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Hobart community broadcaster wins national award

HOBART 96.1 FM’s Jim Parish OAM has been awarded an Excellence in Technical Services award at the 2016 Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) Community Radio Awards.

Mr Parish was among hundreds of community broadcasters from across Australia who travelled to Melbourne in late November for the special gala dinner event.

He received the Excellence in Technical Services award for his 36-years of service as a voluntary technician at Hobart 96.1 FM, as well as his involvement with eight other community radio stations in Tasmania, including 7RPH.

In recognition of his service to the community broadcasting sector, Mr Parish has also recently been awarded an Order of Australia.

Mr Parish said he regarded the CBAA award “very highly” as it was judged by his peers in the community radio sector.

“It reflects the value they place on the contribution I make to the sector,” he said.

“I don’t consider that I’m a gifted technologist, however, through my involvement in all aspects of community radio since the early 1980s, I have developed an understanding of how it works and how to make it work for others.

“I’m fortunate to have both the time to devote to community radio and a great group of friends and colleagues who are willing to assist me by providing their time and specialist knowledge.

“As a technologist, much of what we do is behind the scenes and not generally seen or acknowledged, but this award shows that people are watching and appreciating the assistance that I give them and their stations.”

The annual CBAA awards are designed to promote and recognise excellence in community broadcasting by acknowledging the accomplishments of stations and their programs, initiatives or practices that increase their capability and services offered to the community.

CBAA chief executive officer Jon Bisset said that this year’s CBAA Community Radio Awards had seen an incredibly high number of “top quality” entries.

“The work recognised in these awards are a testament to the value that those in the sector and our growing number of listeners place on vibrant community media,” he said.

“Community radio plays a critical role in upholding content, access, diversity, inclusiveness and independence in our communities across Australia.

“Congratulations to all the winning stations and thank you to anyone who entered the awards this year.”

For more information about the CBAA Community Radio Awards, visit www.cbaa.org.au.

Caption: Hobart 96.1 FM’s Jim Parish OAM has won an Excellence in Technical Service award at the 2016 CBAA Community Radio Awards.

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  1. Wayne Browne 9 July, 2019 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    My name is Wayne Browne I am delighted to read the wonderful commendations that have been awarded to Jim Parish. I would like to offer my sincere Congratulations to Jim. Remember him as a young man. His Dad gave me my start in Radio many years ago..

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