Wangki Yupurnanupurru Radio was developed in the late eighties. Elders and community, seeing the fast growth of media technology, decided to create a local radio station to service the needs of local people. They saw that we needed a way for us to pass on culture, maintain language, share stories, news and music that we like in the Fitzroy Valley. Community came together at Karrayilli Adult Education Centre and travelled all over Australia to lobby for a radio station. And in the late 80s, Wangki Yupurnanupurru Radio was born.
In the beginning, Wangki Radio was a segment on ABC Kimberley. They switched over to old man NP for a few hours and then switched back again. It wasn’t until later on that Wangki Radio obtained its own AM licence and began broadcasting full time on 936am.
Twenty five years later, Wangki Yupurnanupurru Radio broadcasts to over 40 communities from at least six language groups: Bunuba, Gooniyandi, Walmajarri, Nyikina Mangala, English and Kriol. It has a 400km wide listening diameter, stretching all the way from the Erskine Ranges to Halls Creek, up along the Gibb River Road and into the Peninsular and south to Bililuna, sometimes as far as Balgo or Lombadina. Over 5,000 listeners tune into Wangki Radio every day.
We run on up to six employees and also volunteers from our local communities. We bring you the best of local and Kimberley music, classic country and rock as well as what’s hot in the music scene. Tune in for news, entertainment, information, emergency services, culture, language and connection to your Fitzroy Valley mob!