The May 2015 edition of IRCA’s Newsletter
Farewell to Indigenous Broadcasting Pioneer William Thaiday
One of the forefathers of Indigenous radio broadcasting and the remote Indigenous media industry, William Thaiday, passed away recently in Rockhampton Hospital.
"Uncle Bill", as he was known to us all with respect and affection, was a pioneer in the establishment of Indigenous radio broadcast services right across the country.
Following a visit to CAAMA Radio in Alice Springs in 1981, Bill and his younger brother Mick were inspired to start the steering committee for TAIMA (Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Media) in 1982 and became founding members of the inaugural board. They produced and presented radio programmes and trained others for the air times available to TAIMA on ABC Townsville with Graeme Steele and 4TTT Community Radio in Townsville during 1981 -1983 before the TAIMA building, studios and 4K1G station were established. Bill was the Manager of TAIMA from 1983 – 1987...