Mar­ion’s na­tional ra­dio award

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

A Roe­bourne ra­dio pre­sen­ter has been recog­nised with a na­tional award for Abo­rig­i­nal broad­cast­ing ex­cel­lence.

Mar­ion Cheedy, from Roe­bourneb ased com­mu­nity ra­dio sta­tion Ngaarda Me­dia, was awarded the ex­cel­lence in indige­nous broad­cast­ing award by the Com­mu­nity Broad­cast­ing As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia at a cer­e­mony last month.

She won for her work on the Cul­tural Hour, a weekly Fri­day seg­ment fea­tur­ing live in­ter­views and record­ings from the na­tion­ally sig­nif­i­cant ar­chives of Roe­bourne’s Ju­luwarlu Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion.

Cheedy said the pro­gram was about shar­ing Abo­rig­i­nal ex­pe­ri­ences and is­sues and in­creas­ing cul­tural un­der­stand­ing.

“I’d like to keep do­ing what I’m do­ing and keep hav­ing indige­nous voices heard, be­cause it’s their voices and sto­ries that I want to put out there,” she said.

“I just love lis­ten­ing to peo­ple’s sto­ries.”

Hav­ing started in lo­cal ra­dio on a whim about three years ago, Cheedy said her progress had stemmed from a will­ing­ness to try some­thing new.

“I'd like to en­cour­age younger peo­ple to come in and have a go, be­cause I didn’t know a lot of things about ra­dio un­til I tried it,” she said.

“I just thought ‘I’ll give it a go’, and I was com­mit­ted to do­ing it by com­ing in and show­ing (staff ) that I was in­ter­ested and it went from there.”

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Ra­dio pre­sen­ter Mar­ion Cheedy with her award.

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