Corporate documents are available here: Corporate
CAAMA’s Corporate structure
The CAAMA logo depicts the birth of Aboriginal radio. The central circles represent the physical location of CAAMA in Alice Springs surrounded by central Australian Aboriginal communities. The lines radiating from these circles depict the two-way flow of stories between CAAMA and the communities. The dots on the side of the logo show the footsteps of the Aboriginal people who have walked this land since time immemorial.
Aboriginal Voices from Aboriginal Country
CAAMA Radio was the first Aboriginal broadcast group in Australia to secure a community broadcasting licence, with the purpose of providing Aboriginal people in Central Australia with radio programs produced by Aboriginal people, in Aboriginal languages and English.
Between 1979 and 1984 CAAMA programs were broadcast on Alice Springs stations 80CC and 8HA (ABC). From 1982 CAAMA had its own production studios, first on Gap Road, and from 1984-1995 at Little Sisters town camp (Inerlange) on the southern edge of Alice Springs. Fully licenced CAAMA broadcasting began on May 13 1985, at 100.5mHz, on the call sign 8 KIN-FM. CAAMA Radio has since become the benchmark in Australian Indigenous broadcasting. Programs are now broadcast across the country via satellite to hundreds of thousands of listeners. They are also web-streamed to a world-wide audience via www.caama.com.au.
Maintaining Culture through unique programming 8KIN-FM is the industry leader in broadcasting Aboriginal languages. Since we began we have regularly presented programs in Western, Central and Eastern Arrernte, Pitjantjatjara, Warlpiri, Warramangu, Kaytej, Luritja, and English.
CAAMA Radio’s News & Current Affairs department supports an active team of journalists reporting events from Aboriginal perspectives often ignored by the mainstream media. 8KIN-FM’s talkback and interview programs bring our listeners’ voices to air, often alongside Indigenous people from other parts of the country and local, NT and federal politicians.
The Sports Show tracks the rise of Aboriginal athletes and brings commentated games to the whole community. CAAMA Sports travels far and wide bringing community sports to all.
Magazine programming including regular morning and lunch-time shows giving Aboriginal businesses, community organisations and initiatives across the country opportunities to promote their enterprises.
From ceremonial music to rock, rhythm and blues, country and hip hop, Aboriginal artists are at the forefront of global sounds. To support Aboriginal artists and bands — and because their music is deadly and our listeners want to hear it- at least 1/3 of all music played on CAAMA Radio is Aboriginal. Almost 25% of our music programming is country music. Our programs are also regularly broadcast through tout the country across many platforms and Networks like.... Radio Larrakia, TEABBA, NGMedia, PAW, QRAM, 3KND, Remote Indigenous Broadcasting Services and Indigenous Satellite Services.
Member Organisations: CBAA, CBF, IRCA, Northern Alliance.
Request shows connect the community in personal ways. When CAAMA Radio started in 1980 most remote communities did not have access to a telephone service. CAAMA provided people in town with a way to send out music and cheerios to relations living in other parts of central Australia.
Aboriginal people are over-represented in the prison system and are extremely isolated from their families and the outside world. Ever since CAAMA Radio began our special prison request show Green Bush has kept prisoners in touch with their loved ones.
The Broadcasting Services Act 1992 includes legislative requirements for all broadcasting services, including temporary and fully licenced community broadcasters. One of these requirements is the Codes of Practice, a document of self-regulation for each broadcasting sector in Australia.
Code 1: Our responsibilities in broadcasting to meet community interest
Code 2: Principles of diversity and independence
Code 3: General programming
Code 4: Indigenous programming
Code 5: Australian music
Code 6: Sponsorship
Code 7: Complaints
Code 8: Codes of Practice review