Community broadcasters from across Australia gathered in Melbourne tonight for the 2016 CBAA Community Radio Awards.
Winners include Rob Stewart from 8EAR Gove FM (NT) for Outstanding Volunteer Contribution and FBI Radio for Excellence in Digital Media.
Jim Parish received the award for Excellence in Technical Services.
The national awards are a celebration of community broadcasting excellence and recognise the accomplishments of community radio services and the people behind them across more than 20 categories.
In 2016, the awards received a record number of entries.
This year, the Tony Staley Award for Excellence in Community Broadcasting went to Golden Days Radio.
A station servicing the needs of the senior citizen population in the Waverley (Victoria) broadcast area, Golden Days Radio is dedicated to supporting and engaging the community and offers a shining example of the sector’s commitment to bettering Australia’s open society, strong democracy and vibrant culture. The station’s volunteers recognise that isolation and loneliness can be challenges for their community and often speak at-length with their listeners over the phone, sometimes visiting some ill listeners in their homes. This award celebrates the dedication of the station and is a testament to its 90+ volunteers who work to keep Golden Days Radio on air 24/7.
The Michael Law Award for a sustained and outstanding contribution to community broadcasting was awarded to Max Benyon, currently at Sydney’s Fine Music 102.5, and celebrates his achievements over the last 43 years in the sector.
The technical linchpin of Fine Music 102.5, Benyon has been integral to relocating, installing and upgrading transmitters for the station, as well as training new volunteers and building new studios. Benyon was also responsible for charting the course of radio history in Australia when, in 1971, he and a close team petitioned the government of the day to introduce more sophisticated technology to better the introduction of FM.
CBAA Chief Executive Officer Jon Bisset said: “There was an incredibly high quality of entries in this year’s CBAA Community Radio Awards. Congratulations to all the winning stations, programs, initiatives and individuals for 2016.
“The work recognised tonight is a testament to the value that those in the sector and our growing number of listeners place on vibrant community media and it’s critical role in upholding local content, access, diversity, inclusiveness, and independence in our communities across Australia. Thank you again to everyone who entered the awards this year.”
FULL WINNERS LIST
Michael Law Award: Max Benyon (NSW)
Tony Staley Award: Golden Days Radio (VIC)
Outstanding Small Station Award: MAIN FM 94.9 (VIC)
Excellence in Community Participation: Waringarri Radio (WA)
Outstanding Volunteer Contribution: Rob Stewart, 8EAR Gove FM (NT)
Excellence in Digital Media: fbiradio.com, FBi Radio (NSW)
Excellence in Training: Radio Adelaide RTO, Radio Adelaide (SA)
Best New Radio Program – Talks: Dhäwu Dhäwu Show, Yolngu Radio (NT)
Best New Radio Program – Music: Female Australian Composers Project for International Women’s Day, 3MBS (VIC)
Best Station Production: Up For It, FBi Radio (NSW)
Outstanding Youth Contribution: Zeina Tebbo, Muslim Community Radio (NSW)
Contribution to Australian Music: Contemporary Music Program, Fresh 92.7 (SA)
Excellence in Indigenous Engagement: CAAMA Radio (NT)
Excellence in Ethnic and Multicultural Engagement: Radio 4EB (QLD)
Excellence in Music Programming: Global Village, PBS 106.7 FM (VIC)
Excellence in Spoken Word, News and Current Affairs Programming: Anangu Lands Paper Tracker Radio Show, Radio Adelaide (SA)
Best Station Promotion or Fundraising Campaign: LightPartner Day – Your News, 89.9 Light FM (VIC)
Most Innovative Outside Broadcast or Special Event Broadcast: 3CR Exhibition Broadcasts, 3CR (VIC)
Troy Garner Excellence in Sports Programming: Big Gee Up, 2XX (ACT)
Excellence in Technical Services: Jim Parish OAM, Hobart FM 96.1 (TAS)
National Documentary and Features Competition: Michael Schubert, Bay FM 99.9 (NSW)
The 2016 CBAA Awards were presented with the support of Deutsche Welle, APRA AMCOS, PPCA, AFTRS, the CBF and Pro Bono Australia.
The community broadcasting sector is made up of more than 450 community radio stations across the country, providing a diverse range of viewpoints that enrich the social and cultural fabric of Australian society and contribute to public interest outcomes, foster social inclusion, generate a high level of local content and contribute to media diversity.