About Connection Matters Radio

A Project Born of Passion and Independence

Connection Matters Radio (CMR) is fully mobile. Operating entirely from a 2019 Ford Transit van that serves as home and workplace for CMR owner, independent Aboriginal journalist Charles Pakana, it’s all about travelling to where the right people are to tell the stories that matter.

It all came about when, as a radio broadcast journalist, Charles had a travel claim abruptly rejected by the radio station’s manager. He was then told that – despite ample State Government funding – all future interviews had to be done via telephone.

Now, fully independent and totally mobile, Charles travels Victoria, reporting positive Aboriginal stories that show the state, country and world the amazing resilience, innovation and determination of Aboriginal people.

CMR began life in 2017 as a weekly one-hour Victorian Aboriginal current affairs radio program on 3KND 1503AM. Within a short period of time it became three one-hour programs per week, all on a volunteer basis.

Due to personal pressures, the program ceased after about 12 months but was quickly relaunched as five half-hour programs per week during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns in Victoria.

With conflicts arising between CMR and non-Aboriginal management at the hosting radio station, the decision was made to bring the program to a podcast format and platforms, commencing in early 2021.

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