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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

2EAR FM celebrates 41 years in Community Radio

2EAR FM celebrates 41 years in Community Radio, continually serving this wonderful Community! Kathy Shields says "The intense workload from its beginnings in 1981 from truly talented and dedicated people to set the station up and running is always remembered and recognised as a great achievement and the reason why we are still a great little Community Radio Station, going from strength to strength. "This spurs us on to continue to honour that Legacy and to do our very best at all times.

"Thank you to all of our wonderful Presenters and Volunteers, our listeners, supporters, members and Sponsors who stick with us and give us the enthusiasm to continue this valued Community Service. In another 41 years most of us will not be here, but wouldn’t it be great if Community Radio was!

Happy 41st Birthday 2EAR FM!!

Above: EAR Inc. President, Cherie Hall & Presenters Kathy Shields & Sandie Bye. Editors Note: After the initial application for a radio licence one was granted in 1981 for a test period. The original studio was a house in Page Street that had a converted front verandah for the Ear to Ear magazine whilst inside were two studios, a lounge, a record library, rudimentary kitchen and toilet. But for the dedicated volunteers it was home and the place was a buzz seven days a week.

The original technical setup was created by Anthony Hopkins who used intuition, found bits and pieces, fencing wire and gaffer tape to bring together a studio that provided Eurobodalla with its alternate radio. And it was alternate. Presenters like Sean Burke and his Mimosa mob from down south and Sid McKenzie who held it together by way of rostering and editing the Ear to Ear magazine. Then there were the characters, Greg Cregan with his brilliant late night program "Ease with Slease", the Flatows with their Germanic folk music, Liz Cook, Merilyn, Howard Billing and so many more... oh, and a new comer to the area, a 29 year old from out of town who said he would do a blues program. I remained a presenter and trainer with 2EarFM for 13 years, hosting a program that was to become known as Mojos and Jellyrolls. In time it was co-hosted with the wonderful Peter Phelps, to then be taken over and run today by Tony Jaggers who has taken the program to the internet where it is listened to globally. It was Sid McKenzie who was the muscle and driver behind the move from the Page Street studios to the new premises in Rose Street. The building was erected with volunteers and once again Anthony stepped in to weave his magic in the building and on Mt Wandera. Over the many years there have been so many volunteers giving their time providing so many genres of music to our community. One presenter in particular went above and beyond. Dave McGarry (aka Texas Dave), together with his wife Jenni, brought international acts to Moruya and to Ear audiences via his Planet Tx programme. ah... what stories those studio walls hold, and what stories they could tell...

Above: When Mojos and Jellyrolls and Planet Tx met up with Mr Marlon Williams in 2015

NOTE: Comments were TRIALED - in the end it failed as humans will be humans and it turned into a pile of merde; only contributed to by just a handful who did little to add to the conversation of the issue at hand. Anyone who would like to contribute an opinion are encouraged to send in a Letter to the Editor where it might be considered for publication

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