Revealed: 2017 National Community Radio Awards Finalists

Staff Writer

The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia has today revealed the finalists in its 2017 CBAA Community Radio Awards.

These national awards celebrate excellence in community broadcasting, recognising the achievements of stations, their programs, initiatives and individual contributors that increase their capability and improve the services offered to the community.

Winners of these awards (as well as the Tony Staley Excellence in Community Broadcasting and Michael Law awards (no finalists announced)) will be revealed at a gala dinner taking place on the Gold Coast, QLD, on 11 November.

CBAA Chief Executive Officer Jon Bisset congratulated all finalists in this year’s awards.

“Congratulations to all finalists, and thank you to the judges that had the difficult job of whittling hundreds of fantastic entries down to the ones announced today.

“It is one of the great pleasures of our year to see so much of the fantastic work that community radio stations are doing on display in these awards.

“These finalists speak to the important role that community radio plays in the media landscape and its crucial contributions to local content production, media diversity and building a strong, open and vibrant Australia.”

2017 CBAA Community Radio Awards Finalists

Best New Radio Program – Music

  • Chick Habit – 3MDR
  • Tango Capital – 2XX FM
  • Dawn Delaney – World Music Safari – Phoenix FM Bendigo
  • The Tiki Lounge Remix – 2BBB

Best New Radio Program – Talks

Proudly sponsorship by AFTRS

  • The Alice Birth Project – 8CCC
  • Service Voices – service to country, service to community – Radio Adelaide 101.5FM
  • Radio Seeds – WOWfm
  • Agenda – FBi Radio

Best Station Production

  • Great Minds – FBi Radio
  • Get A Yes! CSA series on Consent – 4ZZZ
  • 40 Years of RTRFM – RTRFM
  • Fresh 92.7 Production Course Promo – Fresh 92.7

Best Station Promotion or Fundraising Campaign

  • No Limits Networks Conference – 91.9 Fresh FM
  • Bay FM 99.9 Radiothon 2016 – Local Radio Global Reach – Bay FM 99.9
  • November Appeal in partnership with the Salvation Army – 89.9 LightFM
  • Trapped – Fresh 92.7
  • Triple R 40th Birthday – Triple R

Contribution to Australian Music

Proudly sponsored by APRA AMCOS

  • Indigenous Beats – 6NME Noongar Radio
  • Live Delay – 4ZZZ
  • Live and Local 89.7fm – 89.7fm Twin Cities FM
  • The Talent – Season 3 – 3MBS – Fine Music Melbourne

Excellence in Community Participation

  • 3CR Community Radio
  • Alpine Radio
  • 2RRR 88.5FM

Excellence in Digital Media

  • Just Words – 2ser
  • Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond Media – Bay FM 99.9
  • The Yellow Family – SYN Media
  • Sunshine FM Mobile App – 104.9 Sunshine FM

Excellence in Ethnic and Multicultural Engagement

  • 3ZZZ
  • 2NBC FM
  • 6RCI, Christmas Island

Excellence in Indigenous Engagement

  • Waringarri Radio
  • Noongar Radio
  • Harvey Community Radio
  • Phoenix FM 106.7

Excellence in Music Programming

Proudly sponsorship by PPCA

  • Sisters Akousmatica – 3CR Community Radio
  • Down Low Disco – 2SER 107.3
  • Illuminations: Fame, Fortune & Lies – The Life & Music of Eileen Joyce – 3MBS – Fine Music Melbourne
  • Fresh Air – Fresh 92.7
  • The Tiki Lounge Remix – 2BBB

Excellence in Spoken Word, News and Current Affairs Programming

Proudly sponsored by Deutsche Welle

  • Community Newsroom – NewsHub – Bay FM 99.9
  • Invasion Day, Survival Day, Australia Day – RTRFM
  • Saturday Brisbane Line – 4ZZZ
  • Nambucca Valley Roundup – 2NVR Nambucca Valley Radio

Excellence in Technical Services

  • Shaun Dennis – Gove FM
  • Ross Delaforce – 2WET
  • 101FM Outside Broadcast – 4CBL
  • Loz Stuart – 2SSR FM

Excellence in Training

  • Broadcaster Training – 3ZZZ
  • Share The Load – Harvey Community Radio
  • The SYN Induction – Cross Platform Media Training – SYN Media
  • Radio 4EB / Global Digital
  • Access and Diversity Program – PBS 106.7FM

Most Innovative Outside Broadcast or Special Event Broadcast

  • Inside Out LIVE – Noongar Radio
  • Mardi Gras Broadcast – JOY 94.9
  • Neon Picnic – 40 Years of RTRFM – RTRFM
  • Twang 20th Birthday – Triple R FM

Outstanding Small Station Award

  • 5THE FM
  • Voice of the Avon 101.3 fm
  • Radio 2RDJ-FM
  • Harvey Community Radio 96.5fm

Outstanding Volunteer Contribution

  • Chris Carpenter – Hills Radio 88.9 FM
  • Lewi Chan – 6RCI, Christmas Island
  • Rosemary Penn – Vision Australia Radio (5RPH)
  • Janine Quicke – Harvey Community Radio 96.5fm

Outstanding Youth Contribution

  • Isabeau Schubert – Bay FM 99.9
  • Dylan Storer – SYN Media
  • Zane Dean – Fresh 92.7
  • Crystal Russom – CoastFM 963

Troy Garner Excellence in Sports Programming

  • Chicks Talkin’ Footy – JOY 94.9
  • AllStars! – 3KND
  • El Deportivo de la 3ZZZ – 3ZZZ

Community broadcasting is Australia’s largest independent media sector, a key pillar in the Australian media landscape, and recognised internationally as one of the most successful examples of grassroots media.

More than 5 million people tune into 440+ not-for-profit, community-owned and operated radio services operating across the country each week.

These stations provide programming that caters to the needs and interest groups of their communities and contribute to and reflect an Australia that is an open society, a strong democracy and a vibrant culture.

CBAA champions community radio by building stations’ capability and creating a healthy environment for the sector to thrive.

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