Q: So what is Community Radio?
A: The community on the air.
Community Radio is an opportunity for one to access the airwaves regardless of age, gender, nationality or experience. SWR offers the community a voice. There is also ample opportunity for a career in the industry. Most commercial radio broadcasters started in community radio, in fact, there are many that started on SWR 99.9 FM
Q: How do I Join?
You don’t have to be the world’s best broadcaster to become a member of SWR 99.9 FM. If you think you’re not the type for on-air presenting there are other ways you can contribute to your local radio station. Examples of other activities you can undertake at SWR to help assist in its running include publicity & promotions work, technical assistance and training, and program management. As a member of the community, your ideas contribute to the running of the station.
If you wish to be involved in SWR or even become a SWR Broadcaster, you will need to become a member of the station. You can get a copy of our membership form here, then call our office (02 9676 0999) and make an appointment to come and sign up as a member (and have a bit of a “sticky-beak” at the station while you are at it). Membership rules are explained in our Constitution and our Rulebook – you should read these before you submit and application for membership.
Once you’re a member, you will have to attend several training sessions before you can broadcast. Training involves understanding of media law, your responsibilities as a broadcaster and use of SWR’s studio. We are also in the process of designing an advanced technical training course. All training is provided free of charge to SWR 99.9 members. Membership of SWR 99.9 FM is no guarantee of airtime – our members apply for airtime each semester and our programming committee makes the final decision.
Where can I hear SWR 99.9 FM?
SWR Broadcasts Live, Loud and Local to Sydney’s West. We are licensed to broadcast to Blacktown City, Fairfield City and Cumberland City by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) under the Blacktown RA1 license.
We can be heard in the Greater Sydney region on 99.9 FM, and streamed anywhere in the whole world right on this website!