NAIDOC Perth Business of the year category.
Perth’s 100.9fm Noongar Radio has been acknowledged runner-up in the NAIDOC Perth Business of the Year category for the third consecutive year.
Over the last twelve months Noongar Radio won the CBAA Broadcasting Award for Excellence in Indigenous Engagement, the Contribution to Australian Music Award, the Ruby Hutchinson Award for raising consumer awareness through the media at the Western Australian Consumer Protection Awards, and Former Chair and presenter Phil Walleystack was a finalist in the Western Australian of the Year Awards and Western Australian Music Awards.
During NAIDOC Week 2017, Noongar Radio broadcast 40 hours of specialised outside broadcasting at 11 events over 10 locations, from Perth’s iconic Elizabeth Quay for the NAIDOC Perth Opening Ceremony to suburban primary schools.
For the first-time, Noongar Radio aired two outside broadcasts on the same day, switching live from the Shipwreck Museum at Fremantle’s NAIDOC Event to Midland for the city’s NAIDOC Event with the 2Norty Broz.
A particular highligh was Noongar Radio’s live broadcast from Wooroloo Prison Farm where Human Rights Campaigner, 2017 Dr Yunupingu Human Rights Award Winner and 2016 Eddie Mabo Award for Social Justice Merv Eades spoke directly to prisoners about building new lives on the outside.
Merv provided an important perspective, having spent nearly two decades in and out of prison– including as an inmate at Wooroloo itself.
Station Manager Paul Whitton says “Noongar Radio thanks the NAIDOC Perth Committee for their acknowledgement for the third year running. We think we’ve got something special, moorditj and we’ve got an even bigger year planned ahead!”
100.9FM Noongar Radio is Perth’s only Aboriginal radio station, managed by four full-time staff and a passionate family of volunteers.
Noongar Radio has been described on the floor of Western Australian parliament as “an awesome radio station”.