One River On Air

The Murray Darling Basin hits the sound waves 

What does an endangered frog have in common with a fly fisherman, a carillonist, a post-war migrant, and a monster that inhabits a fake lake? They’ve all got stories to tell about our local waterways, and they all appear in One River On Air, a community radio show to be broadcast on ArtSound FM on Sunday August 25 at 4pm.

Shortis and Simpson have been digging out yarns about local connections to the Murray-Darling Basin, writing songs in community songwriting workshops, and collecting already existing songs, to present this funny, moving and entertaining radio show. And, being radio, there are sound effects, a quiz, a news flash, a weather report, an ad, and a talkback segment, all featuring a range of community voices.

In One River on Air you’ll also hear Worldly Goods Choir, the Cyrenes women’s choir, the students from St John the Apostle Primary School, The Ukulele Republic of Canberra, the National Carillon, and many local voices.

One River On Air is the ACT contribution to a Centenary of Canberra project, One River, in which 10 communities from Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic and SA participate in arts projects that tell of their connections to the Murray Darling Basin.

One River On Air will be broadcast on Sun Aug 25 at 4pm on ArtSound FM, 92.7 (90.3 in the Tuggeranong Valley).


At Belconnen Arts Centre on Sat Aug 24, all 10 communities of the One River project come together. Immerse yourself in the lived experience of the Murray-Darling Basin, told through story, song, dance, film, sound and artefact. Touch it. Hear it. Breathe it. Audio-visual installations including performance events. Open from 10am. Event time 4-8pm. Free no booking required.

Then on Sun Aug 25 at the National Museum of Australia- Critical Undercurrents. Symposium and artists’ talks. Visions Theatre 10am-4pm, lunch included. Bookings essential.

One River is a Centenary of Canberra project, proudly supported by the ACT Government and the Australian Government.