FM volunteers celebrate

May 05, 2018

Seymour FM volunteers had a formal get-together at the weekend to celebrate a number of things.

Seymour FM volunteers had a formal get-together at the weekend to celebrate a number of things.

The group attended the Southern Community Media Association (SCMA) annual conference in Wagga Wagga and brought home a trophy from the X Awards for the Best In-house Production of a Community Service Announcement.

Seymour FM’s winning announcement was for the Pyalong Colour Fun Run which was voiced by Elizabeth and Bill Carlin, the station’s youngest on-air presenters, and produced by Nick Bray.

The station was also a finalist in three other categories of awards — Best In-house Production of a Station Sweeper, Best Outside Broadcast of Community Involvement which was for the 2017 live GVL football game between Seymour and Euroa, and Best Locally Produced Program (non-music) for The food eXchange.

The volunteers’ get-together was a great opportunity to welcome and network with new members who have joined many different aspects of the Seymour FM team, from presenting to voice-over work and membership drives.

President Ian McOwan created a fun atmosphere by running a quiz which got people scratching heads and many coming up with innovative responses to questions which covered a full gamut of radio knowledge from Seymour FM history to the Broadcasting Services Act to team building.

Another reason to celebrate was the station’s birthday in mid-April. Seymour FM has now been a part of the region’s community for 17 years.

It has been a very busy and often trying time for the technical team, volunteers and presenters of Seymour FM during recent months due to a string of equipment issues and renovations, so the opportunity to gather together and celebrate the successes was well worthwhile.

Seymour FM has also been featured in the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia’s (CBAA) latest CBX Magazine which is the leading industry representative body for community broadcasting.

The article covers the history of the station and announces to the community broadcasting family the recent success of receiving a Long Term Broadcasting Licence from the Australian Communications Media Authority (ACMA).

The article also mentions how the recent community engagement survey results will help shape the future of programs to be heard on Seymour FM.

It was with delight a new series of community service announcements went to air last week featuring the history of Seymour with an emphasis on encouraging listeners to explore Seymour and its surrounds.

The series will expand with more information, which Seymour FM hopes will fully engage the community in this momentous 175th year.

— Cynthia Lim

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