TOP OF THE RADIO CLASS
ALPINE Radio station manager Vivienne Rochford, Secretary Nick Brown and President Linda Parkinson are delighted that the local community radio station has been named the best small station in Australia.
BY ALEX CRAIG
THERE was rejoicing in the Mt Beauty studios of Alpine Radio this week when it was announced that the station had won the Outstanding Small Station Award at the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) conference on the Gold Coast.
The award was collected by station manager Vivienne Rochford and secretary Nick Brown, who attended the evening.
The awards are a highlight of the CBAA conference, which is the largest annual community radio gathering in Australia, and a chance for broadcasters to network, become inspired and develop knowledge and skills.
The Outstanding Small Station Award celebrates the vital role that small stations play in the community broadcasting sector.
They face challenges with fewer facilities and people, and levels of initiative and determination tend to be very high.
“Alpine Radio is very proud of its commitment to high quality radio broadcasting,” Mr Brown said.
“We encourage local participation and try to build capacity in our community engagement strategies.
“We are very excited to win the CBAA Outstanding Small Station Award 2018, and we recognise all of the Alpine Radio community including our listeners, presenters, volunteers and staff, and our current and past sponsors.
“We couldn’t have done this without each and every one of our volunteers and this includes all of those who have worked so hard in the past to build Alpine Radio into what it is today.”
At the conference, CEO of the CBAA, Jon Bisset, announced that it is an exciting time to be in community radio, not least due to record breaking national listening audience of 5.7 million listeners per week.
29% of people aged 15 years and over listen to the 450+ community radio services broadcasting local information and news shared by local voices, as well as specialist programming and lots of Australian music.
Alpine Radio broadcasts on frequency 96.5FM into the Kiewa Valley, 92.9FM into the Ovens Valley, 94.5FM into Harrietville, streams live from its website at alpineradio. com.au and is the area’s local emergency broadcaster.
For more information please contact marketing and sponsorship officer Rebecca Shegog, on 0477 010 087 or email market[email protected]eradio.com.au
JUBILATION: A crowd of Alpine Radio volunteers, including presenters, technicians and administrative staff, crowd into the studio to celebrate the station’s win in the CBAA awards.