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Celebrating Community Radio Excellence

The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) is excited to launch the 2021 CBAA Community Radio Awards—celebrating the sector’s innovation, perseverance, and its community champions. Across more than 30 diverse categories, community radio stations are invited to celebrate the people, programs and initiatives that make their stations excellent!

“The work undertaken by community broadcasters in the past twelve months has been particularly extraordinary. Whether it’s been increasing the amount of local information and news reaching audiences; sharing health messages in community languages; or providing comfort and connection through isolation—much of this has been done remotely!” Jon Bisset, CBAA CEO

Technologists and managers have steered their stations and teams to produce content remotely. Program makers have learnt new skills to set up at home. Local news teams have increased news production and volunteers have increased their time to ensure the best content has been broadcast to listeners.

It has been a year for innovation and resilience. Entries are open now until 15 August.

Awards Categories

Entries must focus on activity undertaken between 1 May 2020 and 30 April 2021.

· Excellence in Indigenous Engagement
· Best Station Production
· Best Station Fundraising Campaign: Small Station
· Best Station Fundraising Campaign
· Excellence in Community Engagement
· Excellence in Ethnic and Multicultural Engagement
· Excellence in Outside Broadcasting
· Best Special Event Broadcast
· Outstanding Small Station Award
· Tony Staley Award


· Best Radio Program – Music
· Best Radio Program – Talks
· Excellence in Innovative Programming and Content
· Best New Radio Program
· Contribution to Australian Music – Radio Program
· Contribution to Australian Music – Initiative
· Excellence in Indigenous Broadcasting
· Excellence in Ethnic & Multicultural Broadcasting
· Troy Garner Excellence in Sports Programming
· Excellence in News & Current Affairs Programming
· Excellence in Creative Audio
· Excellence in Digital Media
· Best Online Content
· Excellence in Training


· Excellence in Music Presenting
· Excellence in Journalism
· Excellence in Technical Services
· Excellence in Technical Innovation
· Outstanding Volunteer Contribution
· Outstanding Youth Contribution
· Station Leadership Award
· Michael Law Award

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