Whilst I spend a lot of my time debating to myself about which form translates spoken word/performance poetry/slam poetry from its original iteration on the stage (a post for another time perhaps), it’s clear that radio has been doing it for a long time.
In Melbourne, there are a few shows that you can tune into to listen to spoken word and poetry, either live or go back and listen to past shows.
On Mondays at 1pm, tune into PBS on 106.7FM or go to pbsfm.org.au to listen to All Our Stories hosted by Jess Fairfax & Leah Avene, who often play spoken word and interview poets on their show. You can go back and listen to a bunch of their shows too, going back up to six months.
On Wednesdays at 12pm, tune into Triple R on 102.7FM or rrr.org.au to listen to Multi-Storied hosted by Elizabeth McCarthy & Louise Irving. Most weeks they have a guest poet on air who reads poems throughout the show and is interviewed at the end. You can listen to last week’s show at any time or subscribe to their show as a podcast.
And of course, on Thursdays, tune into 3CR on 855AM or 3cr.org.au to listen to 3CR Spoken Word hosted in alternate weeks by Santo Cazzati, Peter Davis, Di Cousens, Ela Fornalska and George O’Hara. On their 3CR page, you can listen to recent shows. An archive of past shows are stored on Podbean.
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