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ECU broadcasting graduates finalists in national radio awards

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

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Congratulations to ECU broadcasting graduates Adam Papalia and Kate Macpherson, who have made the finals of the annual Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs).

The ACRAs are the major national awards for the commercial radio sector, with more than 1,000 entries received from metropolitan, regional and country radio stations across Australia.

Adam and Kate are both nominated for the Best Newcomer On-Air award and are competing against three other finalists, including well-known personality Ricki-Lee Coulter.

Adam graduated from ECU with a journalism major in 2005 and went on to complete ECU’s WAAPA postgraduate broadcasting course in 2006.

He is now based in Melbourne, where he works as an AFL commentator and sports reporter for Fairfax Radio (6PR).

“I wasn’t expecting the nomination and I’m thrilled and excited to be recognised for the work I’ve done since graduation.

“Thanks to the programs at ECU and WAAPA, I got a job straight after graduation because I learnt the skills required for a career in broadcasting,” he said.

Kate completed the postgraduate broadcasting course last year and is now an announcer on Nova 937 in Perth.

"I'm still in shock; the thought of a night with Australian radio legends gives me goose bumps – I’m so excited.

“When I started WAAPA/ECU Broadcasting in the beginning of 2009 I was terrified to talk into a microphone and now this has happened.

“The course taught me how to use the equipment, but more importantly it forced me to have confidence in myself and I wouldn't be working my dream job had I not done it,” she said.

The winners will be announced at a spring carnival-themed ceremony at the Crown Palladium in Melbourne on 16 October.

For more information on the ACRA’s, visit the Commercial Radio Australia website.  

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