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The idea for the development of 2CUZ came from Greg McKellar and other powerful Aboriginal leaders who could see that their community needed more positive portrayals of Aboriginal people. In 1999, Muda Aboriginal Corporation commenced broadcasting and received its full radio licence in 2004.The station now has a full licence and broadcasts 24 hours a day. 2CUZ FM starts the day with their local Brekky show, Breakfast on the River, from 6am – 9am. From 9am-1pm listeners can tune in to Morning Music Mix, including ‘Let’s Talk’ from 98.9 FM, with Fiona Smith for a music-based program, mixed with local issues, interviews and a community bulletin board. 1pm to 4pm is Music Café with Derryan Grimes. 4pm to 6pm is our Chill Out programme and 6pm to 9pm includes an hour of 60’s 70’s and 80’s music. Then enjoy Late Night Music from 9pm to 6am. 2CUZ prides itself in maintaining a community feel, as well as keeping the Indigenous and wider community up to date with current issues and local information. The Board and Staff, strongly believes in training and educating local youth about Indigenous media. “as this is not only a confidence boost, but also builds skills and offers our youth exposure to radio”. Bourke NSW.
93.7FM Koori Radio 2LND is Sydney’s only First Nations radio station broadcasting 24/7 from Australia’s Black Capital of Redfern. Our Live ‘n Deadly mix of music, news, community information and discussion draws a wide audience of listeners from Australia’s largest population of Aboriginal people, the many other First Nations people who have called Sydney home and ordinary Australians who share our tastes in music and our cultural views. Koori Radio’s 50kW transmitter reaches beyond the Blue Mountains in the west, the Central Coast in the north, and Wollongong in the south.
Ngarralinyi (The Listening Place) is an Indigenous Community Radio Station located in Taree. It exists to facilitate the need for an independent voice in a region with a high indigenous population. Ngarralinyi strives to provide an essential service by way of radio broadcasting to the local area. Ngarralinyi strives to provide workplace opportunities to the youth, unemployed and the unskilled. Mid North Coast Indigenous Broadcasting Association Corporation (MIBAAC) was incorporated on 2nd August 1999 and Ngarralinyi was established in 2000, with it's first licence to broadcast granted November 1999.
Wilcannia River Radio
In 2009, whilst attending a community meeting in Wilcannia, Janelle Whitehead (MPREC CEO) heard that locals wanted the local Radio Station re-established, after it had been shut down several years before. Janelle went about securing funding to build a new Radio Station with limited start up funds, using local labour and attracting locals to commence broadcast traineeships. The Station became operational soon after this with no name, just the frequency 103.1FM. After consultation with the community and the broadcasters, the Wilcannia River Radio came about. Wilcannia is located on the Darling River with the slogan “Keepin it Alive” as its catch cry. From this, a logo was produced which is now the symbol of the Station. The logo which means “Community of all ages” and the River, is represented by the different coloured dots. The Station provides a voice for the community and is a service where local information can be disseminated. As the Station grows older it is engaging more and more people as voluntary presenters, which is building confidence and providing better communication skills. The Station provides a great service in more ways than one; by bringing the community together, creating employment opportunities, building confidence, social inclusion and letting their voices be heard.
CAAMA Radio 8KIN FM
Alice Springs, NT
The Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) came to life in 1982 with the establishment of radio station 8KIN FM. Aboriginal-owned media was seen as being vital to the broad educational and community development aspirations of Aboriginal people in Central Australia. Radio was a way to give voice to Aboriginal hopes and dreams as well as being a tool to maintain and sustain the culture and languages of Central Australia. Originally offering music and programming in Arrernte, Pitjantjatjara, Luritja and Warlpiri, today CAAMA broadcasts in half a dozen more Indigenous languages, reaching communities across Australia.
For 30 years, PAW (aka Warlpiri Media) been creating TV, radio and music in the remote Aboriginal community of Yuendumu. Working with local people in language and according to local cultural protocols we create unique Aboriginal media productions.
Radio Larrakia 94.5 FM aims to promote Larrakia language and Larrakia culture to the Darwin and surrounding region combined with news, music, sport and information in a radio format through broadcast media. Established and controlled by the Larrakia Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Darwin, Northern Territory Australia, Radio Larrakia commenced analogue broadcasting in 1998 with the primary purpose to give a voice to Larrakia. In 2006 Radio Larrakia underwent a major restructure and new direction with a new Board and Management appointed to ensure the voice of Larrakia remains for generations to come.
Radio Rum Jungle
BIITE established the world's first Indigenous media training course at Batchelor College in 1987 and Radio Rum Jungle as an integral part of training. Radio Rum Jungle was the foundation for the formation of TEABBA (Top End Aboriginal Bush Broadcasting Association) in June 1989 with the launch of a networked radio service, bringing programmes from Top End BRACS stations via phoneline. Programming was broadcast locally on Radio Rum Jungle at Batchelor township and went out on a time-share basis with the ABC on the HF shower (shortwave) frequency transmitted from Katherine. This was the forerunner of the multiple remote Indigenous Radio Networks operating via satellite right across Australia today.
The Top End Aboriginal Bush Broadcasting Association – TEABBA – was formed by Top End community members who recognised the need to encourage and assist the development of local broadcasting and information services at all remote communities, using the newly installed broadcasting equipment provided by the government under the BRACS (Broadcasting Remote Aboriginal Community Scheme) project. Today ‘BRACS’ are known as ‘RIBS’ (Remote Indigenous Broadcast Service).
Yolngu Radio is a community development radio station providing information, music and entertainment to the Yolngu people of northeast Arnhem Land. We broadcast in the languages of the Yolngu people. We broadcast to six major communities and 30 homelands in northeast Arnhem Land as well as Darwin and Palmerston. 15 of our 22 transmitter sites are remote homelands where Yolngu radio is the only media service freely available.
Bidjara Media and Broadcasting
Bidjara Media & Broadcasting Company Ltd was incorporated in 1999 and have been broadcasting full time since March 2000 offering a blend of live-to-air locally transmitted programs, and programs offered by the National Indigenous Radio Service (NIRS) via satellite. We pride ourselves on providing a service to the local communities in Charleville & Cunnamulla. We keep our listeners informed of local and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander news: entertainment: and do live weekday weather reports. Our music is carefully selected offering a blend of Murri, Country, Contemporary and new music.
Black Star - QRAM
The Black Star network service rolled out through 2012 to Wujal Wujal, Woorabinda, Mornington Island, Hope Vale, Pormpuraaw, Doomadgee, Napranum, Kowanyama and Lockhart River, with Aurukun the last of the 11 original RIBS services to connect, in March 2013. QRAM Aboriginal Corporation was formed in 2006/2007, becoming fully operational in July 2007.
Brisbane Indigenous Media Association
98.9 Digital is a simulcast of the 98.9FM analogue service. It is the first Indigenous radio station in a capital city and offers a great blend of country and Indigenous music. It first went to air on April 6, 1993. 98.9FM is part of BIMA, Brisbane Indigenous Media Association; a First Nations not-for-profit organization to providing appropriate media services promoting the cultural and economic aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in south-east Queensland. Other services offered by BIMA include BIMA Vision, Triple A Training & BIMA Projects.
Bumma Bippera Media
The name Bumma Bippera is derived from the language of the Yidinji Aboriginal tribe of the Cairns area, where the word meaning(s) are:
Bumma (or Bama) = Aboriginal Persons /People
Bippera = Talking
Bumma Bippera = Aboriginal People Talking.
In the late 1980’s, members of the Cairns indigenous community began to present a program called Black is Black at another community radio station in Cairns. Due to strong community interest volunteers devoted their time to create an indigenous media organisation to promote an awareness of indigenous culture and issues to both indigenous and non indigenous listeners. On the 6th of November 1990, Bumma Bippera Media Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Corporation (BBM) was born and became a Not for Profit incorporated body.
Central Queensland Aboriginal Corporation for Media
Radio 4US broadcasts a wide range of music and information to its local and loyal listeners, Indigenous and non-indigenous. This includes 'the deadliest music', stories and acting as a voice for the community. In 1998, the committee obtained a licence after 3 years of planning and negotiating to establish Radio 4US. In the year of 2000, the studios were completed. Later in 2004, the station was then transferred out to The Dreamtime Cultural Centre' where it is located now.
Cherbourg Aboriginal Multimedia and Resource Association
Operated by the Cherbourg Aboriginal Multi-Media Resource Association (CAMRA); Murri radio station servicing the Cherbourg and Murgon communities; operates locally from 6:00am-5:00pm then switches to the National Indigenous Radio service for 24 hour coverage.
Mackay and District Aboriginal and Islander Media Association
Murri FM now offers local programming from a diverse range of presenters 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The main diet is country music splashed with tried and tested legends of music from the 60's & 70's. You will also hear Music from The Pacific Islands & Torres Strait Islands, together with a vibrant range of music recorded in Mackay in their recording studios.
Mt Isa Aboriginal Media Association
Mt Isa, QLD
MOB FM is the broadcast arm of the Mt Isa Aboriginal Media Association (MIAMA) serving the rural Indigenous community and local businesses and specialising in Indigenous Australian News and Current Affairs.
Palm Island Radio
Palm Island, QLD
Radio 4MW - Meriba Wakai - TSIMA
Thursday Island, QLD
Founded in 1985, 4MW Radio is an Indigenous Radio station broadcasting in the Torres Strait, Queensland, Australia. You can listen to 4MW in the Torres Strait by tuning into 1260AM on your radio's dial.
Townsville Radio Station
4KIG - Too Deadly! was established in 1972 out of the need to promote and broadcast Indigenous news, music, views and information and raise awareness to these amongst the broader community. Since then the station has been rockin' it up with its own blend of deadly tunes and local Townsville news
Radio 5NPY - PY Media
PY Media (Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjattjara Media Incorporated) had its genesis in community television EVTV (Ernabella Video and Television) in Pukatja (Ernabella) in the early 1980s and the extensive sideband radio network which serviced the entire region from the late 1970s til early 1990s. 5NPY is the regional FM radio network on the APY Lands operating from Umuwa where the broadcast signal is sent to Alice Springs, uplinked to the Aussat satellite and beamed down to the six main communities on the Lands where it is retransmitted.
Port Augusta, SA
Umeewarra Radio 89.1 fm is based in Port Augusta and was setup in 1987. Since that time Umeewarra Media has grown into the modern digital media centre that we have today. We have an Aboriginal Board of Management that ensures we have community ownership of our programming.
3KND Kool 'N' Deadly
3KND are committed to providing specialist training in radio & media broadcasting to Indigenous community members. Media services available at 3KND Radio are wide ranging including; Radio and On-line Broadcast services, Multimedia Media Training and Studio Recording Hire and Music Production. 3KND radio station provides the community with 24 hours Broadcast service to our listeners in a friendly, informal, educational and positive in Indigenous spirit, whilst maintaining the highest standards of technical and programming excellence.
Goolarri Media assists the development of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communications in the Kimberley region, supports the enhancement of Indigenous musicians throughout Western Australia, creates and produces valuable event activities for the entire community and delivers nationally accredited training in media and events management. Through dedication, passion and a vision for the future Goolarri Media has grown in its capacity to become one of Australia’s most successful and diverse Indigenous media and communications organisations ensuring it remains at the forefront of digitising culture and community. Goolarri Media Enterprises (GME) is a fully owned subsidiary of the Broome Aboriginal Media Association (BAMA). BAMA was launched in 1991 after ten years of community discussion about the need for an Indigenous media service for the rapidly growing town of Broome. Over the past 22 years, GME has transitioned from a traditional media service to a broader training and capacity building organisation with a vision to close the gap for all Indigenous peoples across the Kimberley region.
Ngaarda Media Aboriginal Corporation are a radio and television broadcaster based in Roebourne, WA.
Noongar Radio 100.9fm is managed by Noongar Media Enterprises (NME), a subsidiary company of Peedac Pty Ltd, which is a not-for-profit Aboriginal community based organisation. NME is an organisation which provides Noongar people the opportunity to have their voices heard through radio broadcasts in the Perth metropolitan area. From its very visible studios at 207 Beaufort St in Perth, NME is committed to the broadcast of positive, informed, empowering programming which support and promote the achievements and aspirations of the Noongar community it serves.
Pilbara and Kimberley Aboriginal Media is an association of Indigenous media producers and broadcasters in the Pilbara and Kimberley regions of Western Australia. The PAKAM Radio Network provides a VAST satellite-delivered regional service (Channel 917) from the network hub in Broome. This service enables the sharing of news, information, special broadcast events, music and stories by all the indigenous radio stations in the region and is retransmitted full time in 18 remote communities, scattered over a million square kilometres, with an audience in excess of 5,000.
Puranyangu Rangka Kerrem (PRK Radio)
Hallls Creek, WA
PRK Radio provides an Indigenous broadcasting service to the Halls Creek area as well as contributing to and receiving programming through the PAKAM and NIRS networks. At various times in its history, according to the skill of the station’s broadcasters, it has regularly developed and syndicated programs broadcast nationally. The Radio Station is particularly important for the Indigenous people of the region, with news, community messages and announcements regularly broadcast in Kriol or the traditional local languages. The station also encourages broadcasting of Indigenous music. From 2007-2009 the former office and studios were refurbished and extended in order to allow an internal reception area with limited office space and importantly, the construction of a small staff flat. Previous managerial staff had been forced at times to camp on site in a caravan when other accommodation in the town was not available.
6DBY broadcasts to the township of Derby and nearby communities including Mowanjum live-to-air and also via the National Indigenous Radio Service. A survey revealed that 95% of the local population listen to 97.9FM at some stage during the week for local news, views, music and events, with many admitting to being dedicated Larrkardi Radio listeners. The station has also won a number of CBAA Awards.
Ngaanyatjarra Media are an Independent Yarnangu Corporation that employs over 35 Yarnangu workers and supporting 15 remote communities in the Western Desert region of Western Australia.
Radio MAMA has a dedicated team of people who work towards our core value of providing a community voice for aboriginal people in the region.We also play a positive role in creating and developing projects that promote aboriginal culture, language, music and arts. Radio MAMA Works with other community organisations to deliver their message, helping them promote their services and activities. This is achieved by regular interviews, community service announcements and direct involvement in activities and projects with our special Outside Broadcast presentations.
Tjuma Pulka Media Aboriginal Corporation began broadcasting in October 2005 and is currently operating under a Temporary Community Broadcasting Licence. Tjuma Pulka sees Indigenous music as playing an important part in social and cultural activities. It maintains social networks, can be seen as a medium for education, and promotes cross cultural dialogue. It also offers an alternative perspective on Indigenous Affairs.
Wangki Yupurnanupurru Radio
Fitzroy Crossing, WA
Wangki Radio broadcasts through the Kimberly and has a listenership of some 10,000 people via the PAKAM network. Station personnel travel out to the communities for interviews and broadcasts announcements from communities and towns, and also cover weather & road reports and play lots of great music. Wangki Radio also broadcasts through the National Indigenous Radio Service.
Waringarri Radio is known for effectively supporting the culture, traditions and language of the local area. On top of providing quality radio service, the key objectives of the organisation are to reinforce indigenous cultural identity, promote trust and friendship among Aboriginal people and the wider Australian community, and provide training and employment to Aboriginal people. Waringarri Media also manages Tourist Radio 87.6FM which reaches a 30km radius surrounding Kununurra, providing visitors to the area with information on safety, tourist attractions, local business and great local music!