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Adelaide’s young radio stars took to the red
carpet at Sacred Heart College last month
for the third annual Arch D Radio awards.
The awards recognise the achievements
of students and young people participating
in the Arch D radio segment broadcast on
Students and old scholars from Catholic
schools take turns in joining host and
producer James Meston as the program
presents content relevant to the Catholic
youth of Adelaide.
This year hosts from Cardijn,
Marymount, Cabra, St Columba and Sacred
Heart colleges, as well as representatives
from Shine Media based at Tenison Woods
College in Mt Gambier, accepted accolades
for their efforts on the show.
The highest honour of ‘Broadcaster of
the Year’ was awarded to Cardijn College
old scholar Holly Roberts (pictured right),
whose experience with Arch D has led
to her appointment as a regular Life FM
Students were able to rub shoulders
with special guest presenters on the night,
including MasterChef 2016 finalist Heather
Day, international ice hockey gold medallist
Tess Reynolds and Channel 9 News anchor
Brenton Ragless whose down-to-earth
humour and raw advice for budding media
moguls kept the audience entertained.
Mr Ragless spoke of his start in media
as a young breakfast presenter on Life FM
and asked students to “be raw, be real, be
“Always be a sponge, never stop learning,
never stop absorbing,” he advised.
Mr Ragless also reflected on the
importance of individualism in today’s
media and the role of radio in helping the
lonely to find an escape from their worries.
“Specialise in being you. God made us
all unique – we’re all able to bring different
things to radio.
“People are crying out for authenticity.”
Vicar General Fr Philip Marshall attended
the event and presented the ‘In The Spirit’
award to Marymount student Amelia Bau.
Fr Marshall praised the work of James
Meston and his team for “expressing an old
faith in fresh ways”.
Mr Meston reflected on the recent
success of Arch D and 1079 Life which
has an audience of nearly 300,000 Adelaide
listeners per month, exceeding those of
Triple J, 5AA, Cruise 1323 and ABC 891.
The podcast versions of Arch D, which
can be found at https://soundcloud.com/
archdradio and on iTunes, are now engaging
communities across 48 countries.
Arch D Radio is broadcast on 1079 Life
every Saturday from 10pm, and every
Wednesday from 9pm.
Other award winners were: Music
Programmers of the Year – Caitlin Simes
and Martina Pemberton (Cabra); Female
Announcer of the Year, senior – Mikealie
Clarke (St Columba), junior – Lauren
Bartholemew; Male Announcer of the
Year, senior – Luke Wormald (Sacred
Heart), junior – Elijah Barrott-Walsh
(Cardijn); Best On-Air Team – tie between
Luke Wormald and Rachael Park (Sacred
Heart) and Tayer Stead and Emma
Baguley (Cabra); Interviewer of the Year
Katie Panton (Cabra); Best production
team – Olivia Berry and Charli Poole (St
Columba). Special Achievement Awards:
Shine Media – Tenison Woods College, Mt
Gambier; CC Radio – Cardijn College.
After winning the award for Female
Announcer of the Year (senior) Mikealie
said she had been awakened to the
possibilities of working in the radio industry
and had secured an internship with Arch D
“I learn how to operate the radio desk and
get to talk on air, unscripted,” she said.
Mikealie has also commenced a VET
course in Radio and Technology with
Salisbury radio company Jibba Jabba,
attending the radio company every Friday
afternoon to pre-record shows to be played
the following week, as well as commencing
a Certificate III in Music Industry
(Performance) at Learning Music Australia.
She said these opportunities would
immerse her in recording, composing,
performing and production.
in radio awards
St Patrick’s Technical College, in
Adelaide’s northern suburbs, made a
special presentation to Archbishop Philip
Wilson during the school’s St Patrick’s
While celebrating its 10th anniversary
as well as its namesake day, the college
presented His Grace with a copper crown
to adorn the statue of Mary in St Francis
The crown will be placed on Our
Lady of Fatima statue during the Marian
Procession and Peace Rally on May 21.
Shaped and produced in St Patrick’s
Technical College workshop by staff
member Greg Collins, the crown will be
inscribed before it is placed on the statue.
Pope Francis last month approved the
recognition of a miracle attributed to the
intercession of two of the children who
saw Our Lady of Fatima in 1917, paving
the way for their canonisation.
This year ’s Marian Procession in the
Adelaide South Parklands will celebrate
the centenary of the apparition in Portugal.
Crown for Fatima statue
RADIO STARS: Charli Poole,
Mikealie Clarke (seated) and
Olivia Berry, from
St Columba’s College, were
among the winners at the
Arch D Radio Awards.
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