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General Manager – 105.1 Life FM Bendigo Victoria

Written by Christer King Edeborg on . Posted in Radio Positions Vacant

There is a key vacancy at a leading community radio station in Bendigo central Victoria.

105.1 Life FM seeks applications from suitable experienced professionals to take on the role of General Manager. This role is responsible for carrying out strategic objectives outlined by its Governance Board. Life FM is also developing a future Central Victoria Connection Hub that will see us collaborate and assist other Christian community radio stations in the area. The General Manager will play a vital role in the success of the Connection Hub.

SPARC Leader Archibald Finalist

Written by Renee Garvin on . Posted in News & Updates

JessicaLeClerc Archibald2015_600x300CMA’s own Jessica Le Clerc is a finalist in this year’s prestigious Archibald Prize.

Her work featuring artist David Hart, son of world-renowned artist Pro Hart, has been selected for Australia’s favourite portraiture competition and exhibition.

“The Hart family history and David’s personal story have always fascinated me,” says Jessica. “They are from a small farming community like myself and grew up on the land. Yet they still encouraged art and expression in way that has affected our country deeply.”

SPARC National Gathering, August 7-8 – Register Today!

Written by Christer King Edeborg on . Posted in Upcoming Events


The SPARC National Gathering is an opportunity to participate in a growing conversation with Christians in the Creative Industries, at the intersection of Spirituality, Art and Culture. The National Gathering covers Film, Media, Music, Arts, Design, Technology, Entertainment, Business, Faith, Community and Culture, with great speakers and guests.

An unmissable two days together with some of the most amazing minds within the Christian community. Not just another event or conference, but rather an experience of participation and creativity that is unlike anything else.

Read more and register:


Interview Opportunity: Australian Christian Book of the Year Shortlist

Written by Renee Garvin on . Posted in News & Updates

Australian Christian Book of the Year_300x150When Christian readers walk into a Christian book shop in Australia it’s usually filled wall to wall with American authors, with a sprinkle of British writers and barely a handful of books by Aussies.

Here’s your opportunity to help create an appetite for Australian Christian writing, by helping promote the nine shortlisted books for the 2015 Australian Christian Book of the Year Awards.

Each shortlisted author is available for interview by phone or skype in the lead up to the awards, which will be presented in Melbourne on Thursday 13 August 2015. (Contact details below).

More from SparkLit Australia:

Heritage Films moves into producing

Written by Renee Garvin on . Posted in News & Updates

A new Australian film project is gaining attention in the U.S. as a different way of making Christian movies.

After 11 years of distributing and promoting faith-based flicks, Heritage Films is embarking on their first ever production; and the story isn’t exactly typical Christian content.

Need your next on air appeal to be successful?

Written by Renee Garvin on . Posted in News & Updates

pgc_banner_300x150_1sponsored article from Phil Gray Consulting

We were all amazed to see many Christian radio stations in Australia receive record amounts of donations last month. These below are some of the keys we put in place to deliver a successful on air appeal for our client stations.

1. We as radio station leadership need to be prepared to challenge listeners and supporters alike to they should be supporting Godly activity, especially that from your radio station. Have a read of some of the headlines that stood out to me from one of the best books of fundraising (a biblical perspective). The book is titled “If God Will Provide Why Do We Have To Ask For Money”. Read this summary here.

2. Must have developed a ‘no ask’ relationship with all $1000+ donors between appeals.

3 Tips for Maximising the Impact of Testimonials

Written by Renee Garvin on . Posted in News & Updates

“Let your testimonials speak for you and be the strongest asset to your organization’s success.” says Infinity Concepts’ Kirstie Ansell.

She says many organisations fail to use their best marketing tool – their clients (or in our case, our audience), or fail to use testimonials correctly.

“Like most everything in marketing, that content [testimonials] will only be a positive influence on your organization if it is put in the right place in front of the right people.”

Everyday Stories with Naomi Reed

Written by Renee Garvin on . Posted in News & Updates

Naomi Reed_600x300_2New 60sec Radio Spots

‘Everyday Stories with Naomi Reed’ are 60 second pre-recorded radio segments that aim to connect with the human heart via everyday stories.

Each segment addresses a human longing or question (such as fear, friendship, guidance, patience, suffering etc) and tells a story of faith or Christian belief in response to that longing. The listener is encouraged at the end to keep going with God in their circumstance.

Naomi Reed is the well-known, best-selling author of ‘My Seventh Monsoon’ as well as five other books.

Social Media Tips for June Appeals

Written by Renee Garvin on . Posted in News & Updates

social media icons_300x150With end of financial year appeals taking place around the country this month, CMA’s Social Media Strategist Haylie Price has put together an updated guide for social media posts during your radiothon.

The guide explains how to maximise the reach of your posts to potential donors through various Facebook tips, and includes a valuable reminder outlining what your social media goals should be during the appeal.

Haylie has also provided an updated list* of the latest Do’s and Don’ts to get your content seen on Facebook’s Newsfeed, according to the site’s current algorithm. 

2016 Kairos Prize for Screenwriting Newcomers

Written by Renee Garvin on . Posted in News & Updates

Entries are now open for the $50,000 Kairos Prizes for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays.

The awards aim to encourage new and beginning screenwriters worldwide who endeavor to create stories that are compelling, entertaining and spiritually uplifting, with the ultimate goal of bringing scripts to Hollywood that result in a greater increase in either man’s love or understanding of God.

Prizes of $25000, $15000, and $10000 are awarded to the top three entries.

Entries are open until Nov 2, with discounts on entry fees available for submissions made before August 15 and October 7.

Free webinar on legal issues for filmmakers

Written by Renee Garvin on . Posted in News & Updates

A free webinar covering legal issues for film-makers will be held 6pm June 22nd.

The webinar will be hosted by not-for-profit company Arts Law, Australia’s independent national community legal centre for the arts.

It will explain the copyright basics all filmmakers need to know and how to clear rights and obtain licenses to establish a strong chain of title for your film.

Everytown Downunder up for more awards

Written by Renee Garvin on . Posted in News & Updates

C15 Richard Attieh Best Film_600x300crFresh from winning the 2015 Graham Wade Pilgrim Media Prize and CMA’s 2015 Award for Best Film/TV/Documentary, Richard Attieh is in the running for two more international awards.

The TV series ‘Everytown Downunder’ featuring gospel musician Steve Grace’s trip around Australia has been nominated for Best Series and Best TV Format at the International Christian Visual Media Conference in Florida later this month.

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General Manager – Reach Beyond, Kununurra WA

Written by Renee Garvin on . Posted in Radio Positions Vacant

Reach Beyond is a Christian not-for-profit ministry broadcasting the gospel to the Asia Pacific region 7 days a week in 29 languages. Our vision is to make the gospel more accessible to unreached people groups and those that have limited or restricted access to the gospel.

Based at our Broadcast facility in the beautiful Kimberley region of Western Australia, this unique and exciting ministry opportunity is ideally suited to a person seeking to be fulfilled in a ‘second-half’ career with a passion for kingdom impact and a sense of adventure.

Keys to a successful Sales Push

Written by Renee Garvin on . Posted in News & Updates

pgc_banner_300x150_2sponsored article from Phil Gray Consulting

Testimonial for Phil Gray Consulting:

Nathaniel Garvin – General Manager ultra106five Hobart Tasmania

“We have just completed our first Sales Push with Phil Gray Consulting and I’m pleased to be able to report that it was a great success. Phil showed great flexibility in how he worked with my team and I, and we are more than satisfied with the twenty 12 month contracts [the highest number of contracts sold in a single sales campaign for ultra]. A sales push like this has the ability to create momentum for your sales team and change your financial outlook through a single initiative. I highly recommend Phil.”

Keys to a successful Sales Push Campaign with Phil Gray Consulting:

Content Specialist – CV Asia Pacific, Sunshine Coast

Written by Renee Garvin on . Posted in Film/TV Positions Vacant

CV Asia Pacific is seeking a Content Specialist, specialising in commissioning and outsourcing content production. The Content Specialist must be passionate about online evangelism with the experience of coordinating and collaborating with external resources to execute a creative brief. Whilst operating within the sphere of Christian ministry, CV has the feel of a start-up based organisation. With it’s rapidly growing software development team and innovative approach to evangelism, CV is looking for called, energetic, ambitious, creative individuals who are good at working in teams and love to share the good news of Jesus.

5 ways Board Members can support fundraising (without making an ask)

Written by Renee Garvin on . Posted in News & Updates

from Pursuant’s ‘The Digital Drip’

Most people are afraid to ask for money. Pursuant’s Rachel Muir says Board members often fail at fundraising because expectations aren’t clearly spelled out in recruitment. She says a thorough board contract should detail every possible way your board member can support the organization, including these five ways board members can support fundraising without ever making an ask:

Introducing 98five’s new Breakky Co-host

Written by Renee Garvin on . Posted in News & Updates

New 98five Brekky co-host Kirste Oates_credit Simone Jubb_600x30098five Sonshine FM has appointed a new breakfast co-host. Kirste Oates will join Paul ‘Morro’ Morrison in the studio this week, after winning a phone audition competition to find a replacement for former presenter Polly.

More from 98five’s Content Director Beth Rivers:

WA’s number one family radio station is preparing to add a new breakfast host to its bowl on June 2.
Professional singer and mother-of-three Kirste Oates will join country man and musician Paul “Morro” Morrison for the Breakfast show on 98five Sonshine FM.
98five launched its ‘Are you the one?’ search between Easter and Anzac Day, receiving more than 140 phone auditions to replace former co-host Polly.

Change lives through education this June

Written by Renee Garvin on . Posted in News & Updates, Sponsored Updates

Compassion_3891_Appeal2015_Advertising_Photos_01_Asponsored article from Compassion Australia

You can be part of changing the lives of children living in poverty through education this June.

According to the United Nations, 200 million young people in developing countries do not have the skills they need for employment and prosperity. The reasons are varied and many: overcrowded classrooms, impractical curriculums, a lack of school resources, poor attendance. But the impact is huge: one in eight young people are unemployed; over a quarter are trapped in jobs that keep them on or below the poverty line.

Education is a powerful way to reduce poverty. But when a family’s focus is on simply surviving, education can’t be a priority. Compassion Australia’s Education Appeal 2015 will help to provide a solution.

Can I use that video on my website?

Written by Renee Garvin on . Posted in News & Updates

Video will account for 69 percent of all consumer Internet traffic by 2018*. Video is a great way to engage viewers, but is it legal to grab videos from the  internet and put them on your site?

TechSoup looks at the rules for video-sharing sites YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, and Vine.

7 keys to managing your values-based brand

Written by Renee Garvin on . Posted in News & Updates

from TechSoup

Authors of “The Brand IDEA: Managing Nonprofit Brands with Integrity, Democracy, and Affinity”, Nathalie Laidler-Kylander and Julia Shepard Stenzel, shared with TechSoup the secret to managing a values-based brand.

They say that when managed well, your brand can help you achieve your mission, support collaboration with partners, and build unity in your organisation.

They list seven things to remember when managing your brand:

3 Questions to ask for breakthrough solutions

Written by Renee Garvin on . Posted in News & Updates

“Are You Ready to Lead Your Nonprofit into the Future?” asks fundraising group Pursuant‘s CEO Trent Ricker.

Writing for Pursuant’s blog The Digital Drip about why the nonprofit sector needs more entrepreneurial leaders, he says:

“It is important for nonprofit leaders to embrace the entrepreneurial mindset, because what works today will not necessarily work tomorrow. Nonprofits need to be constantly breaking new ground to inspire donors and make a greater impact.

98five’s #SnapsforWA

Written by Renee Garvin on . Posted in News & Updates

Sonshine_we're family_600x33098five Sonshine FM is celebrating WA Day with a Facebook photo competition #SnapsforWA.

The Perth radio station is inviting listeners to share their best photo of Western Australia on the 98five Facebook page. The picture that gains the most ‘likes’ will win an all expenses paid three night holiday at Esperance.

Changes to CMA Board

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CMA has welcomed two new members to our Board of Directors and farewelled another.

At our 2015 AGM, held during CONNECT15 Media Conference on the Gold Coast last month, four positions were filled: Mark Reddy and Geoff Bentley were both returned, and two new members were elected: Penny Mulvey and Susan Sohn.

Jeremy Horn, who has served on the CMA Board since 2013, including this past year as Secretary, has resigned. We thank Jeremy for his service.

Listener Engagement Survey Results Infographic

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McCrindle Study Reveals Great Results for Station Sponsors

Christian radio listeners are twice as responsive to station sponsors than commercial radio listeners are to their station’s advertising, a national survey has found.

The results of CMA’s second annual National Christian Radio Study were revealed at our CONNECT15 Media Conference last month. McCrindle Research conducted the study and Mark McCrindle explained some of the fascinating insights during the conference.

One of the major findings was that the number of Christian radio listeners who reported taking action in response to a sponsor message in the past year, was approximately double that of those who tune in to commercial stations.

Hope 103.2 welcomes Emma Mullings to weekday line-up

Written by Renee Garvin on . Posted in News & Updates

Emma Mullings_300x150From Hope Media’s Marketing Manager Kim Wilkinson:

A familiar face on the small screen (What’s New Brand Spots, Channel Seven’s The Morning Show, Channel 10’s The Circle, Channel 9’s Hitz Blitz), Emma Mullings joins the Hope 103.2 team from 9am to 1pm each weekday.

Emma has been a floater on the station for the last couple of years, filling in for announcers on leave and doing weekend shifts, but has taken on the fulltime role in the Morning shift while Katrina Roe is on maternity leave.

Why not play the songs they want to hear!?

Written by Renee Garvin on . Posted in News & Updates

PGC_logo_180x97Sponsored article by Phil Gray Consulting

I know you would agree that in business, we must know what the customer wants. In a radio station setting, you ask the customer – our listeners and potential listeners what they want… what keeps them listening and what turns them off.

By conducting a full comprehensive Online Music Test (OMT), or purchasing the results of an OMT relevant to your format and market, you’ll ultimately improve your product, and as a result you’ll have greater connection and impact in your community.

How to get your Christian program idea on secular TV

Written by Renee Garvin on . Posted in News & Updates

Want to get your Christian program idea onto commercial TV?

“The first step isn’t getting your show idea on a network. The first step is finding out what the network is interested in programming.” Phil Cooke says.

“Hollywood isn’t opposed to faith-driven programming. They just need to be convinced that you have an idea that people will watch.”

In a recent post he shared seven critical principles about how to get a secular network to look at your Christian program idea, including:

Tips for a Successful Hashtag Campaign

Written by Renee Garvin on . Posted in News & Updates

A brand can experience up to a 50 percent increase in engagement when they use a hashtag, according to Social Media Today.

“For many people, hashtags have become a bit of a satirical addition to social media posts. But when used correctly—and in moderation—they’re a great tool for brands to enhance marketing campaigns.” Social Media Today CEO Aj Ghergich recently wrote.

“An effective hashtag allows people to find and follow discussions about your brand, a new product or service, or an upcoming event or promotion. And ultimately, hashtags help brands monitor trends and track the performance of promotions.”

However, he says hashtags produce different results on different social media platforms:

Malcolm Gladwell on legitimacy

Written by Renee Garvin on . Posted in News & Updates

Q Commons Feb2015 Malcolm GladwellAs Christian communicators we have a vital and compelling message to convey. But why should people listen to us?

Malcolm Gladwell’s talk on ‘legitimacy’ from the Q Commons event earlier this year addresses this question and is now available to watch online.

Fundraising Officer & On-Air Announcer – Pulse94.1

Written by Renee Garvin on . Posted in Old Stories

Fundraising Officer & On-Air Announcer [salary $40,000 + superannuation per annum]

  • Work with new and existing regular donors, encouraging supporters to partner further with our media missionary organization, being the only Christian radio broadcaster on the South Coast of NSW.
  • Create and host a compelling, fresh daily radio show, entertaining and engaging our target audience.
  • Be part of a dynamic and growing organization, in a progressive tight-knit team.
  • Wollongong location with free off-street parking.