The Wire is a daily current affairs program broadcast exclusively on Community and Indigenous radio stations around Australia.
More than 5 million people across Australia can tune into any weekday, and while the numbers are big, The Wire has perhaps the most diverse audience for any individual program in any media sector.
The Wire is available via the Community Radio Network satellite and the CAAMA Radio satellite to more than 200 stations in city, regional, rural and remote communities, including many remote Indigenous communities and including places with no other broadcast media.
A consortium of progressive community broadcasters: Radio Adelaide, 2SER in Sydney and 4EB in Brisbane. The consortium works together to develop The Wire as a key alternative information source via broadcast, online and social media, seeking funds to support the project. Contact details here.
Each station appoints co-ordinating producers and more than 100 community broadcasters are trained and contribute each year as story producers.
The Wire team also includes three "contributer stations", CAAMA Alice Springs, RTR FM Perth and Joy 94.9 in Melbourne, who each produce a story per week.
The Wire is broadcast to stations via the CRN satellite at 5.04pm Sydney time. Many stations play us live, some record and replay a little later. Please contact your local station; check our broadcast stations here. If your local station doesn't play The Wire, please let them know you’d like to hear it!
You can listen to The Wire online by going to:
http://www.radio.adelaide.edu.au 17.30pm Adelaide time
http://www.2ser.com/stream 18.00pm Sydney time
http://www.4eb.org.au/ 05.30 Brisbane time, 13.00 Brisbane time
The Wire takes an independent approach to current issues. We offer critical coverage, which challenges all points of view, puts issues and events in context and always asks 'why’?.
The Wire will:
Licensed Australian Community and Indigenous radio stations can broadcast The Wire. It is available through:
The Community Radio Network: www.cbaa.org.au
The CAAMA Satellite Network: www.caama.com.au
2015 Broadcast Season
January 1-30 - The Wire Specials, Key Stories of 2014
Monday February 2 - The Wire 2015 live programs start
Friday December 11 - The Wire 2015 live programs end
December 14-31 - The Wire Specials, 2015 in Review
The three consortium stations, 2ser, Radio Adelaide and 4EB provide facilities, resources, management and co-ordination.
More than 100 volunteer producers each year provide their energy and commitment.
The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia provides the original satellite broadcast and co-ordination through its Community Radio Network (CRN) and program data and ordering through its Digital Delivery Network (DDN).
CAAMA Radio makes the program available to all stations on its satellite network through rebroadcast, and CAAMA’s journalists are regular contributors to the program.
Produced with the assistance of the Department of Communications via the Community Broadcasting Foundation