LOCAL community station BayFM has added more statuettes to an already crowded award cabinet, taking out a community broadcasting award for excellence in spoken word, news and current affairs.
Presenter and writer/director Karena Wynn-Moylan, co-producer William Martin and researchers Deb Sharpe and Dr Peter Wynn-Moylan were awarded for the first of three one-hour documentaries centred on the Siege of Sarajevo and the role played by community Radio Zid during that period.
Memories of Sarajevo: Radio Zid - Rock Under Siege highlights the vital role community radio plays.
"Community stations like BayFM are the the one accessible place to give the community voice," Ms Wynn-Moylan said.
"It's where they can speak with their own voice about issues that would never be covered in the mainstream media.
"BayFM has also played a big part in breaking local bands like Parkway Drive, Grinspoon and Potato Potato to a wider national audience."
BayFM production manager William Martin also won the coveted award for best station production for last year's A Christmas Carol broadcast promotion. With a wonderful cast of local actors and artists, the Bay FM version of A Christmas Carol was heard across Australia, broadcast live from the Byron Theatre.
BayFM was nominated for five programs, including a feature on the Bentley protectors, the boomerang outside broadcast and the science-based Star Tours program, heard daily across Australia on the national network.
BayFM has about 120 volunteers producing more than 126 hours per week of local programming.
For more information visit www.bayfm.org.
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