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Wilcannia radio wins national award

Tuesday, 5th November, 2019

The team at Wilcannia River Radio 103.1FM. PICTURE: Wilcannia River Radio The team at Wilcannia River Radio 103.1FM. PICTURE: Wilcannia River Radio

By Myles Burt

Wilcannia River Radio 103.1FM has won the Tony Staley Award for Excellence in Community Broadcasting. 

The station collected the top honour at the 2019 CBAA Community Radio Awards in Melbourne for its commitment to the town, especially in regards to its coverage of the desperate situation on the Darling River. 

Team leader, Brendon Adams, said that work extended to the station’s staff helping to distribute donations of bottled water around the town.

“Sometimes they personally deliver the water themselves to families that can’t come to the radio station,” Mr Adams said.

“They have a personal investment in looking after their own community.

“It’s been rewarding but also challenging because it’s outside their normal role.

“Being the only place in Wilcannia distributing the water, there’s a lot of pressure on the workers to do their job and commit to the community.

“I was very proud that they’ve handled it so well.”

A volunteer at Wilcannia River Radio since 2015, Mr Adams became team leader less than two years ago.

“I’m very humbled that in the time that I’ve been in this position that we’ve got this award, but I would never have achieved it if I never had the team that I’ve got now,” he said. 

It felt as food as winning the NRL Grand Final, said Mr Adams, adding that the station was determined to continue their fight for the Baaka and was aiming to see how they can bring their radio station to a wider audience. 

It is already streamed online so that Broken Hill, Menindee and Wentworth residents can listen in.

“We can help provide a voice for everyone,” Mr Adams said. “For a very small station, we want everyone to know that we want to bring a legacy to the Far West and how great our little place is.”

To tune in online, go to https://bit.ly/2N
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