By Leonie Dixon
Over the many years Alive90.5 has been broadcasting to Parramatta, Cumberland and the Hills, a huge change has happened in the cultural make-up of the areas.
To keep pace with that change, Alive has actively sought programs which more reflect the population. Some of the shows that could interest you and make you want to tune into 90.5 are described below.
Radio Mirchiwala with Raja Batra on Thursdays at 9pm caters to the taste of younger listeners by covering songs and information about the latest Hindi movies, as well as popular songs of the week. If you like a weekly dose of the latest Bollywood songs- Ghazals, Remix, Bhajans, Punjabi songs and Bhangra music, then this is the programme for you especially since requests are also catered for.
Hora Latina: the Latin Hour with host Andsley Dennis. Every Saturday you can hear the best salsa, bachata, reggaeton, merengue and samba. It’s a good feel show and should have you up on your feet and dancing all around the room.
Australian Echo for the Forgotten Samoans: Paul and Elaine Vaai along with Ana Tiufea present great traditional Samoan music together with the latest news from Samoa, New Zealand and many other parts of the world. The broadcast is done entirely in the Samoan language and often features interesting special guests and thanks to online streaming has a big listener following all over the world.
Hit Mix is all about top hits and classical dance tracks across the decades from the 50s until today. You will be introduced to some of the absolute best Italian dance and music tracks including some of the best Italian Remixers. This programme will fill your senses with happiness and enjoyment as it’s a music show that breaks all the barriers.
The Brad Stevens Show: relatively new to Alive, connects the community with the flavour of Sri Lanka, backed with the best music. The programme specialises in community headlines, council news, cricket, movies and all things Sri Lankan. If you want to get to know more about the island known as “the pearl of the Indian Ocean” its culture, values, food and lifestyles tune into Brad every Sunday 5-7pm.
Thank God It’s Friday: Hailing from South Africa, Tracy Steyn is inspired by black gospel music and sees music as a universal language that transcends so many cultures and beliefs. Tracy has regular listeners Australia wide and worldwide, including South Africa so why not join her many listeners each Friday 7-9pm
Radio Bandilla: You’ll hear the best Original Filipino Music fusions of jazz, country, pop and the enduring strands of the 60s and beyond with Rajesh Batra Sundays 7-9pm.