Posted Tuesday 11 May 2021
Access media throughout Aotearoa are celebrating a milestone - turning 40 and launching a book about their history.
The grassroots network of 12 NZ On Air-funded community access radio stations has evolved over four decades years into an alliance of broadcasters that transmit daily in more than 49 languages, and publish a massively diverse array of podcasts online accessible to all.
Known now as CAMA – Community Access Media Alliance – the network brings together communities, allowing volunteers to create their own radio shows and podcasts ‘by, for and about’ their diverse communities.
Celebrating the milestone warranted a book. Sharing the mic – the history of community access radio in Aotearoa New Zealand was researched and co-written by Brian Pauling and WIFT NZ member Bronwyn Beatty of the NZ Broadcasting School/Ara in Christchurch. The book chronicles the people and stories that have shaped community access media.
Image supplied. Dr Brian Pauling, Min. Faafoi and Dr Bronwyn Beatty