Wilcannia River Radio has won the Tony Staley Award for Excellence in Community Broadcasting, at the CBAA Community Radio Awards 2019.
The award recognises the station as one that constantly demonstrates a commitment to the survival and celebration of arts, language and culture, as part of all station operations.
President of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia Ian Hamm said the station is not only providing important connections within the community, it has also taken on an urgent and vital dimension of service, acting as central point of distribution of clean drinking water.
‘This is a station that is creating opportunities, building confidence and social inclusion,’ he said.
‘Staff and presenters are trusted locals and they support the community by working on special events to bring the community together.’
Wilcannia River Radio Team Leader Brendon Adams said the team is honoured to receive the award.
‘We are humbled to be recognised. Thank you to everyone, I am overwhelmed,’ he said.
‘What makes our station different is that we really love our community - and they get behind us. It’s knowing everyone is listening, appreciating what we’re doing, that makes the difference.’
‘We are going to continue to strive to do the best for our community.’
Hundreds of community broadcasters from across Australia gathered at the Gala Dinner in Melbourne, where the award was announced.
There was a diverse range of winners, with recipients from a large variety of locations, sizes and communities.
REDI.E is proud of our Wilcannia River Radio team for this big accomplishment and we are excited to see what the team have in store in the coming year. Well done Wilcannia River Radio!
This initiative is funded/supported by the Australian Government.