Among the best in radio broadcasting
ANASTACIA Hannay may only be in Year 10 but she is taking the community radio waves by storm.
The local Rocky girl who hosts her own Let's Party Friday night show on Radio 4YOU 98.5FM has found herself in the top five national finalists for the CBAA outstanding youth contribution award for community radio.
It was a tough competition with 286 candidates judged by over 100 professional radio presenters.
The winner will be announced at a gala community broadcasting ceremony on November 12 in Melbourne.
Anastacia's love for community radio was first ignited by her Nana who hosted her own segment on the same radio station.
The high school student began tagging along to the studio with her Nana to learn the ins and outs of the radio broadcasting industry which she found "pretty exciting”.
Soon enough, Anastacia learnt the ropes and was helping out with her Nana's segment for about a year before landing herself a spot on the radio presenting her very own Friday night show which she has now been running for 18 months.
Anastacia said her program runs for two hours on a Friday and she "loves doing it".
"In my programs I usually play some new songs from the past couple of years and also some old ones from back in the eighties and nineties, some rock and roll ones especially and I also do a weather report."
"My favourite part about radio is having the chance to host the program and being able to play all my different music and I just hope people enjoy it."
Being nominated for the community radio award is a first for The Cathedral College Student and she hopes her program stands out from the crowd.
"Something that may stand out about my program is how I play the older music," Anastacia said.
"There's a lot of old people who play that (older music) but I'm a younger person and I'm able to play older music and know what I'm doing and talk about."
Anastasia is counting down the days until she is in Melbourne for the awards night and she urged locals to "listen in" to see what her program was all about.