Sri Lankan Radio maintains its vital voice, via Arunella and Sadella’s combined 66-year legacy of community radio connection.
Radio 4EB was barely eight weeks old on 4 February 1980 when the very first Sri Lankan program Arundella hit the airwaves – and not once in 42 years since the first Sinhala song played on the show (remember Danno Budunge?) has it missed a beat!
Originally launched to provide weekly updates with the news from back home, and to share Sinhala music and language within the community (not to mention Brisbane as a whole) Arundella has long been a weekend staple to many. Each week Arundella gives our Sri Lankan listeners an overview of current affairs in Sri Lanka and Australia, staging discussions with expert personnel on events of community interest, sharing community announcements, and of course, highlighting Sinhala music and wide variety of featured segments.
Little sister show Sadella, the fresh faced 22 year old – the vibrant midweek twilight program fusing light entertainment, new songs, arts and community events – is the next generation of fabulous Sri Lankan content gracing the Radio 4EB airwaves.
Sadella, which first commenced in May 1998, still blends the energy of the youth and the nostalgia of the Sri Lankan way of life, such a popular mix that it was recently expanded to an hour-long format each Wednesday evening from 9.00pm.
But even with 2 hours a week, and many decades between them, the Radio 4EB Sri Lanka Programs also produce their own monthly online newsletter Dæhæna!
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