Radio

Published on June 11th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Looking for a different listening experience? Try this radio station staffed by convicts.

If you look at a map of Australia, you might be able to find the location of the West Kimberly Regional Prison in the northern part of the country’s most western state. It’s unique in the sense that it runs its own radio station staffed by the inmates. This article is from Australia’s ABC.

Inmates at the West Kimberley Regional Prison in Western Australia’s far north have been putting together a weekly radio show to air on community stations across the country.

The new program, designed to teach prisoners confidence and media skills, is the first of its kind in Australia.

Presenter ‘Jamie Boy’, not his real name, has been serving time for a number of driving-related offences.

He had never been behind a microphone until he signed up several months ago.

“Doing it in here makes me feel like I’m somebody, it makes me feel important,” he said.

“I just pushed myself to do it, I’ve done a lot of self-confidence building and that’s going really good.”

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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