Students take to the airwaves

Moranbah community radio station 4RFM recently kicked off its junior school radio program, thanks to a $5,000 Stanmore Coal Isaac Plains Community Grant.

Students from Moranbah and Moranbah East State Schools have put their on-air skills to the test to see what it takes to be a live radio host, and improve their confidence and communication in the process.

4RFM Community Engagement Coordinator, Alaina Earl, said the students had been having a ball learning the ropes while on the program, which runs through to the end of term.

“The students get to see how everything works, however speaking live on air is by far the most valuable experience for them at this early stage of their development,” Alaina said.

“It really is harder than you can imagine to talk confidently live, but we’ve already seen a huge change in the students since the first week of the program.

“We introduce them, tell our listeners where they’re from, and then they have the opportunity to read out their school notices and introduce their chosen song. They also give a shoutout to their family and friends!”

Alaina said the junior program is a great gateway to the 4RFM Project Y program which runs in high school.

4RFM was one of 17 recipients to receive funding in the last round of Stanmore Coal Isaac Plains Community Grants.

Here’s what students from Moranbah East State School like most about the program:

Zander — “It’s interesting and fun, and the staff are so nice!”

Riley — “The Lights! Camera! Action!”

Laylah — “Getting to have fun with the amazing staff from 4RFM!”

Tate — “I like how the staff are nice and they not only have a good taste in comedy, but music as well.”


Students take to the airwaves