The Community Broadcasting Foundation is committed to ensuring community media has access to the technology needed to reach and grow their audiences via various platforms. The technology projects we fund include the Digital Radio Project, Digital Delivery Network and Radio Website Services, often referred to as elements of CBOnline.
Digital Radio Project
Digital radio sits alongside AM and FM as an alternative way for the community to listen to radio in a higher audio quality. Listening via digital has grown in recent years; across major Australian cities, 27% of all radio listening use a digital radio, for an average of 11.3 hours per week*.
For some community radio stations, digital radio is an opportunity to broadcast the same diverse mix of content broadcast on their usual AM or FM channel, while for others, digital is used to broadcast exclusive content that can’t be heard elsewhere.
We proudly fund the Digital Radio Project (managed by the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia) to help community broadcasters in major Australian cities access the infrastructure needed to broadcast digitally. To find which community radio stations are broadcasting in digital, view the CBAA station locator.
We proudly helped SYN create SYN Nation – a digital station bringing together young people. Producers aged 12-25 years from across Australia produce content for SYN Nation, including community media producers from Byron Bay, Canberra, Hobart, Warrnambool and Gippsland.
*GfK CRA, December 2016.
Digital Delivery Network
We proudly partner with community media, investing in technology that helps stations remain relevant and operate efficiently. The Digital Delivery Network allows stations easier access to other content via satellite to include in station programming, expanding and enhancing their offering to the community. This system simplifies the sharing of programs between stations using the Community Radio Network and helps Australian musicians share their music (via the Amrap program).
The Wire has broadcast current affairs on the Australian airwaves for more than 14 years. The Digital Delivery Network helps to deliver The Wire to more than 200 stations around the country each weekday.
Radio Website Services
We understand how challenging it can be for stations to run on a shoe-string budget and always explore ways we can support stations in their day-to-day operations. One such is our Radio Website Services project, a program that helps stations to easily build a professional and mobile-friendly website using free, pre-set templates for program guides, music playlists, audio streaming and social media feeds. Supporting stations with back-end infrastructure ensure the dedicated teams at stations can invest their time in what they do best, making good content!
”It’s so much easier for 3MDR to manage our website and get broadcasters involved more with our online presence. The program pages have really added a more personal connection with our presenters for our listeners, which has helped us build our community.”
Ren Cuttriss-Garry, 3MDR