Young people @3KND tell me how to make AYPMR an inclusive place for them

“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.


[Photo: February 2021 @ 3KND, taken by Gerry GMAN Lyons, Station manager] Left to Right: Hailey, Rafal, Isaac, Elijah
[Photo: February 2021 @ 3KND, taken by Gerry GMAN Lyons, Station manager] Left to Right: Rafal, Elijah, Hailey, Isaac

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

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

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

Episode 1 Wrap – The Student Radio History Show

Thank you to everyone so much for tuning in, your feedback and your support for Episode 1 of the Student Radio History Show!

 Episode 1 discusses the pioneering PIRATE RADIO STATIONS of the early 70s in Melbourne, Victoria, and their influence on the radio projects of the future. Like a lot else in the early 70s, these stations were heavily political, and created as protests against the devastating Vietnam War. As Australia’s boldest pirate radio project, the influence of these pirates lived past the Vietnam War and influenced the creation of radical radio 3CR Community Radio and 4ZZZ 

For the majority of the show, I was so nervous I thought I’d die at any moment, and all the positive feedback has swelled my heart today like the Grinch at the end of that one movie.

The show will be podcasted post-haste, and should be available by the end of the week – I will post the link here and on studentradiohistory.com.au once it’s ready to go! The podcast will also include information on 3PR The People’s Radio at Monash University, which was not included in the live broadcast, as well as some extra interview audio.

Thank you to SYN for the platform. Thanks again to Juliet Fox and 3CR Community Radio, the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia for use of their audio and archival material, legends!

IMAGE 1 – My very own bit of student radio history, my DIY sign for the show last night, now officially archival material, torn at the corners in my haste to get out on time!

IMAGE 2 – The Age, 28 September 1971. Michael Matteson, Michael Hamel-Green, Tony Dalton and John Scott at the draft sanctuary at Melbourne University.

OUR FIRST INTERVIEW! Student Radio History on ArtSmitten SYN!

Interview with @artsmittensyn @synmedia available here

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Great time thank you for having me! A small nervous breakdown prior to the interview was soothed by the gun Executive Producers, and the media blitz officially begins! If you’re a clever media person wanting some amazing content HMU for an interview about the project. The project is totally independent and totally self-published. Get some youth in your life! 🎙️🤘

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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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Ralph Knight Interview

The first interview of the entire book; here I am pictured with Ralph Knight of 3CR Community Radio last year. Although Ralph was not involved in the student stations I was hoping, he was heavily involved in the beginning of 3CR and 3RPH (now Vision Australia Radio) in Melbourne and has worked in Australian radio and television for over 40 years. You can still catch Ralph on Swing & Sway (mad show!) every Sunday. In this first interview, I was 23 and will admit now I had no idea what I was doing. But jumping in head first paid off and this lead to a chain of referrals which allowed me to complete my first chapter on one of the first student radio stations in Australia, 3DR Draft Resistance Radio (pirate radio). Thank you for your time Ralph and your hard work!

Rafal Alumairy, Ralph Knight in 3CR studios

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Flinders Uni Radio

Grand old time trolling through old copies of Empire Times – this series was 1993, just before the student union FUSA broadcast o 101.5fm in 1996. Evidence suggests Flinders Uni students officially broadcast on Radio Adelaide’s student radio programs as early as 1986, alongside Adelaide University Union at The University of Adelaide. Names used to broadcast included Flindersradio, FUR Radio, FLO Radio. Big thank you to the State Library of South Australia and Flinders University Library for access to these records. That is, two plane rides, an Airbnb in Unley and 5 days of non stop, painstaking research. If my eyes don’t fall out first, I look forward to publishing this chapter!



Empire Times, volume 25, 1993

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