Aboriginal News Aboriginal Way – National Indigenous Radio Service (NIRS)


NIRS would like to announce we are providing a live simulcast of Radio Survival, a unique digital co-operative between Noongar Radio, 98.9fm, Koori Radio and 3KND, on Sunday, January 26.  This special broadcast includes live coverage of major festivals and discussions throughout the day.

Please see the press release attached or visit the website: http://www.radiosurvival2014.org/

Radio Survival Digital Radio Pop Up Service
Press release for immediate release
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

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

In 2014 Radio Survival is a digital pop-up broadcast in 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.
For more information please check:
Or contact:

Broadcast schedule:

All times in AEDT


For more:  http://www.radiosurvival2014.org/schedule-in-detail.html


Warren Barnsley | Newsreader/Journalist and Online Editor
NIRS | National Indigenous Radio Service
Lvl 2 / 2 Ambleside Street, West End QLD 4101
Phone: 07 3226 4200 | Email: warren@nirs.org.au

Website: www.nirs.org.au | Twitter: www.twitter.com/NatIndigRadio

Facebook: www.facebook.com/NIRS-National-Indigenous-Radio-Service

Get more from your National Indigenous Radio Service here: http://www.nirs.org.au/

About the National Indigenous Radio Service

The National Indigenous Radio Service Limited (NIRS) is a national program distribution service that delivers four radio channels of content produced by First Nations broadcasters via satellite distribution and via the internet.

Operating from a central hub in Brisbane, NIRS receives programs from a majority of the 180+ First Nations broadcasting services across Australia.

Arguably, the NIRS satellite footprint is the largest for a First Nations radio network in the southern hemisphere, if not the world.  Given this, NIRS and its programs are unique within the Australian media environment.  Over 120 Remote Indigenous Broadcasting Services (RIBS) units, 23 Indigenous radio stations and 120 Community Broadcastes receive NIRS. To learn more about our network simply explore our new Google Map interface which show where each and every radio station is located, its website details and even includes a streaming link in some cases.

The reason why NIRS is so important to the sector is because many First Nations broadcasters haven’t the funding support to produce programs for 24/7 broadcasting or possess the funding to employ the number announcers ad producers to make enough high quality programs to support their local community audiences with the style of program that closes the gap.

So for some 15 years, NIRS has delivered its ecletic mix of broadcast programs and a national news service delivered via satellite that all major metropolitan, regional and remote communities via their Remote Indigenous Media Organisations (RIMOs) can receive and add into their regional broadcast schedules.

In this way, NIRS is dedicated to facilitating First Nations voices through broadcasting and internet radio.  We achieve this by a mix of  programs that provides critical commentary of the strategies directed towards our communities that seek to preserve, promote and maintain First Nations arts, culture, languages and community values.  Most particularly, NIRS discusses ‘Closing the Gap’ initiatives that are aimed at achieving quality of life improvements for First Nations communities across Australia.

NIRS also encourages aspirant First Nations broadcasters and RIBS to send their own programs that can be shared and thus opening a “window” to local community issues to a national audience.

For Broadcasters

For broadcasters who meet the licensing and equipment requirements but lack the funds or resources to provide a full 24-hour service, NIRS will enable them to fill any holes in their schedule with our continuous programming.  For community broadcasters who access air time through a CBAA affiliate station, NIRS will provide the opportunity for these areas to hear national Indigenous issues, as well as enabling them to boost local airtime.

The Australia Indigenous Communication Association is also a great way of making contact with First Nations Broadcasters:


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