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South Australia’s and the nation’s first ethnic radio station turns 40


Pioneering South Australian multicultural radio station 5EBI FM celebrates 40 years of broadcasting this week.

Multicultural Affairs Minister Zoe Bettison said the milestone reflects South Australia's long history of multiculturalism.

"Ethnic Broadcasters Incorporated was Australia's first ethnic radio station," Ms Bettison said.

"It began broadcasting in 1975 with five programs a week and now, 40 years later, continues to inform and entertain in 65 different languages.

"South Australians come from more than 200 cultural backgrounds and 5EBI continues to give a local voice to communities from around the world in Kurdish, Dutch, Macedonian and Samoan, just to name a few.

"5EBI is a valued cultural hub and I congratulate the staff and many volunteers for their time and efforts that help keep our multicultural communities informed and connected."

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