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SCAN 2003

Cinammon Lippard

Keri Glastonbury

There’s no doubt community radio announcers, including those on Sydney’s 2SER107.3 FM, can at times be grating, keenly repeating their names, the name of the show, the name of the station as if they’re doing Radio Broadcasting 101. Cinnamon Nippard is one of the many antidotes—her viscous voice places rather than dissociates, she speaks softly, and without seeming to vye for attention, gets it. Like a good yoga teacher. Lippard co-presents Friday Overdrive (4-6pm) and produces a half hour national current affairs show, Undercurrents (Mondays 6pm). Nippard writes, “Unlike Triple J which uses playlists for the majority of its music programming, 2SER has a music policy, but no playlist—this leaves the presenter scope to play music they are interested in, including demos. We can break new music as soon as the artist makes it. Because we’re really involved in a variety of Sydney music communities, eg hip hop, electronica, acoustic, indie etc at the grassroots level, we’re constantly talking to artists and getting their work out there.” Nippard started at 2SER in 1998, co-ordinating activist market stalls for Freaky Loops (the 2SER fundraiser party). After 6 months she began co-presenting a breakfast show and producing stories. She also participated in the noise youth media arts festival in 2001, has produced radio pieces for SBS's Alchemy and Triple J as well as DJ-ing. Producing a show at 2SER involves an amalgamation of literacies, how does it all come together? “I’m interested in a lot of different things, I get excited about music and arts as well as social/cultural events, but also feel compelled to do interviews on political issues. I feel as much as I want to find out about the projects of creative people, I also want to make change in the world and let other people know about positive initiatives eg for environmental change. Often creativity and social action cross over eg the ‘we-are-all-boat-people’ campaign, which is great.”

RealTime issue #57 Oct-Nov 2003 pg. 44

© Keri Glastonbury; for permission to reproduce apply to [email protected]

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