2Dry presenter awarded CBAA Conference Scholarship

2Dry FM Youth Times presenter Alaisha Donohoe has been awarded a scholarship to attend the 2023 Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) Conference, which takes place in Adelaide from November 2-4.

The premier event will bring community broadcasters from around the country together to connect with fellow broadcasting professionals and volunteers, gain insights from industry experts, and explore a forward-thinking program and vision to take community radio to the next level.

“It feels awesome. When I applied for it with Megan [Williams], I got to submit some of my recordings and outdoor broadcasts,” Ms Donohoe told us of her selection for the scholarship.

“I wasn’t doing the broadcasts like any professional because I wanted to win this – the old recordings, I was just having fun. The people who got to listen to them, and then chose me, saw me being genuine and just having fun in radio.”

For the presenter, the ability to elevate the stories of other young people within the community by talking about youth issues is a big part of why she does community radio. The chance to network with and learn from others in community radio at the CBAA Conference is something Ms Donohoe is looking forward to.

“Because 2Dry is volunteer-based, I want to bring back more skills to improve Youth Times and maybe talk to other presenters about what I’ve learnt to help or just improve the station overall. Talking to a bunch of new people and networking will also be fun,” she says.

Having first come to the community radio station during her Year 10 studies for work placement, Ms Donohoe has been a more permanent fixture on the 2Dry FM airwaves since November 2022.

In that time, she has been a part of the station’s shows, including Youth Times and Have a Crack, as well as various outside broadcasts, including Kim Churchill’s gig at Theatre 44 in February, the Sydney Youth Orchestra’s Outback Gala Concert in July, and during the Mundi Mundi Bash in August.

“I was talking to some new presenters about how people just have all these ideas. You can do anything at radio, really. You just have to think about it, and you can just do it, and I love that,” she said.

“I do like community radio a lot. Commercial radio scares me!”

Youth Times is available to listen to via 2Dry FM 107.7 on Friday afternoons from 4 p.m.

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