In this Episode we explore the Flying hours and the creative ways you can notch these up without the surrounds of a Commercial Radio Studio.

I wanna flash back to episode 3 of the Air Heads Podcast where he said get used to the sound of your own voice. Read everything and you’ll get used to it after a while. Practice, Practice, Practice…

Record yourself reading a page of a book. If you’ve got a toddler take the opportunity to read them bedtime stories every night and record that. You can elaborate on the story the book dishes out, not only will your toddler love it but it will help you will your story telling.

Start recording breaks on your smart phone – Best part you can record them anywhere.

Dave Matthews Episode 37 says “Start a Pod cast right Now”, Dave says “if you don’t start a Podcast night now and you wanna be in radio you’re in idoit.” Find a Niche and put together a passion project. Creating a Podcast will challenge you in the content space, having to come up with new content for your episodes daily/ weekly/ monthly and will also give you the flying hours you need to prepare yourself for a broadcasting career.

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Community Radio is also a great thing to get yourself involved with to get your flying hours up. Most Community Radio stations will have some hours they need filled on the air and it just so happens you could fill that need.

If you follow this link it will lead you to a list of Community radio stations, search for the nearest one to you and reach out.

Below is a list of CBAA (Community broadcasting Association of Australia) Radio Stations. Most of the stations on this list are driven by their volunteer base which includes producers and presenters.

Take the first step in your career and reach out to one of these station and find out if they have any volunteer flying hours available.

Community Radio in Australia

90.1 Happy FM

Victor Harbor, SA, 5211

1013 Memphis Mayhem

Tweed Heads West NSW

Cherbourg Radio

Cherbourg, QLD, 4605Community Served: Indigenous

Lofty 88.9

Mount Barker, SA, 5251

2J 2Air Live Radio

Toodyay, WA, 6566Community Served: General

Phoenix 96.3fm Bundaberg

Bundaberg, QLD, 4670

88.9FM Hills Radio

Mt Barker, SA, 5251

Tribe FM 91.1

Willunga, SA, 5172

Wild Horse FM

Yarraman, QLD, 4614

STA FM 91.9

Inverell, NSW, 2360

2oceans FM

Augusta, WA, 6290


Castlemaine, VIC, 3450

Phoenix FM

Kennington, VIC, 3550

2YYY Young

Young, NSW, 2594

Goldfields FM 99.1

Maryborough, VIC, 3465

Capital Community Radio 101.7FM

Ardross, WA, 6153

Riverland Life FM

Loxton, SA, 5333

Wagga’s Life FM

Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650

Alpine Radio

Mount Beauty, VIC, 3699

Sunshine FM

Buderim, QLD, 4556

Life FM Gippsland

Sale, VIC, 3850

Harvey Community Radio 96.5 FM

Harvey, WA, 6220

Brisbane Youth Radio

Brisbane, QLD, 4000

Valley FM 89.5

Wanniassa, ACT, 2903

Paradise FM 101.9

Ballina, NSW, 2478


Werribee, VIC, 3030

WOW FM 100.7

St Marys, NSW, 2760

WOW FM 100.5

Semaphore, SA, 5019

Light Melbourne

Mitcham, VIC, 3132

92.9 Voice FM

Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

Salt 106.5

Buderim, QLD, 4556

101.9 Coast FM

Smithfield, QLD, 4878

SYN Media

Melbourne, 3000


Port Pirie, SA, 5540

Noosa Community Radio 101.3 FM

Noosa Drive, QLD, 4565


Narrabri, NSW, 2390


Kempsey, NSW, 2440

JOY 94.9

Melbourne, VIC, 3000

Golden Days Radio

Glen Huntly, VIC, 3163

91.9 Fresh FM

Telina, QLD, 4680

FBi Radio

Alexandria, NSW, 2016

96five Family Radio

Alderley, QLD, 4051

Dubbo’s 94.3

Dubbo, NSW, 2830


Wondai, QLD, 4606

Juice 107.3FM

Biggera Waters, QLD, 4215

Life 105.1

Bendigo, VIC, 3550

Coral Coast Community Radio 94.7 FM

Bundaberg, QLD, 4670

Radio KLFM

Bendigo, VIC, 3555

Bay FM 99.9

Byron Bay, NSW, 2481

Apple FM

Darley, VIC, 3340

Katherine Community Radio

Katherine, NT, 850

Darwin’s 97 Seven

Casuarina, NT, 810

8CCC FM Community Radio 102.1FM

Alice Springs, NT, o870

Hobart FM 96.1

Bellerive, TAS, 7018

Coast FM

Wynyard, TAS, 7325

98.5 Sonshine FM

Como, WA, 6952


Newman, WA, 6753

Albany Community Radio

Albany, WA, 6330


Whyalla, SA, 5608