Dear readers, fans and supporters of Radar.
Effective immediately, Radar Illawarra will be taking an indefinite hiatus. I have recently relocated to the USA for six months university study exchange, and as such it has become unsustainable and unfeasible for the site to continue at this time. I have been running this site for 18 months with literally zero financial income to support, and it has finally come to a point where – due to a combination of many factors including distance, organisational difficulties, time differences, and workload – I no longer have the time or ability to keep Radar operating at the level it deserves to be run at.
At this stage, I’m not sure whether Radar will come back at all. To that end, I’d like to thank a certain number of people who have actually provided support to Radar, and not just leeched off its services; Ben Tillman and Yours & Owls, Jeb Taylor and Music Farmers/The Patch, Dioni and Good Jelly, Scott Blissett and Otis Bar (R.I.P), Glen at Haworths, Kuz at Soundbreak, Jack at Huchi Muchi, Dave and Stacked Music Festival, Rob Carr.
I’d also like to thank anyone who has contributed to Radar over its 18 months of operation; anyone who has written a review, taken photos, interviewed bands or tried to help the site in any way. Radar has amassed a great team of volunteer contributors who have helped the site flourish and become the informative, useful and well-rounded tool it has (or had) become, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have contributed to the site.
Also due for thanks are all the bands who have supported Radar in the past, as well as you – the readers. I have been continually amazed at how much Radar has grown since I began it last March as a university assignment project, and never did I expect it to expand to the stage it has now. To everybody who has read an article, entered a competition, told a friend about us, followed us on Facebook, or supported us in any way, shape or form – thank you.
At this stage, this is just a “hiatus,” meaning Radar might come back, or it might not. But at this point in time, due to financial and time constraints, the operation of Radar has become unsustainable.
In saying that, I would encourage any and all readers to start their own blog, site or other resource. If you’ve been following even 10% of the things we’ve been covering for the last year and a half, you’d know well that there’s so much great stuff happening right now in Wollongong. All I can hope is that Radar has helped and contributed to that in some way, and I hope that the site has set an example for those who are interested in kick-starting their own similar venture. There is so much room for this kind of venture in Wollongong, if done properly, so please – go out and do something!
So long, and thanks for all the fish,
editor, Radar Illawarra