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CBA’s radio shows ‘bucking the trend’ - #1 in the country


The latest GfK radio survey results came out this week and it’s cause for celebration here at CBA, with the news our shows Sunday at Six with Frank & Jax and Real Life with John Cowan have risen to #1 in their time slot.


The result means that during the times these programmes are on air on Newstalk ZB each Sunday evening, they are the most listened-to commercial radio shows in the entire country.


We’re stoked and so proud of hosts Reverend Frank Ritchie, Jax Donaldson and John Cowan along with producers Josh Couch, Duncan Tolmie and Erin Carpenter for what is a phenomenal result.


In their congratulations message to CBA, an NZME radio executive noted both Sunday at Six and Real Life had “bucked the trend nationally” to grow their listenership and climb to top spot.


It’s ​​so encouraging to us that our radio programmes are striking a chord with New Zealanders and that our audience for these shows is building - up about 6,500 listeners since the last survey to more than 40,000.


That’s a stadium full of people tuning into our programmes every week!


Frank, who co-hosts Sunday at Six alongside Jax, wrote in a social media post that the latest survey “continues an upward trend we’ve been experiencing for a while”.


“These things never happen in a vacuum. While our slot is small in the big scheme of things, it’s on the biggest commercial station in the country. That’s a real privilege, and I’m grateful that the powers that be at Newstalk ZB let us keep doing it. It’s also testament to a solid team.”

In more good news, CBA also took home ‘Best Branded Podcast’ at last week’s 2022 NZ Radio Awards. The accolade was for our work on HP Business Class, hosted by Heather du Plessis-Allan - one of several commercial projects CBA’s talented team of creatives have produced under our ‘Love It Media’ brand.


Radio remains a thriving medium, with the latest survey showing 3.7 million Kiwis listen to the radio each week - so we’re confident our presence in this space continues to be worthwhile and bring God’s love, hope and light to a secular audience.


It’s your generous support that allows us to be here week in, week out, sharing the heart of the Christian faith. We’re so grateful for your backing.


Together, we can continue to make a real impact, being salt and light in NZ’s media landscape.


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