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Albany Community Radio - Albany Community Bank Business Award 2011

Voice of the community

Suzanne Yewers – the chairperson of Albany Community Radio.Winning the 2011 Albany Chamber of Commerce and Industry Albany Community Bank Business Award acknowledged the tireless work of Albany Community Radio volunteers.

According to Chairperson Suzanne Yewers, Albany Community Radio 100.9fm is operated by a committed team of approximately 50 volunteers who believe the region benefits enormously from having its own publicly-based radio station.

Mrs Yewers, who is the station’s first female Chairperson, said the award meant a lot to the volunteers to be appreciated for their service to the community and not taken for granted.

"To have won the ACCI community award was just so wonderful, the volunteers really deserved to be recognised," she said.

It has been a great year for Albany Community Radio who also successfully secured a $40,000 LotteryWest grant to upgrade studio equipment.

Broadcasting from Lotteries House on North Road to an audience of more than 40,000 supporters, 100.9fm presents a diverse program determined by the diversity of its announcing team to cater for the community including religious and ethnic groups, sports, disability, schools and seniors' interests.

The station is also involved in a number of annual outside broadcasts for events including the Anzac Day Dawn Service and Parade, the Albany Agricultural Show, Carols by Candlelight and Rotary Radio Auction.

The WA Police and Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia also use 100.9fm to broadcast urgent public messages.

Mrs Yewers has just completed the station’s application for the renewal of its broadcasting licence. "Stringent rules and regulations have to be met and we have to provide evidence we have the support of the community for what we do – winning the award certainly assists us in demonstrating that support," she said.

Albany Community Radio is a not-for-profit organisation and is funded through its members and business sponsorship. "Without the support of local small businesses we wouldn’t exist – we are thankful to them and always looking for more sponsorships to keep Albany Community Radio on air," she said.

The station received further confirmation of their value in the community when members conducted a survey while broadcasting at the recent Albany Show. "People told us that they like to listen to us because they could relate to the announcers and that it was like having a conversation with their neighbour," she said.

A great affirmation of the vital role Albany Community Radio plays in our community.

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