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"This Your Radio Show"  Adventure

A group of nine people visited ArtSound on September 20 for a behind-the-scenes radio station experience with ArtSound presenter, Clinton White. A TEDx Canberra Adventure, "This is Your Radio Show" gave participants a taste of ArtSound’s new presenters training course, a look at how promotional announcements are produced, and a session with recording engineer, Tony Hunter, in ArtSound’s state-of-the-art recording studio. A highlight was their participation in a "mock" radio show, in which all participants chose and presented music and gave "live reads". The show was recorded and will be made available to participants. One participant, Michael, showed such natural aptitude for radio, he was invited to record the voiceover for a station promotional announcement, which he then helped produce. The announcement will be aired during ArtSound’s scheduled programs.

Pic courtesy of Sharen.

Interested in a tour of ArtSound's studios or want to try your hand at radio? Contact us at 62957444.



Rachel Beck In DRESS CIRCLE this week Music Theatre star, Rachel Beck (pictured), talks to Bill Stephens about the music theatre workshops she will be presenting in Canberra in October. Director, Barb Barnett, discusses Canberra Reps new production of “Equus “which opens in Theatre 3 on Friday. Len Power has something to say about phones in theatres, Blue the Shearer tells why we should be alert but not afraid, and Isobel Griffin presents a round-up of forthcoming theatre in “Arts Diary”.

In the “Red Velvet and Wild Boronia” segment, jazz pianist extraordinaire, Julian Lee, and double bassist Craig Scott share the spotlight to present a selection of their favourite Jazz interpretations.

90 minutes of interviews, reviews, music and news about the performing arts in Canberra and beyond, DRESS CIRCLE is produced and presented by Bill Stephens and broadcast by Artsound FM 92.7 every Sunday evening from 5.00pm until 6.30pm. It is repeated on Tuesday nights from 11.30pm and streamed live on the internet at


BJORN AGAIN! Tickets Competition

Bjorn Again tickets Competition

Entry Details

Art Sound and the Gimme Gimme Gimme Show are giving away 2 pairs of tickets to Bjorn Again’s concert at the Canberra Theatre on 25 October.

The Competition runs from the 19th of September to the 17th of October and is open to all Artsound members.

All members are welcome to enter the draw by answering the question:


 Where and when did Bjorn Again perform their first public show?


Online entries are preferred but must be sent to by 4PM Thursday 16th October or sent to Allison Pyke via a Facebook private message. (Go to the ‘Gimme Gimme Gimme ABBA show’ Facebook page to find Allison.) Entries must include: Name, Phone number, Email address and answer to the question.”

Competition closes and will be drawn during the Gimme Gimme Gimme (10pm-11pm) show on Friday 17th October.

Many thanks to Bjorn Again ( for donating these tickets


FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE! Wayne Kelly Quartet featuring Darryl Pratt

A superb 2 set concert recorded recently at the Gods at ANU featuring Canberra jazz stalwarts Wayne Kelly (keyboard), Mark Sutton (drums), James Luke (bass) and special guest from Sydney Darryl Pratt (vibes).

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This week on NEW ORLEANS CALLING we're looking back at that essential Crescent City character — the piano player. And on the way we're running into some real characters — the Doctor, the Professor, a creole composer, a child prodigy, the son of a New Orleans District Attorney, and a real soul sister... tune in this week for an hour of piano from the Crescent City with music by Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Jon Cleary, Professor Longhair and many others. New Orleans life is different. Tune in, and live it.

Host: George Ingmire.