Aunty Sue Tate and Jamie Murray crossed paths often in their home town of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales. Both being community minded people with a passion for Aboriginal issues and working with Aboriginal youth (Jamie is a youth worker and Aunty Sue has worked in health for over 38 years), the two friends decided to channel their community work and experience into a radio program – The Deadly Gap.
After a brief stint on Radio Blue Mountains, in early 2016 Aunty Sue and Jamie brought The Deadly Gap to Koori Radio where they’ve been broadcasting ever since, keeping the community up to date on what’s happening in health, education and politics, discussing all the big issues, and speaking with Aboriginal people from across the country about the issues that matter to them. There’s plenty of lively discussion, jokes, and good music too.
What is The Deadly Gap all about and where did the concept come from?
Aunty Sue: The concept came from me wanting to do radio in community after 38 years of nursing. ‘Closing the gap’ basically is what we want to do. We’re deadly and we’re closing the gap. We’re doing it through fun, laughter, transparency, and cultural awareness in community. We wanted to work with mob, the theory is that when Aboriginal people deliver to Aboriginal people the outcomes are far better, health and education, we need to manage our own cultural education for better outcomes.
Jamie: Sharing culture, good music and having fun, speaking to interesting people. We incorporate youth with everything we do. We do a lot of cultural stuff. Aunty Sue’s dream was to make The Deadly Gap into a corporation, which we’ve done. The radio show is one part of the work we do in community. I’m a youth worker and Aunty Sue’s been working in health and in community for many years. We want to be a platform for people to have their say.
What do you enjoy about doing the show?
Aunty Sue: I enjoy being able to have my say as an Aboriginal person, to be able to put it across, so people are aware of what’s going on. It’s making people aware of what is going on with Aboriginal people, not only that but everything, accolades with sport, accolades with what our youth’s doing, what we’re doing as a people, what’s happening politically, we can talk forever on that. I enjoy working with mob, we understand each other.
Jamie: I enjoy the live part of it, how scary that is, I like programing the music and I like having a say as well and keeping it with what people think on the ground. Keeping it real and having a bit of fun. Aunty Sue is good to have a laugh with and I just enjoy doing a creative show.
What are your favorite shows on Koori Radio?
Aunty Sue: I listen to the Brekky Show and Lola (Blackchat). I’ve always got Koori Radio on.
Jamie: Me too. Marlene (Cummins) is great (Marloo’s Blues), I tune into her show a lot.
Who are you favorite Aboriginal music artists?
Aunty Sue: I think probably Archie Roach, I love Archie and Ruby, and even from the younger generation, Loren Ryan, lots of stuff.
Jamie: I like Dan Sultan. I really like Yothu Yindi and I wish I would have been able to see Yothu Yindi live. The dessert bands, Buddy Knox, old school stuff. Lots of stuff. Our artists all sound so good these days.
What’s your advice to our young people about having a go at broadcasting?
Aunty Sue: If you can express yourself on Facebook you should be able to express yourself on radio, if that’s what you want to do. If that’s what you want to do, really work on it because you can do it. You can be heard, it can lead to other opportunities, you can get training.
Tune in to The Deadly Gap on Monday’s between 12pm – 2pm