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Check Your Accounts Have Not Been Hacked

Written by Kim Wilkinson on . Posted in News & Updates

IT Services Manager Encourages Users to Change Passwords

Check Your Accounts Have Not Been HackedIn light of the recent notice that Dropbox had been hacked, Nathan Scowen, IT Services Manager at Vision Christian Media, recently notified his team, and CMAA, on how to check if you need to update passwords on unprotected accounts.

New Station Manager for Pulse 94.1

Written by Kim Wilkinson on . Posted in News & Updates

Wollongong’s Christian Radio Station welcomes Aaron Wright as new Station Manager

New Station Manager for Pulse 94.1Former 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.

Q Commons Sydney – Register Now

Written by Kim Wilkinson on . Posted in News & Updates

CMAA and SPARC are pleased to partner once again with Q Commons Sydney this October.

Q Commons Sydney - Register NowQ Commons is a world class faith and culture dialogue organised by US-based organization ‘Q’.

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.

Frontline Faith: New Podcast from Open Doors

Written by Kim Wilkinson on . Posted in News & Updates

Mike Gore recounts the trip he took to Algeria in 2012, in the premier podcast for Open Doors Australia.

Frontline Faith: New Podcast from Open DoorsIt 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.

Campaign Manager – CBM Australia

Written by Kim Wilkinson on . Posted in Radio Positions Vacant

Christian Blind Mission AustraliaFull Time Position
Box Hill, Victoria
Fundraising and Communications Department

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.

Christians Unite to Flood Social Media with the Gospel

Written by Kim Wilkinson on . Posted in News & Updates

yesHEis reignites their #goeverywhere campaign to reach 1 million people across the globe this September

yesHEis goeverywhereChristians 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.

C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters To Tour East Coast – and You Could Win!

Written by Kim Wilkinson on . Posted in News & Updates

The Screwtape Letters Plays in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra This November / December

C.S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters To Tour East CoastAfter a sell-out Premier season last year, Clock & Spiel Productions are excited to present The Screwtape Letters across Australia’s East Coast.

CS Lewis wrote the spiritual and satirical classic in 1942, and the core questions it raises for humanity are just as relevant today.

Aussie Christian Radio Listeners Donate Over 27,000 Miracles of Sight

Written by Kim Wilkinson on . Posted in News & Updates

On 25 August 2016, the worlds of CMAA and CBM Australia collided spectacularly through our partnership in Miracles Day

Miracles Day changing livesIt really was a case of ‘Together we can do more’ as many Miracle Gifts of Sight were donated to the world’s poorest people.

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:

Entries Invited for 200 Stories Project

Written by Kim Wilkinson on . Posted in News & Updates

CMAA Partners with Bible Society’s Short Film Project

Dave Jensen StoryThe 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 criteriaeach film must incorporate an Australian communicating a verse from the Bible.

New Websites For Regional Radio Stations

Written by Kim Wilkinson on . Posted in News & Updates

Christian Media and Arts Australia Facilitates Web Development for Member Stations

Pulse WollongongWith 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.

Who’s Got Time For The Details???

Written by Kim Wilkinson on . Posted in Sponsored Updates

 sponsored article from Phil Gray Consulting

Phil Gray Consulting SeptemberMost 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?

Stations and Shoebox Sunday Discover – why you pack a shoebox?

Written by Kim Wilkinson on . Posted in News & Updates, Sponsored Updates

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!

Stations and Shoebox Sunday DiscoverShoebox 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?”.

Painting The Picture With Passion

Written by Kim Wilkinson on . Posted in Sponsored Updates

sponsored article from Phil Gray Consulting

Painting The Picture With PassionFinding 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:

Eternity News Shares Story of Gay Activist Now Living a Life for Jesus

Written by Kim Wilkinson on . Posted in News & Updates

How the response of a Christian working in media and the arts changed this man’s life

David BennettDavid Bennett grew up in Sydney and felt at a young age that he was attracted exclusively to men. At age 14 he shared with his family and friends that he was gay.

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.

Why Religion In The 2016 Australian Census Matters

Written by Kim Wilkinson on . Posted in News & Updates

Encouraging All Australians Who Affiliate With Christianity To Write ‘Christian’

I'm writing Christian in Question 19 of the CensusChristians 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 Changing Lives

Written by Kim Wilkinson on . Posted in News & Updates

Miracles Day is back!

Miracles Day changing livesOn 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.

Christian Radio Finalists in 2016 CBAA Awards

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Melbourne and Sydney Stations Named Finalists in Community Radio Awards

Christian Radio Finalists in 2016 CBAA AwardsCongratulations 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.

Jesus the Game Changer

Written by Christer King Edeborg on . Posted in Church & Community Engagement, Programming (On-air)

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.

Exciting News for ACCTV – Now Available Everywhere

Written by Kim Wilkinson on . Posted in News & Updates

The Australian Christian Channel is now available online, via app or Smart TV

The Australian Christian Channel is now available online, via app or Smart TVACCTV 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.

Twitter Makes Key Changes to Lure Back Users

Written by Kim Wilkinson on . Posted in News & Updates

Ranked 7th place of all social media, Twitter makes changes to attract users back to the author of the ‘hashtag’.

Twitter Makes Key Changes to Lure Back UsersBy Haylie Price – Digital Strategist, Christian Media & Arts Australia

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.

Technorama 2016 in NSW this July

Written by Kim Wilkinson on . Posted in News & Updates

Station Managers and Technologists encouraged to attend Technorama 2016, 22-24 July

Technorama 2016 in NSW this JulyThis 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.

Proven Formula for More Restful Sleep

Written by Kim Wilkinson on . Posted in News & Updates

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?

Proven Formula for More Restful SleepIt 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.

Know Your Donors as Never Before

Written by Kim Wilkinson on . Posted in News & Updates, Sponsored Updates

More Effective Fundraising: 2017 Trends, Innovations and Quick Wins to Build Lasting Support

Know Your Donors as Never BeforeYou’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.

Welcome Kim Wilkinson to the CMAA Team

Written by Nathan Brown on . Posted in News & Updates

Kim Wilkinson joins Christian Media & Arts Australia as our Community Correspondent

Welcome Kim Wilkinson to the CMAA TeamThe team at Christian Media & Arts Australia are pleased to announce the addition of Kim Wilkinson as our new 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.

Nathaniel Garvin Elected Director of CBF Board

Written by Kim Wilkinson on . Posted in News & Updates

The Community Broadcasting Foundation (CBF) have announced Nathaniel Garvin as a new Board Director from July 1.

Nathaniel Gavin Elected Director of CBF BoardNathaniel 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.

Your invitation to the SPARC National Gathering

Written by Renee Garvin on . Posted in News & Updates

SPARC 2016 national gathering graphicYou are invited to the SPARC National Gathering – August 5 and 6 in Sydney.

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

Worship Central AUNZ Song Series #3

Written by ritay on . Posted in News & Updates

Worship Central Avoca Beach

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”… 

Your EOFY Success Checklist from fundraising experts Dunham+Company

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

D+C logoby Joshua Crowther, Dunham+Company

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.

New Christian feature film shooting in Sydney

Written by Renee Garvin on . Posted in News & Updates

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.

#KeepCommunityRadio post-budget campaign

Written by Renee Garvin on . Posted in News & Updates

KeepCommunityRadiofrom CBF

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.

2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

Written by Renee Garvin on . Posted in News & Updates

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.

2016 CMA Connect Award Winners

Written by Renee Garvin on . Posted in News & Updates

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: