Interestingly, the general manager of station 4RFM called deejaying at the signal a great cure for the blues. “It can change your perspective,” Kayreen Burgum told ABC. ” . . . and we have had a lot of volunteers over the radio station’s 20-year history that have suffered from depression and anxiety . . . and this has been their lifeline,”
The article notes that Moranbah community radio began in 1998 as a youth activity project. Then some older residents glommed onto it. The problem is that, now, the mining industry is on the decline in the area. Consequently the station has suffered a shortage of on air hosts.
We’ve written a lot about old mining towns in the Southwestern United States that lost their populations, became ghost towns, then hippie/artist towns, then started community radio stations. So maybe Moranbah is just a radio station waiting for a new generation of migrants to discover and reinvent it.