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KNOW HOW YOU can tell a good community broadcaster? We listen to them and they listen to us.

By Zoya Godoroja-Prieckaerts

8CCC Community Radio has a long history of broadcasting community events in the Tennant Creek and Alice Springs regions. In recent years, they’ve heard people’s desire to learn technical and media skills, eager to better present their events and share them widely.

Recognising this shift in the market, 8CCC saw a natural progression to work with sound technicians. Now, after many grant applications and much planning, organising and thoughtful consideration, they’re excited to launch their newest initiative – an event production social enterprise.

With these services, 8CCC offer full audio-visual (AV) productions to small-medium community events. They’ve hired experienced events operator, Anders Pfeiffer, to come on board as their AV Production Coordinator, managing a team of experienced technicians and developing the next generation of young events professionals.

These emerging “AV techs” will not only be paid, but will receive on-the-job and behind-the-scenes training. It’s an incredible opportunity for young people interested in the industry.

What’s more, by having a senior and junior tech on each job, the team can deliver the best quality production to communities, affordably and accessibly. That right there is a massive win for the two regions.

On top of all this, the station has purchased a stage, expanded their public address (PA) system, and invested in cameras to provide live streaming services to support hybrid events, that is, multiple in-person events streamed online to come together.

The station has really learnt from the pandemic and listened to the community. They’re using media technology to connect artists and events with audiences across the NT. It’s all pretty amazing!

And while this is all incredible for our communities, it’s also a great enterprise for the station. All profits from these new event services go back into the organisation, supporting live broadcasting and the inspiring arts and culture involved. If you’re interested in utilising any of these services, get in touch via their website.

A big cheer for 8CCC – the humble, enthusiastic and industrious broadcasters who not only share voices, but actively listen.

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