CBAA Board of Directors

President - Adrian Basso (PBS FM)

Adrian Basso is General Manager of Melbourne's PBS 106.7FM, a station specialising in a diverse assortment of under-represented music - from jazz, gospel and reggae, to punk, asian pop and death metal.

Adrian grew up in Canberra, completing a BA in Accounting before studying music performance at ANU. He pursued a career in the arts but his two qualifications truly became intertwined when in 1998 he joined classical music station 3MBS as its business and development manager. There he caught the radio bug.

At 3MBS Adrian managed the station's finances as it steadily grew to be one of the most financially secure in Australia. He ran events and mini-music festivals, helped the sector navigate the new GST and presented a world-music program.

To lure him away more than six years later, it took a role as Victorian State Manager at AbaF (the Australian Business Arts Foundation). At AbaF, Adrian had the opportunity to work with CEOs and leaders from Top 100 companies on their activities supporting the arts. 

Adrian agreed to return to 3MBS to project manage the fit out of its state-of-the-art, purpose-built digital studios in the magnificent Abbotsford Convent arts precinct. He was looking forward to a break in 2007 when an opportunity presented itself to run PBS - an iconic and much loved institution central to the Melbourne music scene.

In his spare time Adrian enjoys shopping for food, eating food and planning his next meal. He also loves spending time with his patient partner and with their young son who shares Adrian's passion for everything edible.

Vice President Radio - Phillip Randall (Sydney's Hope 103.2)

Phillip Randall is the CEO of Sydney’s Christian community radio station, 103.2. With more than 30 years' experience in radio broadcasting, Phillip has worked full time in both commercial and community radio.

He began his media career in commercial radio in Albany Western Australia in 1977. After five years as an announcer and copywriter, he accepted the Stations Manager’s position at network station 6BY Bridgetown.

Phillip first got involved in community radio in 1982 when he helped out during a test transmission in Perth at what was to become Sonshine FM. Not long after the station went to air full time in 1988 Phillip left commercial radio to take on the breakfast shift. He was appointed General Manager in 1989.

In late 1999 he moved to Sydney to become CEO of one of Australia’s first community stations, and Australia’s first Christian community station, 2CBA (FM103.2). Since that time the station has undergone major changes to programming, staff and facilities.

From 1999 to 2006 Phillip was President of the Association of Christian Broadcasters, the peak body for Christian broadcasting in Australia, representing licensed community radio stations, aspirant groups and program producers.

Since 2007 he has been involved with the push for a digital radio future for community broadcasting and represented the Sydney digital radio company on the Digital Radio Consultative Group of the CBAA.

Financial Director- Melanie Withnall (2SER)

Melanie is Managing Director of 2SER, a station that presents a range of talk and specialist music programming aimed at servicing the needs and interests of the members of the wider Sydney community.

Board Member - Peter Rohweder (4EB FM)

Peter is Manager of 4EB in Brisbane, a station that provide the communities of Brisbane a comprehensive ethnic broadcasting service. Peter has also been extensively involved with 4ZzZ and is a mainstay of the sector.

Board Member - Jean Rau (98.9 North West FM)

Jean is the Treasurer and the longest serving member of 98.9 North West FM, Glenroy in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. The station is dedicated to providing service, communication, information and entertainment to our members, supporters and to the people of our community.

Board Member - Natalie Pozdeev

Natalie has been involved in many aspects of community broadcasting throughout her career, including Station Manager of 2RRR in Ryde, Sydney and as Women's Representative of the CBAA Board.

In addition to this, Natalie has been employed in various roles in the areas of design, events management, media, community cultural development, music, theatre and student activities.

Board Member - Tony Smythe

Tony Smythe has been involved in community radio for the past 15 years as a volunteer, producer, presenter, administrator and now the station manager at Eastside Radio. He has also performed various other roles including sponsorship, audio engineering and event management. He has a passion for free community events and over the past 5 years has overseen world music festivals, record fairs, jazz concerts, photographic exhibitions, film screenings, sustainability events and cycling initiatives.
With extensive experience in the art of raising funds Tony has devoted his life to community radio and admires the like-mindedness of others involved around the sector. He believes in a positive balance between work and life and relishes his role of giving back to the community.

Board Representatives

Youth Representative - Tess Lawley (SYN)

After moving from rural Victoria, Tess found herself at home in the surrounds of Melbourne’s community radio scene. Tess has volunteered in a range of on air, off air and volunteer management roles at SYN, 3RRR, PBS and FBi. She is currently working as the General Manager of SYN Media, and is passionate about providing more opportunities for young media makers to have their voices heard.

Womens Representative - Mikaela Simpson (CAAMA Radio - 8KIN)

Mikaela Simpson is the CBAA Board’s women’s representative and its youngest director.

She was working in the small Indigenous community of Yuendumu before she joined the team at CAAMA Radio in Alice Springs as producer and presenter of their Drive program in 2012. She also gathers content for their current affairs show, “Strong Voices” and produces “Women’s Business”, which focuses on strong, inspirational women in the local community.