Indigo FM was founded in June 2010 by Beechworth resident Paul Fitzgerald. Paul placed an ad seeking interested parties to set up a narrowcast radio station in local media and gained interest from several people most notably Shayne Soall and Phil Buerckner residents of Yackandandah.
Apart from the unofficial temporary bedroom set-up, our first official home was in a room at the rear of Camp St business Nine Mile Music. When Nine Mile Music closed in late 2010, we relocated to the Beechworth Youth Centre for a couple of years thanks to the generous support of Indigo Shire Youth Services and their officer Annette Walton. Today our Beechworth studio is based at the Beechworth Secondary College, where we have operated from since early 2013.
Our first home in Yackandandah was in a small room at the Star Hotel, where transmission commenced around September 2010 thanks to the efforts of Phil Buerckner. In early 2011 our Yackandandah studio moved straight across the road to its current premises – the Yackandandah Community Centre in High Street. At around this point Radio Technician Paul Titterington became involved and in late 2014 a grant was secured from YCDCo by Yackandandah Community Centre to renovate the studio which included the installation of a window, signage, painting and an “on air” light.
A community meeting was held in Rutherglen in June 2013, to explore setting up an Indigo FM site. Following the enthusiastic support received, Rutherglen’s first base was in the Ladies Lounge at the Victoria Hotel where transmission commenced in July 2013. Rutherglen’s site has received generous support from many people and we especially acknowledge the support of Gerry and Ali Reed, the late Don Chambers, Colin Cooper and Roberta Horne. Around August 2014, we relocated to the Rutherglen Youth Space which is one of the activity spaces within the Rutherglen Soldiers Memorial Hall complex.
In June 2015, Indigo FM celebrated its 5 year birthday kicking off a month of celebrations including market stall appearances and a wonderful cake to depict our achievement.
Today Indigo FM is a rapidly growing local media organisation with approximately 200 members. These include individuals, and several businesses and community groups across Indigo Shire. We actively support many diverse community events and causes including Beechworth Music Festival, Eldorado’s Festival of Folk Rhythm and Life, Yackandandah Folk Festival, Beechworth Arts Council’s WRAP Festival, Pfeiffer Pfest Music Festival, Rutherglen Artist’s Society Annual Art Show and Beechworth’s Kelly Country Pick to name but a few.
Our 40 regular volunteer presenters present a diverse range of shows, of which further information can be found here
In addition to physical sites, Indigo FM has a growing online presence with several shows podcast each week. Our podcast page can be viewed here