Alison has been a radio host on MAINfm 94.9 since early 2013 when she started the show Art Swank with Robyn Walton. Since then she has worked on several small projects including with the local indigenous community, gender, and on raising awareness about family violence. Several projects have focused on sustainability, most notably the ongoing series Saltgrass.
Alison held the position of Content Producer for MAINfm for two years from 2015 – 2017. In that time she not only made content for MAINfm but also worked on community engagement, helped with fundraising, and facilitated presenters in making and sharing content.
Art Swank a one hour arts show that ran 7-8pm on Monday nights with co-host Robyn Walton from Jan 2013 – Dec 2015. The show still exists, now on Sundays at 10am with new presenters.
Breakfast Club From March 2014 to March 2015 the Breakfast Club ran from 6.30-8.30 weekday mornings on MAINfm 94.9. Alison was the host four mornings a week with co-hosts Angus Read-Hill, Hugh Burton, Alice Steel, Frank Forster and Sharon Soldatos. It was a mix of local news, interesting facts, and banter. The show was supported by a grant from the CBF and unfortunately we were unable to secure a second round.
Preventing Violence Against Women – Special Series – 2014. It included community service announcements, five x10min segments and a one hour feature. The series utilised the stories of three women who have survived violent relationships and the voices of many experts in the field. It went to air on the 25th of November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. It was funded by the Mount Alexander Shire Council and The Centre for Non-Violence. It was also supported by Liz Stringer who generously allowed the use of her song ‘Lady Luck’.
Dja Dja Wurrung Radio – Special Series with Uncle Rick Nelson. It aired in 2016 as a weekly 10 min segment on Grey Matters, hosted by Bruce Carruthers on MAINfm. They are now available to listen to on the Saltgrass website. This series was funded by the Mount Alexander Shire Council’s community grant scheme.
XYnot was a show about gender in 2015 with co-hosts Helen and Tim. It ran for 13 episodes.
An Environment for Change – Produced in 2018 it was an eight part series looking at local initiatives that focus on environment and climate change. It was funded by the Mount Alexander Shire Council and acted as a kind of pilot project for Saltgrass.
Saltgrass – an ongoing show that features in depth interviews about local action on the climate emergency. A mix of stories from activists, farmers, schools, artists, businesses, community groups and concerned citizens. In 2021 Saltgrass was listed by the New York Times as one of the top 5 climate podcasts and was also a finalist in the Jackson Wild Awards.