Boasting a wealth of community radio expertise, 2-WCRFM volunteer, Rob Dean, has again been called upon to assess entries in the annual Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) Community Radio Awards.
This was Mr Dean’s third time as judge for the CBAA awards, where he was responsible for determining a winner in the “Most Innovative Outside Broadcast or Special Event Broadcast” section.
The national awards celebrate excellence in community broadcasting, recognising the achievements of stations, their programs, initiatives and individual contributors that increase their capability and improve the services offered to the community.
Mr Dean said judging the entries was an intensive and lengthy task.
“Each entry must contain written answers to a set of criteria with supportingdocumentation.
“The entry must also contain a 30 second audio promo of the event, plus a 30 minute audio grab of the event so as to ascertain the technical quantity of the broadcast.
“You can have up to 20 odd entries to go through and you can easily spend a couple of hours on each entry!”
The award criteria considers a number of actors, including:
• Does the outside broadcast or special event align with the station’s overall objectives?
• Does the broadcast or special event meet a community need?
• Was the broadcast effective in meeting its objectives?
• Was the broadcast supported by adequate planning and preparation?
“In assessing the technical quantity, I am looking for no distortion, correct choice of microphones, low background noise and good mixing,” he said.
“I also look for innovative ways of linking the outside broadcast to the station’s main studios.”
Mr Dean has been involved with the local radio station in Coonabarabran since its inception, 19 years ago.
As technical officer, he is responsible for the maintenance and repair work of the broadcast equipment, as well as the design and building of the station.
However, Mr Dean’s interest in radio stems back to his childhood.
“I used to repair old radios and built my first radio transmitter when I was in primary school,” Mr Dean said.
“Being involved with community radio was something I always dreamed about as a young boy.”
For Mr Dean, community broadcasting is a vital part of the Australian media
“The 450 plus radio services broadcasting across Australia play an important role in providing a voice for communities that aren’t adequately serviced by other broadcasting sectors.
“Being a judge for these awards gives you a really good insight as to how others are achieving results, which benefits greatly what we can do at our local station.”
Winners will be announced at the CBAA Community Radio Awards Gala Dinner on 11 November, as part of the CBAA Conference on the Gold Coast, Queensland.
2-WCR FM volunteer, Rob Dean, has again helped judge the annual CBAA Community Radio Awards.