Frank’s Backyard Christmas

Rev Frank Ritchie hosted our 2019 Christmas afternoon programme on Newstalk ZB. He invited his regular co-host on Sunday night’s Total Recall, Jax van Buuren as well as Newstalk ZB host Tim Roxborogh to join him in a music challenge. Together the team brainstormed music to creatively retell the nativity story using lyrics of songs that have nothing to do …

Petra Bagust’s interview with Rev Josh Jones

Petra Bagust hosted an hour of programming on our 2019 Christmas show on Newstalk ZB. One of her interviews was with former Punk band member, now Christian minister Rev Josh Jones who has written a New Zealand-flavoured Christmas Carol. Check out more highlights from our 2019 Christmas programming by clicking here.

Johnny Cash

A Johnny Cash Christmas special

One of our highlights from our 2019 Christmas programming on Newstalk ZB was this Christmas special looking at the life of Johnny Cash. John Cowan presented the special that wove through Johnny’s life and career, drawing heavily on the Johnny Cash Christmas Specials that he recorded for television. Johnny’s faith comes through authentically and powerfully in the final programme. Check …

“It was my privilege to be there at the moment of birth”

In December 1969, CBA’s very first programme was broadcast from the pirate radio ship, the Tiri. CBA’s founding Chairman, Howard Martin, reflects on that exciting time: “In the late 1960s, CBA was nothing but a small band of dreamers meeting in a sun-dappled coffee shop just off Karangahape Road, Auckland. “It was a turbulent time, a time of protest and …

Marking 10 years of ‘Salt’ supporting Christians in media

In 2009 children’s TV presenter Julia Bloore (then Wright) approached CBA’s Phil Guyan with an idea. Bjorn Brickell and Petra Bagust hosted a gala celebrating 10 years of Salt She wanted to connect Christians working in the media with others who knew the unique challenges they faced integrating their faith and vocation. Phil had been hoping to offer more support …

Whostalk ZB wins again!

This week, the 2019 London International Awards awarded CBA’s Josh Couch, Grace Bucknell and Phil Guyan bronze for ‘Radio and Audio: Script Writing’. That was for Whostalk ZB, our creative retelling of the Christmas story, set in a modern Kiwi context, entirely in Dr Seuss rhyme, featuring a host of famous New Zealanders.  This is the fourth award the programme has won …

CBA celebrates 50 years with launch of new book ‘Talking On Water’

The CBA team set up a photobooth at the event. Last Saturday evening more than 150 people attended an evening gala honouring the dedication and legacies of those involved in CBA over the past 50 years. Reflecting CBA’s enduring partnership with Newstalk ZB, the event was graciously hosted in the beautiful iHeart Lounge, just one floor below the Newstalk ZB …