DEAD AIR 94.9mainFM
Presented by: Hayley West
Broadcast live: Mondays 10-11am AEST
Past episodes: thedeparture.com.au/deadair
Hayley West, the presenter of DEAD AIR, is an artist and librarian as well as a passionate advocate for death literacy. She firmly believes in empowering the community by disseminating practical knowledge about death and dying. Her mission is to transform the end-of-life experience into something more meaningful, sustainable, and equitable for everyone involved.
Although there has been a gradual rise in the number of podcasts and pre-recorded audio shows focusing on the theme of death and dying, DEAD AIR stands out as the sole weekly radio program broadcast live in Australia. Discussing death is often considered a taboo subject by many, making it challenging for a show like DEAD AIR to exist on commercial platforms.
Hayley possesses an extensive and profound understanding of the death care industry. Examples of topics discussed on DEAD AIR have included: natural burial vs traditional burial, human composting, pet death, palliative care, voluntary assisted dying, family-led funerals vs conventional funerals, children and death, water cremation vs fire cremation, the Satanic Temple, climate grief, keening, advance care directives, wills, necrophilia, death related exhibitions, books and films, social media death grief, whole family cemeteries, and body farm and medical research donation.
The content of DEAD AIR is curated from diverse sources across Australia and internationally, with a particular emphasis on local opportunities and events in regional Victoria, Melbourne, and online platforms.