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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.

Daniel Champagne returns to Yackandandah – June 27

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

Indigo FM Presents brilliant guitarist singer-songwriter Daniel Champagne who will grace the stage again at Yackandandah Public Hall on Saturday 27 June.

“We are honoured to have the opportunity to host a date on Daniel Champagne’s 2020 Australian tour. His concerts in 2018 and 2019 were exhilirating 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 is based in Nashville Tennessee, and securing his agreement to again include Yackandandah on his National tour was a case of him approaching us which says a lot about the enthusiastic reception he has received in Yackandandah over the years in particular the support from the Yackandandah Folk Festival early on in his touring career,” Landells said.

Doors open from 6:30pm, Music from 7:30pm.

Tickets are $25 pre-sale (plus booking fee) – aged 15 and over, children under 15 are free – and can be booked on-line from the link here

Support act is Katie Gaston – an 18 year old singer/songwriter from Rutherglen. After winning some recording time, Katie recorded her debut EP which will be released in early 2020. In early 2019 Katie won a spot at St Kilda Fest through the FreeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands after winning her Indigo Shire heat and regional final. She loves playing guitar, writing songs and poetry and plans to write, sing and travel her way around the world someday.

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

Get Yr Folky Roots On at Osbornes Flat Hall on Sunday 13 October

As part of our annual Radiothon celebrations – we are excited to announce a fun day of folk and roots vibes at Osbornes Flat Hall on Sunday 13 October featuring This Way North and Tuck Shop Ladies.

It would be fair to say that Tuck Shop Ladies – aka Sam Lohs and Rosie Burgess – and This Way North – Leisha Jungalwalla and Cat Leahy – have gathered a lot of frequent flyer points if such a thing applied to van trips to local festivals in North-East Victoria.

Rosie and Sam are regulars at Eldorado’s Folk Rhythm and Life as well as By The Banks in Albury in their “other band” Rosie Burgess Trio. They have built a fearsome reputation wowing crowds with their infectious acoustic roots vibe and witty stage antics.

Leisha and Cat of dynamic soul roots duo This Way North have been officially “on the road” for over a year now, enjoying the freedom and adventure of a no fixed address lifestyle. They’ve not only been in North East Victoria every few months but have also just returned from a stint in Canada.

Cat is excited about this upcoming show when she recently shared her thoughts with us here at Indigo FM – “We’re just back from 3 months touring in Canada and are so stoked to be heading to the northeast. This area and all the amazing people we’ve met here are so important to us, it’s kinda like coming home… hey, maybe we’ll just move here!”

Rosie offered this insight to their show  “There’s nothing we love more than packing up our van and heading into the North East Victorian landscape. This is a case where it’s the journey AND the destination that are important. We can’t wait to crack open our ukulele cases and have a sing with people in the Osbornes Flat Hall. Knowing we can listen to Indigo FM on the way into town just sweetens the deal.”

Indigo FM will have a presence on the day with a marquee stall where you can chat with local presenters about membership as well as being trained up to do your own show. We will also have some flash new T-shirts for sale in both men’s and women’s styles.


Tickets for this fun afternoon are $20 and can be purchased through Eventbrite

You’re invited to attend our 2019 AGM

You are invited to the 2019 Annual General Meeting of Indigo FM.

Date: Thursday, 19 September 2019

Time: 7.30 pm – 8:30 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.

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 2018-19 Statement of Income and Expenditure can be viewed here. Along with election of Committee of Management and confirmation of Membership Fees for 2019-20, 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

Minutes of the 2018 AGM can be viewed here

We will hold a brief General Meeting following the AGM to discuss more informal matters.

Greg Clydesdale

Model Rules

AGM Nomination and Proxy Form 2019

2018-19 Statement of Income and Expenditure

AGM Minutes 2018

Lannelle Takes A Sonic Leap at Tangambalanga

New Indigo FM Tangambalanga Site Co-ordinator Lannelle Bailey at the controls.

Indigo FM Tangambalanga has a new Site Co-ordinator with Lannelle Bailey taking on the role.

“I took a leap and became a presenter earlier this year (2019) not realising the full extent to which I would enjoy being on air. So now I have taken another leap to test my hand as the new site coordinator at the Tangambalanga studio. I am looking forward to seeing our team grow and to building the program to have a minimum of one live show every day of the week.”, Bailey said.

Each Indigo FM site is co-ordinated by a volunteer Site Co-ordinator whose role is to connect and engage the local community and members / presenters as well as provide an important conduit to the Committee of Management and Sub-Committees.

President Scott Landells is excited with Lannelle Bailey’s appointment. “Our Committee of Management are really excited that Lannelle has agreed to take on the role. She has very strong networks at a local community level, as well as being a good communicator. It can be a challenging role at times, however we’re very confident that with the support of our off-air team and local members that Lannelle will continue the steady build of this site”, Landells said.

As well as her new off-air role, Bailey’s popular Friday Morning with Lannelle show – which airs Fridays from 9:30am – 11am continues it’s weekly schedule.

To contact Lannelle please email [email protected] or call 0409 856 952.