Category: Blog

  • Sea hitchhiking in Melbourne

    In 1970, Gabriel Salas had just finished his university studies in Chile and thought he’d try and hitchhike around South America. But what was meant to be your average graduate road trip turned into an adventure across the sea… Take a listen to ‘Sea Hitchhiker’ recorded live at our Melbourne listening party, Oceans Apart: This version…

  • Wait a minute, Mr. Postman

    At our Melbourne listening party a couple of weeks ago, we handed out these postcards. We asked you to write something to send across distance; we wanted to hear what you’d say to someone you haven’t seen in a while, or maybe even the person next to you… Here are a couple we found at…

  • Thank you, Melbourne!

    A big thank you to everyone who listened in at Oceans Apart last week! We’ll post more photos and audio from the Melbourne Collective’s listening party very soon, so stay tuned on our Facebook page or subscribe to us on iTunes.

  • Volunteer Positions: Community Coordinator + SYN Production Manager

    We’ve got a couple of vacancies for excellent radio heads, one in Sydney and one in Melbourne. Any questions, do get in touch. Community Coordinator: Sydney All the Best is recruiting a volunteer Community Coordinator, based at FBi in Sydney. Pip Rasmussen has been doing fantastic job the past two years, but she’s focusing on…

  • JOB: All the Best State Coordinator, Melbourne

    We’re looking for a new State Coordinator to be based at 3RRR in Melbourne. This person will be responsible for maintaining a community of All the Best contributors at 3RRR and coordinating Melbourne-based content with the national All the Best team and the SYN Coordinator. They should be passionate about radio documentaries and audio storytelling, and obsessive about podcasting.…

  • Older women and street harassment

    Older women and street harassment

    The artwork accompanying our latest episode #1515 A Walk in the Park, is by Melbourne feminist artist Stephanie Freda Leigh.  It’s a text-based projection, near her home in Melbourne’s suburbs. Apart from being heart-in-throat effective to look at, the artwork also brought another aspect of street harassment to our attention. Here’s Stephanie talking about the first…

  • A Way With Words

    In this week’s episode we hear stories about the ways that activists and marginalised people are using a new artform with an ancient history to get their voices across. We met poets who run workshops in jails and schools, a young woman writing and fighting for her community in Arnhem Land, and some social housing…

  • A Cheesey Date

    When Bambi Smyth, author of ‘Men on the Menu’, found herself on a first date with Christian in Frankfurt, Germany, the local delicacy ‘Handkäse’ threatened to spoil her decorum. Bambi spoke to producer Bec Fary for All the Best’s ‘Food and Memory’ episode. Music credits: ‘Funeral March For a Marionette’ by Ergo Phizmiz, from the…

  • Fiction: Cities you’ll never see on screen

    Molten Melbourne by Yuki Iwama It is an ugly sneer in the cracked earth, the black water from the Yarra River streaming in through the jagged teeth. The city used to be in constant motion before the great earthquake, an oiled dance of machines and limbs; but now it writhes at the bottom of the…

  • The Apocalypse at Home – A Reading List

    The Apocalypse at Home – A Reading List

    Mentioned in the episode: States of Fantasy – Jacqueline Rose A Wrong Turn at the Office of Unmade Lists – Jane Rawson War of the Worlds – HG Wells Brave New World – Aldous Huxley 1984 – George Orwell The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood Tomorrow Series – John Marsden Shades of Grey – Jasper Fforde Sleep Dealer (film) Reign…

  • How the Redfern All Blacks Got Their Name (It’s Not What You Think)

    Sol Bellear is a long time Redfern All Blacks player. He started with the team in 1967 and put on an All Blacks jersey for the first 20 years of the NSW Aboriginal Knock Out that began in 1971. There aren’t many titles that Sol hasn’t held in his history with the Redfern All Blacks.…

  • The Hardest Thing You’ll Do Today

    This week’s episode, The Hardest Thing You’ll Do Today, is a story of strength, discipline, self determination and football. Produced by Emma Lancaster, additional interviews and these photographs from last year’s knockout by Pauline Muyl.    Redfern is home to the oldest indigenous sports club in Australia. The Redfern All Blacks have been kicking around…

  • From NYC to OHM: Joy Villalino at Open House Melbourne

    From NYC to OHM: Joy Villalino at Open House Melbourne

      This week on All the Best we’re doing some exploring, heading into some of the unseen and forgotten parts of Melbourne with Open House. For one day a year, people are invited to become tourists in their own city, hearing the stories hidden in every building. For episode #1427, we visit Melbourne’s historical tramways,…

  • The Secret I Wish I’d Told…

      We’re looking for stories about secrets, and because secrets are hard to find we’re turning to you, listeners/the internet. An upcoming episode of All the Best will be based around secrets that should have been told. Have you ever stayed quiet and regretted it? Is there a secret that bugs you late at night…

  • In Search of White Whales

    Or any whales, really. For our Only A Whale episode, Sydney host Michaela Morgan, Features EP Heidi Pett and ATB producer Laura Brierley Newton headed to the cliffs at Kurnell, apps in hand, to go whale watching. Photos by Laura Brierley Newton  

  • Love and OCD

    The piece came about as I was thinking of ideas for my first radio documentary. I wanted to find a good personal story and early on I began to think about how mental illness can affect people in relationships. I was especially keen to explore how it can impact the other partner in the relationship,…

  • That Girl: Marisa

    As part of episode #1416 of All The Best we’ve been sharing women’s stories of abortion. This is Marisa’s.  artwork by Leah Goren   I had my abortion later in life, and I have many regrets around it, but no regrets at all about terminating my pregnancy. My partner and I made a decision very…

  • That Girl: stories in full from Jane, Kerz, Dawn, Heidi and Gen

    This week on All The Best we wanted to create a space for women to talk about abortion without shame, judgement, guilt or politics, and were particularly inspired by this beautiful feature in New York Magazine, published last year. You can stream or download the full episode here. We hoped we could start conversations and reduce some of…

  • All The Best in Brisbane

      We’re looking for a new State Coordinator to be based at 4ZZZ in Brisbane. James had a baby and has wisely decided to concentrate on looking after his kid, so we’re after a switched on, organised lady or gent who’s deeply into storytelling radio to look after our Brisbane Collective. It’s a volunteer gig…

  • All The Best Live at Sydney Writers Festival

    All The Best Live at Sydney Writers Festival

    Yep! We’re putting on a live storytelling event for the Festival Club on Thursday May 22 at 7.30pm. You know, and we know, that the best stories are about people. So we’ve asked five of our favourite people to come and tell you human stories on stage. Realising somebody is human after all, or that…

  • Start The Riot: Positive Politics in Fashion

    To complement our Rana Plaza anniversary episode, Squeezing The System, Ollie Henderson tells the story of the catcall that sparked her to begin her very own fashion revolution. Produced by Avani Dias

  • Telling stories in Morwell

    By Sally Whyte This is the view of the Hazelwood mine and power station from the side of the Princes Freeway. The closest houses are less than ten metres behind where I was when I took this photo. Most people in the city don’t really consider where electricity comes from – we flick a switch…

  • To: My Former Internet Self

    We asked some excellent, honest writers to pen letters to their former internet selves. Imagine if one of these had landed in your Hotmail account. A.H.Cayley To my Former Internet Self, Stop correcting people’s grammar. You may think it makes you seem educated and refined but it doesn’t, it just makes you look like a…

  • Work with us

    All The Best’s Melbourne Collective is currently seeking a committed volunteer to oversee the program’s operations with SYN Media in Melbourne. The ATB Story of the Week Executive Producer will work closely with the Melbourne Collective Supervising Producer (SP), the Features Executive Producer (FEP) and the SYN News Executive Producer to feature All The Best…

  • The Start of a Long Journey

    The Start of a Long Journey

    Listen to Michael Brydon’s piece: Buckley’s Chance at Truth from #1317 Postcards from Reconciliation. By Michael Brydon The story of William Buckley is amazing. But, as with so much of Australian history,  only the colonial voice has truly been heard. When a story like Buckley’s defines an entire community, history can become dangerous. The conventional…

  • Summer Break!

    Summer Break!

    Lovely listeners, we’re on a break over January, but we’ll be back on your airwaves with fresh new stories from February 2nd. If you’re really missing us, you can check out our back catalogue — just click the ‘archive’ tab above. Photo: Beach shoes   

  • All the Best win Voxxie for ‘Best Spoken Word, News & Current Affairs’

    All the Best win Voxxie for ‘Best Spoken Word, News & Current Affairs’

    We are super pleased to announce that All the Best has just won the Voxxie for ‘Best Spoken Word, News & Current Affairs’ at the Community Broadcasting awards…which means all of our storytellers, producers, sound designers, musicians, writers and extended crew have been recognised for producing the best spoken word program on community radio in Australia.…

  • All the Best nominated for a Voxxie

    All the Best nominated for a Voxxie

    For the second year in a row All the Best has been nominated for a ‘Voxxie’ as part of the Community Broadcasting of Australia’s national awards. We have been nominated in the category ‘Best Spoken Word, News & Current Affairs’ which is the same category we were highly commended in last year.  We are super…

  • Calling all writers…

    We want to make contact with new and talented writers – we know you’re out there! If you have a short story or essay that you think might work on radio, maybe you should get in touch. It’s a great opportunity to get your work on air and heard on FBi Radio, throughout the Community Radio…

  • Sea Hitchhiker

    Sea Hitchhiker

    Crew of La Balsa raft arriving at the Maroochy Shire Council Chambers after a parade through Currie Street, Nambour, 6 November 1970. Courtesy of Heritage Library, Sunshine Coast Council. The story behind the Sea Hitchhiker, featured in #1221 Coast to Coast. By Zacha Rosen Gabriel Salas’ expeditions are a pretty involved subject. Here is some…

  • GRAPHIC 2012: Radio With Pictures

    GRAPHIC 2012: Radio With Pictures

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    RADIO WITH PICTURES Part radio show, part comic strip, performed live on stage as part of the 2012 Graphic Festival. Sunday 11 November, The Studio, 3.30pm $20 As devout believers in the age-old craft of storytelling, Graphic and FBi Radio are teaming up to bring two champions of a good ol’ tale together in Radio…

  • Gina McKeon wins a Walkley for ATB!

    Gina McKeon wins a Walkley for ATB!

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    Gina won her Walkley Award for Young Australian Journalist of the Year (Radio) and was Highly Commended, Young Journalist of the Year. Gina was among three finalists shortlisted from over 100 entries and the Walkely Award recognises excellence for her story on “The St Vincent’s Church in Redfern” that was broadcast as part of episode…

  • Highly Commended at the Voxxies!

    Highly Commended at the Voxxies!

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    We just got news that we were Highly Commended in the 2011 Community Broadcasting Awards in the category ‘Best Spoke Word, News & Current Affairs’.  A big congratulations to the whole team.  Plus we found out at the same time that we were successful in gaining funding for 2012!

  • In the Dark: The Last Stand

    In the Dark: The Last Stand

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    For the month of October we are in residence at The Papermill Gallery developing a new piece for In the Dark.  We thought we would take the idea of a radio feature but then present it like an old fashioned radio play.  We invited radio producers, writers, performers, musicians and a foley artist to collaborate.  Monocle UK…

  • ATB on Radio National’s The Night Air

    ATB on Radio National’s The Night Air

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    Features EP Jesse Cox talks with Brent Clough about All the Best and plays some stories from the recent episode A Bedtime Story. The Night Air team respond to the bubbling flux of Now with a live mix of conversation, comment, found sound and music. This evening producer Jesse Cox from Sydney’s FBi Radio talks…