Roger Holdsworth presents the Global Village program on Melbourne (Australia) station PBS 106.7 FM/digital. The two-hour weekly program has been broadcast since 1989 and features music from around the world – more likely to be anchored in traditions, but usually ‘pushing the bounds’ and seeking new collaborations and interpretations. It also presents live in-studio music from local, Australian and international artists and interviews about this music. In a multicultural Australian society, the Global Village builds bridges (rather than walls) between communities and cultures. (The Global Village was preceded by broadcast of the Mainly Acoustic program, by Roger and others, since about 1983.) In late 2016, the Global Village was presented with the award for ‘excellence in music programming’ by the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA). The program broadcast edition #1350 at the start of 2018. Roger is a member of the Transglobal World Music Charts panel. More information on the station and program can be found at: www.pbsfm.org.au/globalvillage.
Roger has a background as a secondary school teacher, youth sector worker and University researcher/writer. He wrote Chapter 2 in the 2010 book: World music: global sounds in Australia (edited by Seth Jordan and published by University of NSW Press). Though officially ‘retired’ from education, he continues to be active in support of school student organisations, consults with schools and system, and publishes the bi-monthly education practice journal, Connect (since 1979).