Once again PBS will be celebrating the extraordinary women in our community with a special 24 hours of broadcasting on International Women’s Day, Tuesday March 8 - bringing a vast mix of genres across the day from women who are committed members of the PBS family - regular announcers, fill-in broadcasters and previous show presenters returning to celebrate the day. 

We kick off at 12am with one of Australia’s leading young musicians – composer, saxophonist and ensemble leader Flora Carbo leading our celebration with her own particular take on jazz, improvisation and post-classical composition. Through the night we then hand over the decks to DJ Niamh and Anita Michalski, for 4 hours of beats and chilled electronica.  

As night becomes day a PBS favourite returns with Adriana (Opalakia) joining Bridget (Synthesize Me) to spread some IWD breakfast. The vibe will be upbeat as our celebrations kick in.  At 9am one of Melbourne’s most respected jazz vocalists Fem Belling takes care of business until MzRizk gets on the decks for Boogie Beat Suite from 11am ‘til 1pm. Rizky is a Melbourne institution and an unstoppable force behind countless events, festivals and club nights. 

Right in the heart of International Women’s Day on PBS we have a true trailblazer of roots radio. Jan Dale is the only non-American broadcaster to ever be nominated for the International Bluegrass Music Association Broadcaster of the Year. Recently Jan was also the very first PBS broadcaster to go live from our new studios at Collingwood Yards, exactly 20 years after she did the last PBS program in St Kilda. 

There’s always lots of love during IWD and from 3pm to 5pm DJ Lady Soul dons the headphones, sharpens the stylus and shares the good vibes through the early afternoon. Flying in from her new home in Tasmania where she is part of the Dark Mofo team, Rosa Coyle-Hayward returns to PBS to take care of your drive-time radio journey home. Expect to hear lots of great local content – just as you’d expect on PBS. 

As the sun sets Claire Dickson will join you for some Good Company from 7pm to 8pm. Having spent time in the insomnia slot and a lengthy stretch on The Breakfast Spread, in 2021 Claire made a welcome and extremely popular return to a weekly slot.  Pour yourself a glass of wine, or perhaps a celebratory prosecco and settle in for the rest of IWD on PBS. 

At 8pm DJ Sarita Ryan steps into the studio with what will surely be two hours of fine radio time.  Bringing it all home from 10 until midnight will be musician and regular fill-in broadcaster Lisa Gibbs. Lisa’s knowledge of underground Australian (and international) post-punk, punk, alt-pop and indie music is extraordinary and this set will be the perfect way to bring International Women’s Day on PBS to its magnificent conclusion. 

Massive thanks to Lyndelle (The Afterglow), Shio (Eternal Rhythm) and Bridget (Synthesize Me) for putting together this amazing line-up with great support from Miss Goldie (Boss Action).