The Community Radio Network is happy to receive applications from community radio program makers whose programs have the potential to go nationwide. We get a lot of submissions, so here are some tips on how to make the most of your opportunity.
Before you submit a program to CRN, discuss the idea with the program coordinator or committee at your station. Get their feedback and advice. Is the program as good as it could be? Will it work for a national audience? If not, what adaptations will it need? Will you be able to provide programs every week without fail?
Phone CRN staff to talk about your idea. We can provide feedback on the angle you are going to take. Your program will have much more chance of finding a home on the CRN program grid if it’s offering something different.
We’re guided by the Codes of Practice, which are reflected in CRN policy. As such, we’re looking for innovative content that:
DO send in a fully-fledged pilot for a national audience, in broadcast quality audio.
Contact CRN for further production specs if required.
DON’T send a program containing time calls, local weather and traffic references etc. CRN programs are rebroadcast by stations all over the country and may be at any time of the day.
You will also need to provide a letter of support from your station program coordinator (or similar). Please allow a 60-day turnaround for initial applications.
SPECIALS: Call CRN directly (02 9310 2999) to discuss your idea. It may be a live feed from a festival, a conference, an innovative performance special, a pre-recorded documentary or series of short drop-ins, or feature interview.
For programs with commercial content or major sponsors, also call CRN staff first. That number again - (02) 9310 2999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Content Development Funding may be possible to assist with the production of your program. Visit the Community Broadcasting Foundation  for more information.
Online application forms:
CRN program review form  (DOC 97 kb) Useful for a self-assessment before submitting your application.