Bilby Awards 2017

The Bilby Awards dinner is over for another year, and what a great night we had, with almost 100 community radio people from across the state coming together to have a laugh and celebrate the winners and runners up! Congratulations to all involved.

Can’t Get Out Of The Car

Runner Up – Radio Adelaide

An astonishing expose of the extent of need in our society; how Governments are increasingly handing social responsibilities over to charitable organisations and a very personal glimpse of how well suited Peter Sandeman is to lead Anglicare.

Service Voices – producer Helen Meyer, Interviewer Fiona White

Winner – WOW FM

The reality of life for prisoners, and women prisoners in particular, is largely invisible through mainstream media. Radio Seeds gives criminalised women a voice, in this segment we hear of a daughter’s experience of living with a mother in prison.

Radio Seeds – Loretta Young


Runner Up– Radio Adelaide

Clinton Pryor is a Nyoongar, Yamatji, East Kimberley and Pilbara man who has been following longlines and visiting communities throughout Western Australia and South Australia in a Long Walk for Justice for First Nations peoples. Lisa had the privilege of walking alongside Clinton when he walked through Adelaide.

Small Change – Lisa Burns

Winner – 1079 Life

Trish Wales is Riley’s grandmother and speaks about Riley’s journey with Meningococcal over six months, his miracle survival and prospects for the future.

Coffee O’Clock with Jayne Lockert and Sharon Smith

Local Music Program

Runner Up – Radio Adelaide

Songcatcher aims at providing an insight into the songwriter/composer as much as the music they create. Songcatcher gives local songwriters an opportunity to showcase their creativity, thereby giving listeners an appreciation of the wealth of talent that resides within their community.

Songcatcher – Claire Thackray, Adrian Miller, Clayton Werner

Winner – Three D Radio

Dave and Mark have decades of experience as musicians and broadcasters. Smash it Up is a mainstay of the local music scene, not only playing interviews and music from local bands but also educating and contextualising music and performers for listeners.

Smash It Up – Dave Manning and Mark Hayes

Station ID, station promo or program promo

Runner Up – 1079 Life

A message promoting a 1079 Life special event show. Voiced, produced and created by Zac Spencer, the message had a tremendous affect, drawing so many listeners that responded positively to the show.

So Fresh – Zac Spencer

Winner – Fresh 92.7

This message for the Fresh production course received a positive response from listeners, was the subject of numerous calls and texts and the production course it was promoting was sold out of enrolments. This promo is still remembered fondly and occasionally quoted back at us by listeners.

Fresh 92.7 production course – Marty Haros, Laura O’Callaghan


Runner Up – 1079 Life

This message is well produced, effective and a little bit of fun. It’s also personable as it features the voice of their very own chef.

Joy of India – Zac Spencer

Winner – Fresh 92.7

Not only did the client love the creativity and production of this message, they reported that sales of smashed avo on toast have been massive, despite never having previously sold it.

Smashed Avo is now at Nano – Ryan Burgess, Marty Haros

Outside Broadcast

Runner up –

1079 Life broadcast live from the show grounds during the Royal Adelaide Show in 2016. They ran competitions, stunts and interviews, providing a great opportunity to meet more of the Adelaide community, making themselves more approachable in a live environment.

1079 Life 2016 Royal Adelaide Show

Winner – Three D Radio

Blenheimfest is held on a farm in the Clare Valley over Good Friday and is a locally supported not-for-profit music festival. Three D Radio broadcast live from the festival, with no equipment damaged – by weather, person or alcohol – the mobile connection worker perfectly, new friends were made, talented local musicians were showcased, funds were raised for charity, New Hope Cambodia, and great community radio was created.

Blenheimfest 2016 – Three D Radio crew

Sports Broadcast.

Winner – 1079 Life

1079 Life broadcast live the ice hockey match between Adelaide Adrenaline and the Sydney Ice Dogs at the Adelaide Ice Arena. The entire 3 period game was broadcast along with a pre-game show and post-game interviews.

1079 Life – Adelaide Ice Hockey

Community Engagement

Runner up – 1079 Life

For the weeks leading up to Easter 1079 Life ran a giant Easter Egg hunt. It had the community involved and generated fun and excitement, resulting in many listeners getting their friends and families involved with the station.

1079 Life Giant Easter Egg Hunt

Winner – Three D Radio

The Prison Show is a request/dedication program that operates for South Australia’s prison community and their families. It performs a crucial service to the most marginalised and disempowered people in the community, providing powerful lines of communication from inside out and outside in. The Prison Show is proof that Three D Radio cares about its community!

Prison Request Show – Michelle Goulding

Small Station of the Year

The 2017 Small Station of the year is – 100.5 WOW FM

WOW FM is a sub metro station based in Semaphore. Their community interest is the western suburbs, from Outer Harbour through to Grange and across to Woodville.

This makes WOW FM the Small Station of the Year for 4 consecutive years, an amazing achievement.

WOW FM is a station that recognises the need to engage with it’s community and also the importance of good governance.

Congratulations WOW FM Small Station of the Year!

Youth Contribution

Runner Up – Madison Kennewell, Gawler Community Broadcasting

In her first year of membership, Madison has not held back! She is a valued board member who has adopted the social media, journalism, graphic design, communications, public relations and membership portions of Gawler Community Broadcasting. Her copywriting skills have seen standardisation across briefs, consent & release forms, welcome packs and calendars, helping to bring the best possible outcomes for all broadcasters at GCBA. Madison has an easy and friendly manner and is conscientious in the fulfilment of her duties.

Congratulations Madison!

Winner –  Peter Fitzsimmonds, 1079 Life

Pete has been volunteering with 2079 Life for almost 4 years. He has given his time and resources to either assist or to run the set up and technical side of almost every outside broadcast in the last 3 years. He comes in to do random jobs around the station and also uploads syndicated shows, updates software and assists with production. 1079 Life recognises Peter for his help over the years, a well deserving recipient.

Congratulations Fitzsy!

Volunteer of the Year

Runner Up – Christine Brown, Radio Adelaide

Christine ‘is the glue, without her there is no Nunga Wangga. She really helps us every step of the way. She gave me the roving mic during Croc Fest and told me to talk to everyone I know. She gave me the confidence to do that’. Christine is an incredible connector of people, providing a solid platform for countless Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders by coordinating guests and making sure the team are trained, fed and supported emotionally. Because of the confidence and skills gained on Nunga Wangga many former members have gone on to other community radio stations across Australia to continue to be valuable contributors to community radio.

Congratulations Christine!

Winner – Dorian Tisato, Fresh 92.7

Dorian has been volunteering with Fresh 92.7 for 5 years. Dorian’s wide involvement in the station over the years, combined with his reliability and willingness to step in for others in an emergency has made him invaluable to Fresh 92.7. Dorian absolutely understands the the station’s goals and he respects and shares the values of the station. He aims to serve their community of interest to the absolute best of his ability,and  as he has demonstrated time and time again, the limits of his ability are downright extraordinary!

Congratulations Dorian!