Tun­ing up for award

Alpine Observer - - Front Page -

LO­CAL com­mu­nity ra­dio sta­tion Alpine Ra­dio, which broad­casts to the Kiewa and Ovens Val­leys, has been short­listed for a sig­nif­i­cant award by the Com­mu­nity Broad­cast­ing As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia (CBAA) in the cat­e­gory of Out­stand­ing Small Sta­tion.

The only other short­listed sta­tion is 4YOU Rock­hamp­ton in Queens­land.

As there are over 450 com­mu­nity ra­dio sta­tions around Aus­tralia, and over 60 per cent are in re­gional and ru­ral ar­eas.

The CBAA con­sid­ers be­ing a fi­nal­ist in the Out­stand­ing Small Sta­tion cat­e­gory to be a ma­jor achieve­ment.

CBAA’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer John Bis­set con­gratu- lated the fi­nal­ists and said the body was pleased to have the op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate some of the fan­tas­tic work hap­pen­ing in com­mu­nity ra­dio sta­tions across the coun­try.

Alpine Ra­dio sta­tion man­ager Vivi­enne Rochford said that the sta­tion had been short­listed twice be­fore in other cat­e­gories, and ev­ery­one was cross­ing their fin­gers be­fore the an­nounce­ment of the win­ner.

“Be­ing in the run­ning for this award means a lot to us,” she said.

“We are very proud to have got to this stage which would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the sup­port of all our vol­un­teers, spon­sors and lis­ten­ers.

“We have re­cently been run­ning a lis­tener sur­vey and we hope the re­sults of that will help us pro­vide the lis­ten­ers with the sort of pro­grams they like to hear.

“To win would be the ic­ing on the cake, but win or lose we are still thrilled to have this recog­ni­tion.”

Win­ners in all cat­e­gories will be an­nounced at the con­clu­sion of the CBAA Na­tional Con­fer­ence in Novem­ber.

Alpine Ra­dio, which has re­cently cel­e­brated its 15th birth­day, is an of­fi­cial emer­gency ser­vices broad­caster and broad­casts into the Kiewa Val­ley on 96.5FM, the Ovens Val­ley on 92.9FM and Har­ri­etville on 94.5FM.

TEAM EF­FORT: Pre­sen­ters and ad­min­is­tra­tive staff of Mt Beauty-based Alpine Ra­dio are thrilled to be in the run­ning for a na­tional award. Pic­tured are (back from left) Johnny White, Derek Hut­ton, Ian Er­bacher, Fay Ma­son, Mary Pike, He­len McDougall, sta­tion man­ager Vivi­enne Rochford, Glenn Spencer and Linda Parkin­son, (front) Peter Rogers, Scotty Gra­ham, Ken Halse, Dy­lan Rogers, sec­re­tary Nick Brown, and me­dia of­fi­cer Re­becca She­gog.

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