Radio Rum Jungle, TEABBA and how Aboriginal Student Radio lead to a big bruise on my hand in 2019

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One of many murals on the old Radio Rum Jungle campus; Photo by Rafal Alumairy, Batchelor 2019

This mural was one of many in a place that had evidence of vibrancy and youth everywhere. The space of community radio seems to take on the spirit of its people. Why would you want to hang out anywhere else?

I was visiting the Batchelor Institute to research Radio Rum Jungle. On my lunch break I went for a walk, and out of the corner of my eye, I saw a “RADIO” sign.

I exerted some effort to enter the closed grounds, which involved a robust metal gate falling on my hand and the discovery of some bat colonies. I’m really glad my hand took one for the team though because what I’d stumbled on is the abandoned old campus of Radio Rum Jungle.

Radio Rum Jungle is a pioneering Aboriginal radio station based in Batchelor NT (about 2 hrs out of Darwin).

Itโ€™s the same place where TEABBA or the Top End Aboriginal Bush Broadcasting Association began in the early 80s (a big community radio network now based in Darwin, it broadcasts to 29 remote communities in the Top End). Recently RRJ has returned to its home on TEABBA, Batchelor students are now taking over the broadcast all day every Thursday, YEEEESSSSS, tune in on the app or online!

I will have much more to say about this as my research develops, but the successes of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in media are friggin amazing and an absolute pleasure to learn about.

I write on this topic as a non Indigenous person because it overlaps with my interest in youth radio, and its history is relevant to youth radio history. It’s unfortunate that no one has ever written a substantial history of RRJ before, but it’s an honour to contribute my research and I hope my modest contribution is a building block to a more thorough history by RRJ, its related communities, and its talented students and alumni.

….. I CAN’T WAIT TO GO BACK!!!!!!!!!

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Episode 1 of the Student Radio History Podcast. Pirate Radio 3DR – Make Radio Not War

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Pirate Radio 3DR – Make Radio Not War, Episode 1 of the Student Radio History Podcast. As a sort of accident, this illegal station became Australia’s biggest pirate radio project in history. There have been small pirate radio projects before and after 3DR, but none as organised, as ambitious or as notorious as 3DR. This is the FIRST TIME this infamous story has been put together comprehensively and accurately.

In 1971, students and activists created 3DR Draft Resistance Radio created as part of a protest against the Vietnam War. This is the story of a group of young people inadvertently building the first community radio station in Australia.  

Get some radio in your life, listen to the podcast, and stay radical Australia!

IMAGE CREDIT – The Herald, 1 October 1971

John Maizels

Current SYNner Tom showing radio veteran of 40 years John Maizels how to speak into a microphone! Hahahaha. John was part of 3ST (SYN’s grandparent) in early 70s at RMIT. He cofounded the Monash student radio station, was a part of 3CT at Caulfield Tech, was one of the founding members of PBS and conducted the first test broadcast for 3CR. He joined the ArtSmitten team at SYN for an interview while he was in town for the CBAA conference. During the interview he recalls the time broadcast from inside the elevators on campus for 3ST, making him responsible for the the newspaper headline “Radio’s Rise and Fall”. Today, John is the president of Technorama and a community radio legend! Tom and Marcie co-host and co-produce ArtSmitten on SYN Wednesdays and Sundays. Although they never broadcast from a moving lift, they are handsome, talented, groovy SYNners – and hey, they gave the book a shout out, so they have great taste!

Listen to John’s interview here: omny.fm/shows/art-smitten/john-maziels-interview

P.S: I’ll be on ArtSmitten on Nov 17 at 3pm to chat about the book, kickstarting the media frenzy! Get in ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŽ™๏ธ

The Shannon Noll Show

Image from On Dit, University of Adelaide Student Union, 2004.

๐Ÿ”ฝ 2004, The Shannon Noll show on the Student Radio program, Radio Adelaide. @adelaideuniversityunion, I got you. I know how hard it can get. For a short history of student radio in Adelaide, including UniAdelaide, Flinders Uni and UniSA, visit the post on this website: http://ow.ly/E58X50wZYwQ Otherwise, stay tuned for the book to be published! A History of Student Radio in Australia will be fully self-published & independent in the spirit of student radio, and will have some hair on its chin in the spirit of Nolls ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿ”ฝ

The Territory FM story

College Capers 1983, DCC student newspaper

1983, Northern Territory. When Darwin Radio was cool ๐Ÿ˜Ž

This is a short history of 8TOP or TOP FM. For southerners, TOP refers to the Top End, which is where Darwin is in the Northern Territory, and is also slang for groovy af radio ๐ŸŽ™ Now called Territory FM, 8TOP was started by Darwin Community College in 1980 (now Charles Darwin University). During that decade, TOP FM had a lot of hep cats and cool kids broadcasting alternative shows on campus.

But the station made a series of programming decisions that led to a complete alienation of students today. ๐Ÿ‘ต๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿป In 1992 The Big Spit student newspaper asks โ€œWhen is a community radio station not a community radio station? When it broadcasts John Laws, 2UE news and horse racing for most of the day.”

These questionable program decisions stacked up in all corners of TOP FM over the years. In correlation, student involvement rapidly reduced from passionate volunteers, to students only completing required components of the journalism course, to virtually no student or youth involvement today. ๐Ÿ‘Ž

In 1993, the University and TOP FM added insult to injury. Journalism students had already found themselves disenfranchised as the journalism course was set to be discontinued in 1994. While these students were still studying, works began for parts of the journalism department to be demolished for construction on new TAB studios for TOP FM. This unabashed embrace of corporate content over original youth content never ended. Today, Territory openly broadcasts a “commercial format”. The station management insist they have to go commercial in order to survive financially. Much of the responsibility for this lies at the feet of the university, who shifted gears for 8TOP in the 90s to increase the focus on “sponsorship” and “self-sufficiency”, apparently institutional code words for selling out! ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ

The move into commercial and politically conservative formatting is clearly a concern for community broadcasters. One wonders, what’s the point of having a community broadcaster if it doesn’t provide diverse, original, alternative content?

But to what extent can we be critical of the struggling station for these decisions to “survive”? It’s easy to criticise, but what other choice was there? Is it our responsibility in bigger cities to support less resourced stations, despite our own financial concerns? Is there a point to community radio if it isn’t alternative? And is alternative content inherently associated with young people? ๐Ÿค”

If you’re interested in these questions, find out more when A History of Student Radio in Australia is released in 2020, documenting this part of Australian history for the first time. ๐Ÿ“ป๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ•บ๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŽ‰

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RMIT Student Radio – From Studio 1 to SYN Media

Me and John Hill from Studio 2, a SYN alumnus from 1964! The lineage: In the early 1960s, student radio station “Studio 1” at RMIT turned into Studio 2, then 3ST (as in ST-udio 2), then 3SRA (as in Student Radio Association), which then merged with a licenced high school station in the late 90s to form… SYN Media! John Hill was one of the earliest members of Studio 2 in 1964-1967, and is currently the Senior Engineer for Channel 7. He shared with me stories of on air shenanigans, a rivalry between the student radio station and the ham radio operators, and memories of the Miss Studio 2 pageant. The off-air interview took place in SYN’s brand spankin’ new studios, the successor to Studio 2 fifty years down the road. Stay tuned for developments on the book which will publish the entire story of Australia’s student radio history for the first time.

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Student Radio on Radio Adelaide 5UV

Field trip to Radio Adelaide to meet station manage Chris Leese. Radio Adelaide aka 5UV is a community station has been home to most of South Australia’s student radio programs since the 1970s, including the University of Adelaide, University of South Australia and Flinders University. The station is structured to allow for access programs from community groups, originally including ethnic communities that went on to form 5EBI Multicultural Radio. The student unions paid to be on the airwaves as one of these access groups, and student radio in Adelaide was born! Student radio groups used a similar model to broadcast on other SA community stations closer to home, including 5PBA Para Broadcasters in Salisbury and 5YYY Triple Y in Whyalla. In 2019, there is no longer an official student union presence on Radio Adelaide. However, the station maintains links with the universities and continues to engage student volunteers. Each university continues student radio on campus in some capacity. Student radio always lives on. Long live student radio!

Rafal Alumairy and Chris Leese, Radio Adelaide, 3 Cinema Place, Adelaide SA 5000

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University of Adelaide Student Radio

A brief history of the Radio Adelaide logos (and that’s not even all of them!). It is a myth that student radio at The University of Adelaide started in 1972 – in fact, 5UV, the title station, was owned and operated by the university, not the student union. It mostly broadcast academic material and access programs from various community groups. Student radio didn’t hit the Adelaide airwaves until 1974 with the pioneering Tim Potter and Kym Goldsworthy’s “Lead Balloon Show”. Since then student radio at Radio Adelaide had quite the history, with some of the most interesting innovations in student radio in Australia. It is a real pleasure to have Radio Adelaide as the focus of the current stage of my research.

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Swinburne Uni Radio

An awesome graphic I picked up in Scrag (now Swine) of Tim Robinson, one of the very early participants in Swinburne radio. What better way to commemorate the 70s than a student radio officer with a mullet? Swinburne Radio went through a few phases, starting as 3RS, then 3SSS, 3SW and landing neatly on the 3SSR we know today. Swinburne has always been active on the student radio scene, and their radioโ€™s history is characterised by extraordinary passion battling fierce student apathy. Such is life at a student radio station!


Cheers to the State Library of Victoria for access to the archives! Please note journal dates are currently unknown, I am working on it but approximate 1972. #radio #studentradio #independentwriting #independentpublishing #independentscholarship #australianhistory #studentmedia #communityhistory #communityradio #mullet #cartoon #studentnewspaper #swinburne #swinburneuniversityย #3SSR #3SW #swinburnewireless #swinburnestudentradio #diy #broadcasting #broadcast

Radio ANU

Smashing image promoting Radio ANU in Woroni (ANU’S student newspaper) 1974. Radio ANU later became community radio 2XX FM in Canberra, and much later its student radio component at ANU was replaced by Woroni Radio.

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