February 2018 - Rod Thomas steps down from Good Morning Country
After 12 years behind the microphone for Good Morning Country, longstanding Tuesday presenter Rod Thomas has made the decision to step back from the show to focus on other activities. Read more here.
Monday to Wednesday - Kevin Walsh
Kevin was born in New Zealand and from a very early age started compering local Friday night and Sunday Youth Club Dances. He toured as roadie/compere with Ian “Hewie” Hewitson and his Battle of the Bands winning group Cellophane who were based in Wellington. Relocating to Auckland, Kev shared a house with Rob Guest (Phantom) and worked for his band The Inbetweens. He did his first commercial radio in Auckland. In the early 70s the lure of Australia beckoned and one of his first jobs was on the Indian Pacific. After moving to Grafton in the mid 80s the call of radio once again caught hold and it was off to outback Queensland for a stint as breakfast announcer. Returning to Grafton, he did various country music reports for 2GF and worked at the local newspaper The Daily Examiner as Promotions Manager, also penning a weekly country music column for 14 years. Back in Sydney he joined the Overnight Express Crew on the CBAA network before joining the Good Morning Country guys. Kevin produces & presents the very successful Album of the Week segment and also produces & presents a standalone weekly country program on the Community Radio Network under the banner of Spotlight. He’s been involved with the Tamworth Country Music Festival as an announcer and judge for more than 20 years and the Gympie Muster as a compere and judge for over 15 years. He is also currently involved in radio in Taree and the Forster district.
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Thursday - Jane Kellaway
Since joining the GMC team in mid-2014, Jane Kellaway has been warmly welcomed by listeners across the country, which perhaps not surprising when we're talking about the Winner of the Most Popular DJ at the 2015 and 2016 Australian Country Music People's Choice Awards. As a country singer herself, and mother of four, Jane is always busy. She developed her broadcasting skills as a valued member of Gosford community station ‘Today’s Country’, and she also currently presents “Aussie All The Way” on MacCarthur NSW station 2MCR. Jane’s own independent debut album, 2007’s For Cryin’ Out Loud will be followed up in 2017 with two albums, all written in collaboration with her husband Fred – one in Country mode and one featuring Gospel songs.
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Friday - Mike Stewart
Like many other UK teenagers, I got my fix of great music from listening to the pirate ship stations like Radio Caroline and Radio Luxemburg. Then I got a chance to be a casual DJ on local BBC Manchester, which started my love affair with radio. After moving to Australia in the early 80s I joined 2RRR at Ryde, the old AM station 2CT, and then in 1989 answered the call to start an FM station in the Macarthur region. Spent 4-5 years with the fledgling 2MCR, then joined 2RDJ at Burwood before returning to 2MCR around 2005. I’m still there presenting all kinds of programs plus still doing the occasional DJ gig - 48 years and counting! My musical tastes include old school soul, 60s through to current music, and after spending a little time co-hosting ‘Overnight Express’ from the CRN studios I found a growing appreciation for Country music from both Australia and the USA. And after visiting the US I felt even more connected to Country music. With social media opening up the world as far as music is concerned, luckily I can use this medium to bring so much more great Country music to listeners around Australia. I feel honoured to have been asked to join the ‘Good Morning Country’ team. The other presenters are all dedicated Country announcers who seriously love what they do. I hope I can meet the high standard of quality music they broadcast each week and look forward to making a lot of new friends across Australia.
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