The name Bumma Bippera is derived from the language of the Yidinji Aboriginal tribe of the Cairns area, where the word meaning(s) are:
Bumma (or Bama) = Aboriginal Persons/People
Bippera = Talking
Collectively therefore, our Organisation denotes:
Bumma Bippera = Aboriginal People Talking
In the late 1980’s, members of the Cairns indigenous community began to present a program called Black is Black at another community radio station in Cairns. Due to strong community interest volunteers devoted their time to create an indigenous media organisation to promote an awareness of indigenous culture and issues to both indigenous and non indigenous listeners. On the 6th of November 1990, Bumma Bippera Media Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Corporation (BBM) was born and became a Not for Profit incorporated body.
In 1993, BBM took on its first group of trainees enabling the expansion of broadcasting hours from two hours, one day per week, to 10 hours per week Monday to Friday. In 1994 the Australian Broadcasting Authority allocated another community broadcasting license to the Cairns region. Funding was received from ATSIC and the Community Broadcasting Authority to establish, operate and produce programming for radio as an aspirant for a permanent radio license. Today BBM is licensed as a community broadcaster, having been granted a permanent license in April 1999 to provide a 24 hour Radio service, seven days per week. Bumma Bippera Media can only be heard on the radio dial at 98.7 FM.
Bumma Bippera media 98.7FM is the first and only indigenous radio service in Cairns. Our state of the art studios are located right in the heart of Cairns at 1/143 Buchan Street. BBM 98.7 FM extends as far south as Gordonvale, West to Kuranda, Atherton and Mareeba, north to Port Douglas and Mossman, east to Yarrabah, and the Cairns area. BBM 98.7FM has the potential to reach more than 150,000 listeners daily.
Our radio service also extends nationally, Monday to Friday via our Talk Back program “TALK BLACK” and also a number of other programs through the National indigenous radio service.
Our aim is to be the best Community Radio Station in Cairns and to involve a broad cross section of our community in delivering the service. We are proud of the fact we have volunteers, staff and members who are both indigenous and non indigenous people.
Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet supports Bumma Bippera Media's Broadcast Programs through their Indigenous Advancement Strategy funding.