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July 2005 Issue
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NAIDOC Week hits the airwaves!


Radio Adelaide will be at the forefront of this year's NAIDOC Week, the week of celebration and commemoration for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

From Monday, July 4 to Friday, July 8, Radio Adelaide's Nunga Wangga team, with the support of all at 101.5FM, will celebrate NAIDOC Week by creating Adelaide's first indigenous radio station.

For this special five-day event, Indigenous broadcasters from around SA and Australia will join the core team comprising Jupurru Stagg, Wonga Dare, Sonya Rankine and Christine Brown. The guests from interstate include the legendary indigenous radio star and comedian, Mary G.

As well as humour and discussions, the week will be packed with plenty of music, including performances by staff and students from the University's Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music.

The programs will be broadcast nationally via the National Indigenous Radio Service.

One of the highlights of the week will be the NAIDOC Forums, hosted by Jupurru Stagg. These discussions will touch on important Aboriginal issues ranging from social justice and native title to reconciliation.

"Radio Adelaide's programming during NAIDOC Week will help put Adelaide's Aboriginal community on the national map," Jupurru said.

"We are at a confusing time in history when the agenda is changing for Aboriginal people. The aim of our programming is to signal the way forward."

The NAIDOC Week celebrations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's achievements, culture and survival once again re-affirm Radio Adelaide's strong commitment to community concerns.

"At Radio Adelaide, we are always keen to provide space for groups of people who are not heard in the mainstream media," station manager Deb Welch said.

Story by Sukhmani Khorana

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