Wollongong’s Christian Radio Station welcomes Aaron Wright as new Station Manager
Former manager Josh Reid commented in a recent email, “After eight years, this is my final week as CEO of Pulse 94.1, the only public Christian voice on the South Coast. I am now very excited to be handing over the reins to Aaron, as he takes on the challenging role of Station Manager today.”
Aaron brings a wealth of experience to the role, working for many years in commercial and Christian community radio, and more recently in communications roles for Ministry Training School and the Christian Democratic Party.
CMAA and SPARC are pleased to partner once again with Q Commons Sydney this October.
The global event is a live learning experience that challenges attendees to stay curious, think well, and advance good in their communities. Three global experts will provide short talks (via broadcast) along with live talks from local faith and cultural innovators.
Sydney Q Commons will be held on Wednesday, October 26, from 7pm – 9pm, and will be hosted by Stephen O’Doherty.
Make the move to Brisbane! 96five is ready to meet it’s new Content Director…
Sunny days… balmy nights… and NO Daylight Saving!
(Of course if you’re a fan of Daylight Saving — then just turn up early to everything!)
96five is Brisbane’s leading family radio station, communicating engaging content that adds value to everyday life. From great family tips and advice, to positive uplifting music, our team is committed to delivering an uncompromising message of hope for the people of Brisbane.
Mike Gore recounts the trip he took to Algeria in 2012, in the premier podcast for Open Doors Australia.
“It was my first trip. I was on lockdown in a hotel from risk of kidnapping for ransom. Chased by the secret police daily, and stood in the hole where a suicide bomber blew themselves up two weeks before I got there.”
Frontline Faith podcast is set to uncover the persecution of Christians around the world and tell the testimonies of those who have suffered for their faith.
This position offers an exciting opportunity to join CBM Australia’s Fundraising team. The Campaign Manager will lead and implement multi-channel integrated fundraising campaigns to grow and acquire new supporters for CBM Australia including the annual Miracles Campaign and other community fundraising initiatives.
yesHEis reignites their #goeverywhere campaign to reach 1 million people across the globe this September
Christians who sign up to the #goeverywhere movement will share the campaign video, ‘Why I have hope’ on their Facebook pages on Sunday September 25.
Those who watch the video and have questions about God and faith, or who want to make a decision to follow Christ, can write to yesHEis via the private online response system. Teams in 20 countries will be ready to follow up these responses with answers as well as help connect people to local churches close to them.
The Screwtape Letters Plays in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra This November / December
CS Lewis wrote the spiritual and satirical classic in 1942, and the core questions it raises for humanity are just as relevant today.
On 25 August 2016, the worlds of CMAA and CBM Australia collided spectacularly through our partnership in Miracles Day
Through the generosity of everyday Australians, many people in Vietnam have been helped – like twelve-year-old My (Mee). My’s parents died two years ago, leaving her in the care of her older brother, when not at school, My spent a lot of time alone, as her brother worked long hours. One day, My’s teacher noticed that she was having trouble seeing the blackboard, so organised for her to have an eye examination through a local CBM Partner hospital.
My was diagnosed and received a life-changing Miracle Gift of Sight – there’s a lot to celebrate!
Here is a snapshot of our Miracles Day success:
CMAA Partners with Bible Society’s Short Film Project
The 200 Stories Project is an opportunity for budding and seasoned short-film makers to share creative stories of transformation, life and light.
2017 marks 200 years of sharing the Bible in Australia. To celebrate this milestone, we’re inviting film makers to help showcase the impact the Bible has had on Australians from all walks of life.
There is one single criteria – each film must incorporate an Australian communicating a verse from the Bible.
Christian Media and Arts Australia Facilitates Web Development for Member Stations
With the increasing importance of digital platforms as a key tool of broadcasting and connecting with audiences, the team at CMAA has been actively driving a common digital strategy across our sector for the last 2 years.
The goal of this common strategy has been to unify the Christian broadcasting sector, to be able to easily share content across websites, reach new audiences and develop new growth areas for revenue. Instead of all working individually, we believe that working together is smarter and allows for growth in an area where there are very few human resources.
sponsored article from Phil Gray Consulting
Most every successful business regardless of industry has seen significant growth result from the collaboration of external consultants. In radio, it is invaluable to have experienced consultants to work alongside you and your team to grow your business. One of the priorities in any business is sustainability. In community radio, one of the main three streams of revenue is fundraising.
But who has the time – months beforehand – to plan, oversee and conduct a well-executed professional and highly successful fundraising appeal? Now is the time to be planning your on-air appeal for the end of the year – but who’s got the time and head space to start working on it? And what will you do differently to see significant growth from this time last year?
Christian media outlets across Australia and for the first time in New Zealand, are preparing their audiences for this year’s Shoebox Sunday and the addition of a competition!
Shoebox Sunday on October 30th is an initiative of Samaritan’s Purse Australia for their project Operation Christmas Child (OCC). The project involves an annual collection of gift- filled shoeboxes for children in developing nations.
Every year, over 10 million gift-filled shoeboxes are hand-delivered worldwide to children in desperate need. And this year in partnership with Christian Media we are running a competition, where the prize is an opportunity for 2 people travelling to Cambodia and witness the joy experienced by the children receiving their shoeboxes.
The completion requires eligible entrants to tell us in 25 words or less, “why you pack a shoebox?”.
Cooloola Christian Radio 91.5fm has been in the Gympie/ Cooloola Region since 1997.
We are looking to fill the position of Station Manager. Could this be YOU?
sponsored article from Phil Gray Consulting
Finding it easy to share your ministries mission and vision with others? How are you doing with growing your company profile? Is it a difficult part of your job to communicate about your business/station and the mutual benefits of becoming a member, or donor or sponsor and achieving greater impact in your town or city?
It is imperative that you speak in terms both your audience and supporters can relate to, and just as important to communicate your story with the passion that comes from being “all in” with the purpose and vision of your station.
Here are some essential points to consider when you or your team are representing your organisation:
How the response of a Christian working in media and the arts changed this man’s life
Growing up, David had a very negative view of Christianity, feeling a great sense of injustice of what Christians had done to the Gay Community. At University he would rip down the Christian posters and put up Queer posters instead.
Encouraging All Australians Who Affiliate With Christianity To Write ‘Christian’
Christians of all denominations are being encouraged to fill in the ‘Religion’ box, or the ‘Other’ box when answering question 19 of the Census on Tuesday night August 9. CMAA has prepared a website to encourage Christians and people of all faiths to make sure their faith is counted.
This year the ‘No Religion’ box will be the first choice. Christian Media & Arts have worked in coalition with some of our members to build an information website yesreligion.org.au and Facebook page that encourages believers and listeners to our community stations to answer truthfully and give a true reflection of faith in Australia.
Miracles Day is back!
On Thursday 25 August, 26 CMAA radio stations throughout Australia will partner with CBM Australia to help change the lives of some of the world’s poorest people. Thanks to our radio partners, last year, Miracles Day raised over 25,000 ‘Miracle’ gifts of sight. It was an outcome that far surpassed our expectations! We’re so thankful to all our partners.
Melbourne and Sydney Stations Named Finalists in Community Radio Awards
Congratulations to member stations 89.9 LightFM in Melbourne, and Hope 103.2 in Sydney for being named finalists in this year’s CBAA Awards. LightFM are up for two awards – Best Station Production for Belgrave Heights Christian School, and Best Station Promotion or Fundraising Campaign for their ‘Your News’ Partner Day. This raised funds that have allowed LightFM to broadcast their own ‘family friendly’ news format in partnership with Vision Radio. LightFM’s CEO Jarred Graetz was delighted with the announcement and said, “this is a great accolade and encouragement for our whole team, and it would be good to see more Christian stations entering these awards in the future.”
Hope 103.2 are once again a finalist in the Excellence in Digital Media category for their Online Advent Calendar created for the 25 days of Christmas 2015.
In the fresh new series Jesus the Game Changer, well-known Christian communicator Karl Faase takes an intellectual look at the evidence for Jesus’ existence and his impact on the world. Radio stations who want to help promote it can download radio spots from Media Point (available from July 14th – just search for Jesus The Game Changer).
Speaking with a collective of academics and experts from various countries, Karl Faase investigates how, in a time when the Roman Empire was rising and taking over the world, a man who appeared to have been defeated, was able to impact so many people for over 2000 years.
The Australian Christian Channel is now available online, via app or Smart TV
ACCTV is continuing to innovate their values-based broadcasting by offering their television broadcast online optimised for mobile devices, Smart TVs and popular Internet connected devices like Apple TV (4th generation). Television for everyone is now available with just a click away.
Ranked 7th place of all social media, Twitter makes changes to attract users back to the author of the ‘hashtag’.
The world of social media is rapidly changing as users chase the newest, shiniest social tool on the block. Social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube are in constant competition for the biggest share.
Station Managers and Technologists encouraged to attend Technorama 2016, 22-24 July
This year’s location is in Campbelltown, just west of Sydney’s CBD, easy to get to by car, and a direct one hour train journey from Sydney airport. The venue is co-located with 2MCR with plenty of affordable accommodation nearby.
The much-talked-about ’10-3-2-1-0 Sleep Formula’ claims to give you more productivity and restful sleep—but does it actually work?
It sounds too good to be true: a formula that helps you to sleep better and feel better to get the most out of your day. When I first discovered it, I thought most of it sounded achievable—but before sharing it with you, I wanted to prove it for myself.
More Effective Fundraising: 2017 Trends, Innovations and Quick Wins to Build Lasting Support
You’re invited to a 2 hour special event to hear Dunham+Company’s Chief Executive, Rick Dunham, and Australian Director of Strategic Services, Joshua Crowther share exciting research results and their insights about how to apply these findings as you plan your future fundraising.
Hope Media is seeking an experienced Database and Administration Coordinator to support the Community Relations team based at their Seven Hills studios.
Hope Media is committed to delivering real hope through a variety of media channels such as Hope 103.2, Inspire Digital, and the Hope 103.2 website.
Kim Wilkinson joins Christian Media & Arts Australia as our Community Correspondent
Kim will be gathering and sharing the latest news in our sector, to keep you up to date with all that is happening in our community.
The Community Broadcasting Foundation (CBF) have announced Nathaniel Garvin as a new Board Director from July 1.
Nathaniel Garvin has served on the CBF Online Grants Advisory Committee since 2009 and has been actively involved in the Community Broadcasting sector for well over a decade. His roles include Policy and Compliance Officer with Christian Media & Arts Australia, General Manager of Hobart Christian Community Radio Station Ultra1065, and Coast FM.
SPARC is a growing community of Christian Media & Arts Australia and the annual National Gathering is is an opportunity to participate in a growing conversation with Christians in the Creative Industries, at the intersection of Spirituality, Art and Culture.
Details and registration at http://2016.sparc.org.au
by Nikki Fletcher – Worship Leader & Regional Director for Australia, Worship Central
Worship Central has a vision to Encounter God, Equip the Worshipper and Empower the Church.
Over the last few years we have been gathering as a diverse collective of Worship leaders and Songwriters from all over AU & NZ, we have also hosted a number of writers retreats, gathering a house full passionate and talented songwriters to create new songs.
Our last retreat at Avoca Beach landed us with 7 new songs which we are now recording and releasing as SONG SERIES #3 (check out this video). First out is the pop anthem “Coming Alive”…
1. Keep the main thing the main thing.
You’re fundraising, so don’t get distracted. And don’t distract donors with other fundraising asks like bequests or crowdfunding side-projects. They need you to show them why your big EOFY campaign is so important RIGHT NOW.
2. Keep your eyes on the data so you can drive to the goal.
Donors like to know how much of your EOFY goal has come in to-date. Your accurate reporting generates trust, and is also an opportunity for your donor to see the real difference their gift can make.
With more and more donors fulfilling their giving online it is vital to have a robust giving portal.
Anthony Eden from Hope Media shares his top 5 key questions to ask to ensure your online giving systems are most effective:
A number of CBF grants are currently open until July 4th.
CBF is now accepting applications for grants in the following categories:
Open Doors serve and strengthen persecuted Christians around the world.
During June Open Doors is running a series of local events in Queensland where you and your viewers and listeners can discover what God is doing in the world’s three most difficult countries to be a Christian.
The minutes from Christian Media Australia’s 2016 Annual General Meeting are now available.
Our friends at Bond University have made a simple web tool that takes the live feed from the AEC and shows the count and swings in each electorate. They are offering this tool as a FREE application for your website.
This is an opportunity to point people and drive traffic to your website on election night!
Date: Tuesday 16th to Friday 19th May 2017 – QT Hotel Gold Coast.
Speakers: Australian Born Social Commentator and Futurist from London: Mal Fletcher, Australian Author, Radio Host and International Communicator: Sheridan Voysey, Radio Coach and Strategist from San Diego, California: Tracy Johnson with more speakers to be announced.
A modern day re-telling of the book of Job will be filmed in Sydney soon.
Filming of the a new Christian feature film ‘Trust’ will begin June 13 in Sydney’s northern beaches and inner city area.
Written and Directed by Angus Benfield and Produced by Lyle Carey, ‘Trust’ is inspired by the Biblical story of Job centred around a typical everyday Australian family.
More than 200 delegates joined us at the QT Hotel, Surfers Paradise April 19-22, for CONNECT16:Significance. We’ve received some great feedback from this year’s conference. Here’s what some of the delegates had to say:
Community radio suffered badly in the budget.
The Federal Budget will see a decrease in funding support for the sector of $1.4 million p.a. – funding that keeps community radio stations broadcasting on digital in 5 capital cities.
Community radio’s standing alongside public and commercial broadcasters is at risk.
The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia has launched a campaign to Keep the Community in Your Radio, seeking signatures on a petition calling on both the Coalition and Labor to restore funding to keep community radio on digital.
A professional broadcast training series is now available to CMA Members at a discounted rate.
‘Media – A Power for Good’ is a professional development training system for radio broadcasters that is world best practice, easy to
implement and extremely cost effective.
Christian singer/songwriter Darlene Zschech and former Chairman of Melbourne’s Light FM George Morgan were presented with Lifetime Achievement Awards during the gala dinner on April 22 at CONNECT16 Conference.
CMA’s Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution as a Christian leader
in the fields of Media and/or the Arts.
Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Most Engaging Radio Prize, awarded to two outstanding CMA member radio station programs.
The prizes were presented during CMA’s gala dinner on April 22, at CONNECT16 Conference on the Gold Coast. The winners are: