2018 CBAA Conference

#CBAAconf: Meet our scholarship recipients

Helen Henry, 8th November 2018

The CBAA is proud to offer three community broadcasters scholarships to attend its national conference - the year's largest gathering of the community broadcasting sector.

Our scholarship recipients for this year are Sarah Ritchie, Karen Russell and Hannah Rogers.

Here we share a bit more information about them, including what they're most looking forward to about attending the CBAA Conference, happening from 8 - 10 November 2018 on the Gold Coast.

Sarah RitchieSarah Ritchie

Sarah is from 2BOB Radio in Tamworth, NSW, where she is a program maker, co-presenting her own show and working with SYN Nation on youth broadcasting. 

At the CBAA Conference, Sarah is most looking forward to:

"...making new connections in the community radio network, particularly youth related ones that may be able to help expand the youth radio content at 2BOB. I am also looking forward to the media labs on editing, I think it would be a useful skill to learn in the industry."



Hannah Rogers
Hannah Rogers

Hannah hails from Edge Radio 99.3 FM in Tasmania, where she is Youth Training Coordinator. Hannah has assisted the station to grow its training capacities to have a specific youth focus, as well as acting as a mentor ot all volunteers who are under the age of 26. She has also developed a media training program which which is taught in local schools at no cost to the school. The training is designed to empower young people to realise their unique capacity for story telling as well as advance their knowledge of the media landscape.

At the CBAA Conference, Hannah is most looking forward to: 

"...meeting other youth stations from around Australia. I'm keen to also learn more about fundraising and developing content."

Karen RussellKaren Russell

Karen Russell is from Wild Horse FM (Yarraman, QLD), where she presents a program bringing a 
youthful, fun voice to our local rural towns. As well as interviews from a local perspective, and highlighting local musicians, Karen also puts a spotlight on mental health, informing listeners fo local events and services. 

At the CBAA Conference, Karen is most looking forward to is: 

"...meeting others in the industry. Coming from a rural area I am quite cut off from other people, so to be able to meet and speak with people of a similar interest is very exciting. I am also super excited about doing the editing workshops, I am hoping to learn so much from these, which means I will hopefully be able to bring new skills back to the station."

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The CBAA is excited to announce and congratulate the recipients of the 2016 CBAA Conference Scholarships, which are valued at almost $1,100 each and assist 10 community radio station representatives with costs to attend the CBAA Conference.


The CBAA welcomes its newest Board Member, Hannah Rogers, who will join the existing board for 2020/2021.

Hannah Rogers


The scholarships provide opportunities for under-resourced stations, volunteers and staff to attend the CBAA Conference - Australia's largest gathering of community broadcasters and an unrivaled opportunity to learn, network, share knowledge and see how other stations are doing things.