Bendigo radio's youngest presenters take to the airwaves

RADIO RASCALS: Phoenix FM's nine-year-old radio presenters Liarra Pule-Leech and Maddix Dixon interview station president Samual Harrison.

RADIO RASCALS: Phoenix FM's nine-year-old radio presenters Liarra Pule-Leech and Maddix Dixon interview station president Samual Harrison.

LIARRA Pule-Leech and Maddix Dixon could very well be the youngest radio presenters in Australia.

Both aged just nine, the two girls present live on community radio station Phoenix FM 106.7 every second Monday night with their 15-minute show, Double Trouble, where they discuss things of interest to kids their age and play music they enjoy.

Their show was a natural progression from appearing on Liarra’s mother Nicole’s show Gold Fever as guest speakers, which Mrs Pule-Leech said they enjoyed so much that it was not long before they took over her show.

The grade three students, who have been friends since prep, decided they wanted to have a show of their own and after approaching station management, they were given training and a slot on the airwaves.

Phoenix FM president Samual Harrison said the station strove for open access and wanted to give people with something to say to their community a platform, regardless of their age.

He said the station had looked at its membership policies and adapted them to make room for the girls.

Liarra and Maddix said they nutted out the topic for each show together, with one upcoming show to discuss their favourite bands and singers and another to consider animals they liked.

Liarra said they wrote out a script before each show, but as they became more experienced they would graduate to using dot points as prompts, and eventually would improvise.

As well as writing and presenting the show, the girls also assume responsibility for operating the control panel and playing the music.

Their first show was broadcast on August 29.

Both said they enjoyed being on radio and putting their voices out into the world.

“We get to talk, and I like talking,” Maddix said.

“It’s just really fun to do and same as Madds, I like talking a lot,” Liarra added.

Liarra and Maddix received training before debuting their show from seasoned presenters Jenny Rainsford and Tanya Jones.

Mrs Rainsford said she tried to encourage the girls with the idea of communicating with their audiences while still having fun.

She said she also taught them how to prepare for their shows and how to present, including speaking clearly and remembering “they’re talking to friends out in radio land”.

Mr Harrison said younger presenters actually tended to pick up the technical side of things better than older presenters.

“Once they get into practising and using it, it becomes second nature to them,” he said.

Their next show will go to air on Monday, September 26 at 8pm.

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