Way Out West Community Broadcasters worked hard this year enthused by last years awards.
The first SACBA award presented was for the Outside Broadcast Category.
Winner – WOWfm, Youth Vigil and Anzac Day Dawn Service
This Outside Broadcast was a collaboration between Way Out Wes broadcasters and the RSL Henley Beach Sub branch. It took place on Sunday evening, April 24 for the mounting of the Youth Vigil Guard and the dawn service on Anzac day. The broadcast was very respectful of the occasion and excellent recording of ambient sounds really gave the listener a sense of being there. Response from WOW listeners who can no longer attend Anzac services confirmed the approach with many of them contacting the station to thank them for the privilege of being included in a local community Anzac service.
Jim during the AM service.
Jim Receiving the award.
The next in no particular order was the award for Sports Broadcast Category.
Runner Up – WOWfm, Fiasco Sports
Fraser, Joe & Chris are all under 21 and have been at WOW for 3 years. They love community radio because it allows them to develop skills and to interact with and share their joy of sport with the local community. Fiasco Sports provides an outlet for grassroots sports that don’t generally receive media exposure. Fiasco sports is a 2 hour program devoted to local and interstate sporting events, sometimes sparking debate and analysis.
Fraser, Joe & Chris
Last but not least was the award the whole station can be proud of.
The 2016 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 3 consecutive years, an amazing achievement.
In the last 12 months WOW:
- Has completed a second studio enabling production, training, live phone interviews and providing a spare studio.
- Has redesigned their website to include better streaming, a community calendar & photo gallery.
- Were again invited to broadcast the Henley Beach Youth ANZAC day Youth Vigil and dawn service.
- Has provided career opportunities for volunteers with two announcers gaining employment in radio interstate.
Funding through the CBF allowed Six announcers to gain a Certificate II in creative industries. WOW are currently negotiating with 2 local schools to facilitate on-air training for year 6 and 7 students, to have more youth involvement in the station and provide a voice for young people in their community.
The station continues to run a sausage sizzle fortnightly, engaging with their community and raising more than 35% of their total revenue. The achievements of WOW fm volunteers are even more remarkable when you consider their budget is less than a third of a station manager’s annual salary.
Congratulations WOW FM Small Station of the Year!
The people at the SACBA dinner and the awards……..FANTASTIC