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Australian Independent Radio News

Monday - Friday | 7, 8, 9, 10, 11am, noon, (The World - international roundup at 1pm), 4, 5 and 6pm

ArtSound FM uses the AIR News service which is available to all Community Stations in most states and territories. The service is available through Monday to Friday for immediate and current news coverage. Visit their website for more information.


Sounds Early

Monday - Friday | 7:00am - 9:00am

Presented by a variety of ArtSound presenters we start off the day with the "Sounds Early" breakfast show. It's a lively and very different way for listeners to start their day, with a mix of quality music, commentary, Arts news, interviews, information and features. The program features Australian Independent Radio news and weather bulletins on the hour.


Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin

Monday - Friday | 9:00am - 10:00am

Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin is an exciting daily radio program that delves into a wide assortment of topics in classical music. Each five-program series builds off a single theme ranging from composer biographies to explorations of various cultures, musical styles, and time periods. Visit the website:



Monday - Friday | 10:00am - 12:00 noon

"The Soundspace" is ArtSound FM's own program of uninterrupted music consisting of jazz, folk, blues and world music sourced from all over the world. Soundspace is perfect for students or people working from home not to mention office environments.


Arts Café

Monday - Friday | 12:00noon - 1:30pm

Every weekday at noon, straight after the news, the "Arts Café" opens its doors to bring you a delectable smorgasbord of a bright music, interviews, arts stories from the region, Arts Diary plus "The World", our summary of the day's world events.


Classical Mood

Monday - Friday | 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Each weekday afternoon a variety of ArtSound FM's knowledgeable classical enthusiasts present "Classical Mood", an hour and a half of time-honoured favourites and new works from the world's finest composers, soloists, ensembles and orchestras.


Selected Programs | Monday - Friday | 3:30pm - 4:00pm

"Writers Radio" brings the best of Australian writing, both published & yet-to-be. Poets, novelists, playwrights, biographers, the occasional songwriter & others read new work & discuss it with presenter Dr Cath Kenneally, while regular reviewers suck the marrow from the latest Australian novels & poetry. Almost every Oz writer has appeared on this program, where many broadcast their first piece. All the famous names and new talent on the point of going stellar.


"Artcetera" – The program features interviews with a wide range of local artists, producers, sellers, restaurateurs, specialists in and consumers of food and wine.


"Spectrum" – Spectrum examines developments in the fields of science and technology. From advances that will change our lives to offbeat oddities, our team of reporters around the world keeps you up to date. Meet Nobel Prize-winning scientists, be the first to know about innovations in technology or discover the meaning of research in everyday life. Background to science as it appears in the headlines and discoveries you've probably never heard about before, it's the full Spectrum!


"Artcetera" – The program features interviews with a wide range of local artists including writers, producers, sellers, restaurateurs, specialists in and consumers of food and wine. 


"The Movie Club" – A local perspective of film and DVD. 

Selected Programs | Monday - Friday | 4:00pm - 5:00pm 


"Global Village" – World music with a difference – a musical carpet ride for armchair travellers. Habib Massad presents a celebration of cultural diversity that features music from all corners of the globe.


"Music Box" – great classical vintage music with a story.


"Swingtime" – Mick O'Donnell presents 16 tracks of the very best of big band swing music ever – includes special features on swing groups and artists – broadcast weekly around the nation and around the world.


"Let The Bands Play" – Much-loved show featuring a cavalcade of the best brass, military, pipe and concert bands from around the world, playing the best and widest selections from the band repertoire, as well as listener requests.


Step back in time with "Hit Parade of Yesterday" – Vintage music from the 20s & 30s, more precisely, 1926-1937, jazz, big bands, and some Australian bands, personalities and music from the movies are featured. Original recordings are used. A monthly special highlights a personality or a band or, perhaps, a type of music or dance. This program began in March 1978!


Disc Drive

Monday - Friday | 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Every weekday afternoon it's time for ArtSound FM's dedicated team to accompany you with "Disc Drive", our program of great music, arts interviews, reviews, and Arts Diary. The program features Australian Independent Radio News, weather bulletins on the hour and interviews with local community organisations and artists.


World Vibe

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday| 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Weekday evenings, feel the pulse of the planet through the popular "World Vibe". You'll get to hear world fusion, contemporary and traditional music from a diverse range of countries and cultures. It's your free ticket around the world.

Friday Nights feature special broadcasts of the Putumayo Concert Hour. Visit the website:

Down in the Basement

Monday - Thursday | 8:00pm - 10:00pm

What better place to spend your night than "Down in the Basement" for two hours worth of great jazz, blues, with splashes of soul and funk.


Friday Night Live

Friday | 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Every Friday Night tune in for live and pre-recorded concerts from the ArtSound Recording Studios and events around the capital. Hosted by Chris Deacon, the program brings local and national jazz and blues performances straight to you. Enjoy interviews and the latest jazz news. For more info on upcoming concerts visit the webpage Friday Night Live.


Selected Programs | Monday - Friday | 10:00pm - 1:00am

Jazz Made In Australia

Monday |10:00 -11:00

Jazz Made in Australia showcases the talents of Australian jazz musicians, with recent releases, interviews, and a look back to the recordings and history of jazz in Australia. This country produces great jazz and our musicians have earned international reputations and won international awards.


Beale Street Caravan

Monday |11:00 - 12:00

"Beale Street Caravan", The most widely distributed blues radio program in the world attracts more than 2.4 million listeners each week. Each week, the show takes its audience to the greatest blues venues in Memphis and around the US. The world's best blues artists are featured in intimate performances. For more info visit the website:


Ultima Thule

Ultima ThuleTuesday | 10:00 - 11:30

A weekly program of ambient and atmospheric music from across the ages and around the world, heard on radio since 1989. Ultima Thule weaves a mix of ambient, trance, drone and chill-out electronica, spacemusic, ancient, medieval and neoclassical creations, traditional and world music, soundtracks, cool jazz and impressionist soundworks into an exquisite, chatter-free 90-minute musical narrative. Visit their website for track listings and more information:



Wednesday |10:00 - 11:30

An eclectic musical smorgasbord. Hear the sounds of the blues, rockabilly, contemporary classics, funky rhythms and modern vibes from our fabulous presenters - the sultry Lucy Baker, Latin music guru Mario Gordon, the wide-ranging urbane David Pearson and highway fugitive Peter Crossing.


New York Jazz

Thursday | 10:00 -12:00

"Our musical bag is nostalgia” says Tom Parker in his trip down memory lane, showcasing the very best in jazz from New York and cities across the USA. All the great names are there, from the 40s through to the current era, remembered with stories and anecdotes contributed by Tom and his listeners. Cast yourself into a world of ‘late night’ American jazz clubs and be charmed for two hours by a man of style and eloquence who lives in New York but still calls Australia home.


Gimme Gimme Gimme

Friday | 10:00 -11:00

The fabulous ABBA tribute show Gimme, Gimme, Gimme - there’s more to ABBA than you think, is presented by Allison Pyke.


Nothing But The Blues

Friday |12:00 midnight - 1:00am

With a dual emphasis on the history of the blues, and its contemporary forms, both in Australia and overseas, Nothing But The Blues aims to entertain and inform. The format is maximum music, minimum chat, but with artist interviews and live-to-air performances when available.


After Hours

Monday - Friday | 1:00am - 7:00am

Relax with "After Hours" ArtSound FM's soundscape of seamless jazz, folk and blues throughout the predawn hours.


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Saturday Programs

Sounds Early

Saturday | 7:00am - 9:00am

Presented by a variety of ArtSound presenters we start off the day with the "Sounds Early" breakfast show. It's a lively and very different way for listeners to start their day, with a mix of quality music, comment, Arts news, interviews, information and features. The program features Australian Independent Radio News, and weather bulletins on the hour.



Saturday | 9:00am - 10:00am

Features interviews with local artists, musicians, performers and organisations including weekly round-up of arts events. The program also features interviews with a wide range of local producers, sellers, restaurateurs, specialists in and consumers of food and wine. Artcetera is produced by ArtSound presenters Barbie Robinson and Richard Scherer.



Saturday | 10:00am - 11:30am

Showcases new additions to the ArtSound music collection, featuring some of Australia's and the world's latest talent, and including excerpts from our recent recordings of Canberra concerts.


Real World Gardener

Saturday | 11:30am - 12:pm

Real World Gardener informs listeners about sustainable gardening, the environment, and wildlife. Marianne Cannon provides thorough information about plant health, and garden design, and is joined by experts in discussions about horticulture, sustainability, bushcare and the environment. There will be something for everyone who likes sustainable gardening.



Saturday | 12noon - 2:00pm

Provides great weekend entertainment with a great mix of music including local recordings, reviews, interviews and the Arts Diary.


Music Works

 Saturday | 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Features the best in contemporary jazz, world and related musics, presented alternately by Stan D'Argeavel and ArtSound FM's General Manger, Chris Deacon.


New Orleans All the Way Live

Saturday | 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Explore the daily life of one of America's richest cultural treaures.


Music Collector

Saturday | 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Your favourite best loved music from the 1940s to the 1960s. A touch of nostalgia.


A Jazz Hour with Barry O'Sullivan

Saturday | 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Barry O’Sullivan presents the very best in contemporary reflective and nostalgic music in the jazz form from swing to bebop to mainstream and free form. The program features recorded music from Australian and international performers plus frequent interviews with music makers.


Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour

Saturday | 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Take a trip to Lexington, Kentucky for all your blues and roots and folk needs. For more info visit the website:


At the National

Saturday | 8:00pm - 9:30pm

Live folk featuring pre-recorded concerts from the National Folk Festival.


Across the Tracks

Saturday | 9:30pm - 11:00pm

Combines everything from 70s acid jazz, retro music and 50s rock with a few interesting personal stories for good measure, presented by Alex Imashev.


Aladdin's Cave

Saturday | 11:00pm - 1:00am

Takes you on a musical adventure into Sunday morning.


After Hours

Sunday | 1:00am - 7:00am

Continuous jazz and blues throughout the predawn hours.


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Sunday Programs

Sounds Early

Sunday | 7:00am - 9:00am

A lively and very different way for you to start your day, with a mix of quality music, comment, arts news, interviews, information and features. Hosted by a variety of presenters, the program features Australian Independent Radio News and weather bulletins on the hour.



Sunday | 10:00am - 12:00noon

Folk music from near and far to brighten your Sunday morning.



Sunday | 12:00noon - 2:00pm

Great weekend music including local recordings, reviews, interviews and the Arts Diary.


Sounds Classical

Sunday | 2:00pm - 4:00pm

The best from the world of classical music.


Dress Circle

Sunday | 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Ninety 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 every Sunday evening from 5.00pm until 6.30pm, repeated on Tuesday nights from 11.30pm, and streamed live on the internet at



Sunday | 6:30pm - 7:00pm

The timeless sounds of sacred music from across the ages.


The Phantom Dancer

Sunday | 7:00pm - 8:00pm

A treasure trove of swing, jazz & dance from live 1920s-60s radio & TV presented by Greg Poppleton, 1920s-30s style dance band singer and band leader. Includes Australian, UK, US and non-English language swing orchestras, vocalists, society bands, bop, trad, blues, cool, jive as well as the occasional hillbilly, western swing and early rock ‘n’ roll live radio material.


Concert Hall

Saturday | 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Locally recorded classical concerts and recitals. Visit the Concert Hall webpage.


Bohemian Beat

Saturday | 10:00pm - 11:00pm

The Bohemian Beat takes the listener on a journey through the minds and lives of some of the greatest men and women that have ever lived and weaves a tale through the creative inspiration that has manifested in the literature, music, visual arts, philosophy, science and sociology of the day. By revealing the events that shaped such potent expression, Riddhi discovers the truth, beauty and humanity behind these ageless words. Visit the website:


Deutsche Welle Concert Hour

Sunday | 11:00pm - 12:00 midnight

Live recordings of the world's music stars performing in Germany's palaces, churches & concert halls, conveying the full immediacy & festivity of these renowned musical events. If you can't fly to Germany for the music festival season, we'll bring it to you! Visit the website for more information.


After Hours

Monday | 1:00am - 7:00am

Continuous jazz and blues throughout the predawn hours.


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