Noongar Radio has a Rainbow KINection

Nominations for the CBAA Awards closed this week with the winners announced at the annual conference in Melbourne later this year.

The Awards program offers an inspiring snapshot of the achievements of stations with programs, initiatives or practices that have increased their capability and improved the services offered to their communities. 
One of last years winners was Perth’s Noongar Radio 100.9 FM for Rainbow KINection in the Best New Radio Program category.

The founding members of Rainbow KINection are Melissa Brandis, Hartley Williams and C, and the program is currently presented by Melissa Brandis, Simone Springer, Kira Simpson and Marley Amphlett with guest presenters that include Aunty Esther Montgomery, Jak James and NJ King
radioinfo spoke to one of the presenters, Marley Amphlett.
radioinfo: The program first aired in August 2017, so what was the main driving force to get it started?
Marley :“I think the main driving force to get Rainbow KINection started was to provide a safe space/platform for people who identify as ATSI/LGBT+ to tell their stories and to be comfortable with how they identify. Rainbow KINection is an important program because we want ATSI/LGBT+people in the community to know they are loved and accepted by us, and there is always a place for them at Rainbow KINection to connect. The program allows Noongar Radio to update the community on LGBTIQ+ stories, events and international news and the presenters, and the station, have had continuous positive feedback from the community.”
radioinfo: What has winning the CBAA award meant for you and the presenters?
Marley : “The CBAA award win was so exciting and a real privilege. The award has meant that more people are aware of the show-so that puts us in a position to be able to connect with more of the community and help where we can. If just one person feels brave enough to connect with us, or come to an event we are involved in or even just say ‘Hey, I am an LGBT/ATSI person and I am ok with that!’ then that to me is a really good feeling. “




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