An Introduction to Community Radio with Owen (PBS)

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Please note: This class is held at community radio station PBSfm on Johnston street, Collingwood.

Who listens to the radio? Even amongst all the streaming services in our faces these days, the humble radio is still alive and kicking! Even thriving!

Community Radio is a unique category of radio broadcasting in Australia, and Melbourne alone has so many stations! 

But have you ever wonder just how radio works? How do you get a radio license? How do transmitters work? How do you become a broadcaster? How does a panel work? How to choose content!?

This is your chance to visit one of Melbourne’s beloved community radio stations and see and learn how radio actually happens. Your teacher Owen is the Station Manager at PBS 106.7FM and will run your through the ins & outs of radio and then some! Owen also spent 16 years broadcasting at RRR and 5 at 3MBS so lots of experience across different stations.

What will we cover?

This class takes place at the PBS radio studios at Collingwood Yards. In touring the station we will see and learn about all aspects of operation, such as:

  • What is community radio
  • Differences between commercial, community and national broadcasting services
  • What sort of staff and roles does community radio rely on
  • How do the studios work
  • The road to being radio broadcaster
  • How is community radio funded
  • There will be lots of opportunity to ask questions!


  • Wheelchair Accessible Venue
  • Gender Neutral Bathroom
  • Discounted Early Bird Tickets
  • Free Tickets to First Nation Attendees
  • Auslan Interpreter Upon Request 

    What will I need to bring?

    No materials are needed.

    Please meet at the PBS studios Collingwood Yards – B1, 35 Johnston Street, Collingwood 3066.

    This link has an image of the PBS front entrance, and reception is on the right hand side.

    Who will be Teaching?

    Owen McKern (he/him) has been involved with Melbourne’s arts and music community for close to 2 decades. For 14 years Owen produced and presented the influential music program ‘Delivery’ on 3RRR and he has also presented radio programs for ABC Classic FM, 3MBS and PBS 106.7.

    Owen has held management positions at both 3MBS and PBS where he is currently the Program Manager. As an arts producer he has produced projects for The City of Yarra, Conical Gallery Inc., JOLT Arts Inc., The Click Clack Project and The Melbourne Recital Centre. Owen is currently the Deputy Chair of Speak Percussion.

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