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After supporting diverse communities for 40 years, we're ready
for our next adventure and we need your support to help us get
Help us stay on the air an grow onto Digital Radio!
Our biggest goal this year is to keep our doors open and expand
to digital radio! This means our reach will extend beyond the inner
west to our audiences in the western suburbs who desperately need
the vital connection to language, culture, music and community
provided by Radio Skid Row. It’s also crucial for us to pay much
needed attention to repairs and upgrades needed across the station.
This year is an ALL or NOTHING campaign! if we don't reach our 40K target, we don't receive anything!
This is where your support comes in!
Radio Skid Row is for storytellers, activists and artists!
Radio Skid Row 88.9 FM is a pioneering community radio station in Sydney which has been providing a platform for marginalized and underrepresented voices since 1983. Our station was founded by a group of activists, artists, and community members who wanted to create a space for alternative media and to challenge the mainstream media narratives.
Radio Redfern, and later Koori Radio, started off broadcasting on the Radio Skid Row frequency of 88.9FM before getting their own lisence. We provide a space for communities to broadcast on their own terms, a space that no-one else in Sydney can give them. We have languages that you can’t hear anywhere else on air in Sydney!
Throughout our history, we have continued to prioritize the voices of those who are often ignored or silenced by the media, including Indigenous peoples, people of color, people who are sleeping rough, queer and trans folks, people with disabilities, and working-class communities. We believe that everyone has a right to be heard and that community media can be a powerful tool for building solidarity, understanding, and social change.
Over the years, we have faced many challenges, including financial difficulties, censorship and attempts to shut down our station. Despite these obstacles, we have persevered and continued to provide vital connection to the community. We offer a diverse range of programming, including music shows, political discussions, community news and programs in 18 community languages. We also provide training and support for community members who want to learn how to make their own media.
We do all of this with a powerful group of volunteers and a very
small amount of funding. They don’t call us Radio Skid Row for
nothing! But we can't do this alone.
This is where you come in!
As a community radio station, we rely on the support of the community to keep us on the air. We are a non-profit organisation and our funding only covers half of our operating costs. The rest comes from donations and sponsorship from individuals, organizations, and businesses who believe in our mission.
We know from experience that we can’t rely on government funding
streams to keep us afloat; this money can and has been withdrawn
without notice! We dream of reaching full independence with the
support of you, our community.
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Your donation will help us continue to provide a platform for underrepresented voices and to promote social justice and equality, as well as excellent music contributions to the airwaves. Every donation, no matter how small, makes a big difference.
We intend to use $20,000 of all funds raised to aid the expansion onto Digital Radio, reaching our most valued and diverse communities who have either had to move or settled further out west. These costs include fixing some of our old gear, upgrading our networking, buying some new equipment and soundproofing the studios and production training rooms.
The other $20,000 contributes to the cost of employing and training the Skid Row staff and volunteers, keeping the lights on and the doors open to newcomers. With our expansion to digital we intend to expand our On-Air schedule to include even more languages and new programming.
Every dollar we raise over $40,000 will mean that we can bring
the station to more listeners by expanding our Outside Broadcasts at
community festivals and events all over Sydney. We need to get out
into communities and let them know they can now tune into Radio Skid Row!
So please, consider donating to Radio Skid Row today. Your contribution will help us continue to provide a space for community voices, and to work towards a more just and equitable world. Thank you for your support!
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On May 28th between we are live broadcasting at the Addison Road Community Markets! Join us for a day of Live music, performances and get to know the broadcasters and the people behind Radio Skid Row. We would love to meet you! Shop our merch and spend a sunny day with your favourite radio community.
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Ever wanted to be a Radio Skid Row Broadcaster for a day? Design a playlist, interview someone from your community or bring yourself to the inner west air waves! This is your chance. This is a limited edition perk for our 40th Birthday Fundraiser. Only 5 opportunities available.
This package is for small local businesses (e.g. cafes, restaurants,
venues, shops, sole traders) who share our values and want to show
their support for Radio Skid Row. This is a great way to align
yourself with media justice and advertise your business to Skid Row listeners!
* 2 month campaign with 100 x 30 second ads on air (Produced by us)
* Your banner on our website for 4 weeks
* 3 x Facebook or Instagram posts highlighting your business and support
This package is for businesses who share our values and want to show
their support for Radio Skid Row. A great way to support media justice
and align yourself with community radio!
* 2 month campaign with 100 x 30second ads On-Air (Produced by Radio Skid Row)
* Your banner on our website for 4 weeks
* Social Media posts either Facebook or Instagram highlighting your support and commitment to Radio Skid Row
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