Girls To The Mic!

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Girls To The Mic! Logo by Steph HughesInternational Women’s Day - March 8th 2014

In an Australian first, the CBAA’s Digital Radio Project and Community Radio Network (CRN) presented a day of radio made by women, to be enjoyed by everyone.

On March 8th, 2014, International Women’s Day was soundtracked with a digital pop-up radio station in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, and online. The 24-hour broadcast covered ideas, discussion, storytelling and music celebrating women within our communities, across Australia and around the world.

Girls to the Mic! covered unique perspectives on women in politics with Backchat from Sydney’s 

Girls To The Mic! Live at 2ser

FBi Radio, in our communities with 3CR’s Women on the Line, seminal women’s music programming from RTR’s Drastic on Plastic from Perth, and a countdown of the top. We heard from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island women in Alice Springs with Women’s Business, while 3CR’s Accent of Women take us on an exploration of grassroots organising by women around the world.

Girls to the Mic! reflected on what a phenomenal year for women and women’s rights it was, and looked forward to the achievements to come, with brekkie programming from Kulja Coulston at Melbourne’s RRR and lunchtime programming from Bridget Backhaus and Ellie Freeman at Brisbane’s 4EB, and an extra special episode of Girls Gone Mild at FBI Radio celebrated the creative, inspiring and world-changing women who ought to dominate the airwaves daily.

Taking its name from the Riot Grrl movement’s decree of “girls to the front” – Girls to the Mic! was literally that: a day of radio where we showcased the work and achievements of women on your radio. The pop up featured radio makers from Melbourne’s 3RRR, 3CR, JOY 949 and SYN FM, Sydney’s FBi, 2SER and 2RRR, 4EB and 4ZZZ in Brisbane, CAAMA and 8CCC in the Northern Territory and RTR in Perth.

Girls To The Mic! Digital Radio display

The service used an active Electronic Program Guide on DAB+ using image and text data layers to accompany the broadcast utilising the unique artwork & design produced for the pop up by artist Steph Hughes that were also used on the website, online marketing and poster.

The Girls to the Mic! Reference Group were Giordana Caputo (CMTO), Caroline Gates (FBi), Meri Fatin (RTR), Ellie Freeman (4EB), Lucy Kingston (Radio Adelaide), Amy Moon (CBAA), Areej Nur (3CR), Emma Ramsay (CBAA), Eliza Sarlos (EP) and Mikaela Simpson (CAAMA).

The Girls to the Mic team were Emma Ramsay, Monique Sebire, Amy Moon and Executive Producer, Eliza Sarlos.

For contributor information & archival audio of the broadcast visit the website or contact the CBAA's Digital Radio Project team on 02 9310 2999.