On the airwaves

Rod Thomas (left) and Kevin Walsh (right) from the Good Morning Country radio show were in town to showcase Cooma on their national broadcasts.

Rod Thomas (left) and Kevin Walsh (right) from the Good Morning Country radio show were in town to showcase Cooma on their national broadcasts.

THE presenters from the Good Morning Country (GMC) breakfast show have wrapped up their three-day tour of Cooma where they showcased the town to a national audience.

Across more than 80 radio stations Kevin Walsh and Rod Thomas could be heard on the Community Radio Network broadcasting from the 2MNO Cooma studios.

The GMC program is the most popular show on the community network, with people in Perth, Melbourne and rural Australia tuning in to hear Thomas and Walsh interviewing a number of Cooma identities.

Donna Smith, the Cooma Visitors Centre Manager, and Cooma-Monaro Mayor Dean Lynch were just a few of the locals who appeared on the Tuesday and Wednesday broadcasts.

Walsh, the Wednesday host, says the trip to Cooma allowed GMC to present Cooma to the nation, with the hope of attracting more visitors to the region.

"The idea of these trips is to get out to some of the stations who support us and lift their profile," Mr Walsh said.

"It gives them [2MNO] the opportunity to be heard around Australia."

2MNO are one of the many stations who carry the GMC weekday shows and through the hard work of station President John Gill and the committee, they were able to host Walsh and Thomas from their studios.

"We are blown away by the response from John and the committee from not only hosting us but the show they put on Tuesday night."

On Tuesday, July 8, a country music night was held at the Cooma Ex-Services Club to welcome the duo to Cooma.

Performances from Ernie Constance, Jay Podger, Garry Carson and Ron Milliner gave locals the chance to experience country music at its best.

People were able to meet the duo and learn a little about the radio stars. Rod Thomas presents the Tuesday show, a role he says gives him more enjoyment than any other job could provide.

"I love communicating with the audience and it's a performance, not just a matter of reading a song," Mr Thomas said.

"I have a chance to give back to the community who supported me through Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma."

The pair left Cooma more than impressed with the people and history which underpin our town.

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