Perth's 100.9FM Noongar Radio wins two Community Broadcasting Association Awards

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NoongarRadio_BLOG.jpg100.9FM Noongar Radio won two categories at the recent Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) Community Radio Awards: Contribution to Australian Music and Excellence in Indigenous Engagement. The awards were accepted by long-time broadcaster and Program Manager Jeff Michael along with Station Manager, Paul Whitton.

(Pictured LtoR: Jeff Michael; Indigenous Remote Communications Association Chair Dot West; Paul Whitton).
Whitton acknowledged Michael's long commitment to Indigenous broadcasting predating Noongar Radio to WAAMA early 2000's and back to Indigenous radio's origins in WA at 6AR, while Michael paid tribute to ancestors and traditional owners.

The award for Contribution to Australian Music went to Phil Walley-Stack's Indigenous Beats program, which can be heard across Australia from Perth's Noongar Radio studios on the national Indigenous Radio Service and local affiliated stations.

CBAA CEO Jon Bisset said the standards were particularly high in 2017 and the awards were an insight into the incredible work happening in the community radio sector across the year.

"Community broadcasting is vital to the diversity, vitality and independence of Australia's strong democracy, open society and vibrant culture and we are proud to support stations which broadcast to over 5.3 million people each week. The CBAA Community Radio Awards are an inspiring showcase of the hard work, dedication and forward-thinking of the sector's staff and volunteers."

With only four full-time staff and a passionate team of volunteers, Noongar Radio boasts a diverse mix of programming ranging from health and well-being with Health Matters produced in association with the WA Dept of Health; Hospital Hotline reducing isolation through hosting requests for the large numbers of Indigenous patients hospitalised out of country; Inside Out connecting those on the inside with their loved ones on the outside; Law Matters produced in partnership with ALSWA; Strong Minds showcasing mental health; Our Voices current affairs program; Afternoons with Jeremy Garlett; Breakfast with the cult 2 Norty Broz; LGBTQI's own show Rainbow KINnection, the nationally syndicated Mary G, and Walley-Stack's Indigenous Beats.

The radio station made history this year when it partnered with the City of Fremantle for the controversial 'One Day' concert - Fremantle's alternative to Australia Day. Noongar Radio broadcast a staggering 40 hours of specialised outside broadcasting at 11 events over 10 locations during NAIDOC Week. In September, Noongar Radio broadcast live launching the University of Western Australia's Research Week and recently opened Mental Health Week with a live broadcast from the City of Armadale.

100.9FM Noongar Radio is Perth's only Aboriginal radio station, Runner up as NAIDOC Perth Business of the Year 2016 and 2017 and has been lauded on the floor of Western Australian parliament as "an awesome radio station".

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