Kids mic-up for Project Podcast

Date: 08 February 2022

Moranbah Radio Station 4RFM has been awarded a $4,000 community grant from Stanmore Resources to start a new wave of podcasting for local students called Project Podcast.

Year six students from Moranbah State School and Moranbah East State School have been given the opportunity to explore the world of media with a podcast led, edited and produced by kids, focussed only on the topics they are interested in.

Six weeks of every school term, 4FRM selects four students (two from each primary school) to lead a podcast on a topic of their choice — having previously covered dinosaurs, unsolved mysteries and sleep paralysis.

Students are selected based on an application outlining the topics they are interested in, why they want to learn about podcasting and why they would be a great candidate for the program.

4RFM Station Manager Briana Baggow said the grant from Stanmore Resources allows the local Moranbah kids to experience non-traditional job roles.

“We live in an isolated region, so local kids often don’t have the opportunity to gain experience in a wide range of industries like media and journalism,” she said.

“Project Podcast not only teaches the students how to produce a podcast from start to finish, but it’s also a great introduction to radio and provides a platform for the quieter kids to express themselves. “Since starting the podcast in 2021 it has proven to be extremely popular with the kids and parents at both schools, with more than 100 listeners per podcast. With the support of Stanmore Resources, we’ve been able to give these kids a platform to share their stories with the community, and we look forward to seeing what ideas the kids come up with this year.”