2019 Conference Program

Katrina Hughes, 12th August 2019

The CBAA Conference is back for another year and we're bringing you the knowledge and ideas you need to continue best serving your community.

Join us from 24 - 27 October in Melbourne to be inspired by community broadcasters and experts from across the country.

Click on the image below to view the full program or scroll down the page to read more about the workshops.

CBAA Conference Program

Pre-Conference Workshop

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Walkley Foundation Journalism Masterclass – newsgathering and verification
Thursday 24 October, 12:30pm – 4.30pm

Hosted by: Walkley Foundation for Journalism, supported by the Google News Initiative

A practical, relevant digital skills masterclass to develop your in-house journalism. Suitable for beginners and experienced journalists looking to develop their digital skills, this workshop will teach how free online tools can support newsgathering, research and verification in your community station. Everything you learn is freely accessible with a browser and an internet connection and can be put into practice straight away.


Keynote speaker - Professor Peter Greste

Peter Greste





The raids by AFP officers on journalists from two news organisations have triggered a debate about press freedom in Australia. Award-winning former foreign correspondent and academic, Professor Peter Greste, has been studying the state of media freedom and says the raids shouldn’t have been a surprise to anybody paying attention to national security laws in recent years. From national news organisations down to community broadcasters, all are affected.

Drawing on his experience in Egypt where he was convicted for terrorism and “false news” offences, Professor Greste discusses how the situation happened in one of the world’s most advanced democracies, what that means for community broadcasting, and what his organisation, the Alliance for Journalists' Freedom, is proposing we do about it.


Master of Ceremonies - Chrissie Vincent

Chrissie Vincent

With over 37 years experience in the music and entertainment industry, Chrissie Vincent has worked with some of the biggest names in music, both in Australia and internationally including the Rolling Stones, Lenny Kravitz, David Bowie, Sex Pistols, Smashing Pumpkins, Rod Stewart and Australian artists and bands such as The Living End, Pete Murray, Don Walker, Jeff Lang, Tim Rogers, and Tex Perkins. Over the years, Chrissie has worked in various capacities including publicity, artist management, TV production, record promotion, radio promotion and music television and, in 1999, she took the opportunity to branch out on her own as an independent publicist establishing Chrissie Vincent Publicity & Management.

In November 2018, Chrissie presented her recommendations for change with regard to Local Content on Commercial radio to the Federal Parliament at the inquiry into the Australian Music Business. In April this year, the Parliamentary Inquiry findings were released, using three of Chrissie’s key recommendations for change within the commercial radio/local content area. She has presented her research at several local and international conferences this year, is passionate about the industry and continues to push for changes to guarantee the music business is sustainable into the future.


Have a Laugh with Geraldine Hickey

Co-host of Melbourne's RRR Breakfasters and widely regarded in the scene as a comedian’s comedian, Geraldine brings a charm and superb skill for finding the funny in true stories. Described as a ‘deceptively cheery dame who'll quietly take out your innards', Geraldine has made numerous appearances on ABC Comedy including The Oxfam Comedy Gala, has been shortlisted for the 'Piece of Wood' award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival multiple times and is a veteran of the comedy festival, club and pub circuit around the country. The CBAA is very excited to welcome Geraldine to our CBAA Conference 2019.


Conference Workshop Sessions

What is your station's greatest asset and how can you leverage it to maximise opportunities, build partnerships and gain revenue.

Stephen Pead





Presented by: Stephen Pead.

Stephen is a sponsorship guru and media industry veteran of 30 years with significant experience in direct sales, sales management and general management.


Musical Chairs

Maddy Mac

Hosted by: Maddy Mac, announcer of Homebrew and trainer at PBS 106.7FM

This is a workshop panel on increasing and deepening the inclusion of new music in community broadcasting. The workshop will feature a mix of community radio announcers, musicians and music organisations that all bring something different and exciting to Australian music. The workshop will feature a panel discussion interspersed with short listening sessions and a Q&A session.

Melbourne Naarm is known for its depth and breadth as a music city, and community radio plays a key role in this. Supporting new music, musicians, styles and scenes contributes to the vitality of the city and its people. If other stations would like to learn more about discovering new music, and expanding their music programs, this is the workshop for them! 


WTF? Where’s the Funding? How the CBF can help you.

Ally Newton

Presented by: Ally Newton, Grants Support Team, Community Broadcasting Foundation

Hosted by: Community Broadcasting Foundation

CBF grants can help you engage people in your community and encourage greater participation. Hear stations share their stories about how a grant helped connect their community, bring culture to life and increase support. Get inspired – take away tips and ideas for your next grant application.


Health Check Workshop

Keith Phillips

​Presented by: Keith Phillips, CEO of QLBS, has been working with organisations across continents as both an advisor, owner and investor. In Australia he has worked with State and Federal Government to help thousands of organisations improve their performance. 

What you will get from the Workshop:

  • Benchmark you organisation's health
  • Opportunity to review your own organisation using expert questions
  • Clear picture of your organisation's strengths and weaknesses
  • Pathways to helpful resources
  • Feedback on your organisation from experts


Leadership and Governance: If governance is about setting direction and stewarding - how do we find the time to get things done?

Patrick Moriarty





Facilitated by: Patrick Moriarty, Executive Director of the Institute of Community Directors Australia (ICDA). 

In partnership with the CMTO, Patrick will explore leadership learning, asking what what leadership means in your organisation, what you like to achieve, and how you can get there.

Community radio panellists Benjamin Erin 8CCC, and Meg Butler PBS, will share their experiences of leadership education and how they've applied the skills within their own stations.

  • What are the elements of good governance?
  • How do we make sure we are setting the 'right' culture?
  • Does setting realistic direction get more done?
  • Where do we find the people?


Community Media as Social Enterprise

Charlotte Bedford

Facilitated by: Charlotte Bedford, CMTO

Panel: Libby Ward-Christie - Centre for Social Impact, Swinburne; Chris Wheeldon - RTRFM Operations, Events & Volunteer Manager; Dion Woodman - 2DRY President; Evrim Şen - Social Enterprise Creative

How does your organisation raise money? What are your core resources? And how can you develop them? In this session we explore community media as social enterprise, raising funds for social impact.

This workshop introduces the principles of social enterprise and highlights the importance of building on existing skills and assets. The workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss current strengths and challenges for income generation, and update on CMTO training and mentorship opportunities.


More music, more knowledge, more connections: the new Amrap website
Andrew Khedoori

Presented by: Andrew Khedoori, Manager, CBAA’s Amrap

The Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (Amrap) has been vital in bringing Australian music to community radio broadcasters and their programs for nearly two decades. In this session we proudly show off the new Amrap website, a place with more music, more features and more connections to be made between Australian musicians and the broadcasters who love them. Come and see the future for Australian music on our airwaves with this exciting development the CBAA is thrilled to bring to the sector.


In Conversation with Mick Thomas

Mick Thomas

Facilitated by: Andrew Khedoori, Manager, CBAA’s Amrap

Since the legendary Weddings, Parties, Anything called it a day in 2012, bandleader Mick Thomas has forged a fine solo career. We’ll talk to Mick about the need to be more creative and build networks when releasing music as well as how he connects with his audience and why being independent is a state of mind. We might even get a tune or two! Mick appears at the CBAA Conference courtesy of APRA AMCOS


Talking Through Your Arts

Facilitated by: Andrew Khedoori, Manager, CBAA’s Amrap and Paul Gough

How do you produce that great music interview? What kind of questions should you ask to get your artist fully engaged to make for top listening? In this session, Andrew will discuss approaches to the delicate art of music interviewing with former Radio National music host, Paul Gough, who you may also know from his recent CRN program, Playback.


Integrating a Variety of Specialist Programs

CRN Team





Facilitated by: The CBAA Community Radio Network (CRN) team, Andrew McLellan, Sharmain Spencer, Abe Killian and Dan Callaghan.

  • Does your program need a make-over? 
  • Need presenters for your jukebox after-hours? 
  • Want to increase your on-air spoken word?

If the answer is yes to one or more of these questions, then look no further. Join the knowledgeable CBAA CRN team present a workshop on integrating a variety of specialist programs.

We understand that it can be difficult to build a 100% spoken word program with fresh, new, vibrant content all the time, so let CRN bring you some sector-leading talks-based programmes.

This workshop will also include an update on the Digital Delivery Network (DDN) and how your station can access these shows.


CBF Assessor Meetup

Are you a member of the CBF Assessor Team or are you interested in joining the team and want to know more? Come to the foyer on Saturday morning to grab a coffee, meet your fellow assessors face-to-face and/or chat with Georgie Boucher and existing assessors about what’s involved. Don’t miss this chance to be thanked in person by the CBF for all your hard work!


MediaLab - Powered by CMTO 2019



Session 1: Troubleshoot your Broadcast Chain

John Maziels

Presented by: John Maizels, President, Technorama Incorporated

Technorama will set up a full broadcast chain at conference this year for you to get hands-on with. This session will show you how to troubleshoot issues that you’d likely come across at your own station. You’ll learn how not to panic and how to communicate tech issues effectively in a crisis. This session is for everyone, from experienced techs, station staff and broadcasters, come along and share your experiences!

Bookings essential.

Community Media Training Organisation (CMTO) in partnership with Technorama


Session 2: DAB+ Digital Radio - Service and Program Information​

Emma Ramsay

Presented by: Emma Ramsay, DRP Service Data and Training, CBAA

Learn how to maintain and customise images and text metadata for your digital radio service. Creative and low resource approaches to keep Service and Program Information fresh, relevant and audience focussed with options for community engagement and promotions. Help listeners get the most from your digital service in this hands-on session with the team from the Digital Radio Project.

Community Media Training Organisation (CMTO) in partnership with CBAA Digital Radio Project

Bookings essential.


Session 3: Develop Current Affairs Production at your Station

Sarah Martin

Presented by: Sarah Martin, Producer, The Wire

​Experience how community radio's best daily current affairs program is put together with the team from The Wire. If you have an interest in journalism this session is for you. You will learn how to write cue sheets for current affairs and pitch your own story to The Wire. This is a hands-on session and you will be recording your work to listen back to. 

Community Media Training Organisation (CMTO) in partnership with The Wire

Bookings essential.


Session 4: Develop a Radio Reading Program at Your Station
Kim Stewart

 Bek Pasqualini




Presented by: Kim Stewart, (pictured above left) co-producer Only Human4ZZZ and Bek Pasqualini, (pictured above right) Strategic Communications & Projects Manager, RPH Australia (in partnership with RPH Australia)

Do you want to make your station more inclusive and reach new audiences, but you’re not sure where to start? Join us in this hands-on session to help diversify your audience, prepare your station for volunteers with disabilities, and start a radio reading service. 

Community Media Training Organisation (CMTO) in partnership with RPH Australia, the radio reading network.

Bookings essential. 


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The CBAA Conference 2019 was held in Melbourne from 24-27 October and featured an inspiring and eclectic program.


The Media Lab is the hands-on space at the CBAA Conference, where you can pick up new skills or refresh on some old ones to take back to your station.


Why diversity in media matters, extended governance session, financial reports + more.