Gladstone Gears Up For Relaunch

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Ninetyonenine Gladstone are gearing up for an exciting relaunch, with their new facilities in the final stages of preparation.

The new building is almost finished with brand new studios now being set up. Along with the custom built facilities, a new name, logo, and profile will be launched next month.

Haydn Sargent remembered

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Brisbane media veteran Haydn Sargent AM passed away recently, aged 77. Haydn was a key figure in 96five’s history and influential in the lobbying process for full time Christian radio licenses in the 1990s.

Sydney to host world premiere of “Return To The Hiding Place” at World Congress of Families

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Organisers of the 7th World Congress of Families, which will take place in Sydney from 15th-18th May, are proud to announce that the world premiere of the movie “Return to the Hiding Place” will be screened in Sydney on Friday 17th May.

Dr Ted Baehr, publisher of Movieguide, a well known media critic, and Chairman of the Christian Film and Television Commission (USA), after careful appraisal of a number of movies, secured “Return to the Hiding Place” for screening at the Congress.

Enthused by the powerful story of this well crafted movie, Dr Baehr explained “ ‘Return to the Hiding Place’ is one of the most exciting, edge-of-your-seat World War II movies ever made. It tells the heroic true story of people willing to sacrifice their lives for others. It calls us all to save lives and families, no matter the cost, making it a great choice to screen at the World Congress of Families in Sydney in May.”

Mrs Mary-Louise Fowler, chair of the World Congress of Families Organising Committee, believing firmly that the entertainment industry has a powerful resource in its hands for inspiring lives of virtue and for doing good, sought the assistance of Dr Baehr in bringing such a movie to Australia.

“I first met Ted Baehr, 11months ago, on a bus in Madrid. When I explained to him my vision for the Congress in Australia, he immediately set to work, talking to producers and studios in Hollywood, to bring this about. I have been on the edge of my seat for months, waiting for this announcement. Now I have seen the trailer, and I cannot believe that we have been granted the privilege of hosting the premiere of  ‘Return to the Hiding Place’ at the World Congress of Families here in Sydney.” Mrs Fowler said.

“Moreover, Peter Spencer, the Executive Producer / Director and two of the stars, Mimi Sagadin and Rachel Spencer Hewitt, will be flying our from Hollywood especially for the Screening. For us in Australia who do not normally have such an opportunity, this is a real coup. I can’t wait, and I especially encourage aspiring artists to come along and see what great things can happen when we work towards the good.” Mrs Fowler added.

Trailer for “Return to the Hiding Place” can be viewed at



Summary: by Dr Ted Baehr

RETURN TO THE HIDING PLACE tells the story of a Dutch Resistance fighter, Hans Poley, in World War II who found refuge at Corrie ten Boom’s house. Corrie, was featured in the 1974 movie THE HIDING PLACE.

RETURN TO THE HIDING PLACE opens in 1944 in a concentration camp in Holland. Hans Poley is writing his diary when shots ring out and he sees a handful of five of his friends being executed by Hitler’s National Socialist thugs. The rest of the movie flashes back to start in 1940 Holland where Hans is president of the student body at his college. Hans defies the local Nazi commander, gets a false identity, and joins the Dutch Resistance fighting the Nazis. Will he survive?

RETURN TO THE HIDING PLACE is superbly written. There are several fascinating subplots that move the story forward. There are several Christian romances that break your heart. The movie highlights within the strong plot structure, true story after true story, of people willing to sacrifice their lives for others, even those who don’t like them. The direction, cinematography, and music are excellent. Caution is advised for some intense bone-chilling violence. RETURN TO THE HIDING PLACE is highly recommended for older children and families.

RETURN TO THE HIDING PLACE is one of the most exciting, riveting, edge-of-your seat World War II movies ever made. Best of all, the Gospel is proclaimed in word and deed throughout the movie.

Compassion child sponsorship. IT WORKS.

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sponsored article from Compassion Australia

Compassion Australia is very excited to introduce you to our new campaign—IT WORKS. We would love to continue to partner with you all in 2013, and hope this campaign will assist you as we work together to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name.

Compassion Australia’s 2013 campaign, IT WORKS, highlights how and why Compassion child sponsorship works to overcome poverty. The campaign shares testimonies from current and graduated sponsored children, which show how Compassion child sponsorship has transformed their life. In addition, the campaign draws on some new, exciting research into the success of Compassion’s Child Sponsorship Program around the world. The independent research will be published in May in the Journal of Political Economy, one of the world’s most prestigious economic journals.

Vision celebrates 14 years!

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by Anne Hamilton, Creative Writer, United Christian Broadcasters Australia Ltd

Vision radio celebrated its 14th birthday on February 1. And, as a birthday present to itself, on that day the 554th relay station in Australia’s only national Christian radio network was switched on at Exmouth, one of the most westerly points on this vast continent.

UCB’s Hal Short Retires

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Christian Media Pioneer steps aside to give room for “a new generation”

from UCB:

Hal Short, Christian radio pioneer, has stepped down from his role on numerous United Christian Broadcasters boards globally, including his role as Chairman of the board of UCB Australia.

25 Years of Sonshine On Air

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98five Sonshine FM celebrate their 25th birthday this year. Perth’s number one family station began broadcasting on Australia Day 1988 and has been a positive listening alternative for parents and families ever since.

General Manager Bevan Jones is proud of how 98five has impacted people over the years. “A highlight for me personally is my file with hundreds of letters and emails from listeners who tell us that through 98five Sonshine FM they found hope of a better life, and a relationship with God and his community.”

TV Content Production Grants

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Applications are now open for TV Content Production Grants from CBF.

The Community Broadcasting Foundation (CBF) aims to encourage greater participation, creativity and innovation in Australian community television productions through this incubator fund to support the production of TV content for and by local communities.

Pozible: crowdfunding for creatives

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Pozible is Australia’s first crowdfunding platform for creatives.

Crikey’s Ben Eltham reveals how local film makers are using Pozible to raise funds for screen projects:

“Start-up filmmakers are increasingly turning to crowdfunding websites to finance projects. The Pozible platform has even partnered government agencies to boost cash in the sector.”

Read the full article “Lights, camera, crowdfunding: how films are made Pozible

Find out more about Pozible at

CBOnline Grants for community broadcasters

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Applications close Jan 31st for both website development grants & online and resource development grants:

CBOnline – Website Development grants

Need a new website?  Grants of up to $5000 now available for community radio & TV stations and sector organisations, for website development and design costs incl. domain rego, content management software, and computer equipment needed to manage the site.

Applications close Thu 31 Jan. Guidelines and other info here.

Other CBF Grants for Radio

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Emergency Grants

Did you know that emergency grants are available to help stations affected by natural disasters? You can apply anytime to replace essential equipment that has been damaged or destroyed by bushfire, flood, lightning, or accidental damage (but not operator failure). Emergency grants can also help get you back on the air after a disaster by covering immediate expenses for restoring basic transmission. More info here.