Tamworth Broadcasting Society, operator of 88.9fm New England Northwest and 96.3fm Liverpool Plains stations, have launched on iHeart a series of podcasts tracing the history of country music in Australia called UP CLOSE & COUNTRY.
For the first time in Australia, the station’s news editor Jon Wolfe, a respected and award-winning country music journalist and broadcaster, hosts a series of audio commentaries on the roots and the times that have seen Australian country music evolve for over a century.
Listeners will be able to discover the roots of the music and the influences of/and on artists; the move into contemporary times; the festivals and how they evolved, including the biggest country music festivals in Australia; behind the scenes of the Tamworth Golden Guitars awards and what motivates the passions that drive the genre. The first podcast of the series will trace the country music industry up to the Golden Guitar Awards held each year in Tamworth NSW.
The UP CLOSE & COUNTRY podcasts will feature stories and exclusive comments from people like Joy McKean, Tex Morton, Reg Lindsay, Lindsay “Waddo” Waddington and Kevin Bloody Wilson, as well as excerpts from historical radio programs.
The first in the series also covers the voices of Smokey Dawson, Slim Dusty and segments of the original radio broadcast of the ‘20s and ‘30s.
The series will give listeners the chance to share the stories behind the labels that specialised in country music releases; the publications; the people behind the radio microphones; the forgotten pioneers and, of course, the stars.
The UP CLOSE AND COUNTRY series is recorded and produced in Australia's country music capital – by Tamworth Broadcasting Society and episodes will initially be launched through iHeart Radio commencing shortly with new episodes posted every fortnight.
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