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Senator Scott Ludlam, Stephen Hahn, Kath Letch and David Sice at #CBAA2012

If there were two things to take away from this morning’s panel discussion, titled ‘Building Capacity’, it’s that we need to protect our spectrum and get loud about our integral role in Australian lives.

The morning started off with a report from Community Broadcasting Foundation president, Peter Batchelor, which seemed to set the tone for a main focus of the morning- funding. Though much was discussed, the main points of focus for the CBF were identified as funding support for community television, content development funding, financial distress assistance as well as emergency grants for television. Batchelor also addressed the lack of government funding for AMRAP and the digital radio project, raised for the first time today though by no means for the first time at the conference.

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Second up to the plate was guest speaker, Greens’ Senator Scott Ludlam, talking about why he believes the government should support the community media sector and why it is so important. He addressed his key belief as to why the community radio sector needs to exist, that being as the antidote to the banality of commercial radio, stating that commercial radio is “like listening to junk mail with a broadcasting licence”.

Tweets during Senator Ludlam’s address

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It’s a less filled room then before and there’s substantial amount of noise coming from the other side of the wall that separates the plenary from the rest of the conference.

David Shields takes the floor; he wants me to identify him so that we can have a drink later. When I say me, I mean the room, though I think I shall track him down anyway because that what you do at conferences.

Shields is a funny man, partially as he introduces Rebecca Barnard our first speaker of this plenary and the APRA Ambassador to the CBAA, he teases that Barnard may just sing a song for us, something that she soon will. Barnard takes to the stage and starts.

“My father was a musician, he started playing drums when he was 12 and played up until he was 76, when he died. “Barnard starts. I wont lie, I’m engaged.

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After the today’s final plenary, Turn Up Your Radio, Chris Johnson spoke to us briefly about the importance of AMRAP for youthful artists.

Audio from Plenary 2

The National Listener Survey presentation and the Panel on Content, Development and Making Media with Tiga Bayles from  4AAA, Nicola Joseph from the Community Media Training Organisation,  Bryce Ives, former General Manager from SYN and Juliet Fox, Special Projects Coordinator with 3CR.

Recorded on-site by the LiveSYN team.


ImageSYN Blogger Declan Kelly chatted to Stephen Mayne about youth media involvement in today’s industry. This took place after Mayne’s Keynote adress at the CBAA2012 Plenary.

Click here to listen to the full interview.

National Listener Survey

Matt Balogh opened our second plenary with some startling statistics conducted by McNair Ingenuity Research. Balogh had only half an hour to present, explain and justify the results of The National Listener Survey that outlined the nation’s listening behaviours and engagement.

The study can be found here.

But for those of you afraid of hyperlinks or suffering from lazy apathy (reading surveys is hard), I’ve sifted through the material and decided to post the most interesting statistics for your convenience.

How many people are listening?
4,446,000 people listen to community radio every week (that’s up to 25% of population)
10,611,000 people are occasional listeners to community radio (that’s, like, over double 4,446,000)

Why are they listening?
The number one reason for community radio’s survival is to hear local information and local news. The second is to support and listen to local artists and bands, and Australian artists.

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The following audio tracks are questions asked  by broadcasters to Stephen Mayne, Keynote Speaker at the CBAA 2012 Conference.

Why Are You Such An Agitator?

What Is Your Online Economic Model?

What Examples Illustrate How You Feel About Mainstream Media?

You can hear the full Keynote Address here, at SYNBloggers.

The CBAA 2012 Conference: Access All Areas has kicked off with a bang! The SYN bloggers– or “kids” as a representative from North West FM called us – commandeered a table up the back, close to the all-important powerpoints. Greens MP Adam Bandt gave the opening address, mentioning the strength of community radio in Melbourne and how nice it was to be in a room full of community radio enthusiasts (hear hear!). Although he normally sits on the other side of the desk now, Bandt reminded us that he was once operating the panel at 3CR. Voicing the opinions of many in the room, Bandt stressed that community radio plays a vital role in the Australian media landscape, making our society more inclusive and bringing local issues to fore. At 9.19am, Bandt was the first to say that community radio runs on the smell of an oily rag, a cliche that is unfortunately all too true.

Wurundjeri Elder, Uncle Bill Nicholson was running a little late, but when he arrived, he gave a great welcome to country, speaking of the importance of language, cross-cultural communication and storytelling.

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Stephen Mayne – Keynote Address @ CBAA 2012

Stephen Mayne giving the keynote address on the first day of the CBAA Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

Recorded on-site by the LiveSYN team.

Adam Bandt – CBAA 2012 Opening

Audio recording of Adam Bandt’s full opening of the CBAA Conference 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.
Recorded on-site by the LiveSYN team – 16th November 2012.