Australia’s “Radio Revolution” Streaming Live Online Since May

Billed as “distinctively non-commercial,” the student-run JACradio at the University of Queensland has been pumping out the music and talk online 24/7 since its debut in May.   It is the latest entrant into Australia’s radio Webosphere- and according to one report the UQ School of Journalism and Communication (JAC) has been “overwhelmed by the number of students wanting to take part and also the website’s traffic.”

JACradio

The site currently lists 15 staffers, and the names of their 15 programs scream eclectic student radio mix.  A few of my favorites: “Em and Stacey’s Banter Show,” “Neophilia,” and “Pickles and Fez.”  The program director’s take: “The whole idea is to prepare students for the future and the internet is definitely the future of radio.” In a separate interview he defined his goals for JACradio only slightly sarcastically: “I’m hoping it will conquer the world.”

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