Broadcasting Codes of Practice, ultimately all programming decisions and responsibility sits with stations taking and broadcasting those programs. This means that your station must ensure that content is within the law and meets your station’s policies. If you come across content you find objectionable inform CRN staff.

Who is responsible for logging and copyright?

CRN subscribers are also responsible for logging on-air broadcasts as required by law, whether from satellite or otherwise; and completing music log sheets or other procedures required to meet copyright or other broadcaster responsibilities. You should not receive CRN programs on relay from another station (or provide access to your feed to others) without first discussing this with the CBAA. 

Who is responsible for adhering to sponsorship guidelines?

CRN subscriber stations are responsible for making sure their sponsorship content - including programs coming from CRN - doesn't exceed the legal limit. A list of sponsorship content embedded in CRN programs is available here.

How can you submit ideas and feedback?

Please contribute your ideas and feedback.