Meet the 2021 CBAA Conference Scholarship Recipients

Alex Crerar, 16th September 2021

Valued at almost $1,200 each, these scholarships  provide invaluable opportunities for under-resourced stations, volunteers and staff to attend the CBAA Conference.  Every year, attendees  learn new things that they can take back to their stations, including the latest technology, other problem-solving tips other attendees share, and important information from presentations that will help in the day-to-day running of their stations.  They will also, make lifelong connections through networking that will be useful throughout their career, share knowledge and participate in discussions which they wouldn't otherwise be exposed. 


Brianna Bagow

Brianna Bagow has been the Station Manager for 4RFM for over 3 years. Having worked for 10 years in Pharmacy, she has become multi-skilled and flexible in order to manage the different challenges that are in community radio.  Since arriving at 4RFM, she has grown the youth programs to include 2 afternoon presenter programs, a high school-based Project Y, two primary school based radio shows and Project Podcast where year 6 students come in every Wed to learn how to podcast. The station hosts Road Safety Week and host themed Bingo nights once a term.  These Bingo nights are now the stations biggest fundraisers for the year.

Graeme Wykes

Grame Wykes joined 2SEA in 2008, to host a sport show with his brother.  He soon started presenting a variety of music programs.  For the past 8 years he has been hosting The Acoustic Café, and Classic Gold Shows.  In 2015, Graeme joined the committee and has been Vice President for the past few years and Sponsorship/Fundraiser Co-ordinator.  In early 2020, he took over as Station Manager.  During this time, he has upgraded the reach and quality of 2SEA's transmission signal, introduce streaming as a broadcast option, upgraded of the website, and installed a new Outdoor Broadcast system.  This year, Graeme is focussed on relocating the station into a new purpose-built broadcast studio in the middle of the CBD in Eden, and to acquire a compact market stall caravan for outdoor broadcast use.

Jane Hodgkinson 

Jane Hodgkinson is the treasurer for Wild Horse FM, located in the rural town of Yarraman, in Southeast Queensland. Jane is a member of the management committee and is busy sourcing content, interviewing local people and sharing their stories.

Chelle McIntyre

Chelle McIntyre is Secretary on the Executive Committee at 102.7FM.  On Tuesdays she hosts the morning news hour on at 11, the Drive shift from 4 until 6 and helps out with the station's teen announcer for her shift from 7 till 9pm. Chelle is looking forward to the Cairns conference to learn more ideas from presenters and other community radio stations so she can use the new ideas at 102.7FM. 

Lachlan Stevens 

Lachlan Stevens has been the Station Manager of the Ryde and Hunters Hill community radio organisation 2RRR 88.5FM since April 2021. Before this, he volunteered as a Program Director at the station.  He is also the presenter of the Australian music program 'Freshly Squeezed' which has been broadcasting since 2019.

Michael Amos

Mike Amos is President and a presenter for 3MGB.  Before this, he worked for Mushroom Records in the 1990s, studied audio engineering, and then worked as a video producer and photographer. Later he worked with Aboriginal communities in development and health programs.  In 2020, Mike moved with his family from Melbourne to Mallacoota and started working for 3MGB. 

Mohammad Ishtiaq

Mohammad Ishtiaq has been working with 2XXFM since Aug 2017, when he joined as admin support. He soon discovered other  aspects of the station that required urgent attention. Mohammad quickly became the station's IT administrator and 2 years later became the ICT manager.  He manages all of 2XX ICT infrastructure.

Sam Colley

Sam Colley has had a long-running involvement with community radio, starting at Radio Monash in 2009.  He moved in into a professional role at Vision Australia Radio in early 2019. Sam is now the host of Talking Vision, a weekly half-hour talk show on Wednesday afternoons that covers the latest news in the world of blindness and low vision.

Chris Owens 

Chris Owens is a presenter and Committee member at Triple U FM, located on the South Coast of NSW. He started with Triple U in February 2021. At the conference, Chris plans to build relationships and gain experience he can use at Triple U. 

Elizabeth Hart

Elizabeth Hart was looking to volunteer when she found Radio Blue Mountains, where she hosts her own show, Giving Back, which supports the local community, charities and support groups.  She has a background in administration and accounting and started as a production assistant on an arts show and worked her way up to office manager and then vice president. 


Don't miss your chance to join us in sunny Cairns 2-4 December for the 2021 CBAA Conference. This is the first face-to-face event since 2019 and will feature 3 days of jampacked sessions covering a wide range of topics. 

Tickets are limited, so get in early to avoid missing out! Tickets are on sale now. We have established clear refund policies to ensure no one is out of pocket should the conference be cancelled or postponed.


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