3KND STAFF MEMBERS
Gerry Terati Lyons was appointed as General Manager of 3KND on the 20th March 2017. Gerry has been in the broadcasting sector for over 30 years including 16 years at CAAMA Radio in Alice Springs including the past 7 years as the Station Manager,
Gerry (GMAN) is well regarded in the sector as an energetic and community-minded leader who built relationships across all sections of the country. He is an Indigenous man from Aotearoa,
Gerry has strong relationships in Indigenous communities in Australia and has built a huge following as an on-air presence in Central Australia and Victoria through hosting the breakfast show. Gman has strong leadership abilities and embraces community on all levels.
His diverse work background included Director of JPG Computers, his own IT business, Certificates in Media, Arts and Television, Health Services, Senior Management, and currently on the CBF CGAC Content Panel as a grant accessor plus holds a black belt in Karate..
Grant Hansen has been closely associated with South Eastern Indigenous Media Association for 20 + years since its inception. He has been Chairman of SEIMA for 17 years and has been guiding SEIMA through its transition from 3KND AM broadcaster to a multi-platform digital media presence in Victoria. When First Australians Media Enterprises was formed to be the new governing body of 3KND Grant became the inaugural Chairman of the organisation.
As well as providing leadership to the FAME Board, Grant is on the board of the Taungurung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, musician, actor, radio presenter, and television host. He fronts the popular NITV/SBS television program, The Marngrook Footy Show. He has a long background of productive involvement in Aboriginal affairs and has sat on the Boards of many prominent organisations. Grant brings strong leadership and experience to the Board of FAME.
Zion Akarana was born on Yipirinya country in Mparntwe Alice Springs. He is a Anangu Pitjantjatjara, Arrernte, Ngāti Kahungunu, Nga Puhi man having both Aboriginal and Maori heritage.
Prior to joining 3KND Zion worked in the hospitality industry undertaking training in multiple roles at Uluru where he broadened his skills and developed a drive to better himself through education which brought him to our network.
Zion joined 3KND in 2021 as a Technical and Administrative Trainee in search of gaining new skills and to try a new challenge. Zion’s family has played a part in the radio industry since he was a child creating a desire to experience it himself.
Erica Higgins has a long association with indigenous media and has worked in the industry since 2006. She has worked in radio broadcasting, film and television production, sponsorship and promotion, grant writing and project management.
She currently works as Communication Officer here at 3KND which encompasses, production, project management, sponsorship, grant funding and communication.
Why is she in this role? “I’m passionate about our media being the platform for our voice to be heard, our own words, languages and style. This helps all of us to feel connected and proud of our culture.”
Erica lives on Dja Dja Wurrung country near Laaneebarramul and volunteers producing the Blaknbluez Show as the Gypsy, Saturday mornings on 3KND.
Uncle Den Fisher
Uncle Dennis Fisher aka (Den the Fish) is a Waka Waka man from Queensland. Born in Maryborough 1957 Uncle Den lived in the Cherbourg Settlement working on a dairy farm from the age of 10yrs.
Den joined 3KND in 2003 and has been a committed broadcaster and supporter of 3KND since. Uncle said he asked the spirits to send him a message of what he should be doing in Life.
So when 3KND opened there doors it was on Uncle Den’s Birthday and that was the sign he had been waiting for…Uncle Den also works 4 days a week for the Royal Botanical Gardens,
Melbourne as a Aboriginal Heritage Guide... a job he loves as he is able to educate visitors on aboriginal culture. 3KND healed me Uncle said. It gave me the platform to speak to our people in truth.
My name is Wendy Brooke and I have been a radio broadcaster for 14-15 years now at 3KND. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science at the Australian Catholic University, and I am hoping to work within the Justice Department when I graduate.
I want to work with our people on trauma informed care and implement some strategies to help bring some healing into their lives. I do volunteer work with a lot of different organisations in the community. I recently got married to my soul mate and life is good.
I am a board member to add my experience and skills to First Australians Media Enterprises and 3KND. Thus adding strength and durability to an organisation that is pro-active in our community.
I am a proud Aboriginal Woman. My mother’s mob are from NSW, around the Wiradjeri, Wemba Wemba, Barapa Barapa region.
Jodii started as a board member in 2015 with SEIMA (South Eastern Indigenous Media Association) and through its transition to First Australians Media Enterprises as the new governing body of 3KND
Jodii has a Certificate IV in Disability and has recently completed her Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy during the pandemic
Jodii has worked in a variety of sectors over her 30+ years career. Those sectors being Homelessness, Education and Training, Youth, Employment, Disability and Mental Health. She loves working in the community sector being able to assist her community and making positive changes.
Lorena Walker is a proud Arrente and Luritja women born and raised in (Mparntwe) Alice Springs. Lorena has had previous roles working with different organisations in Central Australia but found her interest working in Aboriginal Media by becoming a Broadcaster with CAAMA Radio which involved producing and presenting radio programs, interviews, working on outside broadcasts, travelling to events such as Bluesfest, Tamworth Country Music Festival, Yabun Festival, and many community events.
This opportunity gave her a focus on providing a voice for her community and being able to engage with many different people from around the country and overseas.
Lorena accepted the role as Senior Broadcaster at First Australians Media Enterprises (FAME) overseeing the training and upskilling of presenters and volunteers on our KoolNDeadly network 3KND. Managing, outside broadcast events, social media and our Zetta playout system to name a few. Lorena has experience in remote broadcasting both on Radio and Television platforms. Her past work involved international travel to Phoenix, Arizona visiting a Hopi Reservation including in Tucson Arizona the Tohono O’odham Nation, to primarily understand how other cultures deal with communication, cultural sharing and the impact of colonialism.
Recently Lorena was employed for (ICTV) Indigenous Community Television in Mparntwe before making the move to Melbourne to take on her new role. Wominjeka Lorena and Welcome to our family.
Troy Benjamin is a Tati Tati, Wadi Wadi, Muti Muti, Wamba Wamba, and Latje Latje man who was raised in Djillong (Geelong).
Troy has extensive experience in the Music and Entertainment industry. He is an entrepreneur, entertainer, DJ extraordinaire, Radio broadcaster and Blak Comedy promoter.
Troy leads our MIDDAY RUSH show on 3KND. Bringing high energy music, information and community conversation PLUS interviews throughout the week. If you want a song than call troy on 0404934101.
So lock it in and be entertained during your break by tuning in to this dynamic broadcaster Mon-Fri 12 – 2pm daily on KoolNDeadly RADIO