A big congratulations to Reg Savage of Alexandra, Victoria, listening to Good Morning Country on UGFM.
Reg has won Slim Dusty's Odds & Sods 5CD Boxset, plus signature range polo shirt, t-shirt and baseball cap. That's all thanks to Slim Dusty Enterprises and EMI Australia.
Reg entered the comp by snail mail, and was on the winning ticket #19.
Longstanding Good Morning Country breakfast presenter Bill Beerens has announced his retirement from the airwaves, effective from December 2016. Bill has been a mainstay of the CBAA’s country music breakfast show since its inception in 2000, and involved in community radio since 1988, spending time at Hawkesbury Radio, 2MCR, AIR-FM, and WOW FM at St Marys. Extending his involvement in the promotion of country music, Bill joined the Blacktown Country Music Club and eventually became its president, a position he served in for many years.
In both 2008 and 2009 Bill was nominated for Favourite DJ at the Tamworth People’s Choice Awards, and in January 2013 he was inducted into the Australian Country Music Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Bill's breakfast show has had a strong sense of traditional Australian country, with strong connections to the bush balladeer scene.
For 17 years he has made a huge effort for national country radio, and all of it has been voluntary. The CBAA wishes Bill all the best in his radio retirement.
It won't be long before the Good Morning Country team pack up their swags and hit the trail for the 2016 Mildura Country Music Festival.
The 30th annual festival will see the breakfast team broadcast live from the Festival each morning in their regular slots, from Friday 23 September to Sunday 2 October.
As GMC presenter Kev Walsh contends: "the team are honoured to be the representatives of Australian community radio at the 30th anniversary of Mildura, bringing the activities of this special event to those who can't be there".
In addition to GMC, live overnight coverage will be the go almost every night on CRN-2. And of course the team will be bringing listeners the Southern Stars awards gala live.
Broadcasting live from 23 September to 2 October:
Saturday Breakfast with Jeff Dunn live from Mildura (on CRN-1 and CRN-2):
It's one of Australia's biggest music events and we're going to be there.
Find out what we're going to be up to at this article on the CBAA website.
On Sunday 16 August 2015 the Community Radio Network farewelled long-time Sunday breakfast host Declan O’Callaghan, who after 16 years is heading back to his Irish homeland.
We thank Declan for his dedication to the position. The sheer number of calls he received from listeners during is final show is a testament to his commitment. He will be greatly missed by listeners all around Australia and we wish him all the best.
Good Morning Country's Kevin Walsh managed to convince Declan to come on-air and share some thoughts at this time, and you can listen to the interview in full below.
The crew is soon to embark on the annual pilgrimage to Tamworth, from where they'll bring stations the very best of the 43rd Country Music Festival, via the Community Radio Network.
Sunday 18 January - Star Maker Top Ten Final - Australia's most successful and prestigious country music search. Broadcast time 18:30 to 22:30 EDT, replacing regular programming. The GMC crew will preview the event from 18:30, crossing to the stage presentation at 19:00 EDT, and return to wrap up the event around 10:10 EDT. Monday 19 to Friday 23 - GMC presented live from Tamworth, with the biggest stars in Australian country dropping by for their morning cuppas. 05:06 to 09:00 EDT.
Saturday 24 - Golden Guitars - this is Australian country music’s most prestigious night of nights and recognises recording excellence with a gala concert. Broadcast time 19:00 to 23:00 EDT, replacing regular programming. The GMC crew will preview the event from 19:00 EDT, crossing to the stage presentation at 19:30 EDT. They'll do a post-event wrap from around 22:30 EDT through to 23:00 EDT.
Wednesday 28 - Star Maker Top Four Grand Final - a highlights package will be presented by Good Morning Country's Kevin Walsh, and distributed to stations via Extras 2 at 14:04 EDT, and on Thursday 29 January in Spotlight at 20:00 EDT (55'50 mins).
These broadcasts will be available for syndication to stations through the Community Radio Network live satellite audio stream. For more information contact CRN staff on 02 9310 2999 or email email@example.com.
The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia, Community Radio Network and Good Morning Country are deeply saddened to announce the death of veteran GMC presenter Bob Spence, age 86, who passed away early on Thursday 11 December, 2014.
A true gentleman and former broadcaster with Sydney stations 2SER, 2SSR and 2RDJ, Bob was an original founder of Good Morning Country in 2000 and the show’s first Program Manager. Having previously presented the five-hour CRN overnight program ‘Australia Country Wide’, Bob was a dedicated Country music fan who was inducted into the Australian Country Music Broadcasters Hall Of Fame in 2004.
“I guess I play more Australian Country music, but I do like some the American songs too,” he admitted in a recent GMC article in the sector magazine CBX. “I prefer the older style, the kind of songs that bring back memories for people,” related Bob.
“I recently played an oldie, ‘Dark Moon’ by Bonnie Guitar, and a listener phoned up crying because that song was his late wife’s favourite. It really touched him to hear it again.”
Having only returned to GMC in July 2013 after a long break, Bob will be greatly missed by all who knew him and enjoyed his excellent radio programs.
On the release of her new autobiography "Riding This Road", Australian country music legend Joy McKean speaks with Good Morning Country's George Young.
"Award-winning songwriter and musician Joy McKean wrote many of her husband Slim Dusty's most famous songs and won the first Golden Guitar awarded at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
Now, for the first time, Joy explores her own life from childhood to the present, fifty years of marriage to Slim, songwriting, recording and touring, while raising their children Anne and David. Joy reveals an Australia that has long gone, when she and Slim and their band would load up trucks and caravans and drive across the country, putting on a show in every town, then moving on to do it all again the next night, and winning legions of fans along the way. Inspiring and entertaining, Joy takes us into the heart and soul of her life of music and memories."
Beccy Cole's Big Hits compilation album is out now and in this interview she reflects on selecting the tracks list, and the capacity for longevity in country music.
Aussie country legend Lee Kernaghan talks to Good Morning Country's George Young about his new Beautiful Noise tour edition release, recording with Slim Dusty, raising funds for the Slim Dusty centre, jamming with The Wolfe Brothers and more.
Click below to hear the interview, then check out Lee in action. (8.25 mins)