By Bev Jordan
Local community radio station Alive 90.5FM has been named the 2021 “Outstanding Small Station” in Australia by The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA).
It is a huge accolade for the station which operates from Baulkham Hills.
With more than 320 entries across 30 award categories, and representing a diverse crosssection of the community radio sector, this year’s contest had some stiff competition.
It was a double win for Alive 90.5FM at the national awards with previous Deputy Chair Darryn Capes-Davis winning the Outstanding Volunteer Contribution award.
The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) supports over 450 community radio, local and independent media organisations.
Jon Bisset, CBAA’s CEO, said, “This year the entries were difficult to judge because the standard of work is always high, and we congratulate everyone who participated. These awards are important for stations because they can help secure funding and sponsorship. We are very pleased for our winners.”
Tony Salerno, Chairman of Alive 90.5FM said, “This award is a testament to everyone involved at the station. The presenters play a big role but this award is evidence of how well the station was run under the previous board which included the likes of Jerome Vagg, Darryn Capes-Davis and Andsley Dennis.
“Alive 90.5FM is very proud of its volunteers and the systems and processes they have put in place over the past 12 months. The processes coupled with the work the station has done with other charities is something we wished to showcase to the CBAA. To be acknowledged for this award is fantastic but to win the category, knowing how strong the field was, is humbling,” said Tony.
The award criteria were very broad with Alive 90.5FM having to demonstrate a strong vision, diligence in policy enforcement, community-interest based programming, local community benefits and its approach to the station’s technical operations.
Darryn took on several volunteer roles to assist with the effective running of Alive 90.5 FM, including technical manager (since December 2018), content manager (since March 2019), interim Programming Committee Chair (since February 2021) and Deputy Chair.
He is now focussed on the development of Spotlight. During time as interim Programming Chair of Alive 90.5 FM, Darryn facilitated many hours of Presenter training, including seeing promise in a guest, Matthew Caruana, who is now co-host of Business Insights with Mario Bekes.
“My community radio journey has been a wealth of great learning experiences, leading to starting Spotlight with Jim Taggart back in July 2020” said Darryn. “To now be recognised with this national community radio award is a great accolade and I am proud of what I have done for Alive 90.5 FM and Spotlight”.
Alive 90.5 serves Parramatta, Cumberland and the Hills area. Programs include Breakfast and Drive with regular news, weather and traffic updates, Morning Magazine with news and special guests such as local community leaders, politicians and personalities, plus a range of special interest programs.