Tuning up for award
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.