The Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs) are held annually by Commercial Radio Australia. The ACRAs, previously known as the RAWARDS were first held by FARB in 1989. Each year the ACRAs are held as part of the RadioFest weekend in either Sydney, Melbourne or the Gold Coast.
The ACRAs is the pinnacle event in the RadioFest weekend, which also includes the National Radio Conference and the New Artists 2 Radio Showcase. RadioFest is the only weekend of events in Australia dedicated to the commercial radio industry and is the largest gathering for commercial radio professionals in the southern hemisphere. More about RadioFest here.
Now in their 25th year; the ACRAs are a celebration of the wealth of talent that drives the Australian Commercial Radio industry. The awards are designed to recognise excellence in all areas of radio broadcasting including news, talk, sport, music and entertainment.
All 34 award categories are peer judged, with judging panels comprised of industry members. Winners are awarded in each category across three divisions: metropolitan, provincial and country commercial radio stations.
The Australian Commercial Radio Awards are held annually on the east coast of Australia. As part of RadioFest each year, the awards are held in Sydney, Melbourne or the Gold Coast.
Sydney - 2012
Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
Royal International Convention Centre
Commercial Radio Australia
Commercial Radio Australia (formerly known as the Federation of Australian Radio Broadcasters – FARB) is the national industry body representing 260 commercial radio stations Australia-wide or 98% of the industry.
Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) is the representative voice for Australian commercial radio on all issues including digital radio; audience surveys (undertaken by The Nielsen Company); legislative and regulatory issues; audience trends; radio brand marketing, copyright, broadcast fees and performing rights, and industry codes and standards.
CRA and individual broadcaster joint venture companies introduced DAB+ digital radio services to Australia. The industry body continues to drive the technical development of digital radio both in Australia and internationally.
More information about Commercial Radio Australia here