TOP OF THE RA­DIO CLASS

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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.

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