Old Sydney Town near Gosford on the Central Coast of NSW & Timbertown at Wauchope NSW provided Clair the opportunity to perform in street theatre and to work with other accomplished musicians singing and playing traditional British & Australian Bush & Country music. This led to a long association with NSW & Australian Tourism, entertaining at many corporate functions & events.
Clair is in demand for Australia Day, ANZAC Day and St Patrick’s Day celebrations because of her vast repertoire of Irish & Australian music, and her passion for all things Australian. She has recorded 11 albums.
TV mini series ‘Against The Wind’ and the ABC’s documentary ‘A Big Country’ were Clair’s foray into the world of film, her skill in copying accents and character voices has led to several recording gigs and she’s featured in TV and radio commercials.
Clair hosts The Request Show on Sundays on todayscountry94one.
Clair’s website: www.clairhayes.com
Dale ‘The Coach’ Eggleton
One part of our very popular duo ‘RJ & Dale’ – Dale Eggleton co-hosts the Saturday Sports Wrap with Rick Jullienne (RJ). You can listen to this program from 9am – 11am every Saturday morning.
Dean Mackin (DeanO)
A Graduate of the Ian MacRae radio school in 2007, Dean Mackin immediately found employment as both the weekend drive shift on-air presenter and I.T. Manager at Sydney Commercial Country Radio Station Cool Country 2KA where he is now well into his 6th year. With almost 30 years experience in the I.T. Industry, Dean ran Australia’s most successful online bulletin board service from 1998 – 2008 or so which evolved and grew into one of Sydney’s first Internet Service provider businesses which traded successfully for more than a decade. In 2008, after the birth of his son Aiden he decided to move out of Sydney in search of a better way of life for his family and found it on Lake Budgewoi up here on the Central Coast.
Dean also works as a mobile computer technician now via his web site www.computersales.com.au and is also the new brekky program announcer and can be heard each week day from 6am until 9am for an upbeat, informative and fun morning. Dean is passionate about the genre and enjoys the opportunity to do LIVE radio up here on the coast with a great bunch of talented people many of whom he is now happy to call friends.
Dean was a finalist in the 2011 and 2012 Peoples Choice DJ Awards and has worked at two stations (94One being one of them) which have won the prestigious Best Station Award while he was there. Dean was also a finalist in the Meet n Greet Country DJ Awards in 2012.
Denis Kirkaldy (DK the DJ)
While his mates were getting excited by rock and roll in the 50′s, Denis was getting interested in country music. His first purchase, a 78 of Johnny Cash – “Come in Stranger” – began a life-long love for the music. He has collected over 2,000 records, cassettes and CDs and a library of books, journals and magazines.
As a historian he was able to marry his love of American history with his love of country music culminating in winning a Premier’s Westfield Scholarship in 2005 (to travel to America) to study the impact of early country music on the development of the concept of rural culture.
He has spent time in Nashville and has met and interviewed a number of major stars, coming away with lots of interesting stories.
As a teenager he really wanted to become a disc jockey but ended up getting a few University degrees instead. Now, in retirement, he has returned to his first love and become a disc jockey (no new fangled terms like “presenter” for him) on 94one. He takes his name from a 1964 hit by one of his favourite singers, Stonewall Jackson – “BJ the DJ”.
He can be heard every day at 12.15 am and 12.15 pm with a short segment called “Today in Country” which gives information on the things that have happened on that day in country music history.
He can also be heard on Sundays at 5 am and 5 pm with “Sunday Country” a collection of old hymns sung by country stars, contemporary country gospel music and some weird stuff often based on his belief that “God has a sense of humour”.
Denis can be contacted directly at email@example.com
Dianne Lindsay & Peter Simpson
Dianne Lindsay and Peter Simpson have been involved in country music for many years and are both performers in their own right. They are now combining their talents, concentrating on performing and songwriting and have produced many well-received songs. Dianne comes from a well-known family of country music entertainers and Peter grew up in the Snowy Mountains. He is an accomplished lead guitarist specialising in the Bush Ballad style and has recorded several instrumental tracks with well-known guitarists.
Dianne had a finalist placing in the 2012 Tamworth Gold Guitar Awards in the ‘Bush Ballad’ category with a song she and Peter co-wrote. Both have a passion for country music and are based on the Central Coast of NSW.
If you are a regular listener of todayscountry94one, you no doubt would have heard Gael on air on a regular basis. While, at this stage, Gael does not host a program, she is the voice behind the majority of our Community Service Announcements and our very popular Gig Guide.
As well as presenting this information on air, Gael puts in countless hours of work behind the scenes collating and recording all of the information sent to her for these announcements – a huge task for one volunteer.
Jane was born in Sydney and is the eldest of three children. As a child, Jane was active in many sports, especially “physy”, at which she excelled. It wasn’t until Jane was 27 years of age that she decided she would like to sing one day.
Well 12 years and 4 kids later, that’s just what Jane is doing – singing her way into the hearts of everyone that hears her. Jane has only been singing Country Music for 3 years and her debut album “FOR CRYING OUT LOUD” is about to be released with all the songs written by Jane and her husband Fred.
Each song has been written about a different life experience – some funny, some serious. There’s a song there for everyone!
Jane looks forward to an exciting musical journey and would like to invite you all along for the ride!
Jane’s website: http://www.janekellaway.com.au/index.html
“HELLO HELLO HELLO! Central Coast and beyond for all those out there on the web tuning into todayscountry94one where ever you may be.” Yes this is Kaza – on air Monday and Wednesday from 9 am to 12 noon, the Gig Guide and the occasional Community Service Announcement. Our website is having a makeover (and I must say it’s looking good, “Well done Carmel”) and we were all asked to do up a Bio so you all know a little more about us.
I’m a Tassie girl, the middle of three girls, born in Hobart and grew up in Claremont, yes where the Cadbury Factory is, and Mum still resides there in our childhood home, “Hi Mum”. My Dad was in the Police Force (retired now) “Hi Dad”, and my Mum was always working different jobs, but ever since I can remember we were always in the bush camping, livin’ off the land, and later living for weeks on end on a small 25ft boat, livin’ off the water so to speak. But no matter where we were Dad always had country music playing, I ‘spose this is where my love of country music comes from.
After school, then a diploma in Nursing, I worked as a nurse right up ’til I had my first child, Alec. Then we moved from Tassie to Wee Waa, NSW (with my husband’s work) where my daughter, Kim, was born. Then along came another son, Chris, born in Narrabri – ‘three beautiful kids: I am blessed’. Soon after that we moved to the Central Coast and I’m so glad ’cause I just love it here ‘my home away from home’.
After a divorce, I decided I wanted to do what I always dreamed of doing when I was a little girl and that was to sing ‘country songs of course’. Then I met T J Ray and we now sing together as Kazaray. In between everything else I’ve been learning to play guitar “see it’s never too late to try something new” and last year (with Grant Hart from Western Australia) we wrote our first song ‘Convoy to Tamworth’ and together have just finished our EP by ‘Kazaray with Hart’.
I never thought I’d be a presenter on radio, it just happened, but I’m so glad it did as it’s been a new learning curve in my life. Whatever I do, if it can put a smile on someone’s face or make them feel good then that makes me happy.
Enjoy life, keep smilin’ – Kaza x
Kaza’s Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kaza’s Website: www.kazaray.com
Rick Jullienne (RJ)
The other part of our very popular duo ‘RJ & Dale’ – Rick Jullienne co-hosts the Saturday Sports Wrap with Dale ‘The Coach’ Eggleton. You can listen to this program from 9am – 11am every Saturday morning.
You can listen to Sgt Ron on todayscountry94one between 3pm and 6pm weekday afternoons when work permits. This program was a Finalist in the 2012 Australian Country Music People’s Choice Awards for ‘Favourite DJ’.
“Tubby” Dyer (circa 1942)
A rural upbringing saw a love of Country from an early age, the old valve radio a comfort during teenage years on the farm ….exposure to Reg Lindsay, Buddy Williams, Slim Dusty, Buddy Holly, Hank Williams, Roy Acuff, Bill Monroe and others planted love for the Country Music genre, the catalyst being Saturday evenings on 2UE with the McKean Sisters “Melody Trail” show.
Time at the Army School of Music after school (trombone the weapon of choice!) ended after an horrific accident entailing a long hospitalisation and rehabilitation, during which time the guitar became a friend.
After resuming work he engaged with the Central Coast Country Music Association, which led to many facets of entertainment, emceeing, promoting and performing, and gaining an industry profile.
Many trips to the annual Tamworth Festival and events around the Central Coast and further afield, especially overseas, cemented the diversity he now expounds on air. A continual search for information and music led to the tag of “Country Music Archaeologist” being kindly tagged to him.
Since retirement in 1986, radio has been the catalyst for much of his time, and the “Bar-B-Q Country” show is enjoyed by local, interstate and overseas listeners courtesy of the world wide web.
A mixture of anecdotes, recollections, history and music encompassing Traditional, New Age, Bluegrass, Gospel, Cajun, Blues and Alternative styles ensure a broad cross-section of the genre is catered for.
Be reassured: your tastes will be catered for at “Bar-B-Q Country”……
and don’t forget *** “IF IT’S COUNTRY, IT’S ON BAR-B-Q COUNTRY”.To contact: email@example.com PO Box 4018 LAKEHAVEN NSW 2263