Broadcaster Profile – Renee Williamson

She’s the co-host of Koori Radio’s ever popular Indij Hip Hop Show (Tuesdays 6:00pm), a self confessed Hip Hop fanatic, a binge viewer of good and ‘not so good’ Television series, and now, the fill in host for your early morning radio on the Brekky Show. Meet the deadly Renee Williamson.

Where are you from and who’s your mob?

I am a proud Murrie woman who follows her mother’s line back to the nations of the Gulf country of North West Queensland. My father is a Butchulla/ Gubbi Gubbi man. I also have family and cultural ties to the Gamilaroi of North West New South Wales through my step-father’s family. Given the legacy of history, dispossession and removal in this country, I choose to identify as an Indigenous/Murrie woman.

I was born in Ipswich, QLD. We moved around A LOT growing up. Mostly around NSW, QLD and ACT. Various spots around Newcastle are where I probably have the most affinity too from growing up because every second move tended to be back to Newcastle. And now, I’ve been in Sydney for over 10 years.

How did you get into radio?

Since I was young I’ve always known people involved with radio. I’ve been interviewed on radio a fair bit over the years as well. So I’ve always had an interest in radio, but it took me a while to get my own show. Then last year, along with my co-host Frank, we were asked to take over the Indij Hip Hop Show from the legend MunkiMuk, and I was thrown into the deep end of taking over an established show that already had national and international reach! And now, I’m filling in on The Brekky Show as well!

How long have you been broadcasting for Koori Radio?

We took over the Indij Hip Hop Show in late September 2014, so just over a year now.

What do you enjoy most about working in radio?

Getting to showcase music and artists that you are passionate about. I think community radio is such an amazing and important medium for those views, voices and music that aren’t always heard through mainstream media outlets. I like being a part of bringing those things to people’s ears. I’ve also been a part of some really fun interviews. I spend a lot of time on air laughing and having fun. Can’t complain about that!

How are you feeling about taking over the Brekky Show for a few months? What are you looking forward to?

The thing I’m most looking forward to is being able to play lots and lots of great Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music across all genres. Although Hip Hop has my heart, I’m really passionate about sharing the great Indigenous music that we have here, and mixing it in with black music from around the world. I’m not going to lie, I’m also looking forward to flexing my repertoire on Old School Wednesday’s as well!

Outside of broadcasting, what are some of your interests?

In short – Hip Hop! I live, breathe, and sleep Hip Hop. It’s one of the great loves of my life. And music in general. Other than that, spending time with my family and amazing friends. I’ve been through a bit of a rough time over the last few years, and as a result of that I’m a strong advocate of mental health, self care, health, and healthy body image. Especially for our mob. I’m also interested in stuff like social justice, cultural and intellectual property, cultural safety and strength. And TV shows! My downtime that doesn’t involve music involves binge watching great not so great TV series.

Who are your favourite artists? And who is your favourite Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artist?

I’m not going to name a favourite artist because it could get me into trouble… But really, I’ve got a lotta love for our great Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. So much great talent, and the stories! Amazing stories!

What was the first album you bought?

I can’t remember the first as I always had records and cassettes growing up (showing my age!) but I can distinctly remember the first CD’s that I bought with my own money, and that was C&C Music Factory and Snap.

First gig you went to?

The first gig that I went to that didn’t involve my fam was New Kids On The Block.

Last gig you went to?

The AMAZING A Tribe Called Red at Homeground! I’ve been a fan of theirs for ages so it was great to finally see them live. It was an amazing gig! Up there in top 10 gigs for me. Amazing performance, great venue, great vibe, I’m looking forward to seeing them again in a week’s time. Yes, they are THAT good!