August 30, 2010

Technology frustrations

RA has been off air for three days now and I'm waiting patiently in Australia until University staff in Perigueux return to work (after their summer break), which will of course be tonight my time. Actually, the wait is excruciating. To spend hours and hours working behind the scenes only to have RA fall over is demoralising. I feel I let down our hard working volunteers who spend their time and energy making programs. I'm confident Pascale will have it working in no time, but until then I am unable to move forward with publicity and advertising. We've had a dream run to date so I guess I should feel pleased it's happened at the very end of the holidays, not the beginning.

August 8, 2010

Long time no hear

The moment I hit Australia I'm sucked back into work and unfortunately RA inevitably goes on the back burner. I've been busy teaching, organising industry placements and thinking of creative ways not only to teach my students but get them to cover events as working journalists. Thanks to Tim, Brad and Dan, my dedicated students making programs for RA. RA continues to move and I'm incredibly lucky to have such supportive program makers who volunteer their time and skills, while I'm stuck in Australia counting the days until my next return. 

I have the studio equipment, purchased in Australia and carried in my suitcase half way round the world; I'm amazed the eight track mixer made it onto the plane. Marie Dominique (left) provided invaluable assistance when I visited in June, but we still have some way to go until RA can broadcast programs live. The station is established, now I need to find a business partner in France to help run it as a full-time media entity.