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Let’s Talk Incarceration Panel

20 October 2014

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Our latest filmed panel discussion Let’s Talk Incarceration will feature African American political activist Angela Davis, Sisters Inside founder Debbie Kilroy, Canadian Native women’s rights advocate Dr Sharron McIvor, and Aboriginal philosopher Mary Graham.

The panel will be played on the Let’s Talk radio program on Wednesday 22nd October at 9:00am EST and available to watch at www.bimavision.com.au 

Panel Members (L to R) Mary Graham, Deb Kilroy, Tiga Bayles, Angela Davis, Sharron McIvor

Panel Members (L to R) & Crew 
Mary Graham, Deb Kilroy, Tiga Bayles, Angela Davis, Sharron McIvor

 

Movember Deadly Choices

10 October 2014

Steve Renouf, Sam Thaiday, Preston Campbell, Damian Hooper, Timana Tahu

The Institute has started a Movember Deadly Choices team to raise awareness of Indigneous Men’s Mental Health. Some of the Deadly Choices ambassadors visited BIMA to launch the campaign on Let’s Talk and use the TV Studio for the promotional shots.

If you haven’t heard of Movember – it’s a month long event where (mostly) men do their best to grow the best moustache they can in 30 days.

Men AND Women can join our team moteam.co/deadly-choices-movember-mob and the first 200 people to raise $50 will get a special edition Deadly Choices Movember Shirt (see pic attached)

Raising money for Movember in partnership with the Institute over the next three years will be working towards improving Indigenous Men’s Mental Health. Please spread across you networks and join up, or sponsor our team for Deadly Choices Movember.

Karen Dorante spoke with Deadly Choices ambassadors & Movember on Let’s Talk. (podcast attached)

Links:

http://iuih.org.au/

http://au.movember.com/get-involved/mo-bro

Let’s Talk from the ‘Is Prison Obsolete’ Conference

08 October 2014

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Today’s ‘Let’s Talk’ program was broadcast from the ‘Is Prison Obsolete” Conference. Forget reform. It is time to talk about abolishing prisons in society. So what’s the alternative? This puzzling question often interrupts further discussion of the prospects for abolition. Why is it so difficult to imagine alternatives to the current system of imprisonment? What about building the kind of society that doesn’t need prisons with the redistribution of power and income, and a decent sense of community that can support every member.

This conference will explore and encourage discussion about abolition and alternatives to prison and will initiate and support the development of innovative and creative responses to issues affecting women in prison throughout the world. It will provide an opportunity for individuals, organisations and governments from across the globe to come together and share information.

Tiga speaks with some of the guest speakers at the conference. 

Priscilla Collins, CEO North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA)

Melissa Lucashenko, Award Winning Author & Founding Member of Sisters Inside

Zophia Wosiak & Nita-Ri Mabo, Sisters Inside

Dr Sharon McIvor, Activist & Academic from Canada

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Zophia and Nita-Ri

Melissa Lucashenko

Melissa Lucashenko

 

 

 

 

 

 

Links:

http://www.sistersinside.com.au/conference2014.htm

http://www.naaja.org.au/

http://www.melissalucashenko.com.au/

http://www.sistersinside.com.au/

Murri School Health & Well being Expo

25 July 2014

Murri School

The Murri school is holding a Health & Well Being expo for students and the community on Monday 4th August from 9am – 2:30pm.

There will be a diverse range of interactive workshops, sporting ambassadors, physical activities and information sessions.

FREE GIVEAWAYS and much more.

For more information or to RSVP contact Marianne Wobcke on 0424 134 693

Watch Let’s Talk Decolonisation

23 May 2014

Indigenous peoples across the globe have experienced a violent and devastating history at the hands of colonialism, and Australia is no exception.  But is colonisation something of a bygone era?  In consideration of all that has happened, what does decolonisation look like and is it a tangible process?  How does it relate to the individual, our everyday lives, the future of all Aboriginal people, and as distinct tribal groups?  Let’s Talk Decolonisation, our fourth filmed panel discussion, takes an indepth look at the fundamental questions surrounding decolonisation.

 

Let’s Talk Decolonisation from BIMA on Vimeo.

Jared Porter Interview

20 May 2014

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Dan chats with 2014 Star Maker Jared Porter and plays a few acoustic songs.

http://www.jaredportermusic.com/

Let’s Talk Decolonisation

28 April 2014

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A filmed panel discussion, will take an in-depth look at the fundamental questions surrounding decolonisation. The panelists are advocates for Indigenous peoples in international law Dr Irene Watson, Aboriginal philosopher Mary Graham, medical anthropologist Gregory Phillips, and veteran Aboriginal activist Dale Ruska.

The video will be released online May 23rd and broadcast on 989fm from 9-10am the same day

For more information, call 0428 152 777 or send an email to callum@989fm.com.au

Watch the Let’s Talk Treaty discussion

10 March 2014

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Let’s Talk Treaty panelists include, Wayne Butcher, Monica Morgan, Warren Mundine & Nicole Watson, hosted by Tiga Bayles.

We all know Yothu Yindi’s hit song Treaty. But what is Treaty? When it comes to relations between Indigenous peoples and colonial powers, treaties are simply formal agreements that set down the terms and conditions by which two or more groups can coexist. The British Empire signed treaties with many of the tribes of Americas, and the Maori of New Zealand. But no treaty was ever signed with the First Nations here.

Let’s Talk Treaty from BIMA

Let’s Talk Treaty Panel

24 February 2014

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We all know Yothu Yindi’s hit song Treaty. But what is Treaty? When it comes to relations between Indigenous peoples and colonial powers, treaties are simply formal agreements that set down the terms and conditions by which two or more groups can coexist. The British Empire signed treaties with many of the tribes of Americas, and the Maori of New Zealand. But no treaty was ever signed with the First Nations here.

On Monday 10th March, the Brisbane Indigenous Media Association will be releasing our third Let’s Talk panel discussion, this time on the issue of treaty, taking an indepth look at what it could mean for First Nations peoples.

Tune in Monday 10th March 9am to 98.9FM, it can be viewed online after 10am.

Watch the video trailer

BIMA Vision Finalist for Film Award

18 February 2014

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In 1982 First Nations people from across the country converged on Brisbane to protest the Commonwealth Games, demand recognition of Aboriginal Land Rights and demonstrate against the Queensland Government’s oppressive Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Protection Act. The Brisbane Indigenous Media Association (BIMA) produced a documentary on this landmark in the political struggle of First Nations peoples.

The documentary has been selected as a finalist in 3 categories for the West End Film Festival. The West End Film Festival is an Australian short film competition held in Brisbane, provides a platform for emerging filmmakers to showcase their work and talent in front of their peers and established members of the industry. It also provides established industry with a place to showcase new work and connect with up and coming filmmakers.

The West End Film Festival  will be held at the Rumpus Cinema on Sunday March 23.

For more info and tickets go to http://westendfilmfestival.com.au/

Serving Country : Centenary & Beyond

17 February 2014

NAIDOC 2014

2014 National NAIDOC week theme has been announced.

This year’s NAIDOC theme honours all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who have fought in defence of country.

From our warriors in the Frontier Wars to our warriors who have served with honour and pride in Australia’s military conflicts and engagements across the globe.

We proudly highlight and recognise the role they have played in shaping our identity and pause to reflect on their sacrifice. We celebrate and honour their priceless contribution to our nation.

The host city for the National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony is the Gold Coast.

Entries are now open for the National NAIDOC Poster Competition which reflects this year’s theme. The winning entry win a $5000 cash prize and will display across Australia in workplaces, schools and community organisations.

The Poster Competition closes on Friday 28th March. More Info & Apply Here

Clancestry, A Celebration of Country at QPAC

04 February 2014

Clancestry

Clancestry is an annual festival celebrating the arts and cultural practices of the world’s First Nations Peoples with a particular focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Awarded a Queensland Reconciliation Award for the inaugural event in 2013, it is a community festival produced by QPAC with advice and counsel from Elders and community leaders.

All events are free and we invite you to celebrate country with us.

For more information go to http://www.qpac.com.au/clancestry/about-clancestry.html

To see the full program go to http://www.qpac.com.au/clancestry/program.html

Radio Survival : Pop Up Digital Radio Station

22 January 2014

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January 26 of each year has many meanings for Australians. First Nations or Aboriginal Australians see the day as our Survival. A testament to the many battles that have been fought. A testament to the many people who have gone before us and those that will come after us as we seek true and proper recognition of our place in our country.

Survival Day as we call it is a day where we get together to celebrate our survival.

In 2014 Radio Survival is a digital pop-up broadcast in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. Utilising the efforts of 4 First Nations controlled community radio stations on the digital platform, it’s a unique first.

Radio Survival will broadcast from midday to midnight including live crosses across the country to Yabun Festival in Sydney, 98.9fm in Brisbane, Survival Perth 2014 from Noongar Radio and 3 KND in Melbourne including live music, documentaries, interviews and panel discussion.

It’s a celebration of our survival. Its Radio Survival.

If you have a Digital Radio just tune into 98.9FM on January 26th.

Click here to see the full program

http://www.radiosurvival2014.org/

Clancestry Pathways Mentorship Project

09 January 2014

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Clancestry Pathways is a mentoring program that has been created to offer twelve early career Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander song writing artists and media interns a hands on opportunity to spend a week in Brisbane with senior music and broadcasting industry professionals participating in workshops, discussions, media calls and recording sessions.

Hosted by home grown Queensland superstar Bernard Fanning, the artists and interns will participate in song writing sessions, live to air recordings, media training, professional development opportunities and business sessions. All sessions will feature Indigenous and non-Indigenous experts in the music and broadcasting fields, offering networking opportunities, access to world class facilities and the wealth of knowledge that Bernard has garnered over his impressive career.

Supported by Arts Queensland through the Super Star Fund, a Queensland Government program that delivers super star performances exclusive to the state, the program has been created in partnership between 98.9FM, QPAC and Bernard Fanning. The weeklong program culminates in a concert performance to be staged on South Bank’s Cultural Forecourt as part of Clancestry, A Celebration of Country.

Click Here To Apply 

http://www.qpac.com.au/clancestry/clancestry-pathways.html

Christmas Programming

17 December 2013

98.9FM will be closed 25th December – 6th January 2014

During the Christmas break you will hear some of 2013′s best interviews, recordings, live acts and the best-of-the-brekky show’s.

6th – 24th January 2014 : Brekky with Dan Rennie & Drive with Hayley-Belle

Pixie Bush Brekky returns: 12th January 2014

All Australian Top 20 returns: 25th January 2014

Brekky Show with Jamie & Ian returns: 28th January 2014

Let’s Talk reutrns: 28th January 2014

98.9FM wishes all our listeners a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and safe holidays.

Watch Constitutional Reform Panel 2013

06 December 2013

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Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution, it’s the right thing to do – a simple message sold with a fancy website, TV commercials and the backing of $10 million from the Federal Government. On the surface, Constitutional recognition seems like a step in the right direction. Tiga Bayles hosts a panel debate on this issue to find out what it could really mean for First Nations peoples.

Let’s Talk Constitutional reform from BIMA on Vimeo.

 

 

 

 

Let’s Talk Constitutional reform Panel Debate

02 December 2013

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Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution, it’s the right thing to do – a simple message sold with a fancy website, TV commercials and the backing of $10 million from the Federal Government. On the surface, Constitutional recognition seems like a step in the right direction. Tiga Bayles is hosting a panel debate on this issue to find out what it could really mean for First Nations peoples.  The panel will feature Secretary of the Aboriginal Provisional Government Michael Mansell, Editor of NSW, Aboriginal Land Council’s Tracker Magazine Amy McQuire, Co-chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples Les Malezer and Melbourne Law School academic Dr Mark McMillan.

Tune in online via live stream at 10am on December 3: www.ustream.tv/channel/let-s-talk-constitutional-reform

Let’s Talk Constitutional reform will also be broadcasted on Brisbane’s 989fm on December 6 (Friday) from 9-10am.

Watch the ’82 Commonwealth Games Protest Doco

22 November 2013

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In 1982, First Nations people from across the country converged on Brisbane to protest the Commonwealth Games, demand recognition of Aboriginal Land Rights and demonstrate against the Queensland Government’s oppressive Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Protection Act.  The Brisbane Indigenous Media Association (BIMA) produced a documentary on this landmark in the political struggle of First Nations peoples.

30th Anniversary of the Commonwealth Games Protests 1982 from BIMA on Vimeo.

Brisbane’s Blind Broadcasters in City South News

19 November 2013

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Listening to the soothing tones of radio broadcaster David Roosje, you would never know he struggles to see the microphone in front of him. Mt Gravatt’s Mr Roosje is low vision and legally blind, but it does not stop him and his co-hosts Torita Isaac and James Mullholland, who are also vision impaired, presenting their Blind Broadcasters show from their West End studio every Tuesday night from 9-11pm on 98.9FM.

Innovative technology helps Mr Roosje play music and work the buttons.

“I’ve got a program at the station called ZoomText” he said. “It’s an adaptive technology which enlarges text and it can read it back to you. I never thought I would end in radio but I love it”

Having been working at the station for a year as part of the Triple A Training, Brisbane Indigenous Media Association, My Roosje said being able to broadcast was extremely rewarding.

“It’s really satisfying hearing the finished product” he said. Mt Roosje said the thing that set radio apart for him was that his listeners couldn’t hear his disability.

“It is good that when i’m speaking on radio people wouldn’t necessarily know that about me” he said.

Story: City South News Picture: Renae Droop

http://quest.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx

You can hear the Blind Broadcasters show on 98.9FM every Tuesday night from 9pm

“Murru” album in memory of John Pat

25 October 2013

Murru

Murru is an album in memory the Death in Custody of Aboriginal teenager John Pat

The music collaboration – which includes the talents of John Bennett, Shellie Morris, Emma Donovan, Archie Roach, Lucky Oceans, Harry Hookey, Bill Chambers, the Last Kinection, Trevor Jamieson and David Hyams  – is the result of over two and a half years of music workshops run by Big hART productions in the Roebourne Regional Prison and the community as part of the Yijala Yala Project - a long term, multi-platform and inter-generational arts project.

The aim of the album is to raise funds for a memorial to John to be built in Roebourne and create discussion around the need for strategies to reduce Indigenous incarceration rates and eradicate preventable deaths in custody.

Purchase The Album

Links:

http://bighart.org/public/

http://www.yijalayala.bighart.org/

Troy Cassar-Daley Country Music Academy Indigenous Scholarship

10 October 2013

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Troy Cassar-Daley, one of Australia’s most prolific and awarded Country Music artists continues to personally put his name and dollars to encouraging emerging talent through his generous support of the CMAA Academy of Country Music..

The course is for singers, songwriters and instrumentalists over the age of 18 years. Hundreds of ACM Graduates have created fantastic careers in country music and continue to do so.

What an awesome opportunity and a great way to learn about the music business.  I’m thrilled to give my support to up and coming indigenous artists.  The Academy helps them along the road to discovery, suggesting how to focus on their ambitions and ultimately achieve their goals. Wish this sort of course was available when I first started out.”  - Troy Cassar-Daley.

The Troy Cassar- Daley scholarship is a very important priority of the CMAA Academy. Over the past 6 years the scholarship winners have contributed to and benefitted greatly from being part of this unique course” – Peter Winkler, Academy director.

Country Music in Australia covers a very broad range of music styles and all these styles are fully explored and embraced at The Academy. The Singer and/or songwriter is fully catered for with a detailed programme of tuition including songwriting, performance, and career building modules designed specifically for the career-minded singer and/or songwriter. They are tutored and mentored by Golden Guitar winning, professional artists, instrumentalists and country music business professionals.

Loren Jade Ryan the Troy Cassar-Daley Scholarship student from 2012 wrote : The Troy Cassar-Daley Scholarship has been invaluable to me. My new found industry knowledge, song writing tools and stagecraft tips I could not have learned anywhere else. Living with like minded individuals was empowering and inspiring. Meeting numerous successful country music celebrities and industry experts was definitely a highlight. After the two weeks my self development accelerated immensely. I must say I have been honored to represent my people in such an excellent program.

Scholarship includes: 14 nights accommodation, all meals, tuition and master classes.

Location: Calrossy School Campus, Brisbane Street, Tamworth NSW.

Dates : Arrive Saturday, 4th January 2014 between 3pm and 5pm, and depart Saturday morning 18th January 2014.

Applications Open: 9am on Monday September 30th 2013

Applications Close:  5pm on Friday, 8th November 2013

For further information on how to apply please contact Academy Coordinator Greg Williams :    gregrwilliams@bigpond.com        Phone : 0408255908

 

Watch Let’s Talk Sovereignty

09 October 2013

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A panel discussion articulating the POLITICAL, PHILOSOPHICAL & LEGAL intricacies of First Nations’ sovereignty.

The panel consists of four veterans of the Black political struggle – Michael Mansell, Lilla Watson, Bob Weatherall and Mary Graham. Tiga Bayles will be facilitating the panel.

Let’s Talk Sovereignty from BIMA on Vimeo.

Listen to the Smashing The Myths Radio Episodes

30 August 2013

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The Radio episodes are now available to listen online. Click on the “Smashing The Myths” link to hear them. You can also read more information about each Myth.

It’s Muster Time Again on 98.9FM

19 August 2013

Gympie Muster

98.9FM will be bringing you all the action from the 2013 Gympie Music Muster. The live broadcast starts at 3pm on Thursday. Live performances from Main Stage, exclusive interviews with artists, recorded performances and more.

Tune in on 98.9FM, stream online at 989fm.com.au or download the 98.9FM App on your smart phone.

Follow us on Facebook & Twitter @989fmcountry for photos and videos from the festival.

 

1972 Aboriginal Embassy Radio Documentary

08 August 2013

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Listen to the podcast of our 30 minute audio documentary on the 1972 Aboriginal Embassy, featuring interviews with Gary Foley, Robert Thorpe, Lilla Watson, Boe Spearim, Lorna Munro, Isabel Coe, Chicka Dixon, Michael Anderson, Paul Coe, Kevin Buzzacott and Sam Watson

 

Griffith Uni Calls for Land Rights Movement Stories

05 August 2013

Do you have a Queensland Land Rights Movement story? Griffith Uni wants to hear it, for a research project “Our people, our pictures, our voices”.

Muster Ticket Giveaway

31 July 2013

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98.9FM is giving away tickets to the muster again! Tune into the Brekky show from 5am and the Drive show from 3pm and listen out for your chance to pick up a weekend pass!

Check out the full line-up and get your tickets from www.muster.com.au

 

National Diabetes Week

16 July 2013

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Diabetes is a medical condition where the body fails to process blood sugar or glucose in a normal way, it  is the world’s fastest-growing chronic disease.  Every day, 62 Queenslanders are diagnosed with the condition, two people with type 1 diabetes, and 60 people with type 2 diabetes.

Find out more information from the following links:

http://www.diabetesqld.org.au/managing-diabetes/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander.aspx

http://www.bimaprojects.org.au/on-air/got-suga/

 

 

NAIDOC 2013 Events

09 July 2013

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To see all NAIDOC events around Brisbane and surrounding areas go to our Community page.

If you have an event you would like to submit as a Community Service Announcement please email the flyer or information to info@989fm.com.au

 

Good News for Community Digital Radio

27 June 2013

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Community digital radio stations are breathing a sigh of relief today, after the Federal Government announced it will rectify the funding shortfall that has been threatening the future of current services.

The announcement comes following a community campaign calling on the government to rectify the annual operational funding shortfall which was created after the 2012 Federal Budget.

The Federal Government’s commitment will provide $6million in funding over three years to enable community digital radio services to stay on air.

President of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia, Adrian Basso said the decision is a fantastic outcome for community radio stations and listeners and a big boost to media diversity in Australia.

“Thanks to the tens of thousands of people who stood up and showed just how important community radio is to communities right across Australia, community radio now has a digital future,” Mr Basso said.

“It’s fantastic that the Federal Government has listened to the needs of the community and delivered the funding required to keep digital community radio services up and running.

“This is a sign that the Federal Government is serious about supporting media diversity in Australia.

“There’s been a long-standing government commitment to ensuring community broadcasting has affordable access to digital platforms. This announcement makes good on those commitments.

“Supporters of the Commit to Community Radio campaign sent tens of thousands of emails to politicians calling on them to commit to giving community radio services a secure future, and they’ve finally delivered.”

The Commit to Community Radio campaign, launched earlier this year, attracted over 43,000 supporters, including Wally de Backer, better known as Gotye, H.G Nelson, Paul Kelly, John Safran and Andrew Denton. 

http://committocommunityradio.org.au/

Troy Cassar-Daley & Adam Harvey New Album

11 June 2013

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Country music stars Troy Cassar-Daley and Adam Harvey have joined forces in what is sure to be one of the most exciting country music ventures of the year!  Their album The Great Country Songbook – a collection of timeless country music classics, some sung individually and others as duets

The Great Country Songbook features the following 20 tracks:

  1. Good Hearted Woman
  2. Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys
  3. Crystal Chandeliers
  4. He Stopped Loving Her Today
  5. Lights On The Hill
  6. For The Good Times
  7. Coward Of The County
  8. Luckenbach Texas (Back To The Basics Of Love)
  9. Indian Pacific
  10. Rhinestone Cowboy
  11. Mama Tried
  12. Behind Closed Doors
  13. I Walk The Line
  14. Hey Good Lookin’
  15. Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine
  16. Oh Lonesome Me
  17. You’re My Best Friend
  18. Seven Spanish Angels
  19. That’s The Way Love Goes
  20. Medley: Thank God I’m A Country Boy/Before The Next Teardrop Falls/On The Road Again

http://www.troycassardaley.com.au/

http://www.adamharvey.com.au/

John Fogerty “Wrote A Song For Everyone”

27 May 2013

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This new album features 12 Creedence classics and two new songs featuring guest artist appearances from, Foo Fighters, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown, Alan Jackson and more.

Buy The Album

http://www.johnfogerty.com

ALBUM TRACK LIST

1. FORTUNATE SON (WITH FOO FIGHTERS)
2. ALMOST SATURDAY NIGHT (WITH KEITH URBAN)
3. LODI (WITH SHANE FOGERTY & TYLER FOGERTY)
4. MYSTIC HIGHWAY
5. WROTE A SONG FOR EVERYONE (WITH MIRANDA LAMBERT, FEAT. TOM MORELLO)
6. BAD MOON RISING (WITH ZAC BROWN BAND)
7. LONG AS I CAN SEE THE LIGHT (WITH MY MORNING JACKET)
8. BORN ON THE BAYOU (WITH KID ROCK)
9. TRAIN OF FOOLS
10. SOMEDAY NEVER COMES (WITH DAWES)
11. WHO’LL STOP THE RAIN (WITH BOB SEGER)
12. HOT ROD HEART (WITH BRAD PAISLEY)
13. HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN (WITH ALAN JACKSON)
14. PROUD MARY (WITH JENNIFER HUDSON, FEAT. ALLEN TOUSSAINT AND THE REBIRTH BRASS BAND)

“Growing Up Catholic” Exhibition

20 May 2013

Growing Up Catholic

An exhibition documenting the Catholic history of North Stradbroke Island. Curated by Michael Aird.

The Exhibition to be launched by Aunty Rosie Borey & Aunty Ethel Brown with Archbishop Mark Coleridge, the Archbishop of Brisbane.

This event follows a commemorative church service at 9am at St Paul of the Cross Catholic Church, Dunwich.

Official Launch 11am – 12noon followed by a presentation by Dr Stefano Girola – School of Theology, Australian Catholic University, Brisbane.

Exhibition continues until 7th July at North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum 15-17 Welsby St Dunwich (07) 3409 9699

Condoman Launch

10 May 2013

Condoman and Characters

Condoman and Lubelicious are superheroes with a mission to promote sexual health messages to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland.

The Launch of Condoman was held at BIMA, guest speakers included Aunty Flo Watson who did the ‘Welcome to Country’, Brett Mooney from 2 Sprits and Dr Gracelyn Smallwood.

There are 9 characters, Condoman, Lubelicious, Syphilis, Gonorrhoea, HPV, HIV, Herpes, Hep C and Chlamydia they all feature in the new Comic Book which is available at http://www.qahc.org.au/condoman

In collaboration between 2 Spiritsthe Institute for Urban Indigenous Health and 98.9fm,  radio skits of Condoman and Lubelicious can be heard on 98.9fm of the duo tackling insidious sexually transmitted infections, HIV and other blood-borne viruses.

See the Photo Gallery from the launch

Live Broadcast of the First Nations Australia Writers Workshop

09 May 2013

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Tomorrow on Let’s Talk, Live Broadcast from the First Nations Australia Writers Workshop from the State Library, Tiga will be speaking with Yvette Holt, Herb Wharton, Marcus Waters and Johnny Harding, tune in from 9am. http://fnawworkshop.com/

Ipswich Community Health Day

08 May 2013

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Saturday 11th May, 10:0am-2:00pm Cameron Park, Brisbane Rd Booval. Free Health Checks, Mums & Bubs, AFL Clinic and more

Glenn Skuthorpe Album Launch

06 May 2013

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Glenn Skuthorpe’s much anticipated fourth album, takes listeners on a musical road trip across lives lived hard and fast, slow and raw. With its roots, country and blues influences, ‘Great Beyonder’ displays Glenn’s distinctive songwriting talent that has received acclaim by audiences and reviewers. A mix of genres and musical influences, ‘Great Beyonder’ ranges from the lyrical ballad ‘Life of a rose’, to the rocking ‘Smokin’ and ‘Rage on’

‘Great Beyonder’ Album Launch

Wednesday, 8th May 2013

Black Bear Lodge, Fortitude Valley (Brunswick St Mall)

Doors open 7:00pm Tickets $19.00

https://www.facebook.com/glennskuthorpemusic?group_id=0

Listen to Dan’s interview with Neil Murray

06 May 2013

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Neil speaking about his life in music and performs live versions of  “Meet me in Bedourie”and “Burning Land”

98.9FM’s 20 years in Pictures

10 April 2013

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On Tuesday April 6, 1993, 98.9FM was on-the-air making its mark as the first Indigenous radio station in a capital city and for its unique blend of country and Indigenous music.

Since the first broadcast the station has grown from strength to strength and today continues its strong commitment to quality broadcasting of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music, issues and news.

Have a look through our special 20yrs of 98.9FM Photo Gallery 

98.9FM Turns 20!

02 April 2013

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Saturday 6th April is 98.9 (4AAA) 20th Birthday. Leave us a birthday message that will be played during our week of celebrations. Call 3892 0185

Day of Action! Commit to Community Radio

13 March 2013

Today is the Commit to Community Radio day of action! We’re broadcasting from 12pm in King George Square, come down and say hi and sign-up to the campaign to help save 98.9FM & community stations.

Sign up to the campaign here http://committocommunityradio.org.au/

First Muster Artist Announcement

04 March 2013

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THE MAVERICKS (USA)

TROY CASSAR-DALEY, CATHERINE BRITT, ADAM BRAND, SARA STORER, GRAEME CONNORS, JAMES BLUNDELL, SLEEPY MAN BANJO BOYS (USA), TOPP TWINS (NZ), MENTAL AS ANYTHING, KEVIN WELCH (USA) AMBER LAWRENCE, CHELSEA BASHAM, KAYLENS RAIN, ANNE KIRKPATRICK, GRAHAM RODGER, ROO ARCUS, KIRSTY AKERS, REG POOLE (OAM), THE BOSTOCKS, THE CASUARINAS, JEFF BROWN, WILSON PICKERS, TAMARA STEWART, BLUE EYES CRY.

Watch this space for more artist announcements along with news of some exciting changes and great new venues in 2013.

Specially priced ‘Early Bird’ tickets will be available until 15th March.

Updates and Tickets: www.muster.com.au

Show you support for 98.9FM

28 February 2013

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Community radio is the soul of Australian broadcasting – it’s the voice of communities right across the country. But the future of 98.9FM and other community stations are at rise.

Unless the Federal Government commits to a digital future for community radio in the next budget, it will be the beginning of the end for stations like ours.

To find our more info and help us save community radio by joining the campaign at committocommunityradio.org.au

The future of radio is digital – we can’t risk bring left behind.

Clancestry Weekend Opening Friday 1st March

26 February 2013

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Clancestry is a celebration of country. This means many things. “Country” acknowledges the Traditional Owners of this land. As a metaphor it connects us to our homeland and regions with a special character. From a performing arts perspective it is both an art form and a popular performance genre.

Clancestry is a festival celebrating the arts and cultural practices of the world’s First Nation’s Peoples. The festival draws on rich spiritual culture and provides a space to connect with other clan groups across the country and the globe. In presenting performances, workshops, free events and conversations the festival moves beyond transactional contact into deeper relationships between all peoples.

In its first year, Clancestry’s major focus will be on Australia’s First Nation’s peoples – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. In subsequent years, Clancestry will invite participation from around the globe.

Free concert on Friday night featuring Troy Cassar-Daley

Tickets and more information at http://www.qpac.com.au/clancestry/

Highlights of Link-Up’s 5th Anniversary Apology Event

19 February 2013

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Includes a speech from Kevin Rudd and a performance by Les Collins.

 

Live Broadcast 5th Anniversary of the Apology Link-Up Event

15 February 2013

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The Let’s Talk program this morning was broadcast live from Link-Up’s event for the 5th Anniversary of the Apology. Tiga spoke with CEO Sheryl Sandy, Chair Sam Watson, Dr Norman Sheehan, Stolen Generations member Jack Munro and Yuggera Traditional Owner Uncle Des Sandy. See More

World Condom Day

14 February 2013

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Today is Condom Day. Listen to 98.9fm for messages from Condoman and Lubelicious on the importance of wearing condoms.

Condoman and Lubelicious are superheroes with a mission to promote sexual health messages to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland.

They have found their voice in a collaboration between 2 Spiritsthe Institute for Urban Indigenous Health and 98.9fm.  Tune in to listen to a series of 24 radio skits as Condoman and Lubelicious tackle insidious sexually transmitted infections, HIV and other blood-borne viruses.

 

 

 

5th Anniversary of the Apology

13 February 2013

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Today is the 5th Anniversary of the Apology made by Kevin Rudd to the Stolen Generations and recognising that Australia’s Indigenous people were the first inhabitants of this land. But there is still a long way to go and a lot of unfinished business.

“Clancestry” showcasing the diversity of the world’s First Nations peoples

07 February 2013

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Presented for the first time, Clancestry shares the stories of the oldest living cultures on earth from the banks of the Brisbane River.

Clancestry showcases the diversity of the world’s First Nations peoples in the spirit of celebration. It connects kin and clan, the contemporary and the traditional, people and community. Supporting Clancestry is the ideal that art connects people, place and ideas.

The program brings together a rich tapestry of Song Men and Women and highly acclaimed artists to share in the stories, culture and creativity of the First Nations’ people of the world.

Through the presentation of a dynamic and distinctive group of art makers and knowledge keepers, Clancestry welcomes audiences of all cultures to celebrate in understanding who we are and how we belong. From the red sands to the sweet water mountains, the salt water country and luminous sea green islands of the North, Clancestry is a Celebration of Country.

Clancestry features performances by high profile artists alongside new and emerging artists in a program that includes free and ticketed events.   Opening at dusk on Friday 1 March 2013, audiences will share in a traditional Welcome to Country presented on a sand circle on South Bank’s Cultural Forecourt and a performance bringing together artists from across the program to be directed by guest curator Rhoda Roberts.  On Saturday 2 March 2013, the legendary Black Arm Band will perform in QPAC’s Concert Hall.

The free weekend program includes contemporary and traditional performances as well as workshops, discussions, ceremony, and visual arts.

The full program for Clancestry, including events in the lead up to the weekend will be released in late January 2013.

http://www.qpac.com.au/event/Clancestry_13.aspx

Live Broadcast of the All Stars game

05 February 2013

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Tune into 98.9FM on Saturday 9th Feb starting 7pm to hear the live broadcast of the All Stars v Indigenous All Stars game. Ryan James, First Nations player (Titans) Paul Gallen (Sharks) and Mahalia Murphy, First nations player, visited the station today to speak to Dan and some of our students.

“Hate He Said” by Steven Oliver

25 January 2013

Poem written by Steven Oliver about Australia Day.

“Hate He Said”

Hate, he said was in my heart

Hate, he said tore us apart
Hate, he said to let it go
Hate, he said but he did not know
That what I had inside of me
Was a sadness born of empathy
That because I did not celebrate
It did not mean I was full of hate
I asked him to just try and see
Through my eyes the tragedy
Of dispossession, of pain, of hurt
Of the red of blood that stained this earth
I mourn for all the lives that were lost
I mourn for what this country cost
I mourn for how we came to be
For the end does not justify the means
It’s in the past he said, move on
Why mourn for something so long gone?
I looked at him and came to say,
Do you think we should forget about ANZAC day?
It’s not the same was his retort
I said wait a minute, give it some thought
People died while fighting for their land
Defending it from a foreign hand
Make no mistake there was a war
That had been fought on these very shores
A war that didn’t always discriminate
Where the elderly or infants could meet the same fate
As those who fought to protect them so
And that’s why we should never let go
Never forget what price was paid
For us to live as we do today
He looked at me quite seriously
Said he celebrates because we’re free
He celebrates our democracy
And everything great in this country
I said, that’s fine, I get that, it’s clear
Just please don’t forget how we got here
Just take a moment to think it through
What price was paid for me and you
To live in this country as we do
Don’t take for granted the sacrifice
Both of land and of life
We need to remember those who died
Not let their legacy be swept aside
You got an apology, he said
It talked about loss and mentioned the dead
What more do you want? He asked of me,
And so I replied in the hope he would see
We have a day for Australia, the Queen
For New Years and Christmas and all those between
Like Labour and Easter, the ANZAC Parade
And just what the hell is Boxing Day?
There’s even a day that we have for the Shows
But nothing that speaks of my people’s woes
A national day to acknowledge the cause
To acknowledge all that has happened before
And I don’t mean NAIDOC I mean something more
Where the whole nation stops, like it does for a horse!
A day, is that too much to ask?
To remind us, don’t ignore the past
He processed my words and looked at the ground
We both sat in silence, then there was a sound
A sound that seemed like heaven to me
A sound of two words that said, I agree!
We talked some more as the day came to end
And despite our differences I’d made a new friend
He understood as the day came to night
That I needed some things in this country made right
And because I did not celebrate
It did not mean I was full of hate.
© Steven Oliver 24/01/2012

Let’s Talk on Thursday 24th January

22 January 2013

Don’t miss Let’s Talk on Thursday 24th January. Tiga is speaking with Eddie, a former American gang member speaking about youth violence. See Eddie’s video

Dan interviews Eagles legend Glenn Frey

18 January 2013

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Listen to Dan’s interview with ‘The Eagles‘ founder and guitarist. Glenn spoke about his life with The Eagles and his Solo career and his love of Australia.

Glenn Frey will be in Australia for the After Hours Tour’  at QPAC on February 21 with Troy Cassar-Daley supporting.

Show your support at the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry

09 January 2013

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal service has been granted leave to appear at the current Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry.

Where: Brisbane Magistrate Court, Court 17, level 4 363 George Street

When: Monday 14th, Tuesday 15th and Wednesday the 16th Jan 2013.

The Honourable Commissioner Tim Carmody will provide the commission’s final report and recommendations in April 2013, including solutions to address the intergenerational cycles of our children’s overrepresentation and create better interventions to promote their holistic full potential. It is also paramount that the unique cultural and legal rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who have contact with the child protection system are maintained and adhered too as core practices. Our families, Our children Our Future.

Please come and support key Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child  and family advocates calling for proficient Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child protection framework with greater responsibility, accountability and authority held by the community. We call the Community to support our most vulnerable children and young people’s futures by attending the Inquiry public gallery.

Demonstrate that our hearts and minds have turned to equality and justice for our children to reach their full potential as Queenslanders.

http://www.atsils.com.au

http://www.childprotectioninquiry.qld.gov.au/

Find out more information on this issue by listening to the podcast of Let’s Talk

Get the new 98.9fm App for Smartphones

07 January 2013

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Want to hear 98.9fm on the go, anywhere in the world?  Download our new app for Android or Apple iOS phones or tablets.

Download the 98.9fm App here

 

iOS App

  iPhone, iPad, iPod

 

Android App

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Murri Christmas!

20 December 2012

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During the Christmas week on 98.9fm we’re playing all the highlights from the year, Interviews, Live performance and of course great music!

Breakfast Show with Dan Rennie : 24th December – 21st January

Drive Show with Luke Peacock : 24th December – 21st January

All Australian Top 20 Returns 9th Feb

Let’s Talk Returns 21st Jan

Breakfast Show with Jamie and Ian Returns 21st Jan

We will be closed from 5pm 21st December and will re-open Wednesday 2nd January

The Triple A Training Centre will be closed from 5pm 21st December and will re-open 21st January.

Let’s Talk special on the Commonwealth Games Protest

19 December 2012

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Tune into Let’s Talk from 9am EST on Thursday 20th December, Tiga takes us back to the 1982 Commonwealth Games, when people took to the streets to protest against the QLD acts. Tune in to hear from those who were present in 1982 and those who came back to commemorate 30 years later.

Video : State of Emergency : Ross Watson

Lachlan Harrod Wheelchair Fund

07 December 2012

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Today is Lachlan Harrod day! We are raising money to go towards his new wheelchair. If you would like to donate the bank account details are:
Westpac
BSB: 034072
ACC: 15788960
REF: Lachlan Harrod

98.9FM welcomes 2Spirits Condoman and Lubelicious

06 December 2012

Condoman and Lubelicious are superheroes with a mission to promote sexual health messages to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland.

They have found their voice in a collaboration between 2 Spirits, the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health and 98.9fm.  Tune in to listen to a series of 24 radio skits as Condoman and Lubelicious tackle insidious sexually transmitted infections, HIV and other blood-borne viruses.

You can hear the radio skits of Condoman and Lubelicious on 98.9FM

 

Arthur : It Bin The Night Before Xmas Dere La

04 December 2012

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A Murri-ised version of “Twas the night before Xmas” heard on 98.9FM by First Nations comedian, Steven Oliver as Arthur. Listen to Arthur’s christmas messages in the Podcast section.

See more of Arthur on his youtube channel.

Herb Wharton wins National Literary Award

27 November 2012

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A Kooma man from Cunamulla, Herb Wharton spent most of his life as a drover, stockman, labourer and now, a storyteller. Herb always has a pen to paper writing poems about the drovers, the station owners who thought they had settled the land, and the Aboriginal Dreaming tracks that preceded them by thousands of years, and entered some into the David Unaipon Award, though none were published the University of Queensland Press highly commended the Poems and offered Herb a contract to write a novel.

Unbranded released in 1992 launched his writing career going on to write, Cattle Camp (1994) and Where Ya’ Been, Mate? (1996) and an autobiography, Yumba Days (1999)

Herb has self-published a book of his poems called Kings with Empty Pockets.

Congratulations to Herb Wharton, winner of the 2012 Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature.

Yarn About Youth Report

22 November 2012

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This morning on Let’s Talk, Karen Dorante spoke with Andrew Cummings and Blake Tatafu about a new survey that has found the majority of young Australians are wanting to advance reconciliation, but less than half know to go about it.

The ‘Yarn About Youth‘ report, co-authored by Reconciliation Australia and the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition, contains findings from the first ever national survey of young peoples’ attitudes to reconciliation.

Hippo’s Homecoming

22 November 2012

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Come enjoy a family fun day out and help build accommodation for cancer patients and their families.

Saturday 24th November 11am – 4pm  Wynnum Manly Workers Club, Bogner Rd Tingalpa

For more information on Hippo’s Charity Foundation and the cancer ride

Pixie interviews Roger Knox

05 November 2012

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Missed Bush Brekky? Listen to Pixie’s interview with First Nations singer-songwriter and Country music legend, Roger Knox.

Congratulations Merinda!

02 November 2012

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Merinda is one of our trainees with Triple A Training. In March Merinda completed a Certificate III in Media and loved it so much has now enrolled into Certificate IV in Screen and Media.

“Studying at Triple A Training, I have learnt many skills that allow me to work effectively in the media industry”.

Merinda is in her last year of high school at Mt Maria College and received Academic Excellence in English, Music, Hospitality and Religion and was announced Dux of the school.

Merinda will be the first Indigenous student to graduate from Mt Maria College in its 25 year history.

Well done Merinda!

Visitors from Doomadgee

01 November 2012

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A group of primary school students from Doomadgee State School visited the station for a tour. Some of the kids recorded their own radio program and recorded each other singing, with a few of the kids joined Tiga on the Let’s Talk program.

Listen to the Podcast

Join Pixie & Chad Morgan on the Bush Brekky

26 October 2012

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Sunday Morning from 6am. Tune into the Bush Brekky, Pixie’s special guest this week is Chad Morgan.

http://www.chadmorgan.com.au

2012 AICA Conference held in Brisbane

25 October 2012

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The Australian Indigenous Communications Association conference held in Brisbane on 22nd & 23rd of October brought members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander broadcasting and media sector: urban, rural and remote – broadcasting, print, online, film, video & television, together.

Pictured: AICA Board Members (L to R) Trevor Tim BBm Cairns, Brett Leavy NIRS, Lloyd Wyles 4K1G Townsville, Sandra Brooks, Gill McGuiness 3CR Melbourne, Tiga Bayles BIMA Brisbane.

Listen to Pixie’s Interview with Joy McKean

15 October 2012

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Missed Bush Brekky? Never Fear! the podcast is here! click “PROGRAMS” then “INTERVIEWS” to hear Pixie’s chat with Joy.

Pixie Interviews Joy McKean

11 October 2012

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Tune into the ‘Bush Brekky’ on Sunday morning from 6am to hear a gorgeous chat with one of the founders of Australian country music. Joy opens up about her early life in Singleton, dealing with Poliomyelitis and her life with Slim Dusty.

Live Broadcast of the “Stronger Smarter” Summit

09 October 2012

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The Let’s Talk program was broadcast live this morning from the “Stronger Smarter” Summit in Brisbane. The 2012 Stronger Smarter Summit is an opportunity for you to hear from school and community leaders who have converted the rhetoric of the Stronger Smarter Philosophy to reality. Guests speakers included Chris Sarra and Maori Professor Russell Bishop.

Listen to the Podcast

The Stronger Smarter Institute

  • delivers quality leadership programs for school leaders to enhance the teaching of Indigenous school students;
  • develops and facilitates innovative research projects;
  • works in partnership with governments, schools and universities engaged in Indigenous education;
  • supports the development of Indigenous leadership in communities; and
  • is a hub of a growing network of schools and individuals who are engaged in creating “stronger smarter” realities  for Indigenous children

For more information http://www.strongersmarter.qut.edu.au

30th Anniversery Commonwealth Games Protest

04 October 2012

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The year was 1982, Queensland was the last State to have an ‘Aborigines Act’ as law, nationally the Land Rights movement was a powerful grassroots political force and from 30th September to 9th October Brisbane was hosting the Commonwealth Games.

Aboriginal people and their supporters from all over Australia joined the militant Brisbane Blacks to show Australia and the World that Aboriginal sovereignty over the land had never been ceded, to demand land rights and the repeal of the Aborigines Act.

10,000 p

eople set up tents in Musgrave Park, hundreds were arrested every day outside sporting venues across Brisbane. Soon after these massive protests the Aborigines Act was repealed and the first land rights legislation started appearing around the country.

From 5-7th October the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy will host a series of events to honour this important historical event.

Friday October 5:
* 12 noon: Rally at Roma St Forum for a march to Musgrave Park.
* 4:30pm: Opening ceremony, dinner to honour the veterans of our struggle followed by a screening of ‘We Fight’ (filmed during the 1982 protests) and Q&A with film maker Madeline Mcgrady.

Saturday October 6:
* 10am: Forums and Embassy Idol!!!
* 2pm-late: The Rainbow Republic Concert

Sunday October 7:
* 10am: Combined Church service
* 12 noon: Forum to discuss the future of the Sovereignty movement

For more info phone: 0408064900, 0438781121 or 0431 525 924

 

In Conversation with Shane Howard

25 September 2012

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2012 marks the 30th Anniversery of “Solid Rock” by Goanna.

At the Gympie Muster, Tiga hosted a special acoustic performance with Shane Howard. Shane song a few of his favourite songs and also spent some time telling stories of his life, influences in his music and his special connection with Australia’s First Peoples

Watch Tiga’s interview with Archie Roach

12 September 2012

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Archie Roach visited the studio to have a yarn. Watch the video of Tiga’s interview with Archie. Click on “Programs” then “Videos”

Alani Centacare Visitors

11 September 2012

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A group of elders visited the station today as part of the Alani Centacare’s daily activities. If you would like information on your nearest Centacare Support Services go to http://www.centacarebrisbane.net.au

Archie Roach Visits 98.9FM

10 September 2012

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Archie Roach came into visit 98.9FM and to speak with Dan Rennie about performing in the 2012 Brisbane Festival. The interview will be played this afternoon on the Drive Show with Dan Rennie.

The 2012 Brisbane Festival will be held on the 8-29 September 2012.

Archie will be performing his old favourites and some new upcoming songs.

Date: Sunday 9th September, 7:15pm & Monday 10th September, 7:15pm

Venue: The Courier-Mail Spiegeltent – Cultural Forecourt, South Bank

Price: Adult – $40 | Concession – $35 | Groups – $33

For more information check out the official Brisbane Festival guide.

Watch Jordan’s Interview with Marco Gliori

06 September 2012

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Jordan Wymara from 98.7FM BBM in Cairns, who was part of the 98.9FM crew at the Muster interviews Marco Gliori.   Continue reading →

2012 Optus Gympie Music Muster Radio Team

30 August 2012

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Who enjoyed the MUSTER?!

Over the last week several regional visitors from, Queensland’s First Nations radio stations (4US Rockhampton, 98.7 BBM Cairns and My105fm Mackay) have helped run the Festival Radio from the 2012 Optus Gympie Music Muster.

Throughout the Muster we played more than 80hrs of live and recorded performances!

One of the most inspirational interviews was with Tiga Bayles and Shane Howard. Tiga hosted the “Conversation with Shane Howard”, where Shane spoke about his life, music and passion for First Nations people.

98.9fm Optus Gympie Music Muster Broadcast

20 August 2012

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It’s that time again! If you can’t make it to the Muster this year, 98.9fm will bring it to you. Starting from 3pm Thursday, we’ll be bringing you live performances from the main stage and all the other stages throughout the day! Tune in to 98.9fm, web streaming or any stations via the NIRS network.

If your coming to the Muster, come past the 98.9 tent and say hi! and don’t forget to grab your 98.9fm Muster Collectors T-Shirt.

Cleveland, USA’s National Youth Sporting Program

14 August 2012

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Students from Cleveland, Ohio USA’s National Youth Sporting Program (NYSP) came in today to check out the building and learn more about our First Nation’s people and culture.

The McClymonts playing in Brisbane

09 August 2012

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With the release of their latest album “Two Worlds Collide” The McClymonts are coming to Brisbane for a spectacular show at the Tivoli, 21st September. With special guests; Wes Carr (Australian Idol) and We The Ghosts (Mutser Talent Search winners)

Get your tix now at ticketek.com.au

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

09 August 2012

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Today is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.

The focus of this year’s International Day is “Indigenous Media, Empowering Indigenous Voices”.

The theme aims to highlight the importance of indigenous media in challenging stereotypes, forging indigenous peoples’ identities, communicating with the outside world, and influencing the social and political agenda.

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Reconciliation Barometer

26 July 2012

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Go to www.reconciliation.org.au and follow the links to the “Australian Reconciliation Barometer 2012″ and have your say

Muster Ticket Window : Now Open!

16 July 2012

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Win a season pass to the Gympie Muster. Listen for the “Cow Moo” and call 3892 0185 or get your tickets now at www.muster.com.au

National Diabetes Week

10 July 2012

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Diabetes is a medical condition where the body fails to process blood sugar or glucose in a normal way, it  is the world’s fastest-growing chronic disease.  Every day, 62 Queenslanders are diagnosed with the condition, two people with type 1 diabetes, and 60 people with type 2 diabetes.

Here a few steps you can take now to lower your chances or control Diabetes;

 

Healthy Eating: 

  • Instead of using Salt for flavour : Opt for Herbs, Spices, Chilli & Garlic
  • Avoid Alcohol intake
  • Instead of going for the ice-cream for desert : Make a Fruit Salad Sundae – Strawberries, Mandarins and Bananas are beautifully sweet this season topped with Natural Yoghurt and crushed Cashew nuts
  • Time for your afternoon Coffee hit? : Try Herbal Tea instead – Green and Jasmine tea are packed with anti-oxidants and give you a great energy lift

Keeping Active:

  • Try and wake up half-an-hour earlier than usual and go for a walk around the block – you will be amazed how much more energy you having during the day
  • Instead of driving to work, catch a train or bus and walk to and from the station and work
  • Take the stairs instead of the lift or escalator
  • When dropping the kids off to school, park the car a few streets away and walk with them to the gate

 

For advice on medical issues you should always consult your health professional. 



Radio Maroon : Let’s Make it 7

04 July 2012

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FIRST, there was Radio Maroon – the proudly biased and unauthorised commentary team that gave Queenslanders the chance to listen to Origin games free of Blues rubbish.

The Courier-Mail and 98.9FM will again bring Radio Maroon to life on Wednesday night, with Channel 10′s Bill McDonald leading a team featuring former Origin stars Steve Renouf, Adrian Lam and Adam Mogg.

Radio Maroon has drawn listeners from across the world, keen to hear a Maroon tinge to such a grand footy game.

It’s been so popular, other media outlets are trying to get a piece of the action. And how they’ve stretched their vivid imaginations to come up with a rival.

For yesterday Maroon Radio was born. That’s right, Maroon Radio, or Radio Maroon in reverse.

Nova Brisbane has launched a digital station, pre-recorded and played on loop, and featuring a “special balls and all Origin edition”.

So, there’s nothing nova about this idea. Pale Pink Radio may best describe it.

Pale Pink Radio won’t carry a live call. For that, you’ll have to turn down the TV and turn up Radio Maroon - the only way to enjoy the Origin free of the Blues cheerleaders

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Follow the discussion on @989fmcountry’s twitter #RadioMaroon or the Radio Maroon facebook page – www.facebook.com/radiomaroon

Eric Deeral : The First, First Nations State Member

03 July 2012

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Born at Cape Bedford Mission in 1932, Eric Deeral was evacuated to Woorabinda during World War II, where he was educated at the Woorabinda Central School. He left school at the age of 13 and held down carious jobs as a labourer, bush worker and stockman.

Eric continued to educate himself and, in 1957, became the Chairman of the Hope Vale Mission Community Council and then a liasion officer with the QLD Aboriginal Affairs Department, In 1973 he was appointed as a consultant to the QLD Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.

In the 1974 election – 10 years after his Elders and the Elders of the surrounding Cape York and Torres Strait communities had met at Palm Island and selected him to stand as a candidate for parliament – he defeated six other candidates to win the state electorate of Cook, representing the National Party.

Pictured: Uncle Eric Deeral and Tiga Bayles

NAIDOC Week 1st – 8th July 2012

26 June 2012

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Go to “COMMUNITY” to see all events happening around QLD to celebrate NAIDOC week.

What is NAIDOC?
NAIDOC celebrations are held around Australia in July each year to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC Week 2012 will be held from 1 to 8 July. This year the theme is “Spirit of the Tent Embassy: 40 years on”

 

Cooktown Trainees

21 June 2012

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Media trainees from Cooktown State High School attended Cairns this week for block training at BBM 98.7fm.  The students produced their own live radio show as well as assisting Tiga with the Let’s Talk program.  Big thanks to Karen Whipper, Domenic Power and the Cooktown District Community Centre for supporting the students in this training program.

Too Deadly Dunn

01 June 2012

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RADIO personality Jamie Dunn is still cracking the jokes but he has a serious side too, quietly returning as many Aboriginal artefacts as he can to their rightful owners.

IT was in Rita Rainbow’s second-hand shop in Marcoola, on the Sunshine Coast, that Jamie Dunn first saw it.

It was a smooth, crescent-shaped piece of metal which he recognised at once as an Aboriginal breast plate.

On it was a name – Fred Embrey – a date and a place.

An idea sparked in his head. All the information was there. He could return it to its rightful owner. He handed over $800 and spent that night on the phone, calling all the Embreys he could find. “Hello,” he would say. “Are you Aboriginal?”

Dunn, who at the time was at the height of his fame with his sidekick puppet, Agro, and Logie award-winning television show, Agro’s Cartoon Connection, didn’t have any luck.

 

People were indifferent, polite, but ultimately no help.

Then, as fate or luck would have it, he bought an indigenous history book.

In it, unbelievably, was a photograph of Fred Embrey wearing the very breast plate now in Dunn’s possession.

At the time, Dunn convinced Channel 7 to fly him out by helicopter to do an Agro show for school kids at Cherbourg, an Aboriginal community, northwest of Brisbane.

At the end of the show, he presented the breast plate to the school.

“There was a scream at the back and it was someone who was related to Fred Embrey,” Dunn says.

“The breast plate had been stolen from the Embrey family so this had a good ending.

“I’m not keen to buy items to create a market but I don’t want to see something sit in a second-hand shop that might mean something to someone or enable indigenous people to celebrate their culture.”

Dunn, 62, looks out from his third-floor Bribie Island balcony. He has a lovely view of the Pumicestone Passage. But he sees something more than a playground of boats and picnic spots.

“Imagine being the tribe on Bribie Island . . . this would have been a complete paradise. In those days, the Ningi Ningi tribe were over on the mainland side, the Joondabarrie tribe lived here on the island. There would have been oysters, dugong, grass beds just over there. Most of the clans on the north coast here were shifted out to Cherbourg. They had different languages, different cultures . . . they just jammed them altogether.

“I don’t bang the drum. I’ve kept these years that I’ve involved myself quite quiet. All I did was send back a few things.”

Dunn is a fossicker. He frequents Lifeline, op shops, antique stores, even the dump. Among the T-shirts and pottery fish, sometimes he finds something real. Something that makes him stop in his tracks and commit to action.

During a fossick at Brisbane’s Paddington Antique Centre, he saw a set of six ochre-coloured, carved corroboree sticks. The accompanying documentation detailed how a priest, in the 1940s, had taken them from Aborigines at Fitzroy Crossing, some 400km east of Broome in Western Australia, and later sold them.

The story cut Dunn to the core. It made him angry, sickened him.

“I hated that priest,” he says. “He’d put them (the Aborigines) on the mission and was trying to “Christianise” them. The fact he had taken these away and sold them, it irked me. I was completely disgusted.

“I bought them for about $900. I bought them to take them out of circulation and I knew I was buying something worthwhile to someone spiritually. They were important to someone.”

Dunn, working at B105 at the time, teamed up with his co-host Robin Bailey’s mother – Julie James Bailey, a professor in media studies at Griffith University – who successfully returned them while she was on a trip to Broome.

The Cairns museum has also accepted a donation from Dunn of an Aboriginal axehead dating back to the late 1700s.

Dunn has self-educated himself in indigenous culture.

His collection of indigenous books, worth thousands of dollars, has also been gifted to the Aboriginal and Islander Independent Community School at Acacia Ridge.

Now armed with knowledge about indigenous culture, Dunn cringes when he remembers a careless remark he once made. It still makes him feel ashamed.

“I bought a derelict house in Paddington and there were squatters,” he says. “A friend of mine came over and asked me what I was doing and I said: ‘There’s been some Abos in the house’.

“Fancy saying that. I carry it. I’ll never forgive myself for it.”

Dunn, who has dropped from 116kg to 89kg following a heart attack five years ago, recognises some people might think of him as difficult, perhaps abrasive, demanding.

“I’m really not that person. I’ve just never taken much crap from people. I don’t suffer fools.”

Dunn and his second wife divorced a year ago and, until recently, he lived by himself. He now has taken in a boarder, or more precisely, a listener, who “needed a place to go”.

He doesn’t have a problem handing out his mobile phone number and says “dozens” of listeners or viewers have, over the years, become his friends.

“One of my best friends is Pete the truckie who I met on Cartoon Connection.

“And Jay, my very special friend Jay. He is 23 and I met him at B105 when he was 14. He goes to bed cuddling up to an Agro doll. There can be 20 calls on my phone at any one time from Jay and I do my best to take as many as I can. It doesn’t worry me at all.”

There have been various incarnations in Jamie Dunn’s career. From young rock star with his self-penned 1975 hit Jamie Come Home, to his alter-ego puppet Agro – with seven Logies to show for it – (Agro, often carted around in the boot of his car, hasn’t been fully retired and still makes the odd appearance “on request”).

Then there were the enduring years of success with B105′s Morning Crew where, at his peak, he earned more than $500,000 a year.

He has also been on the airwaves for Maroochydore’s Zinc 96.1 FM and had a tempestuous two years trying out AM radio as “the next John Laws” on 4BC which, as Dunn puts it, ” wasn’t a good fit”.

But what has been a good fit is his gig at indigenous radio station 98.9FM.

“After 4BC, I got a call from 98.9 to say: ‘Why don’t you spend the rest of your radio life with us?’ I am loving it.”

Article and Photo from Sunday Mail 20th May 2012

Triple A Training Update : Block Training

31 May 2012

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Over the last week, media trainees from all over Queensland attended a week of intensive media and technology training at the BIMA Multi-Media Centre. 11 Trainees from BBM Cairns, 4k1g Townsville, 4US Rockhampton and My105fm Mackay, participated in activities in film-making, broadcast technology and radio skills. The group participated in the Radio Maroon broadcast and the Gympie Muster second artist announcement which gave them the chance to interview Shane Howard, Peter Denahy and Chelsea Basham. The group also went on a tour behind the scenes of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre and previewed a rehearsal of the up-coming production “Stradbroke Dreamtime” and got the opportunity to interview some of the actors. There was also a tour of the new ABC studios in South Bank. Saturday, the mob attended Styling’ Up festival, one group made a documentary on their week in Brisbane and others got a lot of interviews from some great First Nations talent. The week of training helped our trainees gain competencies towards their Certificate 3 in Broadcast Technology, Certificate 4 and Diploma in Screen & Media.

If you would like some information on our courses call Triple A Training on 3892 0123.

Gympie Muster 2nd Artist Announcement

25 May 2012

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Along with the other massive acts announced last month, this morning we had a few special guests who are part of the Muster line up – Shane Howard (Goanna), Chelsea Basham, Peter Denahay. Plus! KASEY CHAMBERS & SHANE NICHOLSON, THE McCLYMONTS, ADAM HARVEY, ANNE KIRKPATRICK, NICK BARKER & THE REPTILES, FELICITY URQUHART, BILL CHAMBERS, KARL BROADIE, LYN BOWTELL, PIXIE JENKINS, MORGAN EVANS, THE PIGS, WAGONS, HARRY HOOKEY, LAUCHLAN BRYAN, BLUE SHADDY, THE ROB BLACK BAND, SISTA BURLEY, 8 BALL AITKEN, LUKE O’SHEA, DAN HANNAFORD, ASHLEIGH DALLAS, BRODERICK SMITH, CHAD SHUTTLEWORTH, LUELLA, COL FINLEY, THE DAISY DUKES, GRANT LUHRS, KERRYN TOLHURST, KIMBERLEY BOWDEN, THE MORNINGSIDE FATS, MUSTERED COURAGE, PJ O’BRIEN and the massive list of artists named in the first announcement.

The full artist line-up and tickets are available at www.muster.com.au

 

Let’s Talk 17th May : Broadcast of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples Forum

16 May 2012

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Tune in to Let’s Talk tomorrow at 9am to hear the forum held in Brisbane on Constitutional reform presented by the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and 98.9fm.  Forum speakers are the Congress co-chairs Les Malezer and Jody Broun and community members Lilla Watson and Mary Graham.

Radio Maroon 98.9FM back for second year

14 May 2012

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CALL the lawyers, sensitive Sydney, because Radio Maroon is back for another State of Origin series.

The rebel commentary team made for Queenslanders will return again next week when the Maroons begin their charge for a seventh consecutive Origin series win.

The Courier-Mail and 98.9FM – part of the National Indigenous Radio Service – have again combined to bring together the only commentary team free of the desperate cheerleaders who can’t hide their NSW feelings.

And, this year, Radio Maroon will call every game of the Origin series, with the NIRS carrying the unauthorised call to many parts of the state and online through couriermail.com.au and the 98.9FM website.

The commentary team will again be headed by experienced Channel 10 newsreader and sportscaller Bill McDonald and will feature former Origin players Steve Renouf, Adrian Lam and Paul Green.

 

The team will also be joined by respected indigenous rugby league commentator Hal Walsh, who will provide special comments.

Radio Maroon was formed for last year’s decider as an alternative to the Channel 9, ABC Radio and 2GB call teams which were stacked with NSW commentators.

“Our readers spoke very strongly last year – they were sick of the Blues fans disguised as commentators,” The Courier-Mail editor Michael Crutcher said.

“It gave Queenslanders the chance to turn down the volume on their TVs and turn up the radio to hear a call seen through Maroon eyes. But we had to fend off the lawyers last year. I expect that will happen again this year.”

On the day of last year’s decider, Sydney radio station owner Fairfax flew lawyers to Brisbane in a bid to block Radio Maroon.

But the legal challenge fizzled when Fairfax’s lawyers walked away minutes before their application was to be heard by a judge.

“That showed the NSW mindset – these blokes were going to walk into a Queensland courtroom, in front of a Queensland judge, on the day of the Origin decider to get Radio Maroon banned,” 98.9 spokesman Tiga Bayles said.

“In the end, even they realised it was hopeless.”

Turn up Radio Maroon next Wednesday night. Tune in from 7.30pm on 98.9FM Brisbane

Courier Mail 14th May 2012

Album of the Week : Steve Passfield

30 April 2012

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Steve Passfield “The Soundtrack of My Life”

The album contains 14 songs that have shaped my musical life including 3 instrumentals.

It pays tribute to the Australian Country Music of Slim Dusty, Shorty Ranger, Geoff Mack, Reg Lindsay, The Bushwackers & Mike McClellan as well as my take on Wings of a Dove, Make You Feel My Love & Wonderful World

Buy the album at http://www.stevepassfield.com.au

Bill Chambers pops by

13 April 2012

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Bill visited the studios for a chat and a song. Bill is playing shows around Sth East QLD over the weekend with Seleen McAlister. Check the gig guide in “Community” for dates.

Album of the Week : Christie Lamb

10 April 2012

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Christie Lamb “Mr Wrong”

Christie is a high energy, passionate performer with a uniquely strong and ‘earthy’ style. At the tender age of 19, Christie has achieved an astonishing amount and counts graduating from both the 2010 Talent Development Project and the CMAA Senior Academy of Country Music among the highlights so far. In October 2010, Christie was the only singer in NSW to enter the National Mentoring Project entitled “JUMP” for young and emerging artists. Consequently, Christie has worked with and been mentored by GINA JEFFREYS and ROD McCORMACK for the past 12 months. Mr Wrong is the first single from Christie’s debut EP which is scheduled for release this month. Co-written with JAY COLLIE and JASPER SOMERVILLE-COLLIE, Mr Wrong is a tongue-in-cheek take on failed relationships. Christie Lamb is a welcome breath of fresh air in today’s modern Country Music Industry – a young, talented singer/songwriter with her feet firmly planted in tradition.

Christie’s new EP is available now at http://www.christielamb.com/

“Julia” now a Podcast

05 April 2012

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You can now listen to all your favourite “Julia” episodes on the Podcast page, in ‘Programs’

Vale Jimmy Little

02 April 2012

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Proud Yorta Yorta man, Jimmy Little has passed away at the age of 75. Jimmy was born on the Cummeragunja Mission on the Murray River, New South Wales on the 1st of March 1937. In 1955 moved to Sydney to start his music career. His first single, “Mysteries of Life”/”Heartbreak Waltz,” was released in 1956, but his first hit did not come until 1959 with “Danny Boy,” which peaked at number nine in Sydney. It was 1964 when Little got his first number 1 hit, “Royal Telephone” which went Gold twice and has sold more than 75,000 copies, from this number 1 hit, Jimmy was named “Australian Pop Star of the Year”.

In the late 70’s Jimmy turned to full-time acting starring in various theatre productions and films, making his debut on stage in “Black Cockatoos”. Little also appeared in the film “Until the End of the World” and an Opera “Black River”.

Jimmy Little taught and mentored Indigenous music students at the Eora Centre in Redfern from 1985 and was an ambassador for literacy and numeracy for the Department of Education from 2002. In 2006, Jimmy founded the “Jimmy Little Foundation” to improve renal health across Indigenous communities in regional and remote Australia.

In 2004 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia, was named a Living National Treasure and was awarded an honorary doctorate in music in recognition of “contribution to reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians”.

Along with these Prestigious awards, Jimmy Little has a collection of many awards including;

  • Red Ochre Award
  • Tamworth Role of Renown
  • ARIA Hall of Fame
  • 2x Deadly Awards
  • APRA Ted Albert Award
  • Golden Gospel Award
  • NAIDOC “Aboriginal of the Year”

In 2011 Jimmy received his first Golden Guitar “Lifetime Achievement Award”.

Jimmy Little will be sadly missed by everybody in the Community.

Album Of the Week : Lance Friend

02 April 2012

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Lance Friend “The Album”

Lance has been heard on country radio since 2004 with songs including “Just met an angel”, Don’t ring this ringer” and “Longreach sky reaching great success on radio charts throughout Australia with his band “Friends in No Places”.

After four and a half years in the making,Lance Friend has finally released,,THE ALBUM
Also featuring the hit songs The Condamine and If I had a Wish. These 13 brilliantly produced tracks showcase the star quality of
singer,songwriter Lance Friend.If you only buy one album for 2012. Make sure it’s THE ALBUM

‘The Album’ by Lance Friend is available now: http://www.lancefriend.com/

Wanna see the video?

16 March 2012

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Donate now  and help find a cure for Type 1 diabetes. As soon as we hit $1000 you’ll see the footage of Dan and Gilly’s jump for life! Every cent counts.  http://fundraise.teamcurediabetes.org.au/team989fm

Jump to Cure Diabetes

08 March 2012

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Our very own Dan Rennie and Gilbert McAdam will be jumping  to help improve lives and cure Type 1 Diabetes for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications through the support of research.

JDRF is the largest non-government funder of type 1 diabetes research in the world.

Please help support, by clicking here and making a donation.

Album of the Week : Amber Lawrence

05 March 2012

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3’, with its mixture of upbeat optimism, personal happiness and resilience along with some references to deeper issues including courage in the face of hardship, is another step upward on a sharply-angled career path that has seen Amber delight audiences all over the country.

Her own experiences of life’s upheavals, including the death of her father, becoming an aunt to her sister’s two children and lost loves and the pursuit of new ones, have broadened Amber’s musical experiences and her maturity shows on ‘3’. Throw in Amber’s early experience of being dumped by a boyfriend who had given her a guitar so she could learn to play and boost her career and you get some idea of what ironies shape her lyrics.

Adding to her already glittering career lustre is Amber’s insightful skill to write one and co-write the other 12 songs on the album with some of the best known lyricists in country music, including award winner Colin Buchanan, Mike Carr, who wrote song of the year ‘Real People’ for Melinda Schneider, Sam Hawksley, Paul Greene, Suzy Connolly and Golden Guitar winning producer Rod McCormack, whose professionally deft touch in the studio is behind the unique sound.

Amber has also teamed up with Album of the Year winner Adam Harvey, who brings his honeyed voice to track 6 ‘The Peace I Keep.

Also joining Amber for a duet on the album is ex-Australian Idol finalist and Home and Away star – Axle Whitehead. Axle’s smoky vocals are a perfect fit for Amber’s on the sexy track 9 ‘My Attraction’.

3’ was released through Core Music and Sony Music Australia on January 20.

Get your copy of ‘3’ at http://www.sanity.com.au/products/2206580/3

Album of the Week : Troy Cassar-Daley

27 February 2012

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Troy Cassar-Daley “Home”

Troy’s brand new album, “Home”, features 13 new tracks including the first single, currently number 1 on the 98.9fm All Australian Top 20 Country Countdown,      “Country Is”. Troy’s 8th studio recorded album was recorded whilst he was in Nashville. Troy is currently travelling around Australia to promote the upcoming Aussie Tour for the new album.

“Home” is Available March 2nd.

http://www.troycassardaley.com.au/

Album of the Week : Dave Roberts

20 February 2012

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Dave Roberts “Cold Light of Day”

Dave’s second independent release.

Two years construction of classic lifestyle tales.

A former QRA album of the year winner, his latest work is an eclectic array of musicianship and experiences which have combined and can be heard in the first single release

” Blood On The Moon”

a true story about never losing sight of your dream no matter what events may occur that try to knock you off your path.

The follow up is a hard edged true story about a mate. No matter how much you care for someone eventually there comes a time when you have to let go. This is the album title track

“The Cold Light Of day”

with his hard edged vocals and crying harmonies, the full wall of  guitars and haunting flute solo  will take you on the journey, you can feel the pain.

There are 13 tracks on the album each with their own individual storytelling and performance.

Dave’s song writing style is wide and varied and this is apparent with this the album.

Their are songs to sing around the barby, like a little ditty called “The Long Weekend”and songs the reflect hardship and tragedy like the soaring ballad “ Hero”.

Truly a startling “Australian” songwriter and performer

 

Get your copy from http://www.daveroberts.com.au or phone 0418 322 351

 

Album of the Week: Paul Seils

14 February 2012

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Paul Seils “My Kind of Country”

Queensland Country balladeer and singer/songwriter PAUL SEILS is very excited about his newly released debut CD My Kind of Country, recently produced and recorded by GREG WILLIAMS at Tamworth Recording Suite.

Planning started after Paul “discovered” Greg’s studio at the 2010 Tamworth Country Music Festival, and recording was slotted around Paul’s 2010 overseas trips which took him all over USA and Europe. While Paul traveled, Greg built the 12 album tracks, using other fine session musicians like Brett Dallas, Mark Moulynox, Shaza Leigh, Lawrie Minson, Hugh Curtis, Peg Gilchrist, and legendary guitarist Lindsay Butler.

As well as the first radio single South Australian Opal, there are several of Paul’s originals featured on the album, complemented by favourite cover songs, and another great song written by country legend LEE CONWAY.

Live Broadcast Tuesday 14th February

07 February 2012

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Listen to Jamie, Ian and Gilly, on the Breakfast Show, at the Ipswich Library, South Street, Ipswich, Tuesday 14th February 2012.

The Breakfast Show will be broadcasting live to help celebrate the National Year of Reading.

Library doors open 8:00am.

Free BBQ Breakfest and live entertainment from 7:00am.

Album of the Week : John Williamson

30 January 2012

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John Williamson “Big Red”

Released through his recent signing with Warner Music Australia, the album is reflective of the multi-award winning artist’s passion for his craft. It reminds all as to why he has remained a success for more than forty years, with tracks on the CD sure to become favourites for all Australians domestically or a treasured keepsake for those overseas.

The first single ‘Hang My Hat In Queensland’ is pure poetry; an autobiographical account of Williamson’s life. Everything from his birth in the Mallee district of Victoria through to moving to Sydney from his family’s farm in Moree after winning television’s ‘New Faces’ with his song ‘Old Man Emu’. The lyrics encapsulate his story in music.

Never one to shy away from his truth, Williamson follows it up with ‘Movie Star’, a song paying tribute to those who have succeeded but feel they have never reached what they consider the top. ‘Rescue Me’ simply touches the heart and is a piece of perfection that will resonate and bring tears to the eyes of many.

Add to this ‘Mates Around The Fire’ which will appeal to all who identify with Williamson’s recurring theme of mateship mixed with the outback. ‘The Weight Of A Man’, is a song written by Russell Crowe that Williamson has made his own, whilst showcasing the musicality of the Hollywood superstar.

There are twelve tracks on this release, not one that doesn’t stand up to the quality that the iconic songwriter is known for. Each one is crafted perfectly and sure to become chants, wedding first dance tracks or songs to belt out amongst friends and family around the fire, lounge room or penthouse apartment. That’s the thing about Williamson; he doesn’t fit one genre or style. He is for all Australians and The Big Red backs this up with his unique ability to paint the country and Australian style and character onto a canvas of song like no other.

Get your copy from http://www.malleeboy.com or phone 02 9279 4454

Album of the Week : Harmony James

24 January 2012

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Harmony James – Handfuls of Sky

Its Harmony’s second album, being released this week at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. With a spectacular mix of bluegrass, traditional and modern country this is an album you wont want to take out of the player! Harmony’s beautiful voice combined with amazing musicians and also guest artists including Shane Nicholson, Troy Cassar-Daley, Bill Chambers and more. The album also features the 2 smashing singles heard on the 98.9fm All Aussie Top 20, “Don’t Say It” and “Pride”

Get your copy now!

www.harmonyjames.com

40th Anniversary Tent Embassy

23 January 2012

Bob Bellear, Bob McLeod, Tiga Bayles : Sept '72 Tent Embassy, Canberra

27th January 1972 saw the first tent go up on the lawn in front of Parliament House in response to the McMahon coalition government’s refusal to recognise Aboriginal Land Rights. Indigenous and non-Indigenous supporters came from all over Australia to join the protest. Within the first 6 months, the Embassy succeeded in uniting First Nations people throughout Australia in demanding uniform National Land Rights.

40 years on and the First Nations people of Australia are still fighting for Land Rights.

On the 26th January 2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, there will be a “Corroboree for Sovereignty” held on the lawns of Old Parliament House, King Geroge Tce Parkes, Canberra.

Live Broadcast from the Lawns can  be heard on ‘Let’s Talk’ on 98.9fm from Wednesday 25th to Friday 27th January 9:00am to 11:00am EST

Summer lineup on 98.9FM

03 January 2012

As our regular presenters take a well-earned break you can still catch great country here on 98.9FM.

All Australian Top 20 presenter Hayley-Belle Scott hosts breakfast from the 3 – 6 January.  Regular Drive presenter Dan Rennie takes over the breakfast slot from the 9 – 21 January while Luke Peacock keeps Drive going until Dan’s return.

Our breakfast trio of Jamie, Ian and Gilly are back on Monday 23 January along with Let’s Talk host  Tiga Bayles.  Be sure to tune in to his special broadcast from Canberra to mark the 40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy on January 26.

Also returning this Sunday Bush Breakfast with Pixie Jenkins and the Shout Out Show with Uncle Peter Hill.   Josh Williams and Jarrod Forgarty are back next Monday hosting Hot Country and Nights with Jarrod.

Album of the Week : Paddy McHugh & The Goldminers

20 December 2011

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Paddy is a young, talented and original singer/songwriter.   Raised in Tamworth, Paddy naturally took up country music and today writes songs of his experience as a professional rambling musician. If you like your music with integrity, imagination and class, go no further than Paddy McHugh and his trusty band, The Goldminers.

For a FREE download of the album head to the website.

 

 

 

Wheels for Justin

20 December 2011

Wyatt Roy MP, Justin Jackson, Jamie Dunn

Nineteen year-old, Justin Jackson , has been on crutches almost his entire life due to  cerebral palsy.  Keen to assert his independence and to attend university, Justin needed a specialised wheelchair to get around, which was unfortunately out of his budget.

98.9FM listeners and Wyatt Roy, Member for Longman, decided to help and managed to raise $5600 for Justin’s long-awaited wheelchair.

Image courtesy of Wyatt Roy, MP.

98.9fm Listeners donate for the PA Spinal Unit

19 December 2011

PA Spinal Unit

The Sunnybank Lions club joined with 98.9fm to collect DVD’s for the patients at the Princess Alexandra Hospital Spinal Unit and the Brekky Team visited the unit on Wednesday to present the donations. In one week, over 200 DVD’s and video games were donated by listeners and members of the community. Head Nurse, Ben Hackwood says “after 4pm the patients don’t have much to, so DVD’s, video games and television keeps them entertained”.

The Spinal Unit are always open for donations, Portable DVD players are a great donation as a lot of the patients are bed ridden and don’t always have their own TV.

Contact for Donations

Ben Hackwood 07 3176 2797

Spinal Injuries Unit
Princess Alexandra Hospital
Ipswich Road
WOOLLOONGABBA QLD 4102

Paddy does Christmas

16 December 2011

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Local Brisbane singer/songwriter Paddy McHugh performs a Christmas song on the Drive Show with Dan today from 5pm. Tune in!

Troy Stops By!

08 December 2011

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Fresh from another trip to Nashville, where he is recording his forthcoming album “Home” (due out March 2012), Troy Cassar-Daley came in for a chat on the Drive Show with Dan to give us a little taste of what’s to come! Too Deadly!

 

65 years later, still waiting to be paid

08 December 2011

Arthur and Paul Ah Wang with Tiga Bayles

Paul and Arthur Ah Wang are 76 years old and they are angry.

From age 13 the brothers worked side-by-side on a pearling lugger off Mackay, free diving to collect pearl shell and doing deckhand duties. It was dangerous work, and if they misbehaved they were often sent below decks to bed without dinner.

Both  brothers claimed for their stolen wages under the Beattie  government’s  $54M  reparations package for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders wages and pensions which were controlled by government. In a bizarre twist, Paul received just $3000 for his years of work and labour, while Arthur application was rejected due to insufficient documentary evidence.

Along with Ron Monaghan from the QCU, they met with the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Curtis Pitt, to seek stolen wages justice.

They spoke with Tiga on ‘Let’s Talk’ directly after this meeting. Listen to the podcast below.

 

Public Memorial for Artie Beetson

08 December 2011

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A public memorial service will be held on Sunday to farewell the footy legend. A permanent bronze statue  will be placed along side Wally Lewis in Lang Park, in honor of one of the seven “Rugby League Immortals”

Date: Sunday 18th December, 12noon

Location: Suncorp Stadium

Farewell Artie, you legend!

01 December 2011

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Arthur Henry “Artie” Beetson OAM January 22, 1945 – December 1, 2011

Queenslanders are mourning the loss of rugby league legend, Artie Beetson,  who died of a heart attack on the Gold Coast this morning.

Beetson captained the first Queensland State of Origin team in 1980.  He also coached the side to four series wins in 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1989.

His football career began in Redcliffe after he left his hometown of Roma to play in the Brisbane Rugby League competition.

He moved to Sydney and joined Balmain Tigers in the New South Wales Rugby Football League competition.  During his 4-year stint with the Tigers, Beetson made his representative debut for Australia against England where he earned the nickname “half game Artie” for the 40 minutes of mayhem he caused the opposition.

Beetson also played for English rugby league side Hull before joining Eastern Suburbs (1971-1978) where he captained the team in their 1974 and 1975 premierships. He also coached in the late 70s, mid 80s and in 1994.

In the final years of his playing career, Big Artie spent two years with Parramatta before re-joining his old club, the Dolphins, in Redcliffe.

Other notable achievements include:

    • The first Aboriginal person to be named captain of any Australian national sporting team
    • 29 Test and World Cup caps
    • OAM recognising his service to the sport of rugby league
    • Named in Australian rugby league’s 100 greatest players
    • Named in the Australian rugby league team of the century
    • Named in the Queensland rugby league team of the century
    • Named in Indigenous Australian rugby league team of the century
    • Awarded Clive Churchill Medal retrospectively as Man of the Match in the 1974 grand final
    • Recruitment officer for Eastern Suburbs (Sydney Roosters) and Queensland

Dan Rennie caught up with the legend this year ahead of the third game in the 2011 State of Origin in Brisbane.  They spoke about his family and about his first State of Origin game. Listen to the interview.

From all the board and staff at 98.9fm and the Brisbane Indigenous Media Association our sincere condolences to the family, relatives and friends of Artie Beetson.

Thank you for the memories and for your outstanding contribution to rugby league and to First Nations people of Australia.

May he rest in peace.

To leave a message for the Beetson family or to share your thoughts about “Artie” visit our Facebook page.

Premier opens media centre

22 November 2011

Brisbane Indigenous Media Association new media centre

In front of more than 100 guests, friends and staff, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh opened the Brisbane Indigenous Media Association’s Multimedia Centre on Friday.

One of the many highlights of the event was Kev Carmody and Pixie Jenkins performing, “From Little Things Big Things Grow”.

Brisbane Indigenous Media Association (BIMA) CEO Tiga Bayles said the song was appropriate.

“We began broadcasting in 1984 with the Murri Hour on Triple Z and now we have opened our very own Centre with 30 full time staff and over 200,000 listeners,” he said.

“It was an auspicious occasion for all our staff and the Board and a great celebration for First Nations peoples.

“The Centre represents all that is important to First Nations peoples – the radio station gives a voice to Aboriginal perspectives on a range of matters from topical issues of the day through programs such as ‘Lets Talk’, to sharing our culture through music which includes country and Indigenous as history and story telling.

“We also provide an essential service in broadcasting key information for First Nations people in areas such as health and the law.

“And, of course, we broadcast the AFL!

“It is fitting that we also have grown from humble beginnings to owning a facility in our own right that will enable us to continue to give a voice, training and employment opportunities to First Nations Peoples.”

Newly elected BIMA President Col Dillon said Aboriginal people throughout the state could now enjoy the benefits of a state-of-the-art facility, purpose built to train young people in radio and television broadcasting.

“This investment not only supports our capacity to broadcast using state of the art equipment but more importantly provides real live training and skilling, through Triple A Training, to both Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in a critical industry in today’s society,” Mr Dillon said.

“The funding enabled us to transform the old Armaguard building which for a period of time provided space for members of ProppaNOW, a groundbreaking group of Urban Aboriginal artists including Tony Albert, Richard Bell, Vernon Ah Kee and Laurie Nilsen, whose work is represented in the building – these artists have now reached international status.

“We would not be standing here today if it were not for the funding support we received from the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) and the Queensland and Australian Governments.

“The ILC provided $3.5 million, while the Australian Government provided funding of $3.2M and the Queensland Government contributing $4.2 million.”

First Use of Recording Studio

17 October 2011

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The Pigs drop in…

To perform live on the Brekkie show and break in our new recording studio.

 

 

98.9fm welcomes a fiddling new member to the family!

13 September 2011

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Pixie Jenkins, Australia’s best fiddler and all-round funny man, is the new voice of Sunday’s “Bush Brekky” Show.

With 40 years industry experience behind him Pixie melds Australian country music, comedy and theatre into his performances. Pixie has played for, supported and recorded with artists such as; Chad Morgan, John Williamson, Buddy Williams, Charlie Pride, Warren H Williams, Bob Dylan and Cher – just to name a few. He’s won five Golden Guitars and is an inductee of Country Music Hands of Fame.

Pixie’s charasmatic and cheeky nature will shine!

Join Pixie from 6am each Sunday for a morning of fun, frivolity, bush yarns, poetry and interviews - and if we’re lucky he’ll pick up his fiddle every now and again.

For more info on Pixie check out www.pixiejenkins.com Follow on Twitter @pixiejenkin.

Celebrating the Coming of Age in a New Home

06 August 2011

Our New Studio

BIMA has moved into our brand new Multi-Media Skills Centre. Located at 2 Ambleside St, West End, the building holds 4 digital radio studios, a multi-track recording studio and a TV studio equipped with all the latest and best technology. The completion of the new station falls on the 18th birthday of the Brisbane Indigenous Media Association which was founded on April 6, 1993.

Lookin’ For a Good Time? Muster ’11 on 989

01 August 2011

98.9fm is once again the Official Muster Radio for the 2011 Gympie Muster, come down to the 989HQ, say G’day to the mob and grab yourself a 989 Muster Collectors T-Shirt!

WIN Brisbane Lions Tickets

27 July 2011

Tune in to the Brekky show for your chance to win Lions home game tickets!

Album of the Week – Adam Brand

26 July 2011

Adam Brands new album “Rev Head” is released 12 tracks with some of his greatest hits and brand new songs. Available now!

Block Training a Success

06 July 2011

Over 3 weeks in May, 50 students from school-aged to adults visited the training centre to participate in Triple A Trainings’ annual Block Training to achieve competencies towards Certificate III & IV in Media and Broadcast Technology. Travelling from, Weipa, Kowanyama, Wujal Wujal, Hopevale, Palm Island, Townsville, Rockhampton, Cairns and Mount Isa, the mob participated in daily radio operations, on-air programs, editing, recording and mixing sound, wiring and video camera recording and editing.

The regional group went to Stylin’ Up and recorded interviews and video recording with performers and local Edlers to take back and play on their own radio stations. One group were lucky enough to be in the training centre at the same time Troy Cassar-Daley was visiting for an interview. Troy sat down and had chat with the group and shared some advice and encouragement of his own.

Overall there were 11 certificate II’s, 15 certificate III’s and 5 certificate IV’s awarded, another great ending to a round of Block Training.

Damien Saul – Old Man (live)

03 March 2011

Damien Saul has performed over the last decade throughout Australia and is based in Brisbane. His songwriting is poetic and Continue reading →

Corn Liquor – Nightime Road (live)

22 December 2010

The Boys from Corn Liquor performing live in the studio’s of 98.9fm Brisbane!

 

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