Saturday, 14 March 2015

8KinFM 100.5

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Australia enjoys a roaring community radio system. Equal parts public access, college radio, and commercial music formats, licence-holders must limit advertising to local business and meet stringent Australian-content goals. As a result, listeners living outside the country are guaranteed a privileged window into Australian music and culture whenever we tune in.

An outstanding example is 8KinFM 100.5, part of the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association's network of Aboriginal stations. CAAMA broadcasts a variety of popular music, along with local news, politics, and information of interest to Australian Aboriginals and their neighbours. There's a little religious programming as well, and the odd sportscast.

And of course, a fair whack of country music; this is, after all, Australia. Like other community stations, 8kinFM broadcasts not just American classic country and the latest Country Countdown hits, but also a provocative Australia-native subgenre the rest of us would otherwise never get to enjoy. What's unique about 8kinFM is that many of these artists are Aboriginal, some singing in Aboriginal languages. In fact, at any particular time you're likely to hear a DJ introducing and commenting in his or her own Aboriginal language.

This is the power of Internet radio: Australian Aboriginal voices, streamed to the world.

The Gouge:

Genre: Australian radio, Aboriginal radio
Location: Mparntwe (Alice Springs)
Time zone: GMT + 9:30 (Australian Central Time)
Stream URL access: Excellent
Bouncer: No
Type of radio: Broadcast
Mic presence: Live during local day and evening; auto music at night
Stream reliability: Excellent
Format selection: AAC, MP3 (clickable .pls files for WinAmp, iTunes, and VLC); embedded Flash player
Song ID: No
Found it on: Shoutcast

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