The Power Country Fm Story
Power Country Fm was the brainchild of Australian Greg Symes and British Born David Gardner way back in June 1999.
On setting up home in Kyabram, an opportunity came along to run the 87.6 FM Frequency in Kyabram, which at that time was owned by
the Chamber of Commerce and operated for only 2 weeks at Christmas time.
Greg approached the Kyabram Chamber of Commerce with a proposal to run the station and persuaded the Chamber of Commerce to let
him use their license, and to run the Radio Station on a professional basis from a one room studio in Kyabram, for and on the benefit of
the local Kyabram community. Greg Symes and Stevon Virtue & Norris Bell were the first presenters to start off Power Country FM in
The first transmission of Power Country FM in Kyabram (Australia) began in July 2002 and is still operating 24 hours a day to this day.
Shortly after, Greg applied for and was granted the 88 MHz license for Tatura. They started transmitting via a relay from Kyabram in Sept
2002. They transmitted This way fort the next 4 years. (Tatura was eventually exchanged for Kerang in 2010)
Also around this time Mr. Steve Virtue applied for and was granted the License for Tongala. He then established a small working studio at
Tongala and transmitted programs from there to the other stations in the PCFM Network.
The main Power Country FM live program base comes from Kyabram, Tongala and Leitchville, and these programs are shared by all the
individual PCFM stations at different times throughout the day when the relay stations are not on automation. In February 2007 Greg
decided to move to Leitchville to live and to try and expand the Billabong Radio Network, and proceeded to lodge an application for a
radio station in the Leitchville area, which would cover Gunbower, Leitchville, and Cohuna on the 88 MHz. PCFM Leitchville was born and
went to air May 2007. Licenses for Barham and Cohuna soon became the next target for the network with Cohuna and Barham coming on
line in June 2008. In 2009 Lockington and Rochester came on line and they are all proving very successful. PCFM Pyramid Hill gained their
license on the 88 MHz frequency in April 2008.
STREAMING AUDIO & VISUAL WORLD WIDE
Because of the availability and power of broadband, Power Country FM not only transmits their signal to their relay stations this way, they
can now transmit to the world via the World Wide Web through www.powercountryfm.camstreams.com
A studio camera is in operation in the Tongala studio, allowing viewers to see how it is all done, plus they are able to interact with the
presenters, request songs etc and are able to chat to our other listeners from other countries.
The whole aim of the Power Country FM Network is to attempt to bring people together from these rural broadcasting areas, and for these
communities to be able to have access to promote their individual town's tourism and businesses via these stations. All the stations in the
Power Country Network are operated by dedicated volunteers, who receive no wages what so ever, and give their services freely for the
benefit of their community.
The money which is generated from advertising from local sponsors helps keep the stations on the air by maintaining the equipment and
paying license and APRA fees.
Greg Symes is the operations manager and owner of the Leitchville, Cohuna, Lockington, Kerang, Kyabram, Boort, Barham and Pyramid
Hill stations. Doug Hawken owns and heads up PCFM Quambatook station on 88MHz. Doug & Kevin Gladman operate out of Leitchville
We also have Lori Hazelman from Tongala (88Fm) who runs the station there and in Kyabram (87.6 Fm), Chris Tyack, Norris Bell, Mike
Peters and Kevin Stone operate their programs. For the past ten years we have teamed up with ZFM Country, which is the main country
radio station along the Hume Freeway from Seymour to Newcastle and takes in 14 stations in their network. We also take the Peter James
programme every morning from Mon – Fri from 8am – 10am..
ADVERTISING CHARGES FOR 2015
2 Months - $300 6 months—$500 12 months—$1000
2 weeks high rotation $150 for first time advertisers
2 weeks plus Live Broadcast—$300
Ads will be played on all networks of PCFM
For more information contact -
Advertising Manager—Doug Hawken 0401 118 465
Station Manager—Lori Hazelman 0467 655 551
Streaming Audio & Visual on the World Wide Web at—
Office: 54 Torney Street, Tongala 3621 Vic
Station Manager—Lori Hazelman—0467 655 551
Advertising Manager—Doug Hawken 0401 118 465
Station Owner/Operator--Greg Symes 0478 413 242