“Gen Y standing awkwardly next to Gen Z” would be a good name for the book! – @3KNDradio Melbourne’s Indigenous Radio Station
Me – My name is Rafal Alumairy, I’m an Arabic woman. I was born in Libya, my family is from Iraq, I moved to Australia when I was four and I grew up with Western and Islamic culture.
It was fantastic visiting 3KND Kool ‘N’ Deadly last Thursday to speak to the groovy young people there to ask their advice.
The station manager G-MAN explained that it was polite to introduce myself when I speak to Indigenous people and explain what my roots are, in the manner I did above. This felt amazingly natural although it may take getting used to – it feels wonderful to acknowledge my own identity and I’ll be doing that from now on.
The Zoomers at 3KND were very generous with their time and ideas, and their insightful comments are still going around in my head. A number of things came out of the meeting which I will post about in the near future. I’m really pleased to welcome these radio young people to the Facebook group. I hope that I live up to my promise of making the group not just safe, but a good time and a valuable resource – I’m bloody optimistic!
Over the next few weeks I will be reaching out to other Indigenous radio stations with the same intention. If they are willing to give me their time, I’ll be asking the young people there what their opinions are about young people in radio and how to create an inclusive student radio future.
As I’ve expressed a million times before, I don’t think there is a point to having this group exist if it does not represent and stand up for ALL young people in radio.
If you are a young Indigenous person in radio and you have any ideas, want to join the admin team or join the group and see what it’s about, feel free to reach out to me anytime.
Isaac is 20, he runs Midday Rush 12pm-2pm Weekdays
Elijah is 23 and runs the Rock Show 10pm-Midnight Thursday
Hailey is 20, she’s the receptionist for the station and presents Turnt Up “the freshest, deadliest and slickest Indigenous artists” Fridays 10pm-Midnight