Season’s Greetings

We’d like to say Merry Christmas and thanks for your support throughout 2023. Feel free to tune in any time to our 88.0 FM sites, our stream @ Indigo FM Online or a podcast. You can find them here.

2023 was another busy fun year. Our podcasts were again very popular and received thousands of plays and downloads.

And we now celebrate a 2nd year of live streaming under our belts which we offer in addition to each of our 88.0 FM sites.

Xmas Playlist On Air Now!
From 00:01 Saturday 23 December we switch across to a Xmas Playlist of around 270 songs that will run for the next five days. It’s on air at each site as well as @ Indigo FM Online. You can view it here Xmas Playlist 2023.

Rather than traditional cheesy, uninspiring Christmas Carols, we have selected the many fun and quirky songs that have been written and recorded about Christmas over the years. 

Many presenters will also be re-charging their batteries although a few will opt to continue through the festive season. These next few days we have a special program schedule – see below or by clicking this link. It includes a mix of current and shows from our archives for your enjoyment. These include:

  • A Funky Christmas with Chris and Lauren (2014)
  • CLAP (Chiltern Players) Christmas Carol Special (2020)
  • Eclectic Avenue Christmas Extravaganza (2023, 2022, 2020 and 2015)
  • Tiff’s Christmas Special (2023)
  • Yackandandah Primary School Year 6 graduates – Viv, Gabs and Jack (2023)
  • Chiltern Street Party (Dec 2023)
  • Yackandandah Christmas Fair (Dec 2023)
  • Bullfrog’s Roadhouse Stocking Stuffer
  • various end of year reviews from D3aN0 (Callisto Rising 2023), Scott (Everyone Deserves Music 2022) and the team at Aussie Music Weekly (2023).

Tune in here

Investing in Youth # 2: Rising Up With Future Proof

Here at Indigo FM we are very proud of the work we do with young people across Indigo Shire. There are a range of partnerships in place some of which are long-term (ie Yackandandah Primary School) as well as some that are quite new. ‘Rising Up With Future Proof’ is a great example of the latter.

From early June 2023, we have met up with Indigo Shire’s Youth Resilience Peer Worker Ella Cheeseman, on a monthly basis to help her record an interview with a variety of young people, who are involved in leadership and building resilience for other young people in their communities.

From left Ella, Lara and Chloe gather to create the first Future Proof Podcast in June 2023
From left Ella, Lara and Chloe gather to create the first Future Proof Podcast in June 2023

Ella expanded on the podcast series in a recent catch up. “The collaboration and relationship between Indigo FM and the Future Proof program has been instrumental in reaching our Future Proof goals. Creating a podcast with Indigo FM has allowed us to establish a youth-led project and engage meaningfully with local young people while simultaneously connecting them with community members and shedding light on the issues most important to young people in the Indigo Shire. This relationship has allowed us to connect with those who might not want to come to in-person events, and perhaps will not engage with Future Proof otherwise.”

To date, 7 podcast episodes have been produced, which you can tune into below via the podomatic links. Each episode is approximately 15-25 minutes long.

For relevant links for Future Proof, see below:

72 Hour Radio Marathon kicks off

As part of our annual Radiothon, Indigo FM is coordinating a 72 hour Radio Marathon across our 3 sites. The 2023 Radio Marathon kicks off at Tangambalanga from 4pm Thursday 23 November and will conclude 4pm Sunday 26 November at Yackandandah.

At our Kiewa-Tangam site today, we have Scott commencing the marathon with a 2 hour Elvis Costello special looking at his first 10 albums that covered the 10 year period 1977-86. That’s followed by highlights from the 2023 Kiewa Valley Primary School Fete and then Ross brings us 2 hours of TV & Film Soundtracks with “Felix and Snufkin”. There are many highlights and a few surprises including Greg’s 2 hour “Artists Touring Australia” (2pm Fri), Tiff’s 2 hour Rolling Stones special (6am Sat). Bron and Ange will bring you Heaven and Hell (4pm Sat), Scott has a 2 hour look at Boston alterna rock legends Pixies (10pm Sat) .

The schedules are below…..

To tune in and catch all the continuous radio action, head to the audio player on our website or click this link

Our Radiothon runs for the entire month of November and pushes to early December concluding at the Yackandandah Christmas Fair. It’s our annual promotion whereby we share the best kept secret of NE Victoria onto the radios, media players, devices and events of the awesome array of villages and towns Indigo Shire and the Indigo FM universe as we seek your support for 2024.

Our Major Prizes are:

  • A framed High Country Photographic Artwork from Kev McGennan
  • Tickets to 2024 Yackandandah Folk Festival
  • Tickets to 2024 Stanley Spring Ditch
  • Tickets to 2024 High Country Hop in Beechworth.

We seek to recruit new presenters and convert casual listeners to financial members to keep us healthy and resourced to tackle the various challenges that lie ahead. You can join up here or find out more about our Radiothon here.

Radiothon 10 kicks off!

Indigo FM’s 2023 Radiothon begins today Wednesday 1 November and will run through the month of November, concluding Sunday 3 December at the Yackandandah Community Christmas Fair. It’s our annual promotion whereby we share the best kept secret of NE Victoria onto the radios, media players, devices and events of the awesome array of villages and towns Indigo Shire and the Indigo FM universe as we seek your support for 2024.

This year’s Radiothon artwork was designed by Felicity Rule (of Don’t Touch My Walkman fame) who has done a handful of our Radiothon posters since 2017. Look out for it online and around town in shop windows during November. Our Major Prizes are:

  • A framed High Country Photographic Artwork from Kev McGennan
  • Tickets to 2024 Yackandandah Folk Festival
  • Tickets to 2024 Stanley Spring Ditch
  • Tickets to 2024 High Country Hop in Beechworth.

Thanks so much to the sponsors of our 4 Major Prizes for their generous support.

Our Radiothon is our annual Membershio Drive. Members receive regular updates about our activities and in the case of Business or Community Groups – on-air announcements promoting their activities. You can join up or renew your Membership here.

Markets

We still have a couple of events and markets we’ll be attending during our Radiothon with our range of merch that includes, keep cups, stickers, trucker caps, t-shirts and hoodies.

These include:

  • Fri 1 Dec – Chiltern Street Parade – from 5-8:30pm
  • Sun 3 Dec – Yackandandah Community Christmas Fair – from 9am-1:30pm

Radio Marathons

Thu 23 Nov – Sun 26 Nov will see each of our 3 sites collaborate on a massive 72 hour Radio Marathon.

The action begins at 4pm at our Kiewa-Tangam site, concluding same time Sunday 26 Nov at Yackandandah.

The schedule is below:

  • Kiewa-Tangam from 4pm Thu 23 Nov – 4pm Fri 24 Nov
  • Beechworth from 4pm Fri 24 Nov – 4pm Sat 25 Nov
  • Yackandandah from 4pm Sat 25 Nov – 4pm Sun 26 Nov

Live Streaming

This Radiothon we celebrate 1 year of live streaming! For all the links and other info, head to our Streaming page on our website.

We’ll be in touch as the month unfolds with more updates – in the meantime Happy Radiothon 2023!

Making RADIOWAVES

Poster design by Lydia Forster
Poster by Lydia Forster

Indigo FM invites you to our 2023 Radiothon Launch Party RADIOWAVES at Beechworth Memorial Hall on Saturday 4 November.

This live music event will feature Eastbound Buzz and This Way North – each with a big sound sure to fill up the acoustics of Beechworth’s iconic Memorial Hall.

Also on the bill is Euroa’s Neale Williams and Yackandandah’s Candice McLeod.

To celebrate our 2023 Radiothon, Indigo FM is offering all attendees at RADIOWAVES the option to also become a member of Indigo FM for 2024, which is included in the $30 ticket price. The same offer applies to our Concession and Family Membership categories.

Indigo FM’s Marketing team have been super busy behind the scenes for a couple of months organising this event. President Scott Landells praised the work of key official Tiff Ellis who led a successful Arts grant application and is now bringing RADIOWAVES to fruition.

RADIOWAVES is largely due to Tiff’s passion for live music and her creative thinking. She convinced our Marketing team and Committee of Management to pursue this opportunity and has been willing to do the bulk of the work. In a volunteer run organisation that kind of attitude and energy is so valuable. Beechworth Memorial Hall is an awesome venue, and holds a couple of hundred people and we’re looking forward to seeing it full on 4 November”, Landells offered.

“We’re also excited by a band of enthusiastic, skilled volunteers behind the scenes who have quickly come on board to assist staging RADIOWAVES. And we’re incredibly grateful to Regional Arts Victoria whose grant is making it all possible.”

Eastbound Buzz

The artists collectively cover a range of styles from the pin-drop intimate folk of Candice McLeod to the literal wall-of-sound of Melbourne 5 piece Eastbound Buzz.

This Way North

Yackandandah’s This Way North are a dynamic duo with a big sound and Neale Williams will offer something quite unique with his repertoire of life on the road stories in a blues and roots style.

Tickets can be purchased through Humanitix here. So jump online and get yours early as well as a Membership to Indigo FM for 2024.

All enquiries regarding RADIOWAVES can be directed to [email protected]

If you can’t make it along to RADIOWAVES – head over to our Membership page and peruse our Membership options.

This project is made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, which supports the arts in regional and remote Australia. Radiowaves is supported by the Australian Government’s Arts and Cultural Development Program, Regional Arts Australia and Regional Arts Victoria.

We have some awesome Radiothon prizes too, for all new and renewing members including:

  • a framed A3 size Victorian High Country Photographic Artwork from Kev McGennan
  • tickets to 2024 Spring Ditch in Stanley (2 March)
  • tickets to 2024 Yackandandah Folk Festival (22-24 March)
  • tickets to 2024 High Country Hop (23 March)

The above prizes will be drawn in early December.

Team-first at Indigo FM

Indigo FM’s 2023 Annual General Meeting was held yesterday in Wooragee at the Community Centre.

Members voted to elect a similar group to manage the affairs of Indigo FM for the next year with office-bearers being:

  • President – Scott Landells
  • Vice-President – Greg Clydesdale
  • Secretary – Tiffany Ellis
  • Treasurer – Greg Bourke
  • General Committee – Nigel Jones and Phil Fraser

One further General Committee positions remains open for the Committee to fill throughout 2023-24.

Members heard that Indigo FM had a successful year financially as well as with the many community projects we are involved with right across Indigo Shire – literally with our live music events from Kergunyah to Wahgunyah.

Our schools program has grown with regular podcasts from Wooragee Primary School joining the Yackandandah Primary School suite of weekly programs. Watch this space as more schools are coming on board in 2024!

Our live streams were bedded down in 2023 which was a long term goal ticked off.

Our Podcasts continued to record very strong audience numbers.

Indigo FM continues to be very well served by our Marketing and Tech-Programming Sub-Committees as these groups handle a range of projects.

We’re super excited about the year ahead and look forward to sharing them with you.

Click here to read our 2022-23 Financial Statement and President’s Report

2023 Annual General Meeting – Sunday 1st October at Wooragee

Indigo FM is holding it’s 2023 Annual General Meeting.

Date: Sunday, 1 October 2023

Time: 5 pm – 6 pm

Venue: Wooragee Community Centre (Hall), Wooragee.

We welcome your attendance and strongly encourage anyone with an interest in helping with the running of Indigo FM to nominate for our Committee of Management. Written nominations on the form linked below may be scanned and emailed to [email protected] or mailed to The Secretary, PO Box 64, Chiltern VIC 3683. Nominations may also be lodged at the AGM.

If you can’t make it to the meeting an option to contribute to the Meeting via remote video link will be provided. If you would like another Indigo FM member to represent you by proxy, you may like to use the Proxy Form via link below.

Along with adopting Minutes from our 2022 AGM, election of Committee of Management and confirmation of Membership Fees for 2024, these are the only items of business permitted at an AGM as set out in the Model Rules.

The Agenda is below. Also our 2022-23 Statement of Income and Expenditure / Balance Sheet, President’s Report, 2022 AGM Minutes are all available via the links below.

We will hold a brief informal General Meeting following the AGM for those members who wish to participate.

Tiffany Ellis
Secretary

AGM Nomination and Proxy Form 2023

Agenda

2022 AGM Minutes

2022-23 Statement of Income and Expenditure / Balance Sheet

President’s Report

Investing in Youth # 1: Wooragee Primary School

Here at Indigo FM we have been building strong relationships with young people across Indigo Shire for over a decade and 2023 has seen us take these partnerships to exciting new heights.

In the first of a series of articles we’d like to focus on our work with Wooragee Primary School.

Wooragee Primary School is located roughly halfway between Beechworth and the turn-off to Yackandandah on the Beechworth-Wodonga Road.

It has a standout Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden as well as some wonderful natural areas for the students to explore. Olive trees grow on the front lawns and the school entrance from the car park is adorned by a striking sunflower sculpture.

In mid 2021 while reflecting on the exciting shows being created by students from Yackandandah Primary School, our team wondered how similar opportunities might be offered to smaller remote schools who didn’t have the relative luxury of an Indigo FM studio 100m down the street from their School. 

Indigo FM President Scott Landells elaborates on this off-site program. “Not every primary school has an Indigo FM site in their town. We’d heard about the Rodecaster PRO which is a portable mixer unit with microphones and headphones and thought that if we acquired one we could hit the road and produce podcasts with remote schools. We submitted a community grant application to Indigo Shire and were successful. We approached a few remote schools and Wooragee Primary School were keen to come on board.” Landells said.

“Some training took place in 2022 and in Term 1 2023 we commenced creating podcasts and it’s been a great success. The students are a delight to work with and we think some have exceptional potential to host their own regular radio program on our airwaves in the near future.

We create approximately 3 podcasts per term, the podcasts being hosted by School captain Elena who brings in a rotating set of her fellow students from Years 2-5 to share the airwaves. Thus far we have heard Toby, Arden, Alice, Artemis, Finn, Poppy and Bella on these podcasts.”

Principal Angela Gray offered her thoughts regarding the partnership with Indigo FM.

Elena, Poppy and Finn geat ready for their podcast

“The students at Wooragee Primary School are all excited to be a part of creating a podcast with Indigo FM. Students plan out their program with news from the school and the community and with the support of Elena, our school captain and Scott from Indigo FM produce a professionally made podcast.”

You can check out any of these podcasts via the links below:

The podcasts are also programmed for 9-10am Monday mornings on Indigo FM Online

If you’re reading this and from a small Indigo Shire Primary School, that’s keen to have Indigo FM create podcasts with your school, feel free to email us at [email protected] and we’ll discuss how your school can get involved.

Catch The Weeping Willows at Wahgunyah – 8 October

Indigo FM is proud to partner with Arts Rutherglen and Destination Rutherglen to present The Weeping Willows live at Wahgunyah School of Arts Hall on Sunday 8 October. It’s a chance to again highlight original songwriting and storytelling which has been a focus of this partnership from mid-2022 onwards.

3 x CMAA ‘Golden Guitar’, Australian Folk Music and Music Victoria Award winners, The Weeping Willows (Laura Coates and Andrew Wrigglesworth) are a couple of old souls, steeped in Bluegrass tradition and draped in Gothic Americana imagery. They regale their audiences with stories of sunshine and romance, God and The Devil, murder and decay. Real music.

Indigo FM President Scott Landells said Indigo FM is excited to be able to partner with Arts Rutherglen on this event. “The Weeping Willows have been creating their deep southern gothic style of Americana for around a decade, impressing festival audiences everywhere. They have just returned to our shores after a successful tour of the UK which followed them wowing crowds at this year’s Yackandandah Folk Festival. And it’s a pleasure to be able to come on board a promote their concert at Wahgunyah on October 8.”

Tickets are $25 for general public, $20 for members of Indigo FM, Arts Rutherglen and Destination Rutherglen and $10 for young people (13-17yo). They are now on sale, so grab yours here.

Support act is Mieke Bosland.

Bosland is a young queer person, singer/songwriter and producer from Beechworth, Victoria. Mieke loves performing and sharing her stories through original songs, who impressed at the 2023 Busking Rutherglen event.

“We have been observing Mieke for a couple of years now performing at various local markets and events, including Yackandandah Folk Festival and this year’s Busking Rutherglen. She has an impressive repertoire of original songs which is quite an achievement considering she is yet to turn 18yo”, Landells said.

Mieke is currently studying music production at Wodonga TAFE to accelerate her journey as an artist and allow her to produce and release original work in the near future.

Mieke enjoys gigging throughout northeast Victoria, where she has played alongside bands and musicians such as This Way North, Benny Williams, Melbourne based Robert Baxter, Asha Bright, Swim State and Bad Ibis.

Playlist 21.0 Launches with 72% Australian Content

Indigo FM’s latest Playlist 21.0 is officially on our airwaves. It is highlighted by 900 songs featuring 72% Australian content and 15% Indigenous content. As we cap the maximum number of songs per artist at 2, this allows for 650-700 different artists. The Indigenous content equates to 135 songs by over 100 different artists.

Indigo FM President Scott Landells explained that setting such ambitious targets, directs the volunteer-run radio station’s energy to a creative exploration of what music is available. “On this latest playlist we feature some remote and bush recordings conducted in Western Australia and Northern Territory. WA Music have an ongoing project they commenced in 2004. We purchased their most recent release Demos from the Ngaanyatjarra Lands (2022) and feature all 14 tracks on this Playlist. Another compilation we purchased recently was the Wantok Music Vol 3 album (2022). Wantok Music is a leading, not-for-profit Music Label representing First Nations and World Music groups of Australia and Oceania. And of course we also have a number of current day indigenous bands and artists such as Tia Gostelow, Thelma Plum, Charlie Needs Braces, King Stingray, Caiti Baker, Yirrmal, Birdz, Alice Skye, Briggs, DRMNGNOW, Miiesha, Emma Donovan and many more.”

“We’re also eternally grateful to the many record labels that send through their new releases on a regular basis, and to our volunteers who sort through them and put them forward for each playlist.”

As well as embracing diversity, Indigo FM Playlists are renowned for celebrating the unique and quirky. For example it’s quite usual to find long tracks clocking in at 7 minutes plus on Indigo FM.

This Playlist has 10 songs 7 minutes or longer headed by New York experimental veterans Swans, their hypnotic track “Paradise Is Mine” clocking in at 9:24, It’s closely followed by two local psychedlic tracks – King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard’s “Iron Lung” (9:05) and Even frontman Ashley Naylor’s guitar instrumental SPACESHIP (8:51). Also in that 10 is the much loved late 60’s classic – Suite: Judy Blue Eyes by Crosby Stills and Nash (7:24). And rounding out our 10 longest songs on this latest Playlist is Connecticut, USA 5 piece Goose with their track “Hungersite” (7:07). If you follow Goose’s Bandcamp page, you’d notice they release several digital albums by the week! What they have become adept at doing is uploading high quality audio recordings of their concerts to Bandcamp, usually the next day. In 2023 they have alread released a staggering 47 albums!!!

Landells explained the thinking behind what some may see as an exercise in indulgence. “So much of radio everywhere peddles the idea that a song can’t be longer than 4 minutes, yet think of the classics – Dylan’s ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ rambles along over 6 minutes, Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway To Heaven’ runs just shy of 8 minutes, Arcade Fire’s ‘Reflektor’ comes in at 7 1/2 minutes. Then there are shorter ‘radio edits’ where a great 4:30 song is cut back to 3:30. Why? We like to think our audience has a decent attention span and appreciates long-form music. We think our Playlist which in total clocks in at around 55 hours and has 900 songs ought to have room for pretty much everything. 10 x 7 minute songs out of 900 is around one every 5-6 hours. At the other end of the scale there are 17 songs that run under 2 minutes. You will hear all genres on our Playlists – world music, Britpop, folk, hip hop, soul, indie rock, country, bluegrass, indie folk, grunge, shoegaze, electronic, Americana, punk, blues and obviously a lot of traditional indigenous music.”

On the quirkier side of things we feature a track by a 70yo artist Leonard “Lowdown” Brown who will soon release his debut album.

Artists local to NE Vic / Riverina on Playlist 21.0 include Well Into Winter, The Northern Folk, Asha Bright, Eastbound Buzz, Brent Shirley, Dean Haitani, Liv Cartledge, Surprise Chef, Toby Mobbs, Fanny Lumsden, Luke Mac, Jack Gregory and Rhys Duursma.

When it comes to artists having appeared at the 2023 Yackandandah Folk Festival, we have that well covered too with Dean Haitani, The Burning Hell, Emily Barker, Hannah Schmidli, The Water Runners, Gretta Ziller, The Humbuckin’ Pickups, Jayda Jean, Daniel Champagne, Fred Smith, The Beez, Tim McMillan & Rachel Snow, The Weeping Willows, Jarrod Shaw and John Smith.

Indigo FM’s Playlist supplies around 70-80 hours of music per week to each site. It’s what is played from midnight – 7am 7 days per week as well as around 40% of the “daylight hours” air time between 7am and 8pm at night.

You can tune in to a live-stream of Indigo FM any time here