Yolŋu Radio Darwin switches to 88.9FM
Yolŋu Radio has been broadcasting in Darwin on the AM Band since inception and has recently switched to FM which improves the sound and accessibility for our audience. This is an exciting and long anticipated development.Yolŋu Radio will continue broadcasting on the 1530AM Frequency for a few weeks as we transition our audience to the new 88.9FM frequency. If you are based in Darwin, be sure to switch your dial to 88.9FM.
ARDS is also pleased to announce that Yolŋu Radio will also soon be launching the Yolŋu Radio app on both Apple and Android platforms. This exciting new access pathway for our audience is being developed by Peak Body Indigenous Remote Communications Association (IRCA). ARDS would like to thank IRCA for this great opportunity.
Yolŋu Radio Programming Developments
Yolŋu Radio is in the process of undergoing major changes to the 24/7 schedule in response to audience feedback and consultation. The program features an array of regular weekly live and pre-produced shows, news and information, traditional and contemporary music and is arranged to align better with audience age grouped listening habits.
Some new regular programs that have hit the airways in recent times are the Yolŋu Radio Footy Show (4pm Wednesday repeated Saturday 9am), The young fathers talking group show called Our Hour, (1pm Friday) and more local news programs including Homeland News (11am Wednesday & Saturday). A new 12 part series of programs focussed around gambling is about to be launched and is supported byThe Northern Territory Community Benefit Fund.
Stay tuned in coming days on ards.com.au for the launch of our exciting new Yolŋu Radio program schedule that reflects these developments.
VSA response project
ARDS is working with the Northern Territory Government and clan groups in Galiwin'ku, Gapuwiyak and Yurrwi, as well as key stakeholders as part of a multi-faceted approach to alleviating the issue of Aviation Fuel (AvGas) sniffing and volatile substance abuse. The Northern Territory Government recognises ARDS’ unique ability to deliver information and facilitate communication effectively to communities and as such has engaged ARDS to undertake this urgent work across the region.
In the first period of May - September ARDS is undertaking consultation with mala leaders, broadcasting community service announcements on Yolŋu Radio and producing radio programs that explain the impacts lead on the body, as well as sharing insights from community leaders and health experts. Positive programs for young people are also being developed and ARDS hopes we can achieve further work in this area later in the year.
Events and Festivals
With the sun shining and the Dharratharra breeze bringing the beautiful dry season upon us, the Yolŋu Radio Rirrakay Mala Events Team is beginning for another exciting action packed season. Yolŋu Radio Rirrakay Mala commenced the season with the grand opening of the new Nhulunbuy Boarding School and shared this momentous occasion with our audience by broadcasting live from the event.
Yirrkala hosted their second annual Yarrapay Festival, a fantastic community event by Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation and Miwatj Health at Buku Larrŋgay Mulka’s Roy Marika Stage, for which ARDS delivered production services and broadcast two massive nights of music live on Yolŋu Radio.
The team is now gearing up for NAIDOC week and Garma Festival. Yolŋu Radio is excited about bringing Garma Festival to listeners across the region. This year the main stage production will be made easier and a lot more efficient by the imminent arrival of our new 4WD truck to aid in the delivery of event services across the region, supported by a Community Development grant via Developing East Arnhem Ltd.