General manager of MY105fm, Charmaine Miller.
General manager of MY105fm, Charmaine Miller. Contributed

Broadcasting means truth telling: Elders' stories shared

MACKAY radio station My105FM has been recording and storing Elders' stories.

"Our oral history programs are well received by all the community,” My105FM general manager Charmaine Miller said.

"We are in the planning of Torres Strait Islander stories from the pearl and trochus shell diving days.

"There were a lot of Torres Strait Islanders who came down to the mainland to lay railway tracks too. So we're excited to hear these stories.”

My105FM has been providing a service that's allowed the indigenous voice to be heard locally and nationally for 14 years. Ms Miller said the station was owned and operated by the Mackay and District Aboriginal and Islander Media Association.

"We are a broadcasting provider for the indigenous community from Mackay, Sarina and Proserpine. We are one of 130 indigenous radio stations in the nation,” Ms Miller said.

"We are effective in getting information regarding health, social and well-being issues.”

She said the station kept the community informed and aware of services available.

"The unique sound of indigenous radio is the music, predominately country and western music that brings the crowd of all races - it's fact music does brings people together,” Ms Miller said.

"The promotion of our Australian indigenous artists music is of the utmost importance.

"Being in radio you recognise the struggle where mainstream media refuse air time for these artists, who have created great works, their music depicts true national identity, culture and place, some of these artists are very under valued.”

Ms Miller said she would like to to see a younger generation step up and take an interest in broadcasting.

"Greater community involvement, the listeners love hearing local voices,” she said.

To mark Reconciliation Week the station will re-run Broadcasting Indigenous Local Lifestyle Stories interviews until Friday from 1pm to 3pm.

"Through broadcasting means truth telling, we work everyday keeping mob informed and projecting awareness throughout community,” Ms Miller said.

"Mackay is a vibrant community we like to see positive friendships of all races and being respectful to the struggles (of) first nations people.”

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