Sun 22 Nov 2015

PBS 106.7FM is pleased to be among the winners of this year's Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) Awards.

The awards were announced in a gala ceremony at the sector's annual conference held over the weekend in Terrigal, NSW.

With three finalists in this year's peer-judged awards, PBS took out honours in two fields.

The Collaborative Radio Project, developed with Multicultural Arts Victoria to deliver audio documentaries with emerging, refugee and asylum seeker communities in Melbourne, was recognised with the Excellence in Training award.

The program delivered eight weeks of skills training in storytelling, sound, editing, broadcast law, recording technique and live radio presentation. Following the workshops, participants were linked one-on-one with professional radio makers from PBS, ABC RN and SYN FM, who guided and supported them to create their own radio stories.

A huge congratulations to Homebrew's Maddy Mac, All Our Stories' Jess Fairfax and all the wonderful volunteers and participants involved in this project, which was made possible with the support of MAV and Creative Victoria.

With almost 20 years of presenting the best in reggae and dancehall to Melbourne and beyond, veteran PBS broadcaster Jesse I's Babylon Burning was recognised in the Excellence in Music Programming category – much-deserved and long-overdue recognition for one of PBS' flagship programs. Big up Jesse!

Finally, PBS General Manager Adrian Basso – who also served as president of the CBAA for five years until standing down at the weekend – was recognised with the prestigious Michael Law Award, which acknowledges an individual's sustained and outstanding contribution to community broadcasting.

Congratulations once again to all this year's nominees and winners, and a big thanks to all at the CBAA for another excellent conference and awards gala.