by Tarin Thatcher 5 THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow
I applied to do work experience at ABC South East in Mount Gambier after being encourgeD to do so by Rebekah Lowe who trained me in radio at 5 THE FM. It was an amazing experience, and has still kept me interested in wanting a career in radio or media. I have being doing voluntary work at my local community station (5THE FM) for the last 3 years and I just wanted to see what it’s like to work in a different environment with different people where things work differently.
It was a great week, I learnt things in other ways than I have already, how to use editing programs, how on air programming works, how they use the studios. Also how much a producer benefits a program, just by answering phones and lining up interviews for the show so that there is more content.
During my week I travelled to Lucindale to see how an OB (Outside Broadcast) works, which was very interesting. Seeing how much preparation, effort and technical work goes into it – just shows that you do need to know what you’re doing. I also interviewed a few people from 5THE FM about the importance of community radio and its volunteers. I then went back to the ABC offices and edited and cut them down so that all three would fit within a 5-6 minute package. I put a backing track behind it to make it more interesting using Regina Spektor’s ‘On the Radio’ to enhance the fact that these interviews are about radio. It was aired early Friday morning during the breakfast show – and I was worried because I didn’t feel like it was quite finished yet; but I’ve had good feedback from many people. I was on my way to Lucindale when I heard it, and because I haven’t heard my voice on the radio since I was pre-recording 2 years ago, it was strange. During the week I was also interviewed on air during the morning show about community radio, which was a different experience because usually I am the one behind the desk asking the questions. Meeting new people wasn’t too much of a challenge as they were very welcoming.
All in all, I had a great time doing work experience at the ABC– and I strongly advise anyone to do something like this. It was a great experience and I feel like it has prepared me for the working world. It has opened my eyes up to the opportunities that I have now and in the future for a career choice.