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Your Chance To Co-ordinate Our 2019 Radiothon Awaits

Your chance to play a key role in co-ordinating our 2019 Radiothon in October awaits.

Indigo FM’s Radiothon first commenced in 2014 and is our annual Membership Drive as well as a month long celebration of all things Local Radio. It’s one month where we highlight how we innovate to provide a unique voice for local communties whilst hosting a range of fun events across Indigo Shire. And along the way we encourage new and renewing members alike to take advantage of the opportunity to join up and be in the running for a host of cool prizes.

This activity does require some co-ordination. Preparation begins in early August and runs through September as we arrange Radiothon sponsors, donations, prizes and promotions. Hence we are calling for Expressions of Interest for the role of Radiothon Co-ordinator. Expressions of Interest close Friday 2 August.

The Radiothon Co-ordinator will work with each of our Site Co-ordinators to develop Radiothon related programming and local community engagement activities. The role is overseen by our Marketing Sub-Committee with its Chair providing key support as required.

For further details please feel free to send us an email to [email protected].

A role description can be viewed via here.

To express your interest, please click here.

Upon submitting your Expression of Interest we will follow up with you to discuss the role in more detail.

Expressions of Interest are open from now until midnight Friday 2 August 2019.

Two New Voluntary Roles Open at Tangambalanga

Your chance to play a key role at our newest radio site at Tangambalanga awaits as we aim to set up this site to become more sustainable and also grow it’s local focus.

Indigo FM is calling for Expressions of Interest for two new  roles at our Tangambalanga site. These roles are for a Site Co-ordinator and a Technical Officer. Expressions of Interest for each role closes Friday 19 July.

The Site Co-ordinator role involves co-ordinating the on-air and off-air activties at this site. Activities include recruitment, training and scheduling of presenters, developing and growing local programming as well as community engagement in general.

The Technical Officer role is primarily responsible for ensuring the smooth technical output at this site. Activities will include maintenance and servicing of equipment including technological (PC, monitors, wi-fi modem etc) as well as appraising the ongoing technical needs. Additionally we offer input more broadly to Indigo FM’s strategic set-up of technical / technological equipment across all sites to enhance audience reach via our Tech-Programming Sub-Committee,

For further details please feel free to contact Greg Clydesdale on 0448 110 212 or send an email to [email protected].

Role descriptions can be viewed via these links.

Site Co-ordinator

Technical Officer

To express your interest, please click either link below.

Site Co-ordinator EOI

Technical Officer EOI

Upon submitting your Expression of Interest we will follow up with you to discuss the role in more detail.

Expressions of Interest for both roles are open from now until midnight Friday 19 July 2019.

Tickets selling quick for Daniel Champagne with The Inner Vision – Sat May 4 in Yackandandah

Daniel Champagne hits North-East Victoria on Saturday May 4 as he brings his guitar showmanship and exquisite songs to Yackandandah Public Hall.

When Indigo FM caught up with Daniel earlier this week he was on a short break on his tour schedule that began on 1 March at the Cobargo Folk Festival in NSW and has taken him all over New Zealand and back in Australia playing shows in the various cities and towns of Tasmania and South Australia.

Daniel has just commenced a run of dates in Victoria and had this to say about his upcoming Yackandandah show.

‘Five weeks into the Australia / New Zealand tour and what an amazing time it’s been! Lots of new places I never thought I’d get to play in, wonderful people and happy music making! I’m excited to get back into Victoria playing some some of my favorite towns along the way. For Yackandandah, it’s always one that I look forward to in the beautiful Public Hall. Also I’m excited that we’ve added some special guests from Beechworth The Inner Vision for the show!’

The Inner Vision will play songs from their just released debut EP ‘Understand’ and had this to say about their support slot for Daniel.“Playing with Daniel Champagne will be an experience unlike any other we have had before. We are so grateful for this offer and are extremely excited to be a part of it”.

On the morning of the gig The Inner Vision will play live in our Yackandandah Studios around 9am on Scott’s show ‘Everyone Deserves Music’. Shortly after this gig, they embark on a trip to the UK as part of a Dreamfields creative youth exchange.

Tickets are $25 at the door or $20 (plus booking fee) online. To get your ticket click here.

Also Indigo FM is holding it’s second ever Record Fair the same day from 9am – 3pm in the same venue Yackandandah Public Hall.  Details can be viewed through Facebook Events here

Indigo FM secures $3,000 AusNet grant to stream and link sites

Indigo FM Vice-President Bernie Jovaras was on hand to accept the grant cheque from AusNet

Indigo FM have received a $3,000 cheque as a recipient of AusNet’s ‘Energising Your Community’ Development Program. This grant will enable the local radio station to provide a streaming version of Indigo FM as well as providing links between each site to share content.

President Scott Landells explained that streaming and sharing content are key long-term strategic goals. “We are thrilled with the receipt of this grant, which will enable us to take on board a project that for us is very exciting and quite challenging. We wish to thank AusNet for making the grant available as well as Indigo Shire for partnering with AusNet and encouraging community groups such as ourselves to apply.”

“Our licence category limits the power wattage that we can transmit with and we are very much aware that audiences on the fringe of the towns where we operate – Beechworth, Tangambalanga and Yackandandah (and shortly Chiltern) are currently unable to receive our signal. Being able to stream Indigo FM will enable us to connect with those audiences and help in continuing our quest to be a local voice for communities of Indigo Shire.”

“This grant will also allow us to share content – such as radio shows, specials, interviews, announcements, community, tourism and event promotion between our sites. Whilst some of Indigo FM’s content is site specific, a lot can be shared to our other sites, which we feel will add significantly to the Indigo FM listening experience.”

Indigo FM can be tuned into on 88.0 FM in Beechworth, Tangambalanga and Yackandandah. A Chiltern site is planned to be up and running before mid-year on 87.6 FM.

 

Volunteer spotlight – Felicity Rule

In 2019 we will be shedding a bit of light on the various volunteers at Indigo FM who contribute so much behind the scenes.  Felicity Rule  – Fizz to her many friends – is one of those volunteers. A collage of Fizz’s work can be viewed here – as well as her interviewing a couple of musos at By The Banks 2019.

Some of the tasks Felicity does quietly in her spare time include –

  • Taking notes for Beechworth Presenters Meetings and Sub-Committees
    Marketing Sub-Committee (core member along with Doug Wallen, Scott Landells and Phil Fraser)
  • Designed event posters and social media images for Radiothon and Music Trivia
  • Handles the cash and ticket arrivals at Events like Music Trivia Nights and Concerts
  • Designs Gig Guide logos
  • Does the Gig Guide as a back-up
  • Designed the Indigo FM Presents banner
  • Conducted phone interviews and created podcasts in support of:
    A Hitch To The Sticks – interviewed Ella Hooper from Killing Heidi
    Beechworth Celtic Festival – interviewed William Hutton from Claymore
    By The Banks Music Festival – interviewed organiser James Eggleston

Here is Fizz’s story in her own words.

“As a volunteer presenter for over a year now, I’d like to take the time to thank our local radio station Indigo FM, our President, my fellow presenters/volunteers and everyone who is tirelessly and creatively involved with the station on all levels. A massive thank you also to our open-minded listeners, who take a chance listening to our shows, be it live or via podcasts.

We voluntarily give up our time and creative energy for the Indigo Shire community, supporting and mentoring each other as volunteers along the way. Our music features more variety than your daily commercial radio and I am proud of this. It’s what makes us unique. Our Trivia nights and special concert events are so much fun, and we delight in bringing you the weekend Gig Guide each Friday.

We have overcome every hurdle thrown in front of us and also never waver in our focus to provide a voice to our local community.

Music is universal, it’s sure to be about the one thing we all have in common. Music brings people together, even as our music tastes may be different. Which is okay, because not everyone can like the same artists, bands and genres. You can always ‘turn the dial’ so to speak if some music isn’t to your liking.

I made several mistakes when I first started (and sometimes still do) which I admit, own, leave behind me and laugh about later. That is always a possibility when you are presenting a show live. But the show goes on!

I must say I was trained incredibly well and taught not to draw attention to my mistakes, but to push on gracefully. After all, I am an imperfect human being who is bound to make error from time to time (as we all know, no one on this earth is perfect). I am not my mistakes and neither is The Nostalgia Hour.

As someone who was struggling personally in 2017, Indigo FM welcomed me and allowed me to utilise my creativity as an artistic person, which is often stifled by the routine of adult life. I have never been a part of such a mature team of people who work in respectful cohesion with one another.

If not for Indigo FM, I would not have had so many creative opportunities and experiences. I am so proud of the station‘s reputation, which is thanks in part to those out there in our community, who truly know us by our efforts and presence.

I get to do what I’ve always wanted to do: to live my life creatively on a regular basis and I could not be more thankful.

We do all this for you and will continue to do so.

Much respect and love

– Felicity (volunteer presenter of The Nostalgia Hour since May 2017)

The Inner Vision to support Daniel Champagne

Popular young Beechworth duo The Inner Vision have been confirmed as the support act for Daniel Champagne’s Yackandandah Public Hall Concert on Saturday May 4.

Asha and Indigo from The Inner Vision

The Inner Vision formed in 2017 and have been enjoying a steady rise in popularity performing at various venues and events within Indigo Shire including Beechworth Music Festival, old Beechworth Gaol, Battle of the Bands, Bridge Road Brewers and the Empire Hotel. They are are a two-piece consisting of Asha (guitar / vocals) and Indigo (piano).

“Playing with Daniel Champagne will be an experience unlike any other we have had before. We are so grateful for this offer and are extremely excited to be a part of it”, said Asha.

Shortly after this gig, The Inner Vision are very excited to be embarking on a trip to the UK as part of a Dreamfields creative youth exchange.  They will also release an EP in April 2019.  Their music is available on Triple J Unearthed and can be heard here

 

Indigo FM Presents Daniel Champagne in Concert – Yackandandah 4 May

Daniel Champagne on stage at Yackandandah Public Hall in 2018. Photos courtesy of Tracey Hawkins

Indigo FM Presents ace guitarist singer songwriter Daniel Champagne who will grace the stage again at Yackandandah Public Hall on Saturday 4 May.

“We are honoured to have the opportunity to host a date on Daniel Champagne’s 2019 Australian tour promoting his Satellite City EP. Last year’s concert was a simply breathtaking performance and we are very excited that Daniel will take to the stage at Yackandandah Public Hall on Saturday 4 May,” said Indigo FM President Scott Landells.

“Daniel has especially written a tune for us too – one of the 3 tracks on his Satellite City EP is titled “Indigo” – a 2 minute instrumental that Champagne described thus “I named an instrumental piece ‘Indigo’ after the word jumped out at me driving to town for my 2018 show”.

“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 received in Yackandandah last year as well as 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 $20 pre-sale (aged 15 and over, children under 15 are free) and can be booked on-line from the link below.

Get your tickets here

Tracks from Champagne’s Satellite City EP can be heard here

Support act for the night will be announced shortly.

Want to know a bit more about Daniel Champagne? Take a read of his BIO

DANIEL CHAMPAGNE BIO

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ABOUT DANIEL CHAMPAGNE

One reviewer recently wrote – ‘Daniel Champagne exudes a natural ease on stage, as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably whisk the heart up with grand romanticism. Coupled with an exhilarating guitar talent that transcends mere acoustic playing to replicate a whole band, Champagne is just magical’ (themusic.com.au)

The story goes that the young Australian singer, songwriter and one-of-a-kind guitar virtuoso first picked up his instrument of choice as a five-year-old following in the footsteps of a musical father. He began writing songs at 12, training classically throughout his teens and performing solo wherever he could, honing his craft and developing what would become the dynamite live show that he is renowned for today.

At 18 he left school, turned professional and hit the road. The next five years saw him traversing North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand and of course, his homeland Australia playing such festivals as Vancouver and Mariposa Folk (Canada), Belgium’s Labadoux Festival and Australia’s Woodford, Falls Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival and the legendary Byron Bay Bluesfest.

As well as touring and sharing stages with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Judy Collins, INXS, John Butler, KT Tunstall and Ani DiFranco, Jake Shimabukuro, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Tommy Emmanuel, Albert Lee and Kaki King – all of this while writing, producing and independently releasing two Eps,  Gypsy Moon Volumes 1 and 2,  his first long player ‘Pint of Mystery’ (2011)  ‘My Own Design’ (2009) and ‘Wide Eyed and Open’ (2010), and the ‘Real Live’ offering in 2012.

His latest full length release “Fault Lines” (2017) is available now and his new project, Satellite City EP (2018) is comprised of three singles, Satellite City (out Sept 14), Indigo (out Oct 12), and The Great Divide (out Nov 1).

As one reviewer recently wrote, “still in his early twenties, the distances he has been would be more frequently associated with veterans of the Folk scene” (The Dwarf).

Doug keen to meet the challenge at Beechworth

Indigo FM Beechworth has a new Site Co-ordinator with Doug Wallen stepping into the role in early January.

“I’m honoured to take on the role of Site Co-ordinator for Beechworth. I’ve loved being involved with Indigo FM since moving to the region two years ago, and I look forward to fostering more engagement with the community and welcoming more diverse voices to our local airwaves”, Wallen 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 Wallen’s appointment. “Our Committee of Management are rapt that Doug has agreed to take on the role. 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 Doug will add to the great work that has been contributed in previous years by the likes of Daniel Goonan and Mark Alcock”, Landells said.

Wallen has been an active contributor to Indigo FM’s Marketing and Events push these past couple of years, since joining as a presenter in early 2017.

As well as the off-air role, Wallen’s popular Waste The Alphabet show – which airs Tuesday nights from 7pm and shines a spotlight on Australian independent pop and rock tunes continues into its third year.

To contact Doug please email [email protected] or call 0488 277 703.

Playlist Launch 13.0 – December 2018 – “Most Diverse to date”

Our latest playlist has launched in recent days at each site. It has 600 songs with 60% Australian content and features music from many of the artists from both upcoming and recent Music Festivals throughout the region as well as a number of live to air performances.

This Playlist will run through the first half of 2019 and is quite likely our most diverse playlist to date. The 600 songs are provided by 550 different musical artists.

Big thanks to all our contributors. On this occasion we had members and presenters from each of our Beechworth, Chiltern, Tangambalanga and Yackandandah sites contribute.

n a few weeks we will record a two hour preview of the playlist to go to air at each site which will be available as a podcast.

To view what is on our playlist click here