Awards to broadcaster
Radio Adelaide's commitment to lifelong learning and grassroots broadcasting has been rewarded with two major accolades recently.
In late October, the University's community radio station was a run-away winner in the Human Category of the Australian Civic Trust People's Choice Awards, earning high praise from both the public and the judges.
The annual awards recognise South Australian organisations that help to foster social planning and policy, community development and networks, as well as education and learning.The judges praised Radio Adelaide for "embodying the ideals of lifelong learning as well as promoting civic spirit".
"Radio Adelaide provides a voice for a diverse range of ideas and community groups, differentiating itself from mainstream commercial stations," the judges' citation said.
"The jurors commended the level of community involvement in the station and the way this promotes engagement in public debate at a grassroots level."
Radio Adelaide's entry emphasised the station's commitment to diversity and social inclusion, as well as its mission to educate its audience at all levels.
Its multicultural focus garnered the station another prize in November, when Radio Adelaide's youth multicultural program, NEO Voices, won the national award for Multicultural/Ethnic Youth Program of the Year at the NEMBC Youth Broadcasting Awards in Brisbane.
NEO Voices is supported through a creative partnership with Lutheran Community Care, a major provider of refugee and new community support services in Adelaide. The program's current team includes young people originally from Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Sudan.
Radio Adelaide 101.5FM is the University of Adelaide's community radio station.