Star Observer Digital
Sydney has another Pop-Up coming soon and it's not what we know as a conventional Pop-Up. Instead, 2ser is hosting it's second Pop-Up station over six weeks during Mardi Gras. One of ‘Gay Panic's’ (2ser’s queer radio show) host’s Jack Crane is managing Star Observer Digital and is looking to go bigger and better by collaborating with radio stations of the likes of JOY and SYN in Melbourne, RTR in Perth, 4ZZZ in Brisbane, Radio Adelaide. It is Sydney's only gay community radio station and will see to create unique and engaging content for its audience that is in keeping with 2ser's educational style. From discussing social topics such as “What it means to be queer in different cultures”, talking to Mardi Gras artists and hosting exclusive DJ sets on Friday and Saturday nights, the Pop-Up is looking to be promising. We had a chat to Jack Crane to uncover a little more about this exciting and unconventional Pop-Up.
How did the idea for a Pop-Up gay radio station come about?
JACK – Last year we had our first pop up station which was a combination of ideas from the 2ser program and managing directors as well as a few other bodies. They put together a station that ran over 3 weeks during Mardi Gras which was done on a really short amount of time, volunteers and resources. But, it was really successful. So coming towards the end of last year we applied for a grant and secured one to employ a member of staff, and so I am now the station manager in charge of the station this year. We want to create unique content for the sex, sexuality and gender diverse community in Sydney which we believe isn't being serviced at the moment on radio. Our community is very diverse with people of all different ages and from different socioeconomic backgrounds, so we're trying to cater for as many unique and different people as we can.
What sort of content will you be covering?
JACK – We will be sharing some content with JOY which is a queer radio station in Melbourne. We'll be simulcasting some of their stuff on our radio station. In terms of original content we've got one guy who's looking at what it means to be gay in different cultures and countries. We also have a guy who is profiling different decades and what it means to be queer in the 60s and 70s for example. We also have a show completely dedicated Eurovision, something based on RuPaul’s Drag Race as well as number of guests sharing their different perspectives on different queer issues. That’s just a taste of our content as we have over 60 hours of unique content, for a full rundown of the shows you can check out our program grid via 2ser.
What do you hope to get out of the Pop-Up?
JACK – Essentially I want to create a radio station that is entirely unique not only to Sydney, but also to Australia. I'm still pretty young in terms of my age and wisdom on the gay community, but I am learning things everyday. I would like to continue to learn about the gay community and educate the wider audience on the diverse queer culture. Not only do I want queer people to be listening in, I want allies and people from the straight community. I would like for it to be something that everyone can listen to, while it is queer focused and queer-centric, it'll be something that is understandable and interesting to people from all types of communities. Overall Star Observer Digital is a sex, sexuality and gender diverse station for open minds.
To listen in, you can search for Star Observer Digital on your digital radio. If you are not part of the 1 million people who currently own a digital radio in Sydney, you can listen online via www.2ser.com/starO
Star Observer Digital
3rd February - 16th March
Running 24/7 with main programs:
10am-12pm and 4pm-6pm weekdays
Exclusive DJ sets:
Friday and Saturday nights
By Lauren Hansom
Photography by Caitlin Withers