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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 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 – 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.





Radiothon 2020 – Extended to 30 November

Indigo FM’s annual Radiothon has been extended one month. It will now run from 1 October through to the end of November. It’s our annual showcase of all that is unique about our great little radio station and how you can connect with us.

Given the year that 2020 has been, our Radiothon theme is to support us to support our communities. There are several projects we have running where we are looking at how we can support community better. We started the year supporting community fund-raisers to aid Bushfire Relief in Beechworth and Yackandandah and in recent months have been offering free announcements via our on-air Business Recovery Billboard.

Sign Up or Renew here

Here at Indigo FM, we have a number of new programs and indeed new ways that you can enjoy Indigo FM with inclusiveness a major focus.

As well as our host of regular programs, several recent new musical programs have been added that focus on genres such as 80s and 90s glam metal, dub/electronic, horn based funk and soul, all things blues and female artists. Plus we will be featuring young local songwriters who were awarded prizes in the recent Indigo Shire Youth Songwriting Competition.

We also are super-excited by a few non-musical shows that our volunteers have been busy developing which include a community phone in chat type program, a book club, reading for the vision impaired and a radio play among various Arts based programs. And we are also supporting the 2020 Victorian Seniors Festival – airing content specific for seniors on a weekly basis.

As a bonus, joining up this Radiothon, you will be eligible for an Accommodation package at Lochwood Cottage B&B Beechworth – placing you within a lovely short stroll of beautiful parks and the heritage streetscape that Beechworth is famous for. We also have runners up prizes from Ceccanti Kiewa Valley Wines and Mount Beauty Music Festival.

Throughout October and November we have some big announcements. Shortly we will unveil our Internet Radio Site, which has been in test mode for the past 2 months. We are just ironing out a couple of small glitches and it will be ready to roll. It will be showcasing all of the great shows you can hear at any one of our sites , a host of shows from our vault, supplemented by our progressive and highly unique playlist which is jam packed with Australian independent artists. All accessible via a media player app on our website (or an internet URL) to tune into Indigo FM from your mobile phone, tablet, laptop, desktop etc. If you’re lucky you might be able to play it from your phone through your car audio system via blue-tooth connectivity.

If you’re new to Indigo FM and wish to join up as a member, you can do that right here.

To renew your Membership for 2020-21 click here.

To view our Program Guides click here for Tangambalanga, Beechworth and Yackandandah.

To keep up with the latest Indigo FM updates head along to our Facebook page or check in here and as always feel free to email us on [email protected] or [email protected].

Wanted – Your Favourite Australian Songs Since 2010

Here at Indigo FM we’re conducting a poll of your favourite Australian songs of the past 10 years – essentially since Indigo FM has been alive!

Vote here now

So 2010-2020 release dates is what we’re talking about. And the artist must generally be considered Australian (sorry no bending of the rules for our kiwi friends on this one).

You can vote for up to 5 songs and voting is now open. It will run for 5 weeks – closing Sunday 4 October.

Voting is via this online form

To go to the event page and for further info click here

Cure Your Lockdown Blues – Indigo FM On Demand

Indigo FM presenters have been busy creating lots of interesting content to help keep your Stay at Home time entertaining. Among the shows available on podcast are:

10 Year Birthday Highlights from our Vault

A selection of bona-fide treasures are dusted off from our Vault and brought back to life for your listening enjoyment. Featuring:

  • 2015 From Rock to Music with Norm
  • 2015 Covers Special with Andrew
  • 2013 Lipstick Blues with Ruth
  • 2014 Small Town Sounds Yackandandah Folk Festival Breakfast Special hosted by Lauren and Chris

Lipstick Blues with Ruth

Following a 6 year break, Ruth triumphantly returns and brings her enthusiastic passion for the Blues to our airwaves spinning 90 minutes of tracks from Ash Grunwald, Fenn Wilson, Lachy Doley, John Lee Hooker and many more.

Waste The Alphabet with Doug

Playing the best new independent Australian music.

Everyone Deserves Music with Scott

Modern Australian folk/roots music incl local and touring artists plus we delve into the cave and drag out relics from the past

Bullfrog’s Roadhouse with Mark

You supply the food and drink, we supply the tunes – blues, roots, alt-country. Tune in to hear what comes next.

Monthly Music with Charles

Indigo FM’s youngest presenter Charles selects new music from around the world.

Eclectic Avenue with Bernie, Michael and Sandy

Brings you a 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

A mix including ambient, low fi type recordings but also a bit of boogie and disco, modern electronic pieces too. some contemplation and some dancing.


There are interviews with artists such as Grafton’s Tullara and Canadian Tennyson King and also an interview with Indigo FM founder Paul Fitzgerald.

Check them out here


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.