For the third year, one talented graduate from the Australian Film Television and Radio School’s flagship Graduate Diploma of Radio course was selected and hosted in a special internship with Southern Cross Austereo (SCA). The 2019 recipient is the talented Grant Maling, who, having worked as an announcer with Koori Radio, is no stranger to the buzz of a live radio environment.
SCA’s Head of Regional Content Mickey Maher says the award aims to offer real hands on experience, working within one of the biggest media companies in the country. “We are thrilled and honoured to again be able to continue to offer an AFTRS student this opportunity,” says Mickey.
“SCA is committed to recruiting and developing people who have the potential to be the best in their field and this program is a great foundation to kick start their future careers in the industry.”
The award included six weeks, full-time, paid employment for Grant at SCA-owned Hit 96.9 in Shepparton, NSW.
AFTRS Acting head of Radio Jess Campanaro says the award reflects the School’s close ties with SCA over many years, “SCA offers a wonderful career path for radio professionals, and is the largest commercial radio employer of AFTRS Radio graduates.”
“AFTRS is pleased to have this award available for our most talented graduands and feel it further strengthens our commitment to provide industry ready radio professionals right across the country.”
Mickey Maher says the hope is that the internship opportunity does lead to employment.
Grant Maling says, “The six-week SCA Fellowship has allowed me to try new things, while immersing myself in all aspects of the industry. I’ve presented my own show since day three and have had the freedom to try new things to find myself as a radio announcer. The fellowship has further developed the love that I have for the radio industry.”
“AFTRS was a massive eye-opener to how big the radio industry is in Australia but also all the different facets of radio. Not only did I learn how each aspect of radio works together, but I also met so many amazing people who will soon be working in radio with me.”
While studying at AFTRS, Grant had some Top Tips to share on working in community radio.