Yolngu Radio is a community development radio station providing information, music and entertainment to the Yolngu people of northeast Arnhem Land. We broadcast in the languages of the Yolngu people.
We broadcast to six major communities and 30 homelands in northeast Arnhem Land as well as Darwin and Palmerston. 15 of our 22 transmitter sites are remote homelands where Yolngu radio is the only media service freely available.
This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
ARDS produce a range of content for radio including in-depth educational audio programs, community service and event announcements, and traditional music and ceremonies.
Audio Education Programs
We partner with communities, homelands and other service providers to develop audio education programs. Audio programs can be broadcast on radio, podcast on ARDS website or used for activities like face to face education sessions. To find out more email email@example.com or call 89 844174
Community service announcements
We provide a community service announcement service for information and events happening in our broadcast area.
ARDS provide a sponsorship service for organisations wanting to broadcast messages. For more information on our sponsorship packages email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 89 844174
We work with clan groups to record and broadcast traditional song cycles. We also play a range of contemporary local and national Indigenous music. We also work with musicians across Arnhem Land to produce new contemporary music releases through our Gayŋuru Studios in Nhulunbuy and ARDS studio facilities in Darwin. Check out our Online Store to purchase music released by Yolŋu Radio Records.
Oral histories are recorded with Yolngu elders and in many different Yolngu languages.
The ARDS team is developing radio plays as a creative and entertaining way to address important issues affecting Yolngu people.
Yolngu Radio Documentaries
This short documentary was produced by ARDS in 2013 for NITV and provides some perspective on what Yolŋu Radio does and the challenges with maintaining one of the most remote radio networks in Australia. It can be viewed via ICTV's Indigitube here.
Below is an earlier short film that shares further perspectives of the value of Yolŋu Radio for communities and homelands across the north-east Arnhem Land region.