Get Content via the Community Radio Network


Your station’s 24/7 talk, music, news and entertainment network 

Through the CBAA’s Community Radio Network, you can access a selection of the best news, talk, music and entertainment programs for your community radio station - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Why does your station need it?  

Reliable content supply: Presenter off sick? The Community Radio Network (CRN) is your reliable backup, with 24/7 content 

Diverse programming: CRN boosts your content with over 100 programs, from news and talk to specialist music 

Quality assurance: Producing high-quality shows is resource-intensive. CRN offers broadcast-quality audio, saving you both time and effort 

National relevance: Strengthen your local content by seamlessly integrating national programming – from major cultural events to current affairs 

Community: Join a network of 150 like-minded stations, providing a platform to share your own content and grow your audience. 

What are the benefits? 
Flexible: Use CRN to complement your schedule or as a full-time programming solution 

Cost-effective: Tiered subscription models ensure you’re only paying for what you need 

High-quality: Gain access to programming that your station may not be able to produce locally. 

Unique features 

Diverse programming: From Good Morning Country to The Wire, choose from a variety of shows to suit your audience 

Topical inserts: Access short series’, extras and seasonal content that can be easily inserted into your existing programming 

Private & secure content delivery: Utilise the Digital Delivery Network (DDN) to download and stream CRN content for broadcast 

Content contribution: Submit your locally produced shows for a national audience, enriching the community radio landscape 

Satellite & on-demand: Both live satellite feeds and on-demand digital delivery are available with CRN. 

What about the cost? 

Starting from only $57 plus GST per month you can become a community powerhouse! 

Reach out to our support team today and we’ll create a Community Radio Network solution that fits right into your programming schedule by emailing us at [email protected] or calling 02 9310 2999. 


How much of the Community Radio Network’s (CRN) content can I use on my station? 

You have the freedom to use as much or as little CRN content as you like! Our subscription fee is a flat rate and is not dependent on the amount of content you use. This allows you to complement your existing programming and fill in gaps as needed. 

Do I need a satellite to access CRN? 

You can access CRN content through a variety of methods: the Digital Delivery Network (DDN) or live via a satellite audio feed.  

How can I get my show on CRN? 

If you have a local program that you think has national appeal, you can submit it to CRN for consideration. This is a great opportunity to grow your audience and gain experience producing content for a broader listenership. 

Why should I subscribe to CRN? 

Subscribing to CRN supports the community radio sector, provides a secondary source of high-quality, community-focused content and enriches your station’s programming (which fosters listener engagement). Plus, you’ll be part of a network of 150 stations, sharing and receiving some of the best content from across Australia. 

What variety of content does CRN offer? 

CRN offers a wide range of over 100 programs, including talk shows, specialist music content, news, and current affairs, along with live broadcasts of special cultural and musical events. 

Is CRN content of high quality? 

Absolutely! CRN offers stable, broadcast quality audio content that can be relied on by your station, especially if you’re a smaller station with less staff and volunteers on the ground. 

Can I schedule CRN content at my convenience? 

Yes. CRN content can be broadcast live, or played on-demand through FTP and DDN, to give you flexibility in scheduling. 

Are there any grants available to help me get started with CRN? 

Yes, the Community Broadcasting Foundation (CBF) provides grants to help stations purchase the necessary satellite reception equipment. Contact our support team for more info. 

How do I start the subscription process? 

To subscribe to CRN, you’ll need to complete an application and obtain the necessary infrastructure for your station.  

CRN Applications Open Carousel

Joshua Cole, 12th July 2024

Are you a passionate program maker? The Community Radio Network (CRN) is thrilled to announce that submissions for new programs will be open until 31 August. This is a fantastic opportunity to share your show with a national audience.  

Noah Secomb and Alana Sunavratil

Joshua Cole, 22nd May 2024

The Federal Budget 2024, on Tuesday 14 May, resulted in a collaboration in the spirit of Roadmap 2033, between The WireNational Radio News2SER, Hornsby's Triple H and the Community Radio Network.

2024 Budget Night Broadcast

Joshua Cole, 9th May 2024

The Community Radio Network will broadcast the 2024 Federal Budget Live from Parliament, in a collaboration between The Wire, National Radio News, 2SER, Triple H and others.

Joshua Cole, 29th March 2023

In 1993 Paul Keating won the ‘unwinnable election', Sydney won the bid to host the 2000 Olympic games, and community radio won the space race. 

Amy Leiper, 8th April 2022

CBAA’s Political Reporter Amanda Copp will be filing stories not only from National Radio News' Press Gallery studios in Parliament House, but she will be on the road with the major parties where she'll be busy working on the lead-up to the Federal Election

cbaacomms, 16th June 2021

Andrew Leigh created The Good Life because he wanted the chance to stop, sit down with someone and just chat about what drives them, inspires them, interests them and why. For five years, Andrew and guests have been covering issues such as friendship, mental health, success, finding identity and how to accept it. He has chatted with experts in their field, ranging from one of the biggest living names in philosophy Alain de Botton, to Bruce Pascoe, author of award-winning ‘Dark Emu’. He has spoken with athletes like Craig Foster, and former Prime Ministers Julia Gillard and Malcolm Turnbull. He has talked to community builders like Astrid Jorgensen, founder of pub choir and scientists Alan Finkel and Michelle Simmons. We asked him a couple of questions about the show, check out his answers. 

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amclellan, 11th March 2021

The 2021 series is open for applications through April.

amclellan, 3rd February 2021

New to the Community Radio Network, host Paul Laverty chats reading, books, authors and radio.

That's What I Call Science

amclellan, 9th December 2020

We chat with the CBAA Award winning science program that started on the Community Radio Network in 2020.

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Danny Chifley, 24th August 2020

A Jam Pakt Conversation with Jonzy

amclellan, 9th July 2020

We chat to Michael Kerr from Small Business Banter on the Community Radio Network

Victorian Seniors Festival Community Radio Network

amclellan, 1st July 2020

Victorian Seniors Festival content available to stations from July to October 2020

amclellan, 1st June 2020

Meet the producers, mentors and selection panel for NFDS 2020.

Think Stories and Ideas

Sharmaine Spencer, 30th April 2020

A new part of the award winning 'Think' series from 2SER is coming to the Community Radio Network. 

Afro Turn Up

amclellan, 28th April 2020

The Community Radio Network catches up with host and producer Kix.

Gaven Livermore JP, Broadcaster/Senior Technician, 2AAA, Wagga

Katrina Hughes, 18th March 2020

The CBAA, through the Community Radio Network (CRN), is pleased to make available the full selection of CRN programming via FTP for stations adversely affected by COVID-19.

Katrina Hughes, 2nd March 2020

Hosted entirely by people aged between 9-16 years old, Primary Perspectives has been created specifically to provide an opportunity for young people to share meaningful dialogue about local/global community issues they care about.

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Sharmaine Spencer, 30th January 2020

In very exciting news the CRN program Recorded Live is set to celebrate its 400th show in early March. Recorded Live is a ‘bite size’ 14 to 18 min live music show, with the focus on live Australian music from the last 4 decades.

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Sharmaine Spencer, 28th January 2020

CBAA 2019 Community Radio Awards winner for Excellence in Innovative Programming and Content, Checkpoint, is joining the CRN in 2020! 
Siobhán Moran-McFarlane

Sharmaine Spencer, 21st January 2020

Two time CBAA Community Radio Awards finalist and the winner of the 2018 award for Excellence in News & Current Affairs programming, Another World, is joining the CRN in 2020! 

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From the Embers podcast

Listen to the new podcast series, From the Embers, a moving nine part series taking listeners to the very heart of nine communities affected by the recent bushfire crisis. Produced by the CBAA with the generous support of the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas and the Paul Ramsay Foundation.