Tieline 3G Reaches Out to Remote Communities
Radio MAMA's Kevin Merritt interviews Mavis Chubby at Burringurrah community.
There are significant challenges in bringing radio ‘to the people' - particularly in remote communities. Community radio station MAMA 100.5FM in Geraldton has risen to the challenge and takes as much programming on the road as possible.
"Our target audience is primarily indigenous communities but many other people in the community also listen to us regularly," said Barry Anderson, Station Manager at 100.5FM. "When we commenced as a community broadcaster we decided to go out into indigenous communities as often as possible."
"We decided to buy the Tieline i-Mix because it is so flexible," Barry said. "It is also very simple to operate which is important because many of our operators are not very technical."
100.5FM's codecs are used almost exclusively to broadcast over 3G phone networks. "Broadcasting over 3GIP makes a real difference to us because it allows us to be very mobile," said Barry. "It is cost-effective, easy to set up and enables us to get in touch with our listeners."
"The codecs are programmed with the default stereo profile and perform well at low bit rates," he said. "We also use the return audio path to listen to audio from the studio announcer if we are doing a two-way chat with them from the field."
"The flexibility of Tieline 3G codecs means we can broadcast from virtually anywhere," Barry said. "We have broadcasted all over Western Australia and interstate from locations as diverse as beach concerts, festivals and parks, as well as important events like the Big Sky Writer's Festival and the Relay for Life."
"Based on our successful broadcasting so far we are planning to extend our RIBS (Remote Indigenous Broadcasting Services) by putting Tieline codecs into some remote communities," he said. "This will allow them to take programming from us and send their own program contributions on a regular basis. From Mullewa to Meekathara, Burringurrah and beyond, Tieline codecs allow us to bring the studio to the people instead of them having to come to us."