Ian Crouch is a CMTO Trainer and Mentor. Ian has been involved with radio for the past 25 years. After completing Grant Goldman’s Future School of Radio course, he joined 2CCR-FM at Baulkham Hills in 1993, preparing and reading the news for the breakfast program. Ian also served on the station’s Board of Management and headed up the Technical Committee, overseeing the design and construction of Studio 2 and became the Station Manager. Ian went to AFTRS and commenced his commercial radio career in 1996. He’s worked at i98fm Wollongong, 2DU/ZOO-FM Dubbo, 2NM/Power-FM Muswellbrook and 2HD/NEW-FM Newcastle, and was seconded to the Macquarie network (2GB/3AK) to cover the 2001 federal election. Ian moved back into Community Radio in 2010, taking up the full time positon of News Director at 2NUR-FM, Newcastle. Over the past 8 years at 2NUR, Ian has trained and mentored more than 300 students studying for their Communications Degree at the University of Newcastle, with many of those going on to start their careers in broadcast journalism. He says “Being a mentor is enormously satisfying. You have the great privilege of seeing your mentee grow and develop in skill and confidence, often going on to make a significant contribution to society through the media. Producers involved in the NFDS have a brilliant opportunity to cut their teeth on a major project, which in turn gets them national exposure and recognition. From there, the sky’s the limit!”

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