2SER-FM scores in National Radio Awards — Sydney public radio station 2SER picked up several awards at the 20th Annual Conference of the Public Association of Australia, a gathering of more than 100 stations held in Albury on November 13-14. SER picked up two Awards for Program Excellence for Greiner Goes, a series of reports on the demise then NSW premier, and for News-Speak!, a live musical comedy. The station also picked up a handful of Merit Certificates.
RTR-FM wins awards — Perth alternative radio station RTR picked up two awards and a certificate of merit at the national public broadcasting conference in Albury. Mark Genge, the presenter of RTR's popular breakfast program, received a special certificate of merit for best Australian music on radio. Other awards were for Best Promotions for the colourful posters and promotional material produced by the radio station and Best Sports Broadcast for a series produced by Basil Zempalis on sports journalism in Western Australia.
Calling Planet Earth — Melbourne public radio listeners are privileged to be able to tune into 3PBS-FM which boasts Australia's only specialist music licence. PBS concentrates on presenting a range of music styles as diverse as world, jazz, blues, heavy metal, ambient and experimental. PBS also programmes comedy, arts news and current affairs. Calling Planet Earth is a new bulletin for environmental groups and green-minded listeners broadcast every day during the breakfast and drivetime shows. Groups wishing to send material can write to PBS, PO Box 210, St Kilda, Vic, 3182 or phone 537 2433.
Songs of the Blue Mountains — Sonia Bennett and Green Left Weekly contributor Denis Kevans have written a number of songs and poems celebrating the beauty of the Blue Mountains, which they present in this special feature. They are accompanied by Cellist Jackie Luke and members of the Vinegar Hill Bush Band. ABC FM Stereo, Fri November 27, 11.30am.
Jesus Has Returned — In The Mix lets the religious fundamentalists loose onto the airwaves. Televangelism, ranting kerbside preachers, end-time teaching and global spiritual commodification. ABC Radio National, Mon November 30, 10.05am and 8.05pm.
Performance: World AIDS Day — A special feature about the portrayal of AIDS in theatre and dance around the world. Speaking from Australia, the United States and Britain, critics, playwrights, directors and performance artists discuss how the image of AIDS in the performing arts has changed over the last decade. ABC Radio National, Tues December 1, 10.05am and 8.30pm.
Out on Wednesday: De Dannan and Alan Stivell live — Celtic music from both sides of the English Channel. De Dannan is one of Ireland's leading folk groups. Alan Stivell is a Breton nationalist and a master of the Celtic harp. ABC FM Stereo, Wed December 2, 8pm.