The Voice of the East Kimberley – Waringarri Radio 6WR
Waringarri Radio 6WR is the Aboriginal voice of the East Kimberley, transmitting from Kununurra and broadcasts 24/7, supporting the culture, traditions and language of the local area.
Through a variety of programming and initiatives the radio station is reinforcing Aboriginal cultural identity, promoting trust and friendship among Aboriginal people and the wider community, and provide training and employment to Aboriginal people.
Broadcaster Brad Shadforth received his radio broadcasting qualifications at Waringarri Radio and believes the radio station is valuable in contributing to the preservation of Aboriginal culture.
I’m proud that we can offer first hand local stories and information to our listeners and that we can share the Miriwoong local language through our language and culture segment, Let’s talk Miriwoong, which is broadcast by Language workers from the Mirima Dawang Woorlab-gerring Language and Culture centre.
The radio station is a high achiever and has been recognised in a variety of ways in the last couple of years. In 2015 Waringarri Media was recognised for its services in the community by receiving The Community Broadcasting Association National Award for Excellence in Indigenous Broadcasting. In an independent survey carried out by Evolve research in 2014, in conjunction with Coles, across the East Kimberley region, recognised Waringarri Radio as the number 1 radio station in the East Kimberley.
Waringarri Radio Chief Executive Officer Bukola Esin appreciates that the radio station is for the whole community
“ Waringarri Radio is breaking the perception of being an Aboriginal only radio station and we have made our services more relevant to the wider community through our community announcements, interviews and business advertising service. When advertising with us you can reach people when they are out and about with 70% of listeners tuning in when driving. We also broadcast on both the FM and AM band”
Waringarri Radio provides a valuable service for Aboriginal communities and businesses operating in remote areas.
The station broadcasts to both the East Kimberley and the Northern Territory, covering an impressive 300kms. Businesses can be assured that their radio commercials are being heard far and wide, from Carlton Hill station through to El Questro and Timber Creek in the NT. Their audience includes Aboriginal communities, remote tourism operators, cattle stations and roadhouses. They are also a vital communication channel to inform people travelling within the region about any road closures or natural disasters such as floods and cyclones.
Waringarri radio offers traineeships to local people in the areas of broadcasting, production and administration. The radio station also takes on school based trainees and encourages the wider community to become volunteer broadcasters
Waringarri radio has a variety of programs that go to air ranging from Kimberley stories, health and wellbeing as well as language and culture. They play a variety of easy listening, country and rock music that suit all ages. The Breakfast Show with Scotty is aired every weekday bringing thrills and laughs, news and updates as well as community notices. The Afternoon Escape focuses on East Kimberley stories, fun facts and includes a comedy skit and an interview segment on consumer rights.
Broadcasters do live interviews with business owners, community groups and locals giving them the opportunity to promote their upcoming event, share their stories or promote their business.
Waringarri Radio has a strong presence in Kununurra and supports local festivals and sporting events through their Outside Broadcasts. They also interview locals around town giving them a voice.
Waringarri Radio is continually looking for ways to achieve excellence in radio broadcasting and develop new relationships while maintain the existing ones. If you are a visitor to the region interested in the series they offer or a business looking to promote you can call them on (08) 9168 2214 or email email@example.com and check out their programming, survey results and advertising rate card at www.waringarriradio.com.au
You an also download their app on your android or Apple devices.