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Radio Adelaide (call sign: 5UV) is Australia's first community radio station; established by Adelaide University in 1972. It broadcasts from street front studios on North Terrace, Adelaide. The signal reaches across the Adelaide metropolitan area to the Mid North, the Yorke Peninsula and Fleurieu Peninsula, the southern Barossa, Kangaroo Island, Riverland and parts of the Eyre Peninsula broadcasting at 13 kilowatts on 101.5 MHz FM. The transmitter power was only 7 kW until an upgrade on 2 November 2006.
Radio Adelaide is a Registered Training Organisation providing nationally accredited training and in 1999 won Adult Learning Australia's Outstanding Training Provider of the Year Award. Radio Adelaide has audio production facilities available including recording, mastering, duplication, online audio, digital transfer, message on hold, equipment hire and expert technical advice.
Radio Adelaide was formerly known as 5UV, denoting its links to the University of Adelaide, the university where the radio station was originally located and started. Whilst Radio Adelaide is technically still owned by the University of Adelaide it is highly autonomous. The station is run by over five hundred volunteer station workers as well as a small amount of paid staff.
Because Radio Adelaide is a community radio station, there are many program styles including comedy, music, etc. Because of this, Radio Adelaide uses strip programming to ensure some consistency and coherency. Programs on Radio Adelaide are provided by volunteers and also by access groups who pay for on air time. The largest purchaser of access time was "Student Radio" a collection of Radio Programs provided by university students from the University of Adelaide, Flinders University and the University of South Australia. After the introduction of Voluntary Student Unionism the hours which Student Radio broadcasts have been reduced, making the "Roundabout" program the largest purchaser of access time.
Adelaide University Student Radio
Adelaide University Student Radio (AUSR) is an access group at Radio Adelaide and is funded by Adelaide University Union. It is the oldest student radio program in Australia, having been broadcasting since 1975. AUSR suffered severe funding cuts since the introduction of Voluntary Student Unionism legislation with weekly hours being cut from nine to three, before being increased to six. Local Noise, a live local band show, was the flagship of AUSR until 2007 when it was decided that funding was insufficient to maintain it and it was handed over to Radio Adelaide. Local Noise now broadcasts just before AUSR on Tuesday nights at 9pm showcasing Adelaide bands.
Adelaide University Student Radio airs Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights from 11pm-1am. The current student radio broadcast schedule can be found at the Radio Adelaide Website.
Student Radio is overseen by up to three Student Radio Directors, who must be members of the Adelaide University Union and are elected during the annual Union elections.
Student Radio Directors
2010 Casey Briggs and Chrissy Kavanagh 2011 Casey Briggs, Timothy Molineux and Sebastian Tonkin 2012 Timothy Molineux, Taherah Tahmasebi and Joel Parsons
Flinders University Student Radio
Flinders University Student Radio (FUSR) was broadcast on Radio Adelaide from 1997 to 2006, when funding was withdrawn following voluntary student unionism. FUSR was a 3-hour timeslot produced in a number of formats: comedy, variety, punk, metal, talkback, political discussion, sports, and even radio plays. All shows were solely hosted by students from Flinders University.
- Official site
- Adelaide University Student Radio
- Flinders University Student Radio (FUSR)
- Represent - Radio Adelaide's Youth Current Affairs Program
- Radio Adelaide's Live Music Fest