MEET OUR RADIO ALUMNI
Join the AFTRS Virtual Postgraduate Information Week Radio Session to participate in a Q&A with our world-class radio alumni, including:
LIZA HARVEY – Producer, triple j Drive show
PARIYA TAHERZADEH – Podcast Producer, Mamamia
GRANT MALING – Operations & Promotions Manager and Announcer at Radio Hunter Valley
SEAN BROWN – Announcer and Music Director, Hit 100.9 Hobart
GRACE GARDE – Executive Producer, Jimmy & Nath at Hit100.9 Hobart
Grace is the executive producer for Jimmy & Nath at Hit100.9 in Hobart. She started her career on the street team at SCA Gosford, where she totally fell in love with radio. Grace completed the Graduate Diploma in Radio at AFTRS in 2017, and soon after got a job on the South Coast of NSW with Grant Broadcasters. She got experience in digital content production, workday announcing and presenting a breakfast show. Grace is passionate about good radio, Lady Gaga and her dog.
Pariya Taherzadeh is a multi-award-winning audio producer for her radio documentary, Escape from Iran. The feature was awarded a Gold Prize in the History category, together with a Silver in Social Issues at the New York Festival Radio Awards 2020, and because of this amazing feat, she guest lectured at AFTRS for the MAS Documentary course.
Pariya is currently working as a podcast producer for Australia’s largest independent women’s media company, Mamamia.
In 2018, she was the recipient of the Selwyn Speight Diversity Scholarship, awarded by AFTRS and ABC. As part of the scholarship, Pariya had the opportunity to work at the ABC for one year and it was there that she created Escape from Iran for the Radio National show, History Listen.
While at ABC, Pariya also worked as a radio producer for triple j on shows like Dr Karl, F Off Friday and the Friday mix. She also had the opportunity of bringing about awareness to ADHD and relationships by chatting on triple j’s late night show, The Hook Up.
With six years of community radio experience, a two-year internship at the Nine Network and a Bachelor of Journalism, Grant began the Graduate Diploma in Radio, firmly knowing that media is what he wanted to pursue. Grant received the SCA Fellowship Award and moved to Shepparton in country Victoria for six weeks. Not long after that, he was snapped up by Grant Broadcasters and found himself driving 14 hours to Port Augusta in South Australia, becoming their newest News Reader and Daytime Announcer. It wasn’t long before he started to feel very homesick, and as it would seem the stars aligned. An Operations role had opened in Muswellbrook, just three hours north of his hometown of Sydney. Grant headed across the country again and is now the Operations and Promotions Manager and Workday Announcer at Radio Hunter Valley.
Ever wondered what it’s like to produce a daily comedy radio show in the middle of a pandemic? It’s bloody weird, but that’s where Liza Harvey found herself in 2020 when she kicked off producing the triple j Drive show.
Liza’s been wrapped up in broadcasting since she was in high school, going from filing away CD’s at a community station on the Gold Coast, to landing her dream job(s) at Triple J. She’s dipped her toe in everything from podcasts to planning special events and OB’s, but it’s producing that really has Liza’s heart.
It’s led her into some pretty wild moments, like shaking Beck’s hand back when we could touch people, advising music legend Warren Ellis what colour socks he should wear for an in-conversation, and explaining why a man was dressed as a possum to British pop-star Charli XCX.
When she’s not figuring how to find the silver linings amongst a global health crisis, Liza’s probably somewhere in the Australian bush, enjoying the sounds of birds and looking at rocks.
Sean Brown is Tasmanian born and moved to Sydney to complete a Graduate Diploma in Radio in 2017. His passion for music and interviewing artists is what led him to pursuing a career in radio. While studying at AFTRS he was offered an internship with ARN at KIIS 1065 before graduating in 2018. Through his connections with the internship, Sean landed a gig covering breakfast for Mike E and Emma on Sydney’s The Edge 96.1 over Summer 2017/18. Later that same year, Sean moved to The Riverland in South Australia to work as a breakfast announcer on Magic 931. Today, Sean is the workday announcer and music director at hit 100.9 in Hobart, a role he has held since April 2019.