20 years on air in Eden

Graeme Wykes has been presenting since 2004 and says a love of music and connecting with people on air is a truly satisfying experience. Photo supplied.

Graeme Wykes has been presenting since 2004 and says a love of music and connecting with people on air is a truly satisfying experience. Photo supplied.

Eden community radio station 2SEA received its first full broadcast licence in 2000 and is still going strong 20 years on.

Graeme Wykes hosts two shows each week and is the go-to man for sponsorship, membership and station promotions,"Yes, we have survived the fires, we're surviving the virus, and it's full steam ahead."

"We have lost some volunteers and sponsors through these trying times, but continue to forge ahead with positive plans."

The station has renewed its licence for a further five years, has a wide variety of presenters and is preparing to commence live streaming.

"Our shows vary from country and western to modern avant-garde sounds, with lots of classic rock and roll shows from many eras... there's a wealth of wonderful music to be enjoyed.

"We're lucky and grateful to have the continuing support of our sponsors," he said.

The station is a not-for-profit incorporated organisation run by volunteers, with a committee led by long term members: president Alan Mallard, vice-president Graeme Wykes, secretary Henry Jones and treasurer Trish Jones.

"We're strong and united. We must mention invaluable technical support from Terry Love, Rudi Kubis and Richard Everett over many years."

Allan Mallard hosts 'Al's Armchair Rock'. He said in 2005 a neighbour recommended he announce on-air and to begin with he was very nervous.

"People like my music because they know it," Mr Mallard said.

"My policy has always been, don't talk about sex, religion or politics."

Hanns Eber hosts 'Two-Up Wednesday'. He strolled up to the 2SEA marquee at Merimbula Rotary Market two years ago to chat about his enormous record collection - he was so passionate about music, Graeme Wykes thought he was a natural.

With a collection including 45,000 artists and 1.5 million songs, he believes he offers listeners variety that no commercial station can.

Mr Eber is currently instrumental in the development of a retro caravan into a mobile outdoor broadcast studio.

Also from Merimbula, Doc Ryan has been with 2SEA for a year and said he loves community radio as it's personal - the announcers are real people doing something they enjoy.

"Anyone with technical skills or a desire to engage with our community via the airwaves would be welcome to join our happy team."

Colin Wood has been a newcomer to 2SEA this year and said, "It's been a real joy to be associated with such an easy-going group."

"There is a real sense of sharing with the community as a whole.

"Thanks to a very hardworking, conscientious few, 2SEA continue to provide information and entertainment to the beautiful, besieged, occasionally battered but never subdued South East.

"Go 2SEA. All set for another 20 years."

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