Aoife Cooke migrated to Australia from Ireland and has lived in Melbourne for over four years. She has been involved in Women on the Line, a national current affairs program, for three years and sits as a Director on the 3CR Committee of Management.
Aoife came to community radio at 3CR, a station focused on progressive politics, through political campaigning. She started on 3CR’s Tuesday Breakfast, a current affairs show that focuses on women’s voices and feminist news. She was attracted to the capacity of community media to more accurately record and preserve the voices of grassroots communities and the history of social movements. Her professional life in the community development sector also inspires interesting content and voices for community radio.
Aoife entered the National Features and Documentary Series for two reasons. She says “I want to improve the quality of my audio including the use of creative sound, and to get support in constructing a narrative. With experience packaging current affairs interviews, I want guidance through the complexity of structuring a documentary with a few threads running through it.“
|Barry Green has been Chairman of Donnybrook Community Radio since it was formed in 2011, and has been on air since 2016. He trained as a radio tech with the Department of Aviation and while working for them, spent 2 years on Cocos Island in the Indian Ocean. There he first encountered community radio and saw what powerful community communication tool it was. They also own tourist radio stations in WA, (https://soundcloud.com/radiowa and https://soundcloud.com/westerntouristradio ) and has been making program for that, without any formal training .
We have also been farming organically for almost 30 years and attending organic farming events where we always seem to be preaching to the converted about the importance of soil health.
I see participation in the National Features and Documentary Series as an opportunity to learn more about the craft of radio program creation. I hope the program will encourage the wider population to ask more questions about how their food is produced so that we can move to a more economically and environmentally stable food system, that makes people healthy, not sick.