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CBAA and FNMA launch First Sounds

Wednesday 06 November, 2019

The CBAA and First Nations Media Australia have launched First Sounds, a new and unique initiative to get more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists heard across Australian radio. 

First Sounds is a special collaborative undertaking broadening the reach of Indigenous heritage, history and culture and supporting the burgeoning First Nations music industry.

We can reach listeners in new ways: Andrew Morris discusses community radio's iHeartRadio alliance #CBAAConf

Wednesday 30 October, 2019
Dynamic data and being able to be found outside your listening area, are two of the big wins for the community radio sector since collaborating with iHeartRadio to add community stations on that app.

The CBAA’s Manager of Online Products and Services, Andrew Morris, spoke to radioinfo’s Steve Ahern at the recent conference in Melbourne, about the success of the alliance with iHeartRadio so far.

WTF: Where’s the funding? Ally Newton #CBAAConf

Saturday 26 October, 2019

Ally Newton offered her audience chocolate prizes as they focused on how they could work towards the big prize of winning CBF grants for their station, at a CBAA Conference session on funding.

She began by outlining, who is the CBF and who do they fund, then discussed key principles for writing a grant.

The primary purpose of the CBF is to support community media by offering grants for content, development and operations.

Tips for recruiting and retaining volunteers in community radio #CBAAConf

Saturday 26 October, 2019

In a session on volunteering, hosted by Geoff Sharp from Volunteering Victoria, a range of topics were discussed from how to get more volunteers to engaging young people.

“It is really easy to write a cheque or make a donation but there is nothing more valuable in this modern age than time. When you volunteer you give your time, that has high value,” said Sharp.

Asked the most important thing they have learnt from managing volunteers, the two panel members said:

Tell sponsors the benefits of working with you station: Stephen Pead #CBAAConf

Saturday 26 October, 2019

Sponsorship is the area where many community stations struggle, so in Stephen Pead’s session at the CBAA Conference, he gave some useful tips on how to increase funding from sponsors.  

Don’t rely solely on sponsors, he warned, make sure there is a mix of income streams such as memberships, fund raising, grants as well as sponsors.

“You have to follow the rules and acknowledge the sponsorship, then maximise the results for your sponsors.

"Maximise your opportunities, tell potential sponsors what’s in it for them.

Community Broadcasting continues to grow: CBAA AGM

Saturday 26 October, 2019
Attendees at the CBAA AGM have heard that community radio in Australia has continued to grow in strength in the past 12 months with over 5.9 million listeners weekly and over 24,000 volunteers helping to provide services.

The CBAA now supports and is supported by over 300 member stations, representing 90% of the permanently licensed community broadcasters.

Have conversations that explore the topic: Interviewing tips at #CBAAConf

Saturday 26 October, 2019

A group of current affairs producers and presenters spoke about their programs and gave interviewing tips during the CBAA Conference in Melbourne.

Lisa Daniel, the host and producer of Word for Word (Joy FM), Jiselle Hannah, the host and producer of Acccent on Women (3CR) and Anthony Dockrill, producer of Fourth Estate (2SER) gave tips on interviewing within the communtiy radio sector.

Different devices have different audience behaviours: James Cridland #CBAAConf

Saturday 26 October, 2019

James Cridland begun his presentation to the CBAA Conference with a history of radio and technology changes, and debunked the myth that video, and all the other new technologies, killed the radio star.

“As you might have guessed, radio is still large… it was not killed by those technologies.

“Radio is very big, we sometimes forget that.  65% of audio we put into our ears is live radio.

“Podcasting is only 8% despite all the public relations coverage it gets.”

Community broadcasting sector expands news services and hires Canberra correspondent #CBAAConf

Friday 25 October, 2019

At the CBAA Conference Abe Killian and Ian Gunn introduced the Collaborative News Network for community broadcasters.

The new system, funded by a special government grant, will link community radio stations with newsrooms together to share content, and will offer the combined content of the community sector’s news activities to smaller stations which do not have the resrouces to make their own bulletins.

“If we share our work we can use the slim resources we have to make better bulletins and increase your audience,” said Killian.

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