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..
Arthur Jackson (Yorta Yorta) prior to becoming the current Program Manager, Arthur Studied Multimedia & Media Business for a few years at NMIT. Multimedia is content that uses a combination of different content forms such as text, audio, images, animations, video and interactive content.
Started working for 3KND as the Administration officer/Broadcaster providing administrative support which included inventory management, organizing company records, roster scheduling, budget and office reporting, invoicing and customer service. skilled in interviewing and moderating guests and providing commentary alongside callers and news stories. performing technical skills on broadcast automation systems, control and mixer boards.
Arthur helped produced documentary with Open Channel that aired on NITV called “Living in Two Worlds”, worked as an Assistant Stage Manager at Malthouse Theatre for the Production of 'The Shadow King' and has also done volunteer work for Channel 31.
Kiandra Brown is a proud Gunditjmara woman from Melbourne. She started working at 3KND back in February 2011 as a trainee Receptionist and is now 3KND's Traffic Officer.
She works with state-of-the-art radio systems, such as Zetta, the ultimate radio automation system, GSelector, the world's most powerful multi-station music scheduling software, and Aquira, the highly flexible Traffic system. Other qualifications include a Certificate IV in Business Administration, a Diploma in Business and Certificate IV in Leadership & Management.
Kiandra produced the widely popular '3KND Top 100 Indigenous Songs Of All Time', played every January 26th. This program won a CBAA Award for 'Best Radio Program - Music' in 2018.
Kiandra, radio name Miss K, is host of 'RnB Nights', a Saturday night RnB party mix, playing from 8pm til Midnight on 3KND .
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.
Hayley McAdam is a young Larrakia/Arrernte woman, born in Darwin. Living in Darwin she was working at the Commonwealth Bank while playing netball and football. She has moved to Melbourne to join the 3KND team training as an administration officer, starting in September 2019. She would love to pursue media in the future and has a passion for music. Hayley is currently undertaking her certificate III in business.
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.
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I was born in South Brisbane on the Yuggera/Jagera nation and grew up on the Yugembeh Nation, Logan City. My mother’s family originally come from the Wiradjuri nation in Western NSW and my father’s family from NSW and QLD.
I recently held a four-year appointment on the 3KND SEIMA and FAME Board of Directors, which proved to be a brilliant opportunity and be part of a great team. I started broadcasting in community radio in 1993 at 4ZzZ FM Brisbane and graduated from COTAH South Brisbane with a Certificate in Contemporary Music in Sound Engineering. I left Brisbane in 1996 and pursued my career as a radio journalist and sound engineer in Sydney,
This saw me working in Universities as a Classroom Services Assistant and volunteering in community radio. I came to Victoria in 1999 and trained as a para legal advocate volunteering with the Darebin Community Legal Service in women’s prisons, I then qualified as an Audio Visual Technician at RMIT Melbourne and graduated from Deakin University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. My journalism experience extends to employment with The Aboriginal Program Exchange (TAPE) on a Cultural Resource on Family Violence in Victoria, Doin Time on 3CR Community Radio, The View on 3KND in 2014 and podcast producing for 2RRR’s Radiotherapy.
My recent appointment as Executive Producer for SBS Radio Living Black/NITV Radio ran for over three years and resumed in 2018, this saw me returning home to 3KND as a volunteer and producing Make Waves. I am really honoured to be chosen to work on the ‘Standing Strong Together’ program at 3KND as the Assistant Specialist Journalist. This is a great opportunity to engage in the Victorian community and continue to bring strong messaging and healing on family violence prevention, tackling the issues and highlighting the solutions together
Specialist Assistant Journalist
Samantha Alexis Laughton, joins the team at 3KND as the Treaty Correspondent on radio program “Balit Dhumba – Strong Talk””. Samantha hopes to capture the stories, diverse views and personalise the discussion of Treaty to help the public form an understanding of the Treaty process in Victoria, what it means to the People, what the hopes and aspirations are of the People, their families and future generations for Treaty, how the complex negotiations are being carried out and provide a weekly education on all matters Treaty during the roll out.
Samantha is also the Production and Operations Manager of Toombak Indigenous Production. Pty Ltd, the creator of Logie nominated AFL program the Marngrook Footy Show, broadcasted nationally during the AFL season.
Co Producer of Talkin’ Treaty, an expert panel talk show that aired on Ch.34 in December 2018 geared to hash out the topic of Treaty and Self Determination and what that may look in modern day Australia. Samantha is also set to Co Produce an Indigenous comedy skit show featuring comedian Kevin Kropinyeri and is currently writing and Co Producing her first feature film 'The Boundary Rider’ with Typecast Entertainment,
An avid creative writer at heart, Samantha’s driving passion is bringing to life untold, First Nations’ stories, perspectives and historical events, producing First Nations' media on an international scale, from a First Australian, First Nations' perspective, continuing the breakdown of stereotypical views... And telling some deadly yarns along the way.
Samantha Alexis Laughton
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Natasha has worked in many areas of the media for over 23 years, specialising in content creation, presenting/reporting,
Producing and directing broadcast quality content for TV, film, Radio, VOD, Web, Radio and Brands. She has collaborated with a countless number of experts, celebrities, production houses and networks and created content for TV networks in Australia,
USA, Canada, India and Asia markets. Some shows distributed in over 200 countries with an audience of 100 million viewers. Natasha has carved a space within media as a specialist storyteller creating high quality, heartfelt and compassionate content. With a very strong connection to Australia’s first nations people having family in Alice Springs, Natasha was recently invited to Direct and Produce a documentary for First Nations Media on their 20th Remote Media festival on Thursday Island.
An ambassador for LIFELINE for 10 years and working with organisations such as Spiritual Care Australia, Natasha has a deep care and passion for empowering people through the power of storytelling and reporting in the Media. She is very excited to be bringing her many skills to a topic that is very close to her heart in the ‘Standin’ Strong Together’ project,
Prevention of the Cycle Violence Aboriginal Fund for radio 3KND. Natasha looks forward to helping making a change and end the cycle of family violence through reporting on the stories, The people, the organisations, the support and the services that are available and making a difference to family violence within Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders communities.