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Air Checking and Talent Development - CBAA Webinar Jul 2023

Joshua Cole, 3rd July 2023

*Past webinar, click through to watch recording*

With about 18,000 community radio volunteers involved in making content every week, one of the biggest challenges for leaders and managers is to nurture and develop on-air talent and content makers.
Using a simple-yet-effective strengths-based system, this session will give you a framework for providing feedback that makes your programmers more confident, your programs more effective for your audience, and help build a team culture at your station.

Childhood Immunisation

Joshua Cole, 30th June 2023

The CBAA is pleased to share a range of health information content promoting childhood immunisation for general, First Nations and culturally and linguistically diverse audiences.

Policies and documents you need for volunteers - CBAA Webinar June 2023

Joshua Cole, 22nd June 2023

*Past webinar, click through to watch recording*

This webinar will give an overview of best practices in volunteer management with recommendations on polices and documents to have in place when working with volunteers.

National Radio News Professional Development Workshop

Joshua Cole, 21st June 2023

The National Radio News (NRN) team held a professional development workshop over two days on June 5th and 6th, aimed at creating greater engagement between journalists in the newsroom in Bathurst and the News Project, which is building a network of stations within the community radio sector to create and share news and interviews across Australia. 

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Joshua Cole, 7th June 2023

The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia is partnering with The Centre for Volunteering to promote the benefits of volunteering in the community broadcasting sector.

Kirra Voller One Frequency Festival

Joshua Cole, 7th June 2023

Mparntwe/Alice Springs station 8CCC's On Frequency Festival is the last to feature in this three-part series on music festivals organised by community broadcasters. We spoke to station manager Benjamin Erin about the station's experience in live music so far and what the station's hopes are for its first festival.

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Joshua Cole, 2nd June 2023

The Community Broadcasting Association is pleased to welcome you to the June 2023 content of our national suicide prevention and mental health awareness project, developed with the support of the Australian Government Department of Health.

Each month, our project team develops a series of 20 short radio segments designed to promote help-seeking behaviour and positive lifestyle choices, using interviews with service providers, as well as profiles of people who have successfully dealt with tough times in their lives.

Queensland Symphony Orchestra 4MBS Festival of Classics

Joshua Cole, 24th May 2023

In this installment of our series on community broadcasters that organise music festivals we spoke to Queensland station 4MBS on their Festival of Classics, now in its 30th year. It has grown massively since its inception, from a single weekend to a format that now spans a month.

Complaints Handling - CBAA Webinar May 2023

Joshua Cole, 17th May 2023

*Past webinar, click through to watch recording*

In this webinar you will learn the steps you need to take to prevent and deal with conflicts and complaints. You’ll learn how to provide a safe and effective service to those who wish to make a complaint to or about them and create a plan in place to help minimise the impacts.

Peter Crick 2ARM Station President and Former Co-manager, broadcasting outdoors at Armidale Show

Joshua Cole, 16th May 2023

The CBAA was saddened to hear of the passing of Peter Crick, the President and former co-manager of Armidale community radio station 2ARMFM, in March this year.

RTRFM In The Pines Mark Francesca Six Strings Photography

Joshua Cole, 10th May 2023

Organising a live music event is no small task - and when it comes to music festivals, the challenges can seem insurmountable. The CBAA recently caught up with three stations that organise festivals - RTRFM, 4MBS and 8CCC - to learn more about the challenges they've faced and how they've navigated them. In this instalment we catch up with RTFM which recently hosted In The Pines.

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Reece Kinnane, 10th May 2023

The 2023-2024 Federal Budget was handed down last night by the Treasurer Jim Chalmers. Budget papers show the allocation to the Community Broadcasting Program has increased in dollar amount because it has been indexed to keep up with rising costs, which is now part of ongoing budget policy.

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Joshua Cole, 10th May 2023

The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia and Volunteering Australia have partnered to promote the integral role of volunteering in community broadcasting.

Vale Tony Staley - Photo taken at the 2014 CBAA Conference

Reece Kinnane, 4th May 2023

The CBAA is saddened to hear of the passing of The Hon Tony Staley AO, who died in Melbourne, aged 83. Mr Staley was a former Liberal Party president and former MP for the Victorian seat of Chisholm. In his role as Minister for Post and Telecommunications he had a profound impact on broadcast media in Australia and was instrumental in the development and growth of the community broadcasting sector.

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Joshua Cole, 4th May 2023

The Community Broadcasting Association is pleased to welcome you to the May 2023 content of our national suicide prevention and mental health awareness project, developed with the support of the Australian Government Department of Health.

Each month, our project team develops a series of 20 short radio segments designed to promote help-seeking behaviour and positive lifestyle choices, using interviews with service providers, as well as profiles of people who have successfully dealt with tough times in their lives.

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Joshua Cole, 19th April 2023

Roadmap 2033 is a project jointly sponsored by the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia and the Community Broadcasting Foundation, with the aim of providing a long-term strategy for community broadcasting in Australia. Read the newly released discussion paper and find out how you can give your feedback.

Bruce Flarrety from 2RRR

Joshua Cole, 17th April 2023

The CBAA was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Bruce Flarrety, who passed away following a battle with prostate cancer on 11 April this year. Bruce was a beloved member of the 2RRR community for almost 27 years, having launched his signature Tuesday Midday Jazz program in September of 1996.  

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Joshua Cole, 12th April 2023

The CBAA would like to remind its members that, as of July 1 2023, non-charitable income tax exempt not-for-profits with an active Australian Business Number will be required to submit online self-review forms to remain eligible for income tax exemption. 

Reporting on Suicide, Drugs and Alcohol - CBAA Webinar Apr 2023

Joshua Cole, 11th April 2023

*Past webinar, click through to watch recording*

Mindframe is a national program supporting safe media reporting, portrayal and communication about suicide, mental ill-health and alcohol and other drugs. Dr Elizabeth Paton will outline Mindframe’s best practice principles and how to apply them in any public communication about these issues. 

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Joshua Cole, 3rd April 2023

The Community Broadcasting Association is pleased to welcome you to the April 2023 content of our national suicide prevention and mental health awareness project, developed with the support of the Australian Government Department of Health.

Each month, our project team develops a series of 20 short radio segments designed to promote help-seeking behaviour and positive lifestyle choices, using interviews with service providers, as well as profiles of people who have successfully dealt with tough times in their lives.