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BOB’S BLOG JULY 9TH 2013 Posted: Tue 9th Jul 2013 - 13:07

Taylor Swift stops trespassers at her $17 million dollar Rhode island Beach front house with the sign taken from one of her biggest hits…"I knew you were trouble when you walked in no trespassing!"

Alison Krause celebrated her 20 years as a Grand Ole Opry singer in Nashville on last Wednesday night.

LeAnn Rimes performed in Los Angeles at the Anti-Bullying Benefit Concert Monday night & in an interview at the event, she revealed that she had experienced bullying first-hand, saying a sixth grade class mate "tried to kill" her.

Monday night's event was put on by the Friend Movement, an organization that spreads positive anti-bullying messages through art & media. Rimes says she still feels bullied sometimes, citing the avalanche of negativity directed at her via social media in the wake of her affair and subsequent divorce.

Ronnie Dunn has revealed some of the details for his upcoming second solo album. The singer has recorded 20 songs for the project, which he plans to release in the fall & he's taking an innovative approach to marketing his new work. Dunn has been using social media to engage his fans online since departing Sony last June. He's been trying to come up with new ways to expose his music that don't depend solely on the traditional Nashville business model.

This year's Toyota Star Maker winner Kaylee Bell's prize album – Heart First – is out now! The follow-up to her original self-funded release, Heart First is described as an album "far more than mere tales of life, love & living in the moment, the songs comprising... a bold mirror of self.

It's been over three years since Australia's Sara Storer's latest album release but the wait is finally over! 'Lovegrass', the new album from Sara Storer will be released on August 23, 2013 now playing on Melbourne's Hot Country Stereo 974'

McAlister Kemp have escaped disaster after the studio the duo were recording in in Nashville caught fire. The CMC Award winning duo were working on their third album on in Nashville, when smoke began to fill the room. Fire fighters soon got the situation under control, which turned out to be the result of an over-heated keyboard speaker.

Luckily everyone was safe & sound & McAlister Kemp's third album is still on track for release in early 2014.

Taylor Swift has confirmed that US chart toppers Neon Trees will be joining her & Guy Sebastian on the Australian leg of her RED tour & will be the main support for the New Zealand shows.

Have a great week!

Bob Taylor

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BOB'S WEEKLY BLOG 2ND JULY 2013 Posted: Tue 2nd Jul 2013 - 16:07

Forbes Magazine has put Toby Keith on its cover declaring him "Country Music’s $500 million man". Toby made "65" of that in just the last year alone! He’s got a restaurant chain, a big song catalogue, a huge Ford endorsement deal, his own liquor label & 10% of Taylor Swift’s record label.

Jake Owen has scored his 4th #1 song "Anywhere with You" off the blue jean night album. Jake’s new single will be from his new album & is called Days of Gold….

Craig Morgan is best known primarily for songs that celebrate small-town values like ‘What I Love About Sunday’ but for his upcoming album, the singer has decided to go down a different path. His recently-released single ‘Wake Up Loving You’, the advance first single from his next album. Half of the upcoming release consists of greatest hits, while big ballads comprise the other half of the new material. He is excited about the new direction & particularly about ‘Wake Up Loving You,’ which allows him to stretch into the upper part of his range!

It’s only been a little over a year since Rascal Flatts released their latest album ‘Changed’ but the trio say they are already getting ready to release a new set of songs for their fans. They are spending much of the time on the road on their Live & Loud tour, with the Band Perry & Cassadee Pope serving as their opening acts. They wrapped up several shows in Europe earlier this month & will cross the country, including stops in California, Pennsylvania & New Hampshire, before the trek wraps up in October.

The Royal Australian Mint has officially launched a coin recognising Slim Dusty's contribution to Australian society. It is the latest release in the Mint’s Inspirational Australians series which recognises & celebrates individual achievements & commemorates unique Australians.

The uncirculated coin design released during the Slim Dusty Birthday Bash on June 13 at Rooty Hill in Sydney was developed in collaboration with the Slim Dusty Foundation & depicts Slim Dusty with his famous acoustic guitar in the background, the accessory he never went without.

It’s been over three years since Australia’s finest storyteller Sara Storer’s latest album release but the wait is finally over! ‘Lovegrass’. The new album from Sara Storer will be released on August 23rd 2013 through ABC Music/Universal Music Australia.

Steve Cheers new single Rise is Steve’s first single since the 2012's successful releases "The Speed of Love" & "Raining in My Heart". In the interim Steve has been working on theatrical pursuits, directing a large cast musical in the NSW Southern Highlands.

Keith Urban has announced he will release his new album Fuse in Australia on September 13th 2013. The record will be Urban's 7th studio record & the first since his 2010's Get Closer…. He's already released the first single from the album, 'Little Bit Of Everything'.

Have a great week!
Bob Taylor

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ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

BOB’S WEEKLY BLOG 25TH MAY 2013 Posted: Tue 25th Jun 2013 - 14:06

Bluegrass & Country music icon Ricky Skaggs has amassed numerous awards & enviable experiences during his more than 50 years in music. Skaggs will share memories of his life and career with the release of his autobiography, Kentucky Traveler on Aug. 13.

Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert's adopted daughter, RaeLynn from season two of "The Voice" is going on tour with her "Mom" Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley & Kix Brook.

Reba McEntire doesn't have a huge role in the upcoming wedding of her stepson, Brandon Blackstock & his bride-to-be Kelly Clarkson, but she does have to look the part. She admitted she didn't have a dress yet.

Trace Adkins recently released a new album, 'Love Will...,' but he's also no stranger to acting. He's appeared in 'The Lincoln Lawyer' with Matthew McConaughey &he's also in the upcoming Western 'The Virginian.', Adkins play a character named Bones in the upcoming 'Mom's Night Out.keeping Trace busy for the next few months.

Lady Antebellum played their final show this past Wednesday before taking time off the road so Hillary Scott can have her baby girl next month.

Rascal Flatts will be heading overseas in early July to perform seven shows in Norway, Sweden, England & Ireland.
Leading Australian country group The McClymonts took home their first gong from the APRA Music Awards. The band won Country Work of the Year with their song Piece Of Me, fellow finalists up for this award were Charlestown Road by Catherine Britt, Country Is by Troy Cassar-Daley with Colin Buchanan, Country Proud by Troy Kemp & Drew McAlister
Luke Bryan, the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year, will release his fourth studio album on August 16, the August 16 release is the follow up to Luke’s most successful album to date tailgates & tanlines.
Two years after the release of her debut long player Dreams & Chances Tori Darke is releasing the fifth & final single from the album before she heads into the studio to record her next release!
Have a great week
Bob Taylor

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ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

PISTOL ANNIES ASHLEY MONROE CD REVIEW & FEATURE WITH CATHERINE BRITT SONG COLLABORATIONS ON NU COUNTRY TV WEB PAGE Posted: Wed 19th Jun 2013 - 16:06

The full article : http://www.nucountry.com.au/articles/diary/may2013/270513_ashleymonroe.htm

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BOB'S WEEKLY BLOG 18TH JUNE 2013 Posted: Tue 18th Jun 2013 - 12:06

Toby Keith was recently awarded the 2013 Songwriter Icon award by the National Music Publishers Association during the organization’s annual meeting.
Watch out for his next release, "Drinks after work".

Jack Ingram notched three Top 10 singles as a recording artist & is currently finishing up a new album project. Ingram splits his time between Austin, Texas & Nashville.

Duo - The Court Yard Hounds (Emily Robison & Martie Maguire) two members of the Dixie Chicks are back with new music. While their next full length album is not due until July 16, they released a 4song EP on June 11 & the lead single ‘Sunshine’ on June 10.

Kenny Chesney is in the midst of his No Shoes Nation Tour & it was just announced that he has surpassed the million tickets sold mark already this summer. Hear tracks from his new cd "Life on a rock" during our daytime & overnight shows.

Taylor Swift was named the 2013 Fragrance Celebrity of the Year at the Fragrance Foundation Awards. The annual awards celebrate outstanding creative achievements in the world of perfumery!

Season three winner of American talent show The Voice, Cassadee Pope is off to a great start with her debut single, "Wasting All These Tears"….

Over six months after its official release, Lee Kernaghan’s latest Hit album, Beautiful Noise is the #1 Australian Artist release on this week’s ARIA Album Sales Charts across all genres.
Beautiful Noise features the #1 Australian Country Singles ‘Beautiful Noise’ & ‘Ute Me’. The album’s latest single ‘Flying With The King’, congrats to one of the nicest guys in the business!

Please address all enquiries to:
ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

VOLUNTEER ANNOUNCER POSITION AVAILABLE -FOR NEW UPCOMING ARABIC LANGUAGE PROGRAM! Posted: Wed 12th Jun 2013 - 17:06

Stereo 974 is currently in search of an Arabic speaking announcer for a new upcoming Arabic program we will be putting to air shortly. 
Previous radio experience preferred, however applicants do not require previous radio experience as full training & voice coaching will be provided.

If you or someone you know within your community is interested in this volunteers position then please apply via email to: kim at stereo974.com

PLEASE NOTE: This is a volunteer position.

Please address all enquiries to:
ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

BOBS BLOG 11TH JUNE 2013 Posted: Wed 12th Jun 2013 - 17:06

Keep an ear out for Jo Dee Messina who is back in action with a new album in the works…. Another one I am looking forward to is the new release by Randy Travis, who has recorded a special tribute to the late George Jones – "Tonight I'm Playing Possum"
The song also features Joe Nichols & name checks many of George Jones biggest hits!

Rodney Atkins has popped the question & is now engaged! While Shooter Jennings son of Waylon is now on his Honeymoon!

At just 30 years old, Carrie Underwood has already been a member of the Grand Ole Opry for five years. The Grammy-winning country singer celebrated her anniversary on (June 7) by closing out the first of two performances on the Opry stage.

It will likely take a couple of years, but the writing process for Taylor Swift's follow-up to 'Red' will soon begin….

Ronnie Dunn has been working on new music & he has decided to test some of it out on the crowd that was streaming out of the Bridgestone Arena after the CMT Music Awards. Set up on the rooftop across the street from the arena, Ronnie surprised the people on the streets below by playing four new songs: Country This, Kiss You There, Cowgirls Rock 'N' Roll & Peace, Love & Country Music. These four tracks will be part of a new album that Ronnie expects to release in just a few months.

The Zac Brown Band is working on a new album & has also been busy with creating a line of food products that will be modeled after the Paul Newman brand, Newman's Own, which donates all of its proceeds to charity.

The Mayors of Tamworth & Nashville signed a "Treaty" at America's Country Music Hall of Fame that officially made the two "music cities" into "sister cities".
Tamworth is known as Australia's Country Music Capital & annually hosts the giant Tamworth Country Music Festival in January & Nashville is known as America's Music City which hosts a number of major events annually including the CMA Festival & American Country music's industry week including the CMA Awards.
Troy Cassar-Daley is recovering from throat surgery in America after he was diagnosed with a nodule & several serious vocal cord ruptures earlier this year…all the best on recovery Troy!
After a two-year break between new material CMC Award winner Jasmine Rae is back with a brand-new single 'If I Want To' & there will be a new album to be released shortly but is NOW PLAYING on Melbourne's Hot Country!!!!
All the best, have a great week everyone!
Bob Taylor.

Please address all enquiries to:
ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

BOB'S WEEKLY BLOG 4TH JUNE 2013 Posted: Tue 4th Jun 2013 - 11:06

People came from all over the world to witness the grand opening of the Johnny Cash Museum on Thursday 30th May.
The museum features a treasure trove of Cash relics acquired through various donors & collectors. Fans can see clothes Cash wore during his performances as well as some of his records, guitars & pictures.
On the topic of Johnny Cash.... A photograph of Johnny Cash taken during his 'Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash' album shoot will be featured on a new forever stamp of the Man in Black. The U.S. Postal Service has announced they'll begin selling the limited edition stamp this coming week.

Country music fans might be seeing a lot more of LeAnn Rimes & her actor husband Eddie Cibrian in the future, this time on television. The pair left their respective spouses to be together & were married in 2011. Rimes & Cibrian are developing a sitcom based on their lives.

Dierks Bentley's ‘Bourbon In Kentucky’, This offering has created a huge buzz surrounding this record, the first single from his 7th album "RISER" - It’s another ‘drinking can’t kill my pain’ song, being a tribute to his father who passed away during the recording of the album.

Keith Urban has gone nearly 3yrs between albums & his new one will be out 10th September! A year in the making featuring his current singles: A little bit of everything & Feels like Home.

The new CD by Sheryl Crow out soon will feature a song written by Brad Paisley about being a single mother called "Waterproof Mascara"

Eric Church is featured in a new interview in Playboy talking about everything from his heavy metal influences & rock edge to his signature baseball hat & mirrored sunglasses that he wears on stage every night.

Adam Brand, Travis Collins & Matt Cornell can truly resemble some Dirt Track Cowboys. The song with the same name appeared on Adam Brand's first album back in 1998 & was adopted as a firm favourite by Ute drivers & bike riders Australia wide!
2013 marks a return for Adam to his roots with his rockin' "Dirt Track Cowboys" show touring Australia. He is joined by his mates Travis Collins & Matt Cornell.

Country music fans in Australia are perched on the edge of their seats in anticipation for the upcoming McClymonts tour of Australia! The shows kick off in Aug 2013 - The McClymonts latest album "Two Worlds Collide" is out now!

Have a great week everyone :)

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ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

BOB’S BLOG 27TH MAY 2013 Posted: Tue 28th May 2013 - 12:05

With "Wrote a Song for Everyone", John Fogerty has released a  collection of some of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fames famous songs. Both solo & with Creedence Clearwater Revival the project features duets with Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Zac Brown Band & other country / rock stars - Now playing on Stereo 974.

Carrie Underwood made a huge donation to the American Red Cross to aid victims of the deadly tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. Carrie donated $1 million to aid relief efforts!

Great news from The Wolfe Brothers - Tasmania
Their new single is due for release in June 2013 "THE GIRL, THE BOTTLE, THE MEMORY!" It has been a fast and furious ride for The Wolfe Brothers since coming in as runners up on "Australia's Got Talent" almost a year ago. Within weeks of completing their run on the prime time nationally televised show they were booked to tour with country music legend Lee Kernaghan for his Beautiful Noise Tour!
Also upcoming for The Wolfe Brothers – They head to Nashville for the "CMA GLOBAL ARTISTS PARTY" this upcoming June….

‘You Aint Never’ the latest radio single from Toowoomba-based Victoria Edwards is the second to be lifted from her album "Authentic". The track is a duet with Paul Cowderoy.
It’s a fun-take on a long-term love story – the words ‘you aint never NOT gonna get none of my love no more’ make perfect sense if you live in a trailer park with ten kids & a husband, that promised the world & you’re still waiting….

Does it take you forever & ever & ever to get over someone? Relax, you're not alone & there's a very good reason for it…. You may have the TAYLOR SWIFT syndrome! Taylor is known for jumping into love head first, then releasing another bitter breakup song when things go downhill…. becoming too emotionally invested too fast. This is according to experts who have delved into the subject….

Please address all enquiries to:
ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

BOB'S WEEKLY BLOG 20TH MAY 2013 Posted: Tue 21st May 2013 - 14:05

RASCAL FLATTS Gary Vernon Jr. didn't know that LeVox stands for "the voice" in French prior to adopting the name Gary LeVox, & he's embarrassed about it! He didn't mean to choose such an egotistical name, he took it from a piece of recording equipment labelled "L.Vox."

24" will be returning in 2014 as a 12-episode limited-run series. Kiefer Sutherland will again play Jack Bauer in "24: Live Another Day."

George Strait may have set the country music world reeling IN Sept when he announced he'd be retiring from the road, he did assure fans that he was by no means retiring from recording & he's made good on that promise with his new album, Love Is Everything....

"Don't Rush" singer Kelly Clarkson is about to become part of Reba McIntyre's family! Kelly is engaged to Reba's stepson, Brandon Blackstock, who manages Blake Shelton. Brandon is the son of Reba's husband & manager, Narvel Blackstock, who also manages Kelly.

Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles has announced she will release her 1st solo Country Cd soon......

Billy Ray Cyrus is currently in Nashville to executive produce the SkipStone Pictures film "Like A Country Song", which will be filmed in Music City.

Eli Young Band joined Alabama's Randy Owen in the studio recently to record "The Closer You Get" as part of the upcoming release Alabama & Friends.

**DISCOVER –ALL YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT JAIDA DREYER  NOW PLAYING ON MELBOURNE'S HOT COUNTRY!**
Born in Thunder Bay Ontario & raised in Iowa Jaida Dreyer was a "horse-crazy" little girl who grew up showing competitively & won her 1st of many world championships at 5, getting an early education in the sort of work ethic required to reach success. Before she turned 18, Dreyer had lived in seven states, including Iowa, Florida, Wisconsin, & Tennessee, with the bulk of her time spent between Texas & Georgia. During those gypsy years, Dreyer says, music & songwriting remained a constant & when forced to retire from riding at 17, she took the biggest risk of her life: "The only other thing I knew how to do was write songs,
Hear her first Hit now playing …"Half Broke Horses".

Lady A's new album has debuted at the top of the Billboard album sales chart. The trio have the #1 album in the country 'Golden' sold over 167,000 copies in its street week, making it the group's third straight studio album to land at #1

Lee Kernaghan's latest single from his Beautiful Noise album is Flying With The King, a personal tribute to Australia's late King of Country Slim Dusty.
The release marks the 10th anniversary year of the passing of the Australian country music legend. "Flying With The King" tells the story of one of Lee's most cherished memories with Slim... the story of an unforgettable flight from Sydney to Perth in the mid 1990s. Slim, who was by complete coincidence seated alongside Lee, shared classic stories with him.

Thank God I'm A Cowboy is the second release from Doug Bruce's third self-produced album Made That Way. Doug contends, "I don't think it's written anywhere that a cowboy has to wear the big hat & spurs & ride a horse. To me the cowboy in this song is used as an analogy for freedom & the courage to chose your own destiny - to determine which path you're going to head down & just get on with it".

Check out more by listening to Bob in the Morning 8-11am Weekdays and Boydie Overnight Midnight to dawn.

Please address all enquiries to:
ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

BOB'S BLOG WEEK COMM 11TH MAY Posted: Tue 14th May 2013 - 14:05

Shania Twain has signed up for more shows at Caeser's Palace Las Vegas. No news yet of new music.

Meanwhile Taylor Swift is coming Down Under. The "Red Tour" is slated for 5 Concert dates between November 29th and December 14th.
Keith Urban voted best "American Idol" judge ever according to a recent poll.

Now playing on Stereo 974 – Last Train to Memphis by Texas Singer Jared Ashley based on a book Jared read on Elvis Presley's early career

Eric Church reports that his mom's influence goes well beyond singing. He explains that when it comes to his career he owes her "everything." Church adds that he got from his mom "a lot of the qualities" he's needed to get where he is today.

Florida Georgia Line is making chart history. The duo is the first act to top both the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and the recently established Country Airplay chart - with two different singles.
"Cruise" is marking its fifth consecutive week - and tenth week total - at number one on the Songs chart, while "Get Your Shine On" has climbed to the top this week. It's also the first time a duo has topped the country chart with their first two singles since Brooks & Dunn in 1991.

Please address all enquiries to:
ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email

KASEY HAZEN APPEAL Posted: Thu 9th May 2013 - 14:05

Kasey Hazen Appeal

Take a moment to imagine. You're a parent. You love your child beyond measure and she has grown into a beautiful young woman who suddenly doesn't know who you are. What you do or where she is. Her memory has been wiped. And there are no answers from health professionals. No diagnoses, no known outcome, no ideas on how to proceed. Nothing. Just a big chasm between who your child was and who they may end up being.

That's exactly what Barham family Ray and Lisa Hazen are coming to terms with as their 14 year old daughter, Kasey, faces an unknown future.

Eight months ago Kasey, a happy bubbly kid with a left of centre, out- look on life, began feeling unwell and then her whole world changed. For the Hazen family this is a reality that has thrown their entire lives into chaos, and after fighting her way through operations, delay and cancellations Kasey is still no closer to an answer and recently took a turn for the worst.

Her father, Ray said the at the beginning of the latest episode Kasey started off with a feeling or disjointedness and a spacey feeling in the morning and by the time they had her at Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne she was having difficulty talking and communicating.
"She had some knowledge such as her name, who we were, what we did and all of that. She did know where she was, but not what day year or month it was. By the next morning she couldn't talk and had no idea where she was, but still knew who she was and that I was her dad but not what my name was or what I did, same thing for Lisa. By the next day she knew nothing including us, she could no longer walk or talk and was very confused." Ray said.

Ray and Lisa now have Kasey back at home in Barham where she is a year nine student, and find themselves as her full-time carers trying to deal with the reality of her undiagnosed, but serious illness.

One week before the latest set of symptoms in Kasey's illness began, Ray was awarded an Order of Australia (OAM). For many years the Hazen family has been heavily involved in community radio, giving opportunities to so many people and opening the horizons for those in rural communities. Despite their own struggles, this family has contributed so much to those around them on a 100% voluntary basis. The Hazen family live on a pension.

As much loved and valued members of their community, an appeal has been set up by long-time friends and colleagues, Rod Boyd and Graeme Macartney.

"We have all been shocked and saddened by Kasey's illness but have been impressed by the fight and determination that she shown over the last 8 months. Many of us have felt somewhat helpless, wanting to do something for Ray, Lisa and Kasey but besides offering our love and support we have been at lost as to know what to do. Therefore an appeal has been set up to help with some living expenses and Kasey's Rehabilitation costs.

Mr. Macartney said the appeal has kicked off quite well with in excess of $1000 already pledged. "Kasey's school mates have jumped in behind the appeal and are organising a number of fund raisers in the town and also doing some practical things. We need every one to get right behind this appeal as it is going to be a long hard battle." Mr. Macartney said.

A facebook page has been set-up as a way for the Hazen's to keep family and friends up to date on Kasey's progress, and an excerpt from Ray shows just where they are at at the moment,

"We took Kasey out for a drive around town and to see some of her friends while she didn't know any of them she thought they were all nice people. She has spent the afternoon exploring her room and showing us all the cool stuff that whoever owns that room has......*S* that has to make you smile...."

Donations can be made by Direct Debit to WESTERN RADIO BROADCASTERS INC. BSB 083-215 ACCOUNT NUMBER 689078640. Please forward a email to rod@stereo974.com with details of donations:

Cheques made payable: STEREO 974.
POSTAL ADDRESS: P.O.BOX 5406, CAIRNLEA, VIC 3023

Further info:
Rod Boyd - 03 9318 0930
Graeme Macartney - 0429 003 373

Please address all enquiries to:
ROD BOYD, General Manager STEREO 974 - (03) 9318-0930 or email


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