Seymour FM’s Life members, left, Cynthia Lim, Jack Solomon, Greg Sharp and Dawn Gutteridge. ​

By Pam Kiriakidis

SEYMOUR FM is celebrating its official opening on Thursday with the community and special guests to mark the beginnings of two new studios and office. 

Each hour from noon, leading up to the opening at 5.15pm, the radio station will showcase live music, spoken word and theatrical interludes, with tours of the new facilities between acts. 

The acts throughout the day will include wind chamber trio Winded, singer Kelli Brogan, bush poet Michael Carroll, country musician Steve Varga, radio personality Damian Sleep, and Papa Jomo’s Delta blues after the opening.

The community-based station now has two studios and an office at 57 Pollard Street, Seymour, which station manager Bruce Hunt-Hughes said was beneficial for the radio’s future.  

“What it means is that we can be recording something while broadcasting live from one studio, we can have people in the other studio recording something which can be delivered a little later,” he said. 

“We can resume training, practice, have meetings – there’s a lot that can happen, and we’re pretty excited about it.”  

The plan to move to the new facilities was expected last year, however when the equipment at the Kings Park location was damaged during the October floods the station moved to the new location as a temporary studio.  

The radio station was also a victim of an arson attack in 2020 which destroyed the transmitter facility in Granite Park. 

Mr Hunt-Hughes said while it was a scramble to pull the pieces together after the floods, the station was able to go back on air for its listeners.  

“Remarkably we weren’t off air for very long before managing to be broadcasting again, but it was by the skin of our teeth,” he said.  

“It was susceptible to technical challenges, whereas now it’s much more robust, and once we’ve got this new studio fully completed, and then the second studio also fully completed, it’ll be a whole new ballgame.”

Seymour FM has been on air for 21 years, with currently 40 active volunteers around broadcasting, administration, membership and promotion. 

A voice to northern Mitchell Shire and northern Strathbogie shire areas, Mr Hunt-Hughes said the official opening was an invitation to discover more listeners, talent and ideas for the new station to take on. 

“We’ve got a lot of keen people in the community who listen to Seymour FM, and we’re looking forward to what gets broadcast, we’re building on the talent that we have, and then reaching out to gather in more so that can make use of the knowledge and expertise that we already have,” he said.  

The event will be held at 57 Pollard Street, Seymour, with the official opening at 5.15pm.

For more information, contact the station manager at 5792 1039 or email via station.manager@seymourfm.com.au.