MJ Announced As A CBAA Finalist

Written by on 21 August, 2019

The Wolf Australia would like to congratulate Matthew ‘MJ’ Brokenbrough on being announced as a finalist in the ‘Excellence in Technical Services’ category for the upcoming 2019 Community Radio Association of Australia (CBAA) Awards.

These awards are the pinnacle of community radio and annually recognise the efforts of volunteer announcers, producers and in supporting roles.

Between August 2018 and April 2019, MJ worked as a board member among other roles at Sydney based community radio station Alive 90.5 FM. This station was the first station that ‘Planet Country with Big Stu & MJ’ was broadcast from before a move to SWR Triple 9 FM. While presenting the award winning show on SWR and The Wolf, MJ continued his involvement with Alive 90.5, spending days upon days working to improve the station for the next generation of announcers. This was all alongside his continued studies at the Australian Film Television & Radio School (AFTRS).

MJ wrote full training manuals and designed the new station website (on PC monitor)

“I felt confident enough to leave the studio and grab a cup of coffee in the middle of my show”

Keith Till, Alive 90.5 announcer discussing the training he received from MJ

MJ’s work at the station included working as:

  • Board Member – MJ contributed to key decisions in the station, having been voted onto the board of directors by station members.
  • Playout Software Manager – MJ moved the station to new broadcasting software to greatly improve the station’s programming and production. This involved training 56 presenters to use new software. MJ dedicated his summer to the training process, booking in training sessions with the announcers to work around their schedule, writing a full training manual and more.
  • Digital Content Manager – As the inaugural chair of the Digital Content Committee, MJ designed a whole new station website from the ground up. He also vastly improved the station’s online streaming and provided high quality social media graphics and content. Additionally MJ trained other volunteers to improve their skills and is now doing the same for The Wolf.
  • Assistant Music Director – MJ begun curating the station’s music library and programming it into the new software. At the time, over 4,000 songs were playing at random and the majority lacked necessary information tags (meta data).
  • Announcer – MJ presented the Thursday Drive program fortnightly and filled in for Big Stu for Country Universe which was broadcast live on Alive 90.5 and The Wolf Australia simultaneously.

Here at The Wolf we think its important to highlight the fact all of MJ’s achievements for the station were done in a volunteer capacity. There was no remuneration for the time or expertise given. MJ did this out of his desire to help others grow and succeed.

“I have a passion for radio beyond the on air side, I’ve found a calling and unique skill set when it comes to the software, hardware and all the technology putting a radio station on the airwaves”

MJ speaking to The Wolf Australia

Little did MJ know that just a couple of weeks after stepping down to focus on his studies, he would be recommended for and offered his first paid opportunity in commercial radio – becoming the Breakfast Announcer & Promotions Coordinator at 93.5 Eagle FM Southern Tablelands. AFTRS is looking to adjust MJ’s studies to work around his new opportunity while Planet Country is on a well deserved break with a hopeful return to the airwaves in the works.

“I saw the opportunity as a chance to apply knowledge learnt and skills developed through AFTRS, here at The Wolf and 5 years of Planet Country, so that I can add hands on experience to my resume”

MJ speaking to The Wolf Australia

The award winners will be announced at the CBAA Awards gala night, being held on October 25th during the CBAA conference in Melbourne, Good luck MJ!

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