Yolŋu Radio Update September 2019
Yolŋu Radio has been very busy recently. In addition to our work at the Garma Festival, Yolŋu Radio produced two special NAIDOC Week programs on the 2019 NAIDOC Week theme “Treaty, Truth, Justice”. Funded through the Australian Government’s NAIDOC Week program, in one case Yolŋu Radio reporters spoke with long grassers around Darwin, giving them the opportunity to give their views on Treaty and other issues important to them, and pass on information to family and friends about their wellbeing, while the second program feature interviews with leading figures, including NT Treaty Commissioner Mick Dodson, NT Minister for Education Selena Uibo and Member for Nhulunbuy Yiŋiya Guyula, and senior Yolŋu elders about Treaty and what it can mean to Yolŋu people. The programs elicited great interest from Yolŋu Radio listeners, leading to the programs to be repeated. You can listen to the interviews on our SoundCloud account.
Other recent events that kept our Yolŋu Radio team busy include broadcasting the Gove AFL (GAFL) Grand Final, event production and live broadcast of the Miwatj Health 'World No Tobacco Day' in Yirrkala, event production for the Miwatj Health Event in Milingimbi and event production and live broadcast of the Yirrkala Yarrapay Festival. Our coverage of the GAFL Grand Final will be screened on NITV in late October, so keep an eye out for it.
Listeners may be aware that Yolŋu Radio has a number of different frequencies, depending on the community. To make things easier, we are changing the frequency for all of the major communities to 88.9FM, which started with Galiwin’ku in August. Keep tuned to Yolŋu Radio to hear when your community is due to change frequency.
Photo: Yolŋu Radio’s Andrew Gurruwiwi (second from right) and Tanya Yunupiŋu interviewing members of Southeast Desert Metal at the recent Garma Festival