QLD State Library to celebrate 98.9FM Murri Country

Staff Writer
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A State Library of Queensland showcase is set to celebrate the first Indigenous radio station in an Australian capital city: 4AAA Murri Country.

I heard it on the radio: 25 years of 98.9FM Murri Country will see stories of rebellion and reclamation told when it opens on May 4.

The showcase will also trace the protest movement of the 1980s and 90s when land rights were gaining momentum, and how the station’s powerful contribution to the Australian media proved a catalyst for change.

The station started out as Murri Hour on 4ZZZ Radio in Brisbane in 1984, before launching as its own station, 4AAA Murri Country on 98.9FM.

The new station launched as Brisbane’s only country music station on April 6 1993.

Supports of 98.9FM over the years have included Troy Cassar-Daley, Lee Kernaghan, Keith Urban, Archie Roach, Kasey Chambers and Uncle Kev Carmody.

“How wonderful to see State Library showcase the legacy and impact of legendary radio station 98.9FM,” said Queensland minister for the arts Leeanne Enoch.

The station is a pioneer for First Nations media and influenced a new generation of journalists.”

“To this day 98.9FM continues to connect listeners to hard-hitting current affairs and presents a platform for new Queensland country artists.”

Exhibition highlights will include:

  • Live broadcast and free concert featuring popular country music legend Roger Knox from 3pm on Saturday 4 May
  • Mock recording studio with mixing desk and recording equipment
  • Story and legacy of the late Tiga Bayles (presenter of the iconic ‘Let’s Talk’ segment for 15 years)
  • Historical photos of the studio, early broadcasts, key personalities and events
  • Historical and contemporary posters, stickers and merchandise

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