“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 …

CBA’S SECRET WEAPON…

Phil Yule’s award-winning talent has helped CBA share the Christian faith with colour and vibrancy for decades. Meet the genius behind so much of CBA’s success. Phil Yule’s humble demeanor belies the fact that, over the past 50 years, he has won more radio and recording awards than anyone else in NZ broadcasting. Phil has worked with many of the …

Unsung heroes of CBA’s history

Two unsung heroes of CBA’s story are Jim and Bev Frankham. Jim was the driving force behind the formation of CBA 50 years ago… his family coastal shipping company, AG Frankham Ltd, owned the ship, ‘Tiri’, which Radio Hauraki used for their fledgling radio station, and from which the first CBA programmes were broadcast. Jim was the Chair of CBA …

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF CBA SHARING THE HEART OF GOD ON NZ MAINSTREAM RADIO

It’s 50 years since John Hawkesby and friends broadcast their first CBA programme from the Hauraki pirate radio ship, the ‘Tiri’. From innovative and audacious beginnings, CBA has gone on to produce thousands of programmes reaching hundreds of thousands of listeners. John, tell us again how CBA began… It grew out of a youth group coffee bar outreach in the …

The State of Faith

Luke Weston & Tash McGill kicked off our 12 hours of Good Friday programming on Newstalk ZB and Radio Sport this year. Their three hour show tackled a range of topics including the current state of Christianity in New Zealand with Dr Geoff Troughton & Professor Joseph Bulbulia, reflecting on the public discussion around religion with Rev Petra Zaleski and …