For the last two and a bit years GRAEME DOYLE from THE LIVE ROCK REPORT, JASON NODDY VELLELY from AUSSIE MUSIC WEEKLY, and RUFUS from THE MUSIC ALMANAC have brought listeners a load of great new music via the station’s ALBUM OF THE WEEK initiative.
If you have an involvement of any kind with Triple H, the first lot of letters that you hear about is CBAA.
No, it’s not an extension of the Commonwealth Bank – it stands for Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In very simple terms it is the industry body for Community Radio and Television Stations in Australia with Triple H 100.1fm being one of its 300 odd members. It is a company limited by guarantee, registered as a charitable institution and managed by a board of eight directors elected by member stations. CBAA offices are in Sydney and its team of staff are led by its CEO Jon Bisset. However it promotes itself as providing services to not only the ‘Broadcasters’ but also to ‘Listeners’ and ‘Musicians.’
The CBAA provides leadership, advocacy and support for our radio station to actively provide independent broadcasting services to build and strengthen local communities. It also provides advice and support over a wide range of issues. In addition CBAA partners with approx. 20 other organisations, many being involved with community media training, to significantly extend its range of services.
Services provided by CBAA to community radio stations such as Triple H are certainly many and varied viz:
So there it is in a much briefer and clearer form than you’ll find on any website!! It certainly demonstrates that the CBAA is a valuable asset for any community radio station.
It is surprising the number of people in our reception area have not heard of Triple H 100.1 FM. It sounds disloyal to even say this; but it is true. There are no flashing signs on the top of the station at 75 Peates
Ferry Road, Waitara. And there never will be.
So how do we attract the people who do not already listen to us?
Regularly email their guest data base
Encourage new people to come on their show
Use their Facebook page and share to community groups
Post on the Triple H Facebook Group
Contribute to this very newsletter!
Members can be connecting with their community and talking about Triple H.
But we can go further. For example, we can arrange for every sponsor who has a retail
business to have their cash register receipts print a promotional Triple H message.
Our station might fund an annual prize for a top student in Asquith Boys and Asquith Girls
Every member needs to be a promoter of Triple H. Our board could send every member a
brochure of promotional ideas.
We could host a coffee morning at Withams. A promotion for Withams and for the station.
Coffee sponsored by Withams and donuts by Triple H?
The list could go on but the key requirement is involvement– by our Board, by our members and by our sponsors.
What do you think?
Triple H AOTW Presenters in action - Trevor Richardson, The Music Almanac by Rufus on Fire, Thurs 8pm & Paul Mulgrew, The Techno Show with Paul & Steve, Thurs 7pm
We started the Triple H ALBUM OF THE WEEK initiative with the simple idea that our station should have a recurring feature that brings loads of great new music to our listeners.
So each week we select a newly-released album, take a listen to it, and pick four “feature tracks” for multiple plays throughout the week across our breakfast and drive shows and during the Jazler autopilot blocks.
We also produce a full show for Thursday afternoon at 3.00PM and Saturday night at 8.00PM, where we play the entire album for listeners.
Fellow music presenters NODDY (AUSSIE MUSIC WEEKLY) and RUFUS (THE MUSIC ALMANAC) joined me to form the core team handling the weekly selection, scripting and production tasks. But this was an initiative for the whole station, so we regularly invite all members to suggest new albums and to take part in scripting and/or voicing the segments - and we’ve been privileged to have quite a number of station presenters and volunteers participate so far (some multiple times) including:
DAMIAN (DAMO) BLANEY
During COVID-19 presenters have mostly been recording their segments remotely, with some occasional sessions in the studio following strict safety practices.
It’s been great fun working with and getting to know other presenters on this initiative - and I think they got a kick out of doing it too!
Since starting in late 2018 we haven’t missed a week and we’ve covered a great variety of brand new rock and pop music from local and AMRAP artists such as TRACEY MCNEIL, CABLE TIES and BENNY WALKER; international contemporary bands like MARCUS KING, JASON ISBELL AND THE 400 UNIT and HAIM; and established acts like PEARL JAM, PRETENDERS and DION. We’ve supported the station’s commitment to Australian content. And we’ve created popular and engaging content for the station’s Facebook page - the station’s highest Facebook engagement scores have been achieved when the artists have shared or commented on our posts!
All shows are welcome to play any of the weekly segments and I post an overview of the upcoming week’s AOTW on the Triple H Presenters Facebook Group each Sunday which includes how to find the tracks on Jazler.
If you're interested in presenting an upcoming album of the week or want to let me know about some newly released music, please send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Triple H has now completed its Licence Renewal
submission – thanks to a team of our members –
as required by ACMA.
But what is ACMA??
ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority) is an independent Australian Government Statutory Authority formed in 2005 by the merger of the Australian
Broadcasting and Australian Communications Authorities. In simple broad terms it ensures most elements of Australia’s media and communications legislation, related regulations and numerous derived standards/codes of practice operate effectively and efficiently and in the public interest.
ACMA’S structure with its 450 staff comprises of four Divisions – Communications Infrastructure, Content,
Consumer and citizen, Corporate and Research as well as Legal Services with main offices situated in
Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney. The current Minister responsible for Communications is Paul Fletcher,
Member for Bradfield.
If you haven’t had contact with ACMA before then you’re probably still a little hazy about the detail of its
role. And I can assure you that looking at the website will still not help greatly either. Perhaps it’s because
ACMA gets involved with so many aspects of communications and media at a national level.
One easy to understand definition states ACMA’s role as:
Set and manage rules about communications, media services and markets
Licence people, organisations and products to operate in Australia
Look into complaints and problems & take action when rules are not followed
Plan and manage the airwaves and make space for new services like 5G.
So this covers communications involving such devices as:
Internet and phones
TV, radio and content
So just to give you a couple of practical examples, apart from radio licencing of Community Radio stations
ACMA also is responsible for:
Operating the Do Not Call Register
Enforcing the Spam Act
Administering a hotline for reporting of offensive or illegal on-line content
Addressing the problem of computers being compromised by the surreptitious installation of
malicious software enabling computers to be secretly yet remotely controlled for illegal activities.
Controlling “Smartnumbers” ie 13, 1300, 1800 numbers including phonewords 13 CATS (13 2287)
and distinctive numbers eg 1300 555 555 – all attracting a fee of course.
And just in case you are wondering ACMA also collects revenue through broadcasting,
radiocommunications and telecommunications taxes, charges and licence fees as well as from price-based
allocation of spectrum.
And yes there are similar organisations in many other countries – just look under “International
Telecommunications Union”……………………but that’s another story!!!!
So if nothing else at least you now know what ACMA stands for. Hope you enjoyed the read!!
Perhaps every person in our listening audience imagines that a particular year was the highlight of their life. So how do we target people whose music tastes were formed by their experiences that could have been laid down in any year of the last 60? You can’t really!
The best that a presenter can do is play a variety of music that is generally ‘middle of the road’. The problem is that this can translate into a boring mix – neither fish nor fowl!
The presenter’s taste is usually apparent and that is almost inevitable. Also, it is incredibly difficult to cater for the ethnic mix of the station’s total audience.
Usually the best that the presenter can do is inject the occasional song in a ‘familiar’ foreign language. What follows is the method used by a specific presenter when selecting music for a Breakfast Show:-
Select a theme. I select a theme for a month or two. Currently it’s ‘Songs from successful musicals.’ So, every 5th or 6th song is going to be from a musical.
I start the program assembly by listing songs from five musicals. For example (A).
1. Musical – male singer
2. Musical – female singer
3. Musical – mixed chorus
4. Musical – female chorus
5. Musical – a ‘quirky’ song.
Then between each Musical song I insert four or five songs selected from the following genres
Country Female Australian Rock Country Male
Male singer Female singer Rhythm and Blues
I mix the selection sequence up to reduce the incidence of contiguous songs of the same genre. Note that I occasionally insert ‘wild card’ songs – perhaps in a different language, or purely instrumental or even humorous repartee.
Finally, I bring my sense of humour into the studio so if everything goes ‘pear-shaped’ I can survive without getting stressed. After all there is only so much that a strong cup of coffee can do!