Latest Playlist 16.0 On The Airwaves

Indigo FM has released it’s new playlist version 16.0 in recent days and it’s another in the long line of extremely diverse offerings.

This latest playlist comprises 900 songs by over 750 different artists with Australian content running in excess of 50% as has been the norm, since the very first playlist back 5 years ago.

Artists who would have played at the ultimately cancelled 2020 Yackandandah Folk Festival feature heavily including overseas artists Coig (Canada), Morning Bear (North America), Bright Blue Gorilla (North America), Whitetop Mountaineers (North America), John Smith (UK) and The Ocelots (IRE) as well as the strong local line-up.

Independent musicians the world over have been arguably among the hardest hit in the COVID19 shutdown and Indigo FM again proudly champions the music of this sector of the industry.

Local musicians such as Chelsea Knight, Paul Dyason, Adrian Clark, Pete Denahy, The Northern Folk, Joel Harrison, Godspeed Brotherman, Elissa Pernu, Eastbound Buzz, Liv Cartledge, Riley Catherall, Toby Mobbs, Mayfair Lane, Candice McLeod, Molly Jane, Buddy Dingo, Tash Fenton, This Way North, Sal Kimber, Dean Haitani, Fanny Lumsden, Forgotten Land, The Inner Vision, The Pigs, Julian James, Renn Picard and Squid Doctors all have tracks on Playlist 16.0.

A long-standing rule of thumb is that each artist has a maximum of 2 songs on the Playlist and all music is sourced from presenters at the volunteer run local radio station as well as from various record labels and free music sources such as Triple J Unearthed.

It is the default between pre-recorded and live radio shows and is changed over every 6 months by the station’s Programming team.

Click Playlist 16.0 to view the complete listing.

Indigo FM Podcasts – Diversity in the palm of your hand

Have you checked out our Podcasts lately? We have a range of entertaining shows that not only feature great music but offer insight and context to accompany the music. They are produced from our team of enthusiastic podcasters. Currently available to listen to are:

  • Bullfrog’s Roadhouse with Mark
  • The Nest with Patrick
  • Eclectic / Isolation Avenue with Michael, Bernie and Sandy
  • Waste The Alphabet with Doug
  • Everyone Deserves Music with Scott
  • Interviews – Scott catches up with Serbian born soul-folkster Maja
  • Shows from our Archive – Spin A Story (2017) and The Ambassadors (2015)

Simply head along to this link  to choose the show you want to listen to. Another option is to download the Podomatic App from the iTunes Store or Google Play Store. On the App just search for Indigo FM and our podcast site will come up. Select it and then pick your podcast! It’s that easy.

What are they about?


The Ambassadors – Is a loose and local 90 min sports show from 2015 which brought together the quick wit and fanaticism of Terry Turn-Up and Reginald young whipper-snapper Esq.

Spin A Story – Is real people meeting up in a Cafe in  2017 to share their favourite vinyl tracks and the stories behind them.

Waste The Alphabet – Plays the best new and independent Australian music.

Bullfrog’s Roadhouse – Supplies the tunes in the blues, roots and alt-country genres.

The Nest – Offers ambient, low fi type recordings but also a bit of boogie and disco, with some modern electronic pieces too.

Everyone Deserves Music – Focuses on indie folk/roots music incl local and touring artists.

Eclectic Avenue – Brings you a smorgasbord of musical delights from a range of genres.

Maja Interview – Maja is an eccentric Melbourne based spoken word poet and folk-soul singer songwriter. Her journey started in Serbia being born in the midst of a brutal civil war before her family immigrated and settled in Brisbane. In early 2017 she set up in Melbourne, where last year she published her first book of poetry and she has recently released a new single with an album to follow in 2020.

Our podcast line-up changes constantly and because the programs are coming from volunteers, you know they’ll be full of the passion Indigo FM is famous for.


Indigo FM Turns 10

10 years ago today, an Indigo Shire radio enthusiast named Paul Fitzgerald received an official document that his vision to start up a local radio station in various Indigo Shire towns was off and running. 

2 June 2010 is the date that Indigo FM officially incorporated. It’s what we have come to celebrate each year as our birthday. In saying that we do appreciate that a lot of work and testing went on in both Beechworth and Yackandandah from late 2009 leading up to mid 2010.

Thanks to the many members, businesses, community groups, event committees, independent musicians and individuals who have shared our 10 year journey. Especially we thank every single official who has pulled on a T-shirt or worn a cap for Indigo FM.

Who we are today is largely reflective of those contributions from the many faces across our first decade. We’d also like to thank our major community partners who have been with us on this journey – Indigo Shire Council, Yackandandah Community Centre, Yackandandah Folk Festival, Beechworth and District Community Bank, Kiewa Tangambalanga Lions Club and Beechworth Music Festival.

Throughout June we will be featuring some of the stories, events and people who have helped shape Indigo FM across the past decade.

Back to Paul Fitzgerald. Paul was our founding member and Indigo FM’s very first President. At the initial meeting to set up Indigo FM, he was joined by Yackandandah’s Phil Buerckner and Shayne Soall. They each took on key roles and the project gathered momentum quickly. Paul was President for the first 2 years and later stepped back to allow others to take the reins.

Eclectic Avenue is our longest running show – Bernie, Michael and Sandy clock up 10 years on air in 2020. Bullfrog’s Roadhouse (and it’s various incarnations) with Mark is close behind having also commenced in 2010. Mighty fine achievements – but more importantly radio shows that demonstrate what Indigo FM is all about – casual vibe combined with extensive yet intimate knowledge of music. The same goes for  Musical Mash with Spencer and Everyone Deserves Music with Scott each of which are in their 8th consecutive year. Phil Buerckner remains an active presenter too, as a core member of our new Yack Chat phone-in program.

10 Years down and we’re just getting started. 

We’re still just as hungry as ever to keep on partnering with worthy causes in our quest to live out our Vision:

A sustainable and accessible local voice that reflects and enriches the diversity of our community. 


Live-to-air Talkback Radio Hits The Airwaves in Yackandandah

  • A collaboration between the Yackandandah Community Centre, local radio station, Indigo FM and ReConnect Communications will broadcast “Yack Chat” on 88.0FM each week day from 10am till 11am.

For the first time Yackandandah people will be able to phone the station and speak with the presenter live-to-air. The number to call in on is 0419 881 566.

Indigo FM President Scott Landells welcomed the new programming initiative and congratulated YCC for coming up with the idea and the resources – both people and equipment (supplied by ReConnect Communications) to bring their idea to a reality.

“We are only too aware of how sudden and drastic the changes to day to day life have occurred and this is having significant impacts for many people within our communities,” Mr Landells said.

“And of course, equity in regards to access to technology is not consistent, so, many people can very quickly become isolated in a way that endangers their well-being. 

“What YCC have come up with is a great example of the ways that Indigo FM and our various community partners are adapting to a drastically altered social and economic landscape.

“We also thank Ben Quick from ReConnect Communications for his company’s assistance.”

YCC Manager, David Thorpe said it was early days for the talkback concept in Yackandandah but he hoped the community would get on board and call in to talk about what’s happening in their lives, pass on information or just share a story.

“We really want people to call in, talk to us and, in turn, talk to the wider community,’’ he said.

“Yack people can think of Yack Chat as their own, we are really encouraging feedback which will help draw the community together.

Mr Thorpe said YCC committee members would take on the role of volunteer presenters.

“I think it’s really important to find ways for people to connect and communicate during this time of social isolation and restrictions,’’ he said.

A reminder that the number to call in on is 0419 881 566.

Eventually …. Daniel Champagne returns to Yackandandah – Friday 26 Feb

Daniel has a way to coax extraordinary sounds from his guitar as demonstrated here

Following a couple of Covid-related postponements, Indigo FM Presents brilliant guitarist singer-songwriter Daniel Champagne who will grace the stage again at Yackandandah Public Hall on Friday 26 February.

“We are honoured to have the opportunity to host a date on Daniel Champagne’s 2021 Australian tour. His concerts in 2018 and 2019 were exhilarating performances and we are very excited that Daniel will take to the stage at Yackandandah Public Hall again,” said Indigo FM President Scott Landells.

“Champagne has remained determined to tour Australia despite the huge impacts and obstacles posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. We eventually had this concert booked in for June 2020, then it got re-scheduled to September 2020 and now finally we can announce the event has the green light to go ahead on Friday 26 February.

“His commitment to his fans worldwide and his craft is second to none. Daniel has conducted over 250 daily live stream sessions on his Facebook page since the beginning of the pandemic, which is really quite amazing.

“We have the QR code registered for this event as part of the State Government’s covid-safe conditions which will allow 120 people to attend the show.

“The show is a sell-out and we’re looking forward to seeing a bit of a crowd again in the Yackandandah Public Hall. There will be just Daniel’s performance – no support act this time around – in order to keep the show format as covid-safe as possible.”

New Playlist Loaded Up With Local Talent

Indigo FM’s latest Playlist has been released in recent days featuring an unprecedented line-up of local musicians from north-east Victoria and southern NSW including over 60% Australian content. The playlist is the 15th created and has 900 songs from over 600 different artists.

The progressive local radio station has an established record of championing local musicians and this playlist includes new music from Chelsea Knight, Toby Mobbs, ELK, Eastbound Buzz, Renn Picard, Hugh Fuschen, GG Music and Liv Cartledge. 

Indigo FM’s “Alive” series of intimate live-in-studio recordings is featured again with 25 such songs from the likes of Claire Ann Taylor, Red Tail Ring, Katie Gaston, Mike Noga, The Young Folk, Tayla Grace, Joel Havea, The Royal High Jinx, Dean Haitani and many others.

The playlist focuses to some degree on artists who have toured and played locally including at Yackandandah Folk Festival, Beechworth Music Festival, By The Banks Music Festival, Mount Beauty Music Festival, Eldorado’s Folk Rhythm and Life and Beechworth’s Spring Music Festival.

Once again several presenters across all sites collaborated to compile the music for Playlist 15.0, of which a full listing can be viewed here.

Wall to wall live radio on Indigo FM this weekend

Indigo FM’s sites in Beechworth and Yackandandah will heat up this weekend – October 19/20 – as our annual Radiothon picks up pace. Around 20 different presenters will take to the airwaves to spruik the wonders of local radio as well as showcase their specific program style.

The action gets under way on 88.0 Indigo FM at each site from noon Saturday to noon Sunday. In addition Yackandandah volunteers will be at the Lion’s Market on Sunday morning promoting Memberships and selling our latest range of T-Shirts. To join up online head along to our Membership module by clicking this link JOIN UP NOW

At YACKANDANDAH the schedule is:

Saturday 19 October

  • 12-2pm – Spencer presents Musical Mash
  • 2-4pm – Bron presents What’s Goin On
  • 4-6pm – Harvey presents Asleep At The Wheel
  • 6-7pm – Karen presents Indigo Conversations
  • 7-8:30pm – Jann presents Barry Humphreys in concert
  • 8:30-10pm – Scott presents A delicious slice of Boston Bun pt 2
  • 10pm-12am – Doug presents Waste The Alphabet (podcast)

Sunday 20 October 

  • 12-2am – Chris and Lauren – To be confirmed
  • 2-4am – Bernie, Michael and Sandy present Eclectic Avenue (podcast)
  • 4-5am – Matt and Greg present The Crossover (podcast)
  • 5-6am – Fizz, Matt and Doug present specials and interviews with Darren Cross, Hugo Race and By The Banks 2018 (podcasts)
  • 6-8am – Chris and Lauren – Show theme / name to be confirmed
  • 8-10am – Scott presents Everyone Deserves Music
  • 10am-12pm – Ian presents The Mixed Bag

At BEECHWORTH the Schedule is:

Saturday 19 October

  • 12-2pm – Michael presents New Releases
  • 2-4pm – Laurie presents Let’s Hear Them Again
  • 4-6pm – Matt & Doug present Not Quite Waste The Alphabet
  • 6-8pm – Scott presents A delicious slice of Boston Bun pt 1
  • 8-10pm – Greg
  • 10-11pm – Shaun presents The Rodrigues Hour
  • 11pm-midnight – Scott presents Karmadrome

Sunday 20 October

  • Midnight-2am – Doug presents Waste The Alphabet (podcast) 
  • 2-4am – Bernie, Michael and Sandy present Eclectic Avenue (podcast)
  • 4-5am – Matt and Greg present The Crossover (podcast)
  • 5-6am – Fizz, Matt and Doug present specials and interviews with Darren Cross, Hugo Race and By The Banks 2018 (podcasts)
  • 6-8am – Scott presents Everyone Deserves Music (podcast)
  • 8-10am – Laurie presents Slightly Sacred
  • 10-11am – Charles 
  • 11am-noon – Bernie presents Spring Clean






Spring Into Indigo FM’s 2019 Radiothon!

Indigo FM’s 2019 Radiothon begins today – 1 October – and is our annual Membership Drive. It’s your opportunity to engage with us at a range of community events and in the process renew or sign-up as a member for 2019. In doing so we provide some incentive by way of prizes.

This year our main prize is an accommodation package at Lochwood Cottage B&B in Beechworth for 3 nights for 2 people. Also we have tickets to Beechworth Spring Music Festival on Saturday 16 November, see the poster attached. We anticipate adding more prizes in coming days.

Across our four sites a number of activities are planned, which include market stalls where you can come and chat with us about Indigo FM. You might have a great idea for your own radio show, wish to support by joining up as a member or buy a t-shirt. Or just say hi! To follow what we’re up to check out our special Radiothon Facebook page .

Indigo FM is excited to be partnering with Lochwood Cottage B&B and Beechworth Spring Music Festival as major sponsors of our 2019 Radiothon. Lucky members who join up or renew during October can go into the draw to win the accommodation package or tickets to Beechworth Spring Music Festival.

To join up or renew your Membership, simply head to our website Membership page via this link

For further information email us at [email protected] or check out our Radiothon Facebook page


Chiltern Site Set To Transmit From Neighbourhood House

Maree Murphy – left (Chiltern Neighbourhood House) and Scott Landells – right (Indigo FM President) announcing the news that the studio will be set-up at the Neighbourhood House.

Indigo FM is very excited to announce that we have reached an agreement with Indigo North Health to set up our Chiltern radio studio within the new Chiltern Neighbourhood House. This marks the beginning of an exciting phase for our volunteer-run local radio station and especially for the community of Chiltern. We are planning to be on air around the end of October 2019.

Indigo FM Chiltern will put out a local signal with an approximate radius of 5km on 87.6FM. The station will be on air 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year and will be run entirely by volunteers. It will provide an opportunity for locals of all ages to be trained to present radio programs to their local community as well as creating podcasts. Currently there are a couple of locals already trained up and others keen to be trained.

87.6 Indigo FM Chiltern will join our sites at Beechworth, Tangambalanga and Yackandandah as a full-time radio site, open for business.

Our site at the Chiltern Neighbourhood House offers many benefits and should be a good fit within this great facility for Chiltern. Indigo FM is grateful to the staff of Indigo North Health for their support, especially Maree Murphy as well as Chiltern Tourism and Development Inc and Indigo Shire whose community grant funds have allowed the purchase of some equipment for the site.

If you’ve ever harboured a secret ambition to have your own radio show, well we want to talk to you about making that happen. We would love for you to become a regular presenter on 87.6 Indigo FM Chiltern. Your show might be about music that you love – or films, IT, cars, gardening, sport etc. Talk to us about your passion and we will train you up to make it a reality.

Membership of Indigo FM ranges from $14 if you’re a student or pensioner/concession to $80 per annum for a business. That will get you two 30 second recorded announcements per day on our airwaves indicating your support of Indigo FM. Full Membership details are available here.

We’re also keen to take on volunteers who wish to support Indigo FM in a range of behind the scenes roles.

For all enquiries please email us on [email protected] or call Scott on 0481 267 269.

87.6 Indigo FM Chiltern will play a unique mix of music interspersed with announcements for local businesses and events. Musically we are very proud of the fact that our sites embrace diversity and play a minimum 50% Australian content, including a focus on current, independent Australian artists, many of whom are either based locally or have toured through the Indigo Shire playing at local festivals, pubs, wineries, cafes, halls etc. We mix this in with some familiar tunes and then change our playlist every 6 months to keep things sounding fresh.

All enquiries on this matter feel free to contact Acting Site Co-ordinator Scott Landells on 0481 267 269 or via email on [email protected].

Healthy Turnout for AGM

They travelled from far and wide last night – from Rutherglen in the north-west and Mt Beauty in the south-east and plenty in between as Indigo FM held it’s 2019 Annual General Meeting at the relatively central and delightful Wooragee Community Centre. 21 people attended in all as Indigo FM determined it’s Committee of Management for the next 12 months.

It’s a blend of experience and fresh energy to take on the challenges for 2019-20. Scott Landells was again elected President and this time leads a 7 person team that includes:

  • Phil Fraser – Vice President
  • Greg Clydesdale – Secretary
  • Bernie Jovaras – Treasurer
  • Karen Keegan – General Committee
  • Lannelle Bailey – General Committee
  • Peter Watkins – General Committee

This will be Scott’s 6th term as President and his 7th on the CoM. Greg will enter his 5th term as Secretary and 6th on the CoM. Bernie, formerly Vice-President, has stepped into the role of Treasurer after serving the previous 2 terms as Vice-President. Bernie was also a CoM in the “early days” from around 2011-13. Phil enters his second term on the CoM eagerly stepping into the Vice-President’s role on the CoM. Karen Keegan is also entering her second full term on the CoM continuing in a General CoM role. Karen is also Acting Site Co-ordinator at our Yackandandah site. Both Lannelle Bailey and Peter Watkins join the Indigo FM CoM for their first term. Each come well credentialled and have shown an impressive level of enthusiasm over the past year and we’re excited to welcome them on board. Lannelle is also Site Co-ordinator at our Tangambalanga site.

President Scott Landells had this to say about the AGM outcome. “I’m excited and energised by the opportunity to lead Indigo FM again in 2019-20. AGM’s are a truly democratic process and that process has delivered a Committee of Management for Indigo FM that will provide a diverse voice to all communities within Indigo Shire. There’s a healthy blend of experience and freshness with this group and we now take that forward to a very busy 12 months of activity that lies ahead. Some of those activities include our 2019 Radiothon which kicks off in October, getting our Chiltern site on the airwaves permanently, streaming and sharing content across all four of our sites. Also mid-2020 marks our 10 year birthday – for which we are in the process of planning an exciting range of activities through the early part of that year.”

Landells also added “I’d also like to acknowledge the contribution of retiring CoM member Andrea Leonard who is relocating to be closer to her family in the Geelong area. Andrea has been our Treasurer since 2016 and we enter the next 3 years in a healthy financial position. In addition Andrea has provided great stability in the governance of our 100% volunteer run organisation. We look forward to Andrea (and others who may live outside our transmission zone) being able to tune in when we are streaming, which should be by early 2020.”

To read the 2019 AGM President’s Report, click the link below

President’s Report 2019 AGM

Financial Reports for 2018-19 can be viewed below

Statement of Income and Expenditure and Balance Sheet 2018-19