UPDATED: The full list of CBAA Community Radio Awards

The count is now in for all 32 CBAA Community Radio Awards. 

The coveted Tony Staley Award went to Highland FM, while Wayne Bynder at Wangki Radio received the Station Leadership Award.

Tony Staley was instrumental in the development of the community broadcasting sector and the winner of the Tony Staley Award is a community broadcasting organisation or initiative that actively promotes the values of community broadcasting in the areas of democracy, diversity, access and independence. The awards also carries a cash value of $2500.

There’s no understating how much the station were blown away by the news that they had won the Tony Staley Award in 2020. Once Highland FM Station Manager Adam Stokeld had recovered from what was a very pleasant surprise, he said, “For our little station to win the Tony Staley Award is beyond anything that we could have hoped, or dared to dream.  

“Highland FM is a nice place to be; we are a happy and passionate group who are united in our commitment to continue with our work. How great this award is for our volunteer presenters, our management team, our board and for the Southern Highlands community. Thank you.”


The Station Leadership award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated sustained exceptional leadership in their station. The recipient has displayed community radio virtues through a specific aspect of broadcasting – cultural, technical, or organisational – on air and/or behind the scenes.

What more can be said about Wayne Bynder that hasn’t already been stated by our good friends at the CBF, or in Wayne’s own words in The Guardian? Wayne has not only exhibited leadersip as the Station Manager at Wangki Radio, a role in which he’ll be finshing up soon, but also through his involvement with CAAMA RadioWaringarri RadioNoongar Radio and so much more. Wayne been a leader, he has been a teacher, an inspiration, a valued voice for his community and one who has also listened to others in the hope of making them heard. 

All told there were 32 awards  given out over a three weeks virtual presentation.

With more than 30 categories, the CBAA Community Radio Awards aim to celebrate innovation, perseverance and community champions within our sector.

You can now see the full list of award finalists 

For Winning entries already announced, click on the winner to watch a short, celebratory video.


Best Special Event Broadcast      

Best Station Fundraising Campaign          

Excellence in Journalism

Best Radio Program – Talks

Best Station Fundraising Campaign: Small Station

Contribution to Australian Music – Initiative – Sponsored by PPCA

Excellence in News & Current Affairs Programming – Sponsored by Deutsche Welle

Excellence in Indigenous Engagement – Sponsored by McNair yellowSquares | SurveyMob

Excellence in Indigenous Broadcasting

Outstanding Volunteer Contribution 

Excellence in Technical Innovation – Sponsored by Agile Broadcast

Best New Radio Program – Sponsored by AFTRS

Troy Garner Excellence in Sports Programming  

Excellence in Training

Excellence in Ethnic and Multicultural Engagement  – Sponsored by McNair yellowSquares | SurveyCulture

Best Radio Program – Music – Sponsored by APRA AMCOS

Best Station Production 

Contribution to Australian Music – Radio Program – Sponsored by APRA AMCOS

Excellence in Community Engagement

Excellence in Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasting 

Best Online Content

Excellence in Outside Broadcasting

Excellence in Digital Media – Sponsored by Triton Digital

Outstanding Youth Contribution 

Outstanding Volunteer Contribution

Excellence in Technical Services

Excellence in Innovative Programming and Content

Excellence in Creative Audio

National Features and Documentary Series – Supported by CMTO

Excellence in Music Presenting – Sponsored by PPCA

Outstanding Small Station

Station Leadership Award           

Michael Law Award

Tony Staley Award





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