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Create your own show!
You want your voice to be heard but you are not sure of the right platform? You would like to build an audience but aren’t quite sure how? FREIRAD – your community radio in Innsbruck can help you with exactly that.
FREIRAD provides you with airtime during which you can discuss any topics you find important; be it the environment, politics, art, culture, entertainment, social problems, technology, health and many more. Because your shows are aired publicly on a radio station you can be sure to be heard by a wide variety of people, regardless of which language you decide to do these in. Whether you want to experiment with different formats, sounds and noises during your show. Whether you want to experiment on air in an innovative way or simply discuss your social involvement with colleagues or guests – at FREIRAD every show will find it’s audience.
Sounds good? However you have no prior experience or technical equipment? These are no requirements, as FREIRAD will provide you with the necessary equipment, as well as the know-how to not just consume media, but to start producing your own radio content.
Here are the steps you will have to take in order to start your show(s) on FREIRAD:
1. Your first encounter – learn about the basics of radio
At FREIRAD workshops you will learn about the fundamentals required to create your first show, as well as the guidelines of a community radio.
2. Your show as part of the programme – meet the programme coordinator
After you have attended the necessary courses, it is time to present your concept or idea for a show to a selected group of FREIRAD radio hosts as well as the programme coordinator. At this stage you will receive feedback from experienced peers, who will discuss your idea from a technical, topical and media rights perspective. You will also receive your regular slot in the programme. At this point you’re in the clear about what and when you can start your show. As a little reminder there is also a contract you sign for every show(s) or one-time show you air at FREIRAD detailing all the specifics.
3. Your place in the community – become a member
The final step is becoming a member of the association, which allows you to use all of FREIRAD’s infrastructure and devices. The yearly membership fee for individuals is € 50. For other associations € 120. For those with an extremely low income the membership fee is € 25. The full name of the association is: Freies Radio Innsbruck FREIRAD, Verein zur Förderung der Medienvielfalt und der Freiheit der Meinungsäußerung.
And that’s how easy it is. These are the requirements for starting your own show or show(s) on FREIRAD. And soon the radio plays a show that sounds totally authentic – just like you.
The basics of radio
You will have to go through two courses to be able to air your show. The first being a 10 hour course on the basics of radio, the other a 2,5 hour course on media- and copyright laws. The sign-up fee for both courses is € 20. For those with a Kulturpass issued by Hunger auf Kunst und Kultur the courses are free of charge.
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What we need
Before you can air a show you will have to present your concept and idea for your show(s) to a group of experienced radio hosts. They will advise you on how to best present your ideas or give you tips from a technical standpoint. You will get all the support that you (could possibly) need.
Your concept should contain the following:
- Title of the show(s)
- Content of the show (a short general description)
- Length of the show
- Frequency of the show
- Desired time slot
Who decides if my show gets to be aired?
A group of experienced FREIRAD radio hosts, as well as the head programme coordinator (PROKO-Gruppe). They decide which shows go on air. They make sure that each show meets the guidelines and sticks to the Charter of Austrian Community radios. Before you can start with a new show you will be meeting the group for a discussion about your concept. Here you will receive advice and technical tips on how to best realize your ideas in radio form.
Before you can air a show you will have to present your concept and idea for your show or a show(s) to a group of experienced FREIRAD radio hosts. They will advise you on how to best present your ideas or give you tips from a technical standpoint. You will get all the support that you (could possibly) need.
Rights and order
The contract for a show or show(s) specifies your time slot in the programme among other things. By signing it you also take on the legal responsibility and responsibility for the contents of your show, meaning you follow the Charter of Austrian community stations, the guidelines and the house and studio rules of FREIRAD, as well as following the Code of honor of the Austrian press council.
Are there any extra costs attached?
Yes and no. To be able to broadcast, you will have to pay the yearly membership fee. The yearly membership fee for individuals is € 50. For other associations € 120. For those with an extremely low income the membership fee is € 25. Those with a Kulturpass issued by „Hunger auf Kunst und Kultur“ don’t have to pay the membership fee.