It is not everyday that history is made or you are invited to become apart of history in the making. TEABBA Radio were honoured to be apart of the 50th Wave Hill Walk off. A three day festival that is celebrated in the communities of Kalkaringi and Dagaragu. Filled with culture arts and music.. It was a great event that saw people from all corners of the country come together to remember the courage of one man and the leadership he had shown to his people, the Gurindgi. Mr Vincent Lingiari. A man who created Australian Landrights history.


The week started early for myself. Being asked to accompany TEABBA contract Technician Mr Mick Cummings out to community. This was to install a satellite dish and an antenna. Allowing for better radio reception in Dagaragu.

Things were made more exciting when the rest of the crew arrived. Bala B and Jason Tambling on board and prepared for the weekend ahead.


The festivals official start began on the Friday. Opening with speeches from the elders and traditional owners welcoming the crowds to their country. An amazing surprise was a visit from members of the Mabo family. A name well known in the fight for their homelands the Murray Isalnds. A land mark decision that saw the idea of Terra Nullias null and void. The welcome to country was followed by the march down to the Victoria River. A place where the Gurindgi people camped as part of their ten year struggle for recognition.


The Saturday and Sunday programs were full of interesting things to see and do. Book launches, art exhibitions, movie screenings, unplugged concerts and the very entertaining sports carnivals.


The evenings were filled […]

12th December, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on KALKARINGI 50TH WAVE HILL WALK OFF ( FREEDOM DAY )

Maningrida Careers Expo

Maningrida Careers Expo

Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd November


TEABBA’s last outside broadcast was in Maningrida, West Arnhem. Bernard Namok Jnr (Bala B) and Jason Tambling attended the 2-day event to broadcast LIVE from Maningrida.


The Maningrida Careers Expo came about from discussions with local Traditional Owners who felt that it is necessary for indigenous students especially, to understand clearly WHY there is a need for them to undergo education and how employable skills and qualifications are obtained.


The TEABBA Tent was set up right at the entrance to the expo and played a variety of music from the latest to the greatest and was joined by local school children’s, stall holders and representatives from community organisations


Bernard Namok Jnr Aka, Bala B spoke to a former teacher George Pasco and said ‘the Expo was a wonderful idea so all the young kids can see all the career opportunity that is out there for them and would like to see a Careers Expo held in other communities as well’ he spoke that it education is your key to survival.


The importance of having RIBS set up in Maningrida and a local community member trained up to be the drive behind it and having their local voice heard across the networks was vital.


The expo saw not only students from Maningrida but also students visiting from the surrounding communities of Milingimbi and Ramingining

12th December, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Maningrida Careers Expo

National Indigenous Media Awards 2016

2016 National Indigenous Music Awards

With the theme ‘Protest Songs’ the NIMA’s Award and Concert was certainly a night to remember.  Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wave Hill walk off, the 40th anniversary of the Land Rights Act, 30 years since the release of Yothu Yindi’s Tribal Voice and 25 years since Treaty topped the charts. At this year’s National Indigenous Music Awards the broadcast was heard right across the Top End and around Australia.

TEABBA Radio broadcasted the NIMA’s LIVE from the Amphitheatre. Bernard Namok Jnr (Bala B) team lead the broadcast this year; with Lee Hewitt and Kelly Baylis as anchor, Jason Tambling and Bala B was backstage getting interviews from the artist and rubbing shoulders with the biggest names in indigenous music stars, Brendon Barlow soaked up the atmosphere in front of the stage taking pictures and Lorena Walker from CAAMA Radio joined the broadcast team this year.

Bernard Namok Jnr (Bala B) presented the Community Music Clip award to Ngukurr Community for Break The Silence Indigenous Hip Hop Projects, White Ribbon. Gurrumul Yunipingu took out the ‘Artist of the Year’ and up and raising star Stanley ‘Gawurra Gaykamangu’ winning New Talent of the Year,  Album, Cover Art and Film Clip of the year.

2016 National Indigenous Music Award Winners

Artist of the Year

Gurrumul Yunupingu

Album of the Year


Song of the Year

The Children Came Back – Briggs

Written by Gurrumul Yunupingu, Archie Roach, Corey McGregor, Adam Briggs

Performed by Briggs, Dewayne Everettsmith & Gurrumul

New Talent of the Year


Cover Art

Ratja Yaliyali – Gawurra

DESIGNER: Jalyay JAJA Thompson

Film Clip

Ratja Yaliyali – Gawurra


Community Music Clip

Break The Silence

Ngukurr Community, Indigenous Hip Hop Projects, White Ribbon

Traditional Song of the Year

Two Sisters Journey

Ishmael Marika

Hall of Fame – Kutcha Edwards

A BIG congratulations to […]

23rd November, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on National Indigenous Media Awards 2016

4th and 5th of August 2016/Donatelife week

For Donatelife week TEABBA Broadcasters have been doing live reads during their show with Key Messages read out Live in Support to Donatelife week and into the lead up for TEABBA Crews OB’s


On the 4th of August the TEABBA Crew held an outside broadcast at the Dinila Dilba Health Clinic in Palmerston to support Donatelife week it was a 2hr broadcast with Team Leader Jason Tambling and Broadcasters Brendon Barlow and Lee Hewitt, we had plenty of give a ways and a interview with the Diabetes Educator Vanessa Corpus on the importance of keeping healthy and fit we also had the opportunity to speak with the Dinila Dilba health clinics educator on various clinic support groups. During this broadcast we had several (Key Messages) read out over the duration of the broadcast and several (Audio Messages) played throughout the show. Overall this broadcast was a successful show with plenty of information getting out into the Palmerston audiences and across the TEABBA footprint.


On the 5th of August the TEABBA Crew also held another OB at the Royal Darwin Hospital to Support the Donatelife week it was a 2 and half hour broadcast with Team Leader Jason Tambling and Broadcasters Brendon Barlow, Bernard Namok and Lee Hewitt. The OB was set up right where the RDH entrance is so we had plenty of people coming up throughout the entire broadcast asking questions and how they can donate, we also had the Donatelife crew cooking up a yummy free sausage sizzle and veggie patties throughout the whole OB they even supplied orange juice & apple juice which I thought was a fantastic idea to get people aware of the importance of Donating an organ or tissues. Throughout this […]

22nd November, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 4th and 5th of August 2016/Donatelife week

Welcome “Ms Jedda” to The TEABBA Team


The new TEABBA, Remote Mobile Multi-Media Unit, has finally arrived, through a successful ABA grant application. The TEABBA Board and Membership have been continually pressing over four years to source a multi purpose vehicle that suits logistic challenges and environment conditions, which also needed to be self-sufficient to deliver training in the remote communities within the TEABBA Network footprint.

So with great appreciation, and responsibility of this special unit, we look forward to being out in these communities longer and more often. As a multi purpose vehicle, “Ms Jedda” will be participating in career expo’s, Outside Broadcasts at various Music and cultural Festivals, but more importantly, will be working with the Regional Council local media staff, the Remote Indigenous Broadcast Service (RIBS), school students, CDP participants and also encouraging community senior citizens to utilise the Unit and equipment on board. Eventually, fitted out (over this wet season) with broadcasting equipment and various other digital devices to assist with practical hands on skill development and assorted software navigation.

Having “Ms Jedda” will enable the TEABBA media staff, who all have several certificates, Media Industry, TAE, Project Management, working with children and others, to put all their training skills to good use by sharing their knowledge,
with Indigenous people that reside in remote communities, and don’t have the facilities that we enjoy and use everyday.

“Ms Jedda’s” first job was a live Outside Broadcast at the Yirrkala Oval, for the Cyclone Recovery Football Carnival, for communities and teams that were affected from the recent Cyclone in the region. Following this she backed up an amazing five days straight, at the 18th National Remote Indigenous Media Festival, with Indigenous media representatives from all over Australia, doing interviews and updates of the Festival, […]

22nd November, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Welcome “Ms Jedda” to The TEABBA Team

18th National Remote Indigenous Media Festival/ 26th September 2016

18th National Remote Indigenous Media Festival 2016

The last week of September 2016, celebrated the 18th National Remote Indigenous Media Festival. Which was held in the beautiful coastal community of Yirrkala, Within the East Arnhem Regional Council of the Northern Territory.


It was TEABBA’s turn to co-host this year’s festival with IRCA, and was asked to find a suitable community within our RIMO Network to participate with the annual festival, and preferable following the historical slogan of “From the Desert to the Sea”.


Mid February, we met with the East Arnhem Regional Council, for various broadcasting issues and as well to mention this Festival to them. Thankfully, this followed onto a very encouraging meeting in April with the Yirrkala Community Manager, and a two Traditional Elders.


This was quickly followed up with a face-to-face stakeholders meeting with Rritijinju Aboriginal Corp and Buku-Larrnggy Mulka Art Centre, Yirrkala School, other major Organisations representatives of the Community, the local media ARDS and Gove FM, also including many other support services/ and agencies in and around the Nhulunbuy region.


With a working team, and several busy months of planning, brainstorming and negotiating logistic, financial and various puzzles. The Festival was coming together fast, with a buzz of positive excitement and anticipation.


Once everything was prepared, the TEABBA team headed off both a team on the road and also in the air with a compilation of TEABBA Board, RIBS & staff delegates.


Sunday started of proceedings with the official sign up and also the Cyclone recovery football carnival which the TEABBA broadcast team called live.


Monday September 26th was the official opening and welcome of the Festival, it begun with amazing traditional dancers and song, followed with opening speeches, and RIMO introductions, associated Organisations, support and assistance participation […]

21st November, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 18th National Remote Indigenous Media Festival/ 26th September 2016

Barunga Festival 2016



The Barunga Festival 2016 within its 31st year, was a great event over the Queens birthday long weekend.

Bernard Namok Jnr (Bala B), Brendon Barlow and Jason Tambling along with TEABBA’s Board members Malcolm Wilson, Jedda Purantatameri and Gilbert Walkuli and RIB’s operator Delma McCartney attended the event for a live broadcast and for the first time in TEABBA history, our board members lead the broadcast while the TEABBA crew stood back and supervised.

A string of indigenous artist’s such as B2M, Lonely boys, poison whiskey, Gurrumul , Wildflower, Mambali band and many more made it a night to remember with song and dance to warm the hearts on such a cold night.

Another successful year for the TEABBA crew at Barunga for the festival, will definitely be looking forward to the event next year.


TEABBA Radio your voice in the bush


13th July, 2016|Barunga, Music|Comments Off on Barunga Festival 2016

Re-Launch of WARRUWI RIBS ‘106.1FM’

Earlier in April TEABBA Broadcaster Bernard Namok Jnr (Bala B) travelled out to Warruwi to broadcast the re-launch of the local RIBS.

The whole community turned up to the event to hear speeches   from Pastor Billy Nawaloinba, Traditional Owner Johnny Namayia, Yagbani Chairperson Bunug Galaminda, Sports & Rec officer Patrick Lami Lami, Renfred Manmurulu, Elder Jenny Manmurulu, WIRE editor Mark Coddington , SSM Kupa Teao and local police officers all spoke at the radio re-launch about the importance of the day and encourage local community members and organisation utilise the RIBS with any community announcement, stories and requests.


Francis Xavier Kurrupuwu MLA – Arafura, spoke on TEABBA Radio about the importance of having a local RIBS set up in the community to promote local traditional songs, languages, stories and let the community aware of up and coming meetings and promote local events such as festivals.

The re-launch was broadcasted to all the 29 TOP END COMMUNITIES and the broadcast was heard all the way in Far North Queensland on the Atherton Tablelands.


A BIG THANK-YOU to the West Arnhem Regional Council,  Kupa Teao ‘Council Service Manager in Warruwi’ and the community of Warruwi for their wonderful hospitality.

TEABBA would like to congratulate RIBS operator Solomon Imergainyan for his many years experience broadcasting throughout the TEABBA footprints and commitment and service to the TEABBA Board and welcome new and upcoming radio broadcaster Darren Narul to the TEABBA team
When in Warruwi tune into 106.1FM

25th May, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Re-Launch of WARRUWI RIBS ‘106.1FM’

Pirlangimpi RIBS Training 2016

For many years the community of Pirlangimpi located on Melville Island which is apart of the Tiwi Islands has had a RIBS studio which hasn’t been used because of weather damage and other difficulties. Last year TEABBA Radio travelled to ALL of our 30 Top End Communities to install new radio equipment or relocated RIBS studios for a safe workplace to broadcast in. Pirlangimpi was one of these lucky communities to be relocated to the Housing office buildings not in use near their local council office, as their old RIBS office had water damage and the ceiling didn’t look very stable.

After that HUGE milestone TEABBA has reached another by sending TEABBA broadcasters to Pirlangimpi for Radio Training in their brand new RIBS. On Monday 11th April 2016 TEABBA crew Thecla Brogan and Bernard Namok Jnr (aka Bala B) gave Pirlangimpi local mob the opportunity to come have a look at their new radio station and also have a go at some Radio training.

Broadcaster Thecla Brogan arrived a few days before Bala B as she grew up at Pirlangimpi community and spent time with family and also trained Deanne Rioli over the weekend as she was travelling away on that Monday. Bala B arrived on Sunday 10th and to show him some of the great food and beautiful sunset views Thecla took him to the Clearwater Island Lodge for a beautiful Seafood Dinner and dessert with a great view!

The following Monday another participant at Pirlangimpi, Walter Brooks, joined the TEABBA crew at the Pirlangimpi RIBS to have a go learning the radio equipment. Both Deanne and Walker completed their Radio training and we would like to thank them for giving it a go and hopefully they […]

13th April, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Pirlangimpi RIBS Training 2016

SIDS and Kids – Red Nose Day 2016

SIDS and Kids provides vital safe sleeping education to expectant mothers, their families and healthcare professionals all around Australia. They also conduct world-class research into sudden and unexpected death in infancy and provide crucial bereavement support to those affected by the death of a baby or child, receiving more than 10,000 calls for support and education every year. 

In Australia each year over 3,500 families experience the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or child, either through stillbirth or during the first month of life, from sudden unexpected death in infancy (SIDS or fatal sleeping accidents), SUDC (sudden unexpected death in childhood) or accident.

Sadly, for many of these deaths there is no known cause. For example, more than half the deaths of unborn babies during the last 8 weeks of pregnancy each year are unexplained.

Since SIDS and Kids’ inception, over $16.5 million has been devoted into researching stillbirth, neonatal death, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), and other causes that contribute to the 3,100 unexpected infant deaths that devastate Australian families each year. 

SIDS and Kids are urging Australians to help save little lives by supporting Red Nose Day on Friday 24 June.

Celebrating its 28th anniversary in 2016, Red Nose Day brings much-needed attention to the work of SIDS and Kids, whose research and education programs have significantly reduced the number of sudden and unexpected deaths in infancy in Australia. SIDS and Kids also provide bereavement support for all families who have experienced the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or child – including stillbirth, SIDS and fatal sleeping accidents.

But continuing this life-saving work and support for Australian families relies on Red Nose Day. 2016 supporters can get involved and help in a number of ways – by purchasing a red nose, any other Red Nose Day product, […]

7th April, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on SIDS and Kids – Red Nose Day 2016