THE SCHOOL BROADCASTING NETWORK INC & FUNKY KIDS RADIO
ABOUT FUNKY KIDS RADIO
Funky Kids Radio is owned and operated by The School Broadcasting Network Inc, a registered youth charity based in Melbourne, Australia. Our network is extremely honoured to have Dame Jane Goodall as SBN's International Patron, world renowned futurist and best selling author Dr Peter Ellyard as National Patron, Gary Young OAM as National Patron (Arts) and Dr Paul Ramos as our International Ambassador. SBN's aim via Funky Kids Radio is to offer really healthy, commercial-free content for children and to support independent artists, children's entertainers and story tellers from around Australia and the world, by sharing their music and stories with Funky Kids Radio's extensive global audience.
Funky Kids Radio provides a wonderful, eclectic selection of family-friendly music from around the world (including classical music) 24/7, with stories on the hour, every hour (except when Primary Perspectives or other 1 hour shows are broadcasting), plus educational podcasts for young people, by young people, on a wide range of topics, that grown-ups enjoy too! FKR is a keen supporter of indie artists and children's entertainers globally and the station carries a very high percentage of music from independent artists from all over the world, including songs in many languages. The Kiwi Kids Hour broadcasts every day of the week and features a wide collection of songs from New Zealand Artists in both English and Te Reo Māori, plus Kuken Kids Time broadcasts daily and features artists from Europe, with songs in German, Swiss, French, English and Spanish. All content is suitable for preschoolers to upper primary level children and our podcasts are a great resource for students, as well as for parents and teachers too.
Rachel and Michael Cooper launched Funky Kids Radio in 2010 to offer a content appropriate radio station especially for ‘tiny tots to tweens’ and at that time Funky Kids Radio was the very FIRST 24/7 online streaming children’s radio station licensed in Australia. SBN added the online children's station Funky Kids Radio to its portfolio in July 2016 and Rachel continues to consult for Funky Kids Radio from time to time. SBN extends admiration and appreciate to both Rachel and Michael for their vision and dedication in creating such a great children's radio station!
MORE ABOUT THE SCHOOL BROADCASTING NETWORK
SBN produces a range of media for young people, by young people including the ‘SwitchOn Schools’ mentoring program, and our national radio programs ‘Primary Perspectives’, ‘Music Matters’, ‘The Funky Kids Hour’, and ‘The Royal South Street Hour’, which is in partnership with the Royal South Street Society - the largest eisteddfod in the southern hemisphere. These programs broadcast 5 times weekly on Funky Kids Radio, as part of our regular programming.
SBN's flagship program 'Primary Perspectives' won the CBAA Best New Talk Program Award in 2012, as well as four top 4 finalist nominations for the show, which had never been achieved before (nor since) for a show hosted entirely by young people under the age of 14 at the time. As well as broadcasting 5 times per week on FKR, Primary Perspectives broadcasts live on 94.1fm 3WBC (Mon 6-7pm) and rebroadcasts nationally via numerous stations around Australia via DAB+ & CRN, the Community Radio Network, including (local times) SYN FM (Sat 9-10am) Melbourne, 88.1fm 2RDJ in Sydney and City Park Radio in Tasmania (Tues 4-5pm), Radio Goolarri in Broome (Tues 3-4pm & Sun 8-9am AWST), 2XX (Sat 9-10am) Canberra and 89.1Cairns FM (Sun 10-11am) FNQ. Primary Perspectives also broadcasts 5 times per week on Funky Kids Radio (Wed 4-5pm, Thurs 8-9am, Sat 5-6pm, Sun 7-8am & midnight AEST or AEDT summer time), in USA, Canada and the Caribbean via Kidz Hub Media Network (Tues 9pm PT, Wed 1pm PT / 3pm EST, Fri 10pm PT, Sat 12pm PT / 3pm EST USA Sun 7am PT / 10am ET) and on Radio Küken Schweiz in Europe (Sat 10-11am CEST). Primary Perspectives celebrated its 10 Anniversary in July 2020, with more than 500 weekly shows produced over the last decade with an extensive A list of guests from all over the world.
SBN empowers young people to communicate their ideas, innovations and passion for sharing culture and creating a healthy, equitable and regenerative future for all children and future generations globally. The Network offers enrichment opportunities for young people to produce a range of media - for young people, by young people - and SBN is built upon the foundation of valuing and encouraging inclusion, diversity, environmental and social responsibility, cultural richness and creativity in the broadcast experience. SBN's award winning team has mentored hundreds of young people to date within a culture of positive, responsible and solution based production and reporting - with the vision that students and interns who choose a future career in the industry will become catalysts for the new paradigm of positive, proactive and socially responsible media. SBN added Funky Kids Radio to its portfolio with the aim to develop it into the world’s best non-commercial, online children’s radio station and we are off to a good start!