Seymour FM expands trophy cabinet

By David Rak

Seymour FM 103.9 is in full celebration mode after winning four awards at the recent Southern Community Media Association (SCMA) annual conference.

The X Awards recognise excellence in community broadcasting, with Seymour FM picking up five nominations in four categories and impressively winning all four.

Judging of the awards were conducted independently of the SCMA and presented at the National Regional, Rural and Sub Metro Broadcasters Conference dinner in Wagga Wagga on March 14.

Volunteer presenter Callum Watson won the best locally produced program award for Magical Mystery Tour, a program dedicated to music by young emerging artists in the community.

The program ran at the end of 2019 in conjunction with Montville Lane Sessions.

Callum said being recognised for the emerging show and taking out such a prestigious award in its first season was “wild”.

“I'm still buzzing and smiling from it. We certainly share this award with all the fantastic young artists that came along and had the opportunity to perform live and show off their talents on air,” he said.

“It’s also a phenomenal win for Seymour FM and I’m so rapt for this station that has given me the opportunity to run my own show for so many years now.”

Callum also hosts the One Stop Hip Hop program which airs at 8 pm Sundays.

Hank Kreemers won the award for best locally produced program for his popular talk show Hank’s Hour, which airs at 10 am every Tuesday.

The award for best in-house production of a sponsorship announcement went to Seymour Mini-Mix for an announcement produced and voiced by Nick Bray.

The sports team headed by Greg Sharp delivered a live broadcast of the Country Basketball League grand final from Wodonga which netted the station the award for the best outside broadcast of a community event.

Greg was assisted in the call by volunteers Gareth Sharp and Neil Papageorgiou, with technical support from Ian McOwan and Hank Kreemers.

An in-season game was also nominated in the category.

Seymour FM president Ian McOwan said the awards were a significant win for the community broadcaster.

“These awards will be proudly displayed in the new studios which the station hopes to occupy later in 2020,” he said.

“Volunteers are always sought and are invited to join the team at Seymour FM to learn about this form of media which has no plans of fading away in competition with new technologies.

“Community radio is going strong and, especially in these challenging times, remains the best way to stay connected.”