The QRAM VAST satellite radio roll out has gathered pace over recent weeks and now 8 communities are connected to the Black Star network by satellite in addition to their broadband connection.
These stations are Wujal Wujal, Hopevale, NPA, Aurukun, Woorabinda, Napranum, old Mapoon, and Mornington Island. Next on the list for this week are Lockhart River, Pormpuraaw and Kowanyama, leaving only Doomadgee Atherton Tablelands, Yarrabah and Mossman to complete the first stage of the Job.
The new service will be used to carry network program from various sources, including a breakfast program and national community radio network daily current affairs program The Wire. This program has contributors from indigenous networks including CAAMA, and Indigenous Broadcasting Australia alliance partners as stringers.
Other programs available include AFL and NRL, national events like the Melbourne Cup and Rugby tests. For those that like country music the program will include a country program from Karen Russell at RRR in Cunnamulla, Warren H Williams from CAAMA, Women’s Business a current affairs program from CAAMA. As well a new youth national program is being developed by one of the alliance partners, which will be guaranteed to reach an youth audience and talk about their issues.
An innovative automatic switching service developed by QRAM means there are simple ‘commands’ at any of the stations to switch what ever the community want. Broadcasters can now set up their stations to take a full set of programs, as well as present their own daily programs.
If you are looking for the service and have a decoder then tune it to channel 920 also on the Black Star App and streaming on the QRAM web site http://www.qram.com.au