Coverage of the ABC Local Radio Awards
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Everything's more or less wrapped up for the 2009 Local Radio Awards and Forums - but there's one last thing organisers would like you to do.First, if you were there, drop by the survey they've set up and fill it out. This lets organisers know what worked and what didn't; they'll take that knowledge and put it into planning next year's sessions.
The survey will be open until this Friday.
Second, if you weren't in Canberra, drop an email to Belinda Lee and Martin Southgate letting them know what you thought of the online component of coverage.
On day two of the forums, we got underway with Michael Mason introducing Kate Dundas who introduced Mark Scott, all talking on 'future directions for the ABC'.Head of Local Radio, Michael Mason, kicked the morning off by noting that it's been a busy time for the ABC so far this year, positioning ourselves for this year's training and funding bid, and rolling out the new key values for how we work together, among other things.
Brand new Director of Radio Kate Dundas had the brief of sharing her vision for ABC Radio into the future, both short and longer term. Being first up after the awards is a tough gig, she notes, but says it was a great night.
But what does she see looking forward to the future instead of back to last night?
Managing Director Mark Scott was next on stage, talking about the current and future directions of the whole of the ABC, not just Radio.
Every year, ABC Local produces a CD of the winning entries - the audio bits, that is. If you haven't been able to get your hands on a copy, don't panic: we've got all the entries here, including those like the online entries that don't include audio, and we've got some of the judges' comments as well.Marketing Campaign of the YearAngela Scrymgour, 1233 ABC Newcastle, for 'Get Tanked'
Someone told me later they were a bit worried when two nerds walked on stage mid-morning of day two at the LRA forums.
And then they were blown away.
Perhaps Kate Dundas sums up the experience for more than just herself, when she says she felt the need to lie down in a dark room for a while afterwards...No doubt to harness the ideas sparked by the presentation 'Radio for
the Facebook Generation', and as Kate describes; 'the mind expanding
list of opportunities'.
James Cridland is head of Future Media and Technology for BBC Audio and
Music Interactive and his companion on stage, Nick Piggott, is in
direct competition as head of Creative Technology at Global Radio (the
UK's largest commercial radio broadcaster).
So are these two men about to do battle?
In a a blog post about coming to Australia to present at ABC's LRA forum James says;
"We spoke about new technology and radio - how we're working together
to 'agree on technology, compete on content'".
James Cridland's blog is apparently also; "Where radio and new platforms collide. With beer."
An intriguing promise.
His counterpart Nick Piggott has driven the development of DAB Digital Radio, but he
also leads 'a team that develops innovative applications for
interesting radio online, on mobile, on digital TV and on any other
platform that comes along.'
Go to his Nick Piggot's blog to see me ask him what he thinks is 'interesting radio online' and what the difference is.
(You can also follow Nick on twitter of course, or check out his
schedule in the blog, but there's plenty more exciting things like the
day-to-day experience with the advent of digital radio).
More on the presentation; Radio for the Facebook generation
The debate, 'That the future of radio is radio' on the first day of the forums was a huge hit.On the one side, we had Richard Stubbs, Alex Sloan and Richard Fidler (dubbed 'The Trannies' by Bernie, and it refers to transistor radios, right? Not any other possible meaning of the word); on the other, Anna Daniels, the Giant Floating Head of James Valentine, and Adam Spencer (collectively AKA 'Generation Y-Not).
As on the audio of this session, be warned it includes adult language.
Richard Stubbs, first for the affirmative:
Anna Daniels, first for the negative:
Alex Sloan, second for the affirmative:
James Valentine, second for the negative:
Richard Fidler, third for the affirmative:
Adam Spencer, third for the negative:
Bernie Hobbs delivers the verdict:
One of the highlights of the awards ceremony on Wednesday night was a performance by Omar Musa, winner of the 2008 Australian Poetry Slam.Omar was the Slam winner, but only after a dramatic tie and the resultant 'slam-off' at the grand finals in Canberra.
At the awards, Omar performed both his winning pieces. Here are some videos of him during the Slam.
The first video includes Omar talking about his background in poetry, and performing his poem Visions.
This one is Omar performing his first poem at the Poetry Slam grand final.
The slam-off between Omar Musa and Mark Lloyd.
Visit the ABC's Australian Poetry Slam site for a look at some of the other great poets who entered from around the country.
Here's another one of those things that you would have heard had you been listening to the stream - the 'Collegiality Song', expertly put together by ABC North West WA, featuring some stunning piano work.
In his opening address, Michael Mason mentioned the growing number of video stories that we're doing in Local, and played a short video highlighting some of the good stuff.If you were in the room, you would have seen the video: if you weren't, but were listening on the stream, you would have just heard the soundtrack. Which, by itself, probably made less sense than it could have.
So here's the full video:
It's about 4mb.
If you think this marks the end of the coverage, think again.In the coming days, we're going to post more of the content - in particular, we've got video of several of the sessions that'll be going up on this blog. Expect to see as well as hear the great debate about the future of radio, Mark Scott and Kate Dundas's presentation and video of the 'Radio for the Facebook Generation' presentation as well.
In addition, we'll be posting material from the winners' CD so you can hear some of the winning entries.
There are a few other bits 'n' pieces we'd like to post - more news on that when we get a yea or nay to our request for it.
Meanwhile, though, there are laptops to be packed, bits of cable and cord to be tidied away and suchlike, so I'd best get off this computer so it can go in its case.
It's been a great forum and awards, thanks for reading.
When the going gets rough, what can we do to help?
Saul Eslake - Chief Economist, ANZ Bank was invited to the Local Radio Awards forum to talk about the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) and suggest ways we can we help our audience through it, and help them understand what's going on.
ABC Radio director Kate Dundas and managing director Mark Scott talk about future directions for the ABC. Comment on this post if you would like to ask Kate or Mark a question.
The second batch of awards have been announced.
Things are getting underway at Parliament House - guests have started to arrive for pre-dinner drinks and mingling.
Canberra is not only home to Australia's pollies and heaps of round-a-bouts. It's also home to world class galleries, libraries and archive buildings who refuse to house their treasures in locked filing cabinets.
They are great for visitors, who can spend hours taking it all in. And they can be even better for Local Radio program makers looking for a great story and someone expert to tell it.
The Untapped and Untold panel is brought to us by the National Film And Sound Archive, the National Gallery of Australia, Questacon, the National Museum, the National Library and the National Archives.
This is what happens when you arrive late! Sitting on the floor at the back of the forum eating lunch. Luckily, Michael Mason isn't a stand up comedian, so they weren't singled out and laughed at
Bernie Hobb's red tartan pants and cowboy boots will look great on stage when she's MC'ing the LRA forum.
More on the wardrobe of our colleagues below...
The NT's marketing manager Kate Shannon and Broome's morning presenter Miranda Tetlow... Down from the 30 degrees weather to a brisk 15...
702's Adam Spencer walked to the forums this morning... Beanie, leather jacket and quite a few layers to protect him from the chill
666 Canberra's Peter J Casey and Renee Konig. No jackets, beanies and thermal undies on these acclimatised local.
If you take a look at the forecast section of the 666 ABC Canberra website, you'll see that, while the weather's supposed to be mostly sunny, it's not exactly going to be tropical.Wednesday's got a predicted top of 14, 15 for Thursday, there's about a 50 per cent chance that we'll get a little rain (only a little), and there's a high likelihood of frost.
So we'd like to offer a friendly suggestion to all delegates on their way to Canberra:
One of the good things about doing coverage of the Local Radio Awards is that you can find out a little ahead of schedule who's presenting what subjects.
There are lots of ways you can try and predict winners - past form, omen bets, write a computer program, all that kind of thing.I'm going to go through the list of finalists and apply the ancient (not really, considering I just made it up), highly scientific (not really) and even more highly accurate (not really) art of catomancy to see who the winners will be.
Organising equipment and personnel for coverage of the ABC Local Radio Awards for 2009 #lra2009
We're a little over a week away from the start of the Local Radio Awards for 2009.They're usually terrific events and this year will be no exception.
The finalists have all been announced, and we congratulate them all.
2009 ABC LOCAL RADIO AWARDS - FINALISTS
Station of the Year (Metropolitan)
774 ABC Melbourne
105.7 ABC Darwin
936 ABC Hobart
Station of the Year (Regional)
630 ABC North Queensland - Townsville
ABC North West WA - Karratha
ABC North West Qld - Mt Isa
Broadcaster of the Year
Kathy Bedford - ABC Local Radio Victoria
Peter Goers - 891 ABC Adelaide
Stacey Katter - ABC North West Queensland
Tim Cox - 936 ABC Hobart
Rural Reporter of the Year
Matt Brann - ABC Kimberley
Cameron Wilson - ABC Local Radio Tasmania
Libby Price - ABC Local Radio Victoria
Sports Broadcaster of the Year
Local Program of the Year (Metropolitan and Networked)
Evenings with Derek Guille - ABC Local Radio Victoria
Treasure Hunter with Paul Bevan - 1233 ABC Newcastle
Breakfast with Ross Solly - 666 ABC Canberra
Mornings with Geoff Hutchison - 720 ABC PerthLocal Program of the Year (Regional)
Statewide Drive with Kathy Bedford - ABC Local Radio Victoria
Mornings with Niki Morrell - ABC North West WA
Mornings with Barry Nicholls - 783 ABC Alice SpringsOutstanding Coverage of a Local Story or Emergency (by an Individual, Program or Station)
Mornings with Stacey Katter, ABC North West Qld for 'The Mine and the Children'
ABC Local Radio Victoria for bushfire coverage
666 ABC Canberra for 'The Olympic Torch Comes to Town'
Mornings with Miranda Tetlow, ABC Kimberley for 'Australia Goes to Kununurra'Website of the Year
abc.net.au/northqld Produced by Winsome Denyer
abc.net.au/melbourne Produced by Simon Brown
abc.net.au/abc.net.au/newcastle & abc.net.au/upperhunter Produced by Anthony Scully
abc.net.au/Brisbane Produced by Ping LoOnline Feature of the Year
Kim Honan, ABC Mid North Coast for 'The Slim Dusty Way'
Rebecca Livingstone, Ping Lo and Scott Spark, 612 ABC Brisbane for 'Back to Cloudland'
Morgan Hartney, 105.7 ABC Darwin for 'Tinny Tube - Tales from the Tinny'The Paul Bodington Award for an Outstanding Radio Feature/Package by an Individual
Aaron Kearney for 'Kokoda - Steps to Healing' - 1233 ABC Newcastle
Megan Flamer for 'Sparks' - 774 ABC Melbourne
Richelle Hunt for 'A look at the Sex Industry' - 774 ABC MelbourneOutside Broadcast of the Year (Metropolitan)
Mornings with Matthew Abraham and David Bevan, 891 ABC Adelaide - Mornings in Meningie - Lifeline for the Murray
Mornings with Jon Faine, 774 ABC Melbourne - Victoria Burns
Mornings with Madonna King - 612 ABC Brisbane - Scales of JusticeOutside Broadcast of the Year (Regional)
Mornings with Miranda Tetlow - ABC Kimberley - Australia Goes to Kununurra
Mornings with Niki Morell - ABC North West WA - The Bloody Slow Cup
The Rural Report with Matt Brann - ABC Kimberley - The Gibb River Road Mountain Bike ChallengeCommunity Event of the Year
Jane Munro - 2008 Australian Poetry Slam
891 ABC Adelaide - 'Socks and Jocks'
612 ABC Brisbane - 'Back to Cloudland'
ABC Local Radio WA - 'Drop Your Jocks'Promotions Producer of the Year
Andrew Taylor - 774 ABC Melbourne and ABC Local Radio Victoria
Michael Spooner - 702 ABC Sydney and ABC Local Radio NSW
David Chalmers - 936 ABC HobartProducer of the Year
Ross Kavanagh - 774 ABC Melbourne
Karen Shrosbury - 1233 ABC Newcastle
Andrea Carson - 774 ABC MelbourneBest New Talent on Local Radio
Georgia Stynes - 783 ABC Alice Springs
Peter J Casey - 666 ABC Canberra
Daniel Viles - 612 ABC BrisbaneMarketing Campaign of the Year
Kate Shannon - 'Go the Distance', 105.7 ABC Darwin and 783 ABC Alice Springs
Angela Scrymgour - 'Get Tanked', 1233 ABC Newcastle
Carmel Rooney and Michelle Pownell - 'Back to Cloudland', 612 ABC BrisbaneWe're looking forward to finding out who wins what at the awards ceremony on the night of 29 April.
If you can't be there, we'll be covering it online - keep reading in the next few days to find out how you can be a part of it without going near Canberra.
This year as part of coverage of the Local Radio Awards, we are using some automated systems to present coverage in a number of different ways.
This is a timeline using a service called Dipity.
ABC Local Radio Awards on Dipity.
Other methods of viewing this content include:
Tumblr - this platform is relatively slow, only updating every hour or so
enjoythin.gs - an interesting platform which uses a bookmarklet to editorialise
View 2009 Local Radio Awards in a larger map
The awards are over and everyone's gone home - but we're still tweaking the coverage on this site.
Multi-award winner Ping Lo is one of those keep to dip her toes into the digital water and feels she's being given the chance to experiment.
Geek Note - For the fans of digital content production: This video was shot on a Nokia N93 mobile phone, edited with the Premiere Elements software provided with the phone, and encoded into Flash video.
Learn about some emerging trends and their implications for us as we strive to better connect with fragmenting audiences across all platforms in the digital era.Our concepts of media are changing: from 8-track to Ipod. With popstars's careers in China living and dying by their ringtone uptake not album sales, Mike describes the "factory-like" media production of yesterday as falling away.
In media, he says, it's a new world. Australians spend more time on the web than watching television according to Nielsen Polls. But the trend isn't just about reading blogs or doing banking online, it's fueled by peer-to-peer media sharing across the world community and the move towards a different way of communicating.
So why is this happening now? Mike gives four reasons:
The audience is more connected - stories and ideas aren't just being emailed around, they're being tagged, blogged and shared.
The networks are more ubiquitous - the internet isn't just out of your phone line, it's everywhere.
Content is moving to "the cloud" - information is available everywhere regardless of where a server is located.
People want to participate - they don't just want to watch or listen but be a part of the process.
The Naturals are a new demographic Mike describes as being anyone born after 1994.They've never known a world without the internet, their experience with media is totally "natural".
For a typical "Natural", Mike's timeline is this: by his second birthday, hotmail has been launched, music becomes free when he's five as Napster is created. When he's eleven, he's got a MySpace account and gets his comedy from Youtube. At age 14 he's creating his own media and sharing it over the web.
The future is mobile says Mike, and the next generation discovers content through each other. They don't listen to programs they listen to the people in their own network.
Mike concedes that the focus has been on digital radio but innovation is happening in unexpected places and the overwhelming shift is that the consumer is in control.
Online radio is often thought of as the 'ugly girl at the dance', he says, but 33 million Americans tune into it weekly. More people are trying audio podcasts and generationally an mp3 player is a 'must have' among teens because of its mobility.
New generations are not interested in over-the-air radio, they're radiating towards devices which mould their radio listening real time to their tastes.
Or Listen here:
Andy gives a snapshot fo our plans for the introduction of digital radio including proposed niche programs and channels, and a brief synopsis of some fo the issues still to be solved.Digital radio is only 7 months away and Andy believes the UK experience of digital radio answers its critics with high penetration in the market and the call from some to switch off their analogue signal altogether.
But how will it do here? Great content is the umbrella under which a range of services will be provided. Affordability will be one of the key drivers, particularly in digital radio's initial stages.
Commercial radio is currently driving the push towards the establishment and success of digital radio, with the opportunity to approach and deliver to niche markets. But for the ABC the possibilties for new channels such as a digital Grandstand will provide 24 hour sports coverage using the ABC's links with international sports media.
ABC Kids could stretch to a radio format, ABC Health and Wellbeing will no longer be just a website, Dig Country could focus more on the Australian country music market, even the establishement of a dedicated swing music channel could be in the pipeline.
Download Andy Henley or play:
Richard Johnson and Martin Southgate take a "live" journey through a new ABC Local Online web page to showcase some of its features and changes, and take questions from the floor on the new-look websites.
The ABC is endeavouring to lessen our environmental impact and we're sharing what we learn along the way with our audience. ABC Innovation's Bernie Hobbs leads this initiative online with the Green at Work website and a weekly blog.Bernie's here to spruik the Greening at Work website at abc.net.au/greenatwork which shows the energy, water, waste and transport use across all ABC stations nationally.
While she says "we're just minions" and in this giant organisation we might feel we can't make major changes, there are 10 things on this new site which can help us cut our energy use. Just turning off the lights at the end of every day can save up to 5.4kg of CO2 each week.
Initiatives implemented regionally like the use of tank water for loo flushing at the Longreach ABC, would have had a greater reception if it had come with a much needed fourth wall for their studio too.
A hit for the site is the game called Are You a Green Collar Worker? where you reorder the list of energy saving actions from most to least efficientvto check how green savvy you really are. Playing it with 130 people in a chinese restaurant makes TV show The Price is Right look like a jaunt in the park.
Download Bernie Hobbs
Through peak hour Sydney traffic, the ABC glamourazzi made their way to the harbourside reception at Doltone House.
At an awards ceremony last night, the 2008 Local Radio Award Winners were announced.Audio of awards opening
Sports Broadcaster of the YearQuentin Hullgeneral coverage
Audio of Quentin Hull
Outside Broadcast of the Year RegionalOutback OdysseyNT Country Hour
Audio of Outback Odyssey
Outside Broadcast of the Year MetropolitanWorld in SydneyBreakfast with Adam Spencer702 ABC Sydney
Audio of World in Sydney
Online Feature of the YearStolen GenerationFiona Churchman & Ping LoandEating Close to Home: The Locavore ChallengeKim Honan
Website of the Yearabc.net.au/canberraNick Kittel & Ping Lo
Promotions Producer of the YearAndrew Taylor774 ABC Melbourne & ABC Local Radio Vic
Audio of Promotions Producer of the Year
Marketing Campaign of the Year 100% Pure Footy FinalsNatalene Muscat & Felicity Greenland 774 ABC Melbourne
Audio of 100% Pure Footy Finals
The Paul Bodington Award for Outstanding Radio Feature/Package by an IndividualStella's Lung TransplantPhil Ashley-Brown702 ABC Sydney
Audio of Stella's Lung Transplant
Best New TalentPing Lo666 ABC CanberraandAndy Muirhead936 ABC Hobart
Audio of Best New Talent - Ping Lo and Andy Muirhead
Producer of the YearBrad McCahon720 ABC Perth
Audio of Producer of the Year
Local Program of the Year - RegionalDrive with Roisin McCannABC Northern Tasmania
Audio of Local Program of the Year - Regional
Local Program of the Year - Metropolitan or NetworkedMornings with Madonna King612 ABC Brisbane
Audio of Local Program of the Year - Metropolitan or Networked
Rural Reporter of the YearKim HonanABC Mid North Coast
Audio of Rural Reporter of the Year
Outstanding Coverage of a Local Story or EmergencyThe June Long Weekend Storms 20071233 ABC Newcastle
Audio of Outstanding Coverage of a Local Story or Emergency
Community Event of the YearHeywire in Canberra 20082008
Audio of Community Event of the Year
Broadcaster of the Year Red Symons774 ABC Melbourne
Audio for Broadcaster of the Year
Station of the Year - Regional630 ABC North Queensland
Audio for Station of the Year - Regional
Outstanding Contribution to Local Radio by an IndividualScott Whyte&Andrew Hilliar
Station of the Year - Metropolitan666 ABC Canberra
Audio for Station of the Year - Metropolitan
Earlier on today, we 'took Australia's pulse' with David Chalke - but now, we're taking our own pulse and looking at that famed work-life balance. The idea is to get a fresh perspective on issues we all face daily in getting everything done and still having time for a life.
What's the future vision for ABC Local as we move further and further into the digital era? What challenges do we face as a corporate citizen?Q and A with Mark Scott