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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

BOB’S BLOG WEEK COMM 5TH MAY 2013 Posted: Tue 7th May 2013 - 11:05

Just out and now playing on your station – "Goodbye Town" from the new cd "Golden" by Lady A the follow up to Downtown . Kenny Chesney has a fabulous new cd "Life on a Rock" with great tracks including Coconut Tree in which he teams up with 80 year old Willie Nelson.

Trace Adkins new cd is an album of great love songs including a duet with Colby Cailett Watch the Word End with You. Listen also for a great remake of Kiss you All Over with EXILE the song that went to number one in 1978 ,it’s one of Trace Adkins best songs in quite a while. A long time between hits for lee Ann Rimes who sounds very "Country" on her new cd Spitfire now playing on melbourne’s Hot Country.

Taking a break next week after Mother’s Day .

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

BOB TAYLOR - MORNING ANNOUNCER - COUNTRY MUSIC UPDATES!!!! Posted: Tue 30th Apr 2013 - 14:04

Just added to the Stereo974 Playlist.... Listen out for "Sweet Home Alabama" by XFactor star Jason Owen & Adam Brand.
From the brand new CD Life is a Highway. The new John Fogarty CD is getting airplay with Alan Jackson's version of "Have Your ever Seen the Rain" & "Bad Moon Rising" with Zack brown Band. 
"Side of the Story" the new CD by Blake Shelton is featured with "Country on the Radio" & the hot new track from the Pistol Annies "Good Ole Boys". 3 weeks @ #1 Lady A with "Downtown".
Last but not least, one to watch from Chris Cagle  "Dance Baby Dance".

A big thank you goes to the Lions Club Caroline Springs & District for their hospitality last week at the Appreciation Awards Night.

Check out latest Country News with Dave Dawson & myself every Monday & Thursday morning at 10am.
Bob Taylor

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

AUSSIE 'BARBIE' TO SUPPORT CHILDHOOD CANCER RESEARCH Posted: Tue 9th Apr 2013 - 14:04

The 2013 Lions Biggest BBQ is in full swing, with many Lions Clubs around Australia working together to encourage Australian communities to support the efforts of the Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation (ALCCRF) achieve its vision of 100% survival for kids with cancer.
"It never ceases to amaze me what Aussies can do when they work together" said Jim Ede, Trustee of ALCCRF. Who would have thought the good old Aussie Barbie could have been used to help Lions raise over $4.5 million for childhood cancer research. Well that’s what we have done but the job’s not over. More than 600 Australian kids are diagnosed every year with various forms of childhood cancer and unfortunately we are still seeing around three kids dying every week.
Many of the 1,400 Lions Australia clubs will hold barbeques during April to raise funds for medical research into the causes and prevention of, and to find a cure for, childhood cancer. Why Lions have been passionately supporting childhood cancer research since 1996 is very simple. "We believe every child deserves the chance at a healthy life" said Peter Lamb, also a Trustee of ALCCRF.

Details of the Lions Club Caroline Springs and Districts Lions Biggest BBQ:
Lions Club Caroline Springs and Districts
Date: 20 April 2013
Time:9.00am-2.00pm
Location: Outside Aldi Burnside at Burnside Shopping Centre Westwood Drive, Burnside

To make donations to contribute to childhood cancer so that one day we will achieve 100% survival for kids with cancer please contact:
Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation
PO Box 7033 WEST LAKES SA 5021

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

BROCHURE NOW AVAILABLE Posted: Wed 3rd Apr 2013 - 11:04

Stereo974 brochure is now available for download, you can find it here : http://stereo974.com/Stereo_974_Flyer.pdf

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

STEREO974 NOW OFFERING MEDIA & PRESENTING WORKSHOPS Posted: Tue 26th Mar 2013 - 14:03

STEREO 974 is now proud to announce that we are conducting Media & Presenting workshops that can be tailored to meet your businesses needs.

This program is designed to improve your confidence in handling an audience, learning how to use your voice as your main tool to connect with your audience and is your guide to becoming a more powerful presenter all around. At the end of our workshop you will be able to understand the role of the media, know how to plan for interviews, feel positive about the interview situation & take control of the interview situation without dominating which a lot of people tend to do in such situations.

All workshops will be held by Bob Taylor who has had vast experience within the Radio & TV industry. Bob also worked for many years as a Voice & Presenting Coach, training many of the best "Media Talents" around Australia.
For all enquiries please contact Kim Grech on 03 9318 0930.

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

LIONS CLUB OF CAROLINE SPRINGS & DISTRICT Posted: Tue 26th Mar 2013 - 14:03

A big Congrats goes out to the Lions Club of Caroline Springs & District for their great effort last Sunday with their Truck Show & Family Day that was held at the Caroline Springs Bunnings carpark.

The day had a great turnout with the club raising more then 5,000 that will now be donated this Friday to The Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal.
Great work :)

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

NEW SALES MANAGER Posted: Tue 19th Feb 2013 - 10:02

STEREO 974 are proud to announce that after an exhaustive recruitment campaign that Kim Grech has been appointed STEREO 974 Sales & Marketing Manager.

This step has been taken to ensure the future of STEREO 974, and fits well with the long term succession planning for the station.

Kim has extensive Sales & Marketing knowledge, working both for and with a number of successful global companies over the past 10 years. Kim has completed with high distinction numerous Sales & Marketing courses and brings to Stereo 974 a fresh young approach.

For all Sales & Marketing enquiries please contact Kim Grech who will be more than happy to assist in promoting your business in the best way possible.

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

STEREO 974 – RECEIVES “ROADSAFE WESTGATE COMMUNITY ROAD SAFETY COUNCIL – CORPORATE ROAD SAFETY CHAMPION 2012 AWARD” Posted: Wed 15th Aug 2012 - 15:08

STEREO 974 is thrilled to have been award the above award, at a presentation held by Roadsafe Westgate at the Wyndham Civic Centre today.

STEREO 974, has formed a unique relationship with Roadsafe Westgate, by Producing and Broadcasting, Road Safety Messages and Interviews.

STEREO 974, are now broadcasting every week 64 Hours of Ethnic Programming, and 104 Hours in English, playing Melbourne's Hottest Country Music. The Ethnic Community are great supporters of STEREO 974, and numerous Ethnic Community Associations and Groups, are actively involved in this programming. STEREO 974, is every mindful that we broadcast to an area where 54% of Households speak a language other than English at home, hence our involvement with Community Groups, Ethnic Youth, and Emerging Communities.

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

VICTORIA POLICE BLUE RIBBON FOUNDATION WESTGATE BRANCH PRESENT A PLEASANT SUNDAY AFTERNOON WITH Posted: Mon 23rd Jul 2012 - 12:07

Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation Westgate Branch present;

A Pleasant Sunday afternoon with Charlie Bezzina (ex Homicide Squad Victoria Police) Herald Sun "Investigator" and author of "The Job" along with David Galbally leading Australian QC

Chaired by Sandra Nicholson Retired Assistant Commissioner, Victoria Police

The Branch has committed to raise $125,000 towards improvements of the Emergency Department of the Western Hospital Footscray. Over $115,000 has been raised by the committee along with supportive partners and the community.

The project will be named in honour of Senior Constable Timothy Lewczuk whose life was tragically taken while on duty at Ardeer in May 1997. We honour him in memory of all Police who have died whilst on duty.

Grab a group of friends and get a table of ten together or come along and join a table. Join us for a lively and interesting panel while raising money for a terrific cause.


WhenSunday 9th September 2012
Lunch onwards – panel sharp
WhereSunshine RSL, Withers Street, Sunshine, Melway map 40 J1
Cost$35 per person 2 course lunch and panel
Drinks at bar prices
Raffles and Auctions on the day
TicketsBookings online at www.remember.org.au/events
EnquiriesGerard Dickinson 0439 553 505 Ruth Harley 0428 762 378

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


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