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 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.