Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Behind the Microphone

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Behind the Microphone

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I'M SITTING across the desk from Lyn McCarthy, presenter of BayFM's Theme Park on Tuesday afternoons, getting a taste of what it's like to be a volunteer on community radio.

She's surrounded by technology and looks incredibly organised, but she tells me this has come with time. "It's like everything in life a you learn from making mistakes," she says.

The training system on BayFM is a buddy system. "You get a chance to get used to the equipment," says McCarthy, aand you learn by practice."

Not that mistakes aren't made a it's common to leave the microphone on and to be inadvertently talking. McCarthy sits at the console, with her laptop running a DJ program. She has her script. As she settles into the show, she loads up her sponsorship announcements. There are no a[approximately]ads' on community radio. She has a backup CD of all the songs she is going to play. McCarthy also works from a typed playlist, colour coded with time breaks. "The first show I did on my own, I was terrified," McCarthy says. …

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