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Podcasting Now – Constant Content Creation

Indigo FM’s volunteer presenters are constantly creating lots of amazing content which you can access as podcasts.

Check them out here

There are shows that delve into a whole array of themes and styles. Pop Culture, New releases, Australian music, Horns / Brass / Funk, Ambient / Electronic, Americana, interviews, Blues, Roots, Folk, Jazz, Road Trips, Classical etc etc. We have students creeating podcasts and we have a few of us who still recall being students but are now nudging toward retirement age producing content for podcasting.

Among the shows available are:

Yackandandah Primary School News

Yack Primary School students have been a constant on our airwaves since 2013 and now they are podcasting as well. Check out Year 5 & 6 students Ada, Emma, Flynn, Indie, Irena and Stella as they offer a young person’s view of the community with plenty of freshness and enthusiasm.

Waste The Alphabet with Doug

Doug delivers a weekly musical commentary on the best latest independent Australian music – with a few thrown in from NZ.

Friday In My Mind with Bernie

No Drums , No Vocals, No Doof Doof…. Bernie explores the rich sonic landscape of 20th Century instrumental music and beyond . Expect to hear an amazing mix of orchestral, ambient , minimalist and experimental music from the last 120 years – did someone mention 12 tone theory?

Go With The Flow with Jonny Smartboards

Lone gunman who candidly flip fly flows, single-handedly with one eye closed. An exotic array of sounds with no particular direction or agenda. Float downstream and Go With the Flow.

Horn Chowder with Chris

Fast beats, fat bass, flaming horns. Contemporary upbeat funk, soul, pop. Chris’ enthusiasm is infectious but those horns and rhythms are even warmer and catchier. 

Everyone Deserves Music with Scott

Now into it’s 9th year, Scott presents a modern Australian indie folk/roots music show with a bit of a focus on local and touring artists

Bullfrog’s Roadhouse with Mark

Since 2010 Mark has cut this deal – you supply the food and drink, Mark will supply the tunes – blues, roots, alt-country. And of late he has been raiding the cellar and the time-capsules to unleash some classics. Tune in to hear what comes next.

Monthly Music with Charles

One of Indigo FM’s youngest presenters but with a couple of years of shows under his belt, Charles selects new music from around the world.

Eclectic Avenue with Bernie, Michael and Sandy

3 guys walk into a radio studio on a Wednesday night in 2010…. And well, they’re still not sure of the way out. That’s our gain as they serve up a weekly smorgasbord of musical delights to titillate your musical taste buds from across the genres loosely brought together each week by a topical, quirky, out-of-left-field, nonsensical, and/or lazy theme.

The Nest with Patrick

Covid enforced lockdowns gave rise to a host of artistic creation, and it was in Autumn of 2020 that The Nest was born. Patrick delivers a fortnightly mix including ambient, low fi type recordings but also a bit of boogie and disco, modern electronic pieces too. some contemplation and some dancing.

Asleep At The Wheel with Harvey

A big wheel keeps on turning on Sunday afternoon in Yackandandah between 2 pm and 4 pm. Covering soul, country, swamp pop, Cajun, blues, rockabilly and most importantly good music. Hopefully you won’t get lost nor be asleep on this highway.

Interviews

There are current interviews with artists such as Melbourne’s Maja or Sydney DIY creator Kata from Change Machine.

Check them out here

Latest Playlist 17.0 On The Airwaves

Indigo FM has released it’s hotly anticipated new playlist version 17.0 in recent days and again it’s set to sparkle on the airwaves with it’s customary freshness and diversity of musical styles.

This latest playlist comprises 782 songs by over 620 different artists with Australian content clocking in at an impressive 60% as has been the norm, since the very first playlist back in September 2014.

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.

There’s plenty of quirky moments with the modern day ode to drinking at pubs – “Eastern Standard Time” by Our Carlson and a classic word jazz piece from the late 50’s “My Baby” by Ken Nordine guaranteed to bring a wry smile to listeners faces. Longest song is Sampa The Great’s “The Return” clocking in at 9:18 followed closely by Dan Kelly’s “On The Run” at 9:12. At the other end of the scale, Melbourne/NAARM artist Dannika has the shortest track with “Horses” running for just 1:31.

Local musicians as well as those with links to North East Victoria feature prominently with tracks from the likes of Jenny Biddle, Luke Sinclair, Paul Dyason, Nic Jean, Chloe Jade, The Northern Folk, Godspeed Brotherman, Elissa Pernu, Eastbound Buzz, Joel Havea, Gretta Ziller, Matt Ortiz, Toby Mobbs, Candice McLeod, Tash Fenton, This Way North, Fanny Lumsden and Julian James all have tracks on Playlist 17.0.

We’re also proud to include new music from Lindsey Harder and ASHA who were section winners of Indigo Shire’s 2020 Youth Songwriting Competition.

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 – the latter resource has supplied around 100 songs from current day emerging independent artists. Also we work closely with a number of independent labels and publicists to access music and these include Remote Control, Cooking Vinyl, Poison City Records, This Much Talent, AAnthologies, Ruckus PR, Spunk Records, Kick Push PR, Chapter Music, Dashville, Mistletone and a host of others.

Our playlist is the default between pre-recorded and live radio shows and is changed over every 6-8 months by the station’s Programming team.

You can tune into it anywhere you can get internet reception via the media player on our website (click the play controls on the media player section on this webpage) or alternatively the “old skool” way via the 88.0 FM signal in the townships of Beechworth, Tangambalanga or Yackandandah.

Click Playlist 17.0 to view the complete listing.

Daniel Champagne enthralls Yackandandah as Live Music Returns

The Arts industry is often tagged “resilient”. It’s also inspiring and exciting and this was all evidenced on 26 February this year when Daniel Champagne hit the Yackandandah Public Hall stage with another breathtaking performance of guitar wizardry and exceptional songwriting.

This particular gig was planned in early 2020 for an original date in June of that year. It was then deferred to September and eventually re-scheduled to late Feb 2021.

Along the way Champagne released his 5th studio album Trying To Hold The Setting Sun – surprisingly this album didn’t feature greatly in his live show as he now has a vast catalogue of originals and choice covers (eg Spoonful, Vincent) to draw on.

A track of special significance for local audiences is Champagne’s instrumental track Indigo which he played. Indigo was written when leaving Yackandandah on a previous visit in 2018 and has now racked up nearly 1.5 million plays on Spotify which is easily his most played track.

During the pandemic of the past year Champagne has undertaken just shy of 300 live streams to continue his work ethic and his determined commitment to his fans worldwide, many of whom live in the northern hemisphere and have faced the twin challenges of icy winters and zero live music performances.

For Indigo FM’s events team it was a success and just such a relief to again be able to bring audiences and musicians together for their own enjoyment all in the name of building our community of music enthusiasts.

We’re grateful to Daniel and to the Yackandandah Hall Committee as well as Indigo Shire Council and our own volunteers. We also acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we were able to gather for this event and pay our respects to Indigenous Elders, past, present and emerging.

To explore Daniel’s music head along to his website

These pictures captured by Yackandandah’s Richard Nunn show a few highlights of the show from a visual gallery  perspective.

 

Indigo FM AGM update – Welcome Nigel Jones and Jos Ceccanti Steps Into Secretary Role

Indigo FM’s 2020 Annual General Meeting had been postponed for several months due to Covid-19 restrictions. However, it was eventually held yesterday early evening at the wonderful Wooragee Centenary Hall, with 13 members in attendance.

Indigo FM is excited to welcome Yackandandah’s Nigel Jones to it’s Committee of Management for 2021. Nigel is an enthusiastic supporter of Indigo FM and holds a strong interest in community life, especially in the Yackandandah community, where he lives with his wife Donna and their young family.

Nigel joins a 6 member Committee of Management, with each of the 5 previous Committee members being returned for another term. In a slight re-shuffle, Greg Clydesdale after 5 years serving as Secretary will take on a General Committee role and Jocelyn (Jos) Ceccanti will take on the role of Secretary.

Jos was co-opted onto the Indigo FM Committee of Management in April 2020 following a couple of resignations, to help fill the vacancy. She very quickly demonstrated outstanding communication and organisational skills which led to several positive initiatives. Jos’ extensive background in various levels of radio, as well as her role as a Committee member for the past year will have her ready to hit the ground running in the Secretary’s role.

In addition to Nigel, Greg and Jos, the remaining 3 Committee of Management members Scott Landells, Phil Fraser and Bernie Jovaras, were returned in their previous roles (President, Vice-President and Treasurer respectively) unopposed.

The members did vote for one additional General Committee role, for which the Committee of Management will look to fill at their discretion, throughout 2021.

President Scott Landells is excited to again lead Indigo FM for another year, his 7th as President.

“It’s an honour to lead our progressive, diverse organisation and I’m looking forward to the challenges of 2021. Like pretty much every community group anywhere in the world, the Covid-19 pandemic presented many significant challenges. Indigo FM’s business model adapted though and we are significantly changed long-term for the better, I think, by the experience,” Landells said.

“I will be especially focused on continuing to evolve our organisation, so settling new CoM member Nigel Jones into his role on our Committee as well as Jos Ceccanti into her role as Secretary will be key focuses of mine. They – along with each of our continuing CoM members Greg, Bernie and Phil – bring wonderful skills and perspectives to the table and I am confident we can again provide strong and creative team-oriented leadership.

Whilst the formal AGM Agenda focused on the financial year 1 July 2019 – 30 June 2020, an informal General Meeting held afterwards allowed current Committee members to outline the various positive initiatives – several unexpected – that arose through the second half of 2020. These initiatives have allowed Indigo FM to continue to evolve especially in the areas of themed podcasts and making smart use of technology. From a financial viewpoint, collectively these initiatives filled the breach caused by the loss of Marketing revenue due to event cancellation and have seen Indigo FM reverse it’s financial fortunes considerably from a precarious mid-2020 position to a relatively healthy state in Feb 2021.

These initiatives include a refurbished Yackandandah Community Centre and the talkback Yack Chat program, themed podcasts with Chiltern Lions Amateur Players – CLAP – (Christmas Carols) and Indigo Shire Council Tourism (Weekend Road Trips), Sponsorships with Victorian Seniors Festival and First National Real Estate Beechworth / Bonnici & Associates, the launch of an Internet Radio Station and some very positive engagement with the Tangambalanga community and businesses – most recently at the Family Fun Day in late January 2021 held at the Union Hotel Tangambalanga. Also the support from Ben Quick at ReConnect with “behind the scenes” telecommunications infrastructure on both the Yack Chat program and assisting with live streaming at Beechworth has been significant.

In summary the Indigo FM Committee of Management for 2021 is:

  • Scott Landells – President
  • Phil Fraser – Vice President
  • Jocelyn Ceccanti – Secretary
  • Bernie Jovaras – Treasurer
  • Nigel Jones – General Committee
  • Greg Clydesdale – General Committee
  • spare – General Committee

The 2019-20 Financial Statement (Profit and Loss / Balance Sheet) can be viewed here

The President’s Report can be viewed here

First National Beechworth and Indigo FM – Partners In Live Streaming

Indigo FM President Scott Landells (left) and First National Beechworth’s Tony Stockdale (right) celebrate their new partnership

Indigo FM is very excited to announce a new sponsorship with First National Beechworth – Bonnici & Associates.

First National Beechworth’s support will enable Indigo FM to undertake critical work to set up live streaming.

Indigo FM President Scott Landells explained the new sponsorship – for an initial 3 year term – will help Indigo FM greatly in resourcing the volunteer-run, local radio station to meet the considerable costs associated with live streaming.

“Indigo FM is thrilled to announce this new sponsorship. With this support from First National Beechworth we can resource ourselves to achieve our goal to live stream our radio sites,” Landells said.

“Initially, their support will see us focus primarily on our Beechworth site, and we are confident we can have both our Beechworth and Yackandandah sites live streaming in a couple of months time and joining our current Internet Radio Station, as we continue to build the on-line streaming options for our listeners.

“Indigo FM wishes to thank Tony Stockdale from the First National Beechworth office and proprietors Will and Penny Bonnici for their generous and enthusiastic support and having faith in our vision.”

Tony Stockdale from First National Beechworth is very keen to bring their strong brand on board to support Indigo FM.

“Here at First National Beechworth, owners Will, Penny and I greatly admire the community volunteering spirit of Indigo FM. We also appreciate their considerable reach across both FM and digital platforms, to help spread our message of local agents with national exposure via the First National brand,” Stockdale stated.

“When we were approached to come on board as a sponsor, we were keen to embrace the opportunity to recognise the determined volunteer spirit of Indigo FM and help them tackle the exciting opportunities that are offered via technology upgrades such as live streaming.”

 

2020 Postponed Annual General Meeting – 21 Feb 2021 at Wooragee

Indigo FM is holding it’s postponed 2020 Annual General Meeting.

Date: Sunday, 21 February 2021

Time: 5.00 pm – 6.00 pm

Venue: Wooragee 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.

Due to COVID-safe protocols, a maximum of 25 attendees are permitted and you will be required to RSVP so that we can track numbers.

If you can’t make it to the meeting and would like another Indigo FM member to represent you by proxy, you may like to use the Proxy Form via link below.

A link for our 2019-20 Statement of Income and Expenditure and Balance Sheet can be viewed here. Along with election of Committee of Management and confirmation of Membership Fees for 2021, these are the only items of business permitted at an AGM as set out in the Model Rules – see page 10 on the link below.

An Agenda can be viewed here

The President’s Report for 2019-20 from Scott Landells can be viewed here.

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

Greg Clydesdale
Secretary

Model Rules

AGM Nomination and Proxy Form 2020

2019-20 Statement of Income and Expenditure and Balance Sheet

President’s Report

Our 2020 Christmas Playlist

 

Indigo FM has recently launched a Christmas Playlist which will be on air until midnight Monday 28 December.

It’s full of quirky, fun gems from a host of artists including The Killers, AC/DC, Weddings Parties Anything, John Prine, XTC, Bob Marley, Wizzard, Bob Dylan, Paul Kelly, The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl, Cheap Trick, Pearl Jam and many others.

You can view the Playlist here

Additionally, this week each evening from 7pm we are featuring the following specials:

  • Wed 23 December – 2015 Eclectic Avenue Christmas Spectacular
  • Thu 24 December – CLAP Christmas Carols
  • Fri 25 December – 2015 Funky Little Christmas with Chris and Lauren
  • Sat 26 December – 2020 Eclectic Avenue Christmas Spectacular

Tune in via our media player at www.indigofmradio.com to hear these Christmas specials.

The Christmas Playlist is on at each FM site on 88.0 FM at Beechworth, Tangambalanga and Yackandandah. It is also on our Internet Radio Station stream.

Merry Christmas from the crew here at Indigo FM

Vale Ian Gracie

It is with great sadness that we learned on Sunday that Ian Gracie had passed away on Saturday 19 December.

Ian was an Indigo FM CoM member from 2017-18, stepping up to take on the Secretary’s role at our 2017 AGM. He commenced co-hosting radio shows in early 2017 under the guidance of regular presenter Dan Goonan, the two of them forming a very close bond. Through Dan’s encouragement, Ian was able to explore his love of music and together they presented the Sunday night show The Irreverents along with fellow presenter Norm Gay.

Ian was the driving force behind our bid to move our Beechworth studio to Bunya House from Beechworth Secondary College, where we happily have set up our Beechworth base in partnership with BULS (Beechworth Urban Landcare and Sustainability). This move in hindsight was visionary and we are indebted to Ian for his skilled and professional guidance through the tender process.

Ian died from cancer which he had been battling privately for some time. He will be fondly remembered as a very warm and generous family man and friend to many.

He is survived by his wife Beth and two daughters Lilly and Teresa and we extend our deepest condolences to them.

Tune in to hear the Very Best Australian Songs Since 2010…

What do Cash Savage, Dan Kelly, Julia Jacklin, The Northern Folk, Fraser A Gorman, Alana Wilkinson and Mitch King have in common?

They – along with about 25 other artists – are all featured in our Fave Aussie Songs Since 2010 Special. A couple of those names above actually voted too. To hear how it all unfolds, make sure you check it out.

It will be available via 4 different methods / timelines:

  • 88.0 FM Live – 5-9pm in Yackandandah Sunday 22 November
  • Stream / Internet Radio Station – 6-10pm Monday 23 November
  • Podcast – it will be available as a series of 4 x 1 hour podcasts from Tuesday 24 November onwards.
  • 88.0 FM Replay – 6-10pm Monday 30 November at Beechworth, Tangambalanga and Yackandandah

Yep, Yackandandah listeners will be privileged as they will get first dibs on the show 24 hours ahead of the rest of the world! We wonder how fast good news will take to travel????

100% Australian Music – your / our favourite Australian Songs from our first decade – right here on Indigo FM.

 

 

 

 

We’re Streaming – Tune in now!

Irena, Mia and Melinda tune in to Indigo FM on their smartphone

Indigo FM is now available to tune into as an Internet Streaming Radio Station!

After a couple of months of testing, the wait is over and we are officially launched.

You can access our stream a couple of ways –

  1. via any page on our website www.indigofmradio.com – see the panel to the right
  2. via this URL streaming

Our Stream site will include a mix of current and recently aired shows and interviews as well as content from our 10 Year Archive. This will be balanced with announcements and Indigo FM’s innovative, refreshing music playlist which has over 50% Australian content including hundreds of local and independent artists, who otherwise receive little airplay on commercial radio stations. You can view the current playlist here. There are 900 songs delivered by over 700 different artists.

A program schedule is created each month – November’s schedule is here

You can now take Indigo FM with you when you’re in the car commuting to work, nearby towns, holidaying or visiting friends. Anywhere that you can be online, you can listen to Indigo FM!

Mia and her mum Melinda enjoy the convenience of streaming Indigo FM from a phone

Indigo FM has plans to build on its streaming portfolio by adding live streams from it’s FM sites in coming months.