Bay FM's finest hour

RADIO RADIO: l-r Researcher Peter Wynn-Moylan, writer/director/presenter Karena Wynn-Moylan and co-producer William Martin at Bay FM.
RADIO RADIO: l-r Researcher Peter Wynn-Moylan, writer/director/presenter Karena Wynn-Moylan and co-producer William Martin at Bay FM. Christian Morrow

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.

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