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. 

Stay up to date with program information by signing up to our weekly email update (most current edition available here). 

Accessing Programs

CRN delivers two 24/7 live audio streams, and additional file-based content, through the Optus VAST satellite platform. This gives stations great flexibility in how stations use the content - whether it's put live to air, recorded for later use or accessed via the Digital Delivery Network (DDN).

Live to air usage

Stations can put CRN content live-to-air via satellite, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This could be: 

  • For specific regular programs (for example The Wire)
  • In long blocks as a sustaining service (for example overnight/early morning)
  • As a backup audio feed
  • Or for one-off specials (such as festival broadcasts)

Many stations will have the live CRN-1 and CRN-2 audio channels (630 and 631 on the VAST set-top box) fed through to channels on their studio mixer, allowing broadcasters to easily put the audio to air when required. Another option would be to cable the live CRN audio streams into the station’s playout computer and switch to it as an audio source automatically when required.

Recording live audio for later use

Stations are generally permitted to record the live audio streams and rebroadcast the content at a time of their choosing (though some live festival content requires permission for delayed broadcast).

You can record and use programs in full, or edit them as required. It is a requirement that, if using excerpts, the original program makers are fully credited.

Digital Delivery Network (DDN) content

The Digital Delivery Network (DDN) is an additional hardware component available to CRN subscriber stations free of charge, via a CBF grant.

Stations using the add-on DDN technology have the option of receiving CRN file-based content through the high-speed data stream of CRN-1 (channel 630). This is the easiest way to replay CRN content at different times. Audio files are sent to the DDN server automatically, and are accompanied by cue sheet and synopsis information, giving stations and broadcasters the opportunity to stay up to date with the content and present it seamlessly to local listeners.

Almost all CRN’s regular daily and weekly programs and segments are available via the DDN, as well as some bonus content not heard on the live audio streams. 

Schedule Changes

Information on the latest schedule changes is available on our Program Guide page. Stay up to date by signing up to our weekly email.

Other considerations

Program content responsibility

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.

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. 

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.


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