The Voice of the Nepean Valley – WowFM

Wow FM 100.7 has represented and entertained the communities of the Penrith Valley, Western Sydney and the Lower Blue Mountains for more than twenty five years.

We provide music from many eras and genres to keep the feet of any age and musical taste tapping all day long.

Recently we have undergone new and exciting modifications which we hope will enhance the the listening experience of our culturally and chronologically diverse community. With programs in several languages providing local and international news and current events, we aim to provide appropriate content which is both pertinent and informative.

Community Radio Penrith

Featured Presenter

Jerry Carroll

Lets Get Classical

The first 19 years of my life were spent in Ipswich. My family was connected with the cinema and raising cocker spaniels so I saw a lot of free movies and dog shows. My family fortunes changed dramatically when my father died without a will with five of the family still of school age, but we owned our own house so things were not that desperate.

In the 1950s I began working as a cadet journalist in Ipswich. When I completed my cadetship I had to move on so another cadet could get a start. I moved to Newcastle as the reporting was much the same as Ipswich, both being mining towns. Next I worked at The Sydney Morning Herald on Liverpool Street Courts, Coroner’s Court, police rounds and sports subbing. I then worked in four eastern states in various cities. During this time I worked on everything from church synods to horse racing (tipped a 200-1 winner in Blue Roc) and sub-editing. I was editor of regional newspapers, two of which were award winners. I left newspapers in 1991 and worked for a Rotary International magazine reporting in Australia, New Zealand and throughout the South Pacific and editing.

Being a reporter from the 1950s meant I saw a lot of Australia and developed a person’s compassion and tolerance. Working at Rotary Down Under developed these facets of life further as much reporting was about emerging nations.

My connection with community radio began in Bathurst in the early 1980s at the then Mitchell College of Advanced Education. I put together programs on swing music and the classics as well as an occasional breakfast program. A change of employment to another city meant these links ceased until I become involved with WOW FM in 2017.

Colin Wood, Warren McCarroll, Isobel and David Richards have been great help in learning what to do again. My family always had music in the house through my mother playing he piano, the radio or the gramophone. One sister was in a choir and two brothers learnt the piano. Our record collection was boosted by radio station culls.

In the 1940s and 1950s a lot of the classical music available on 78s was by Russian, British and American composers. At this time I became interested in swing music through the radio ( Ron Wills Thursday Night Swing and programs by Eric Childs) and first hearing the Benny Goodman Orchestra play South of the Border. When I began work and attended dances the interest grew.

I put my programs together with music I think might be new to the audience, enduring favourites and singing by both male and female artists.

I think most forms of music have a connection in some way as the classical composers drew inspiration from folk tunes and such links exist in other music. Popular music drew from the classics then over the years. Think of The Longest Time, Song Sung Blue, Never Gonna Fall in Love Again, Moon Live and Full Moon and Empty Arms. I stress that the programs are put together by a layman, not an expert.

The music will keep evolving as it too is shaped by the world we live in.

Sponsorship News

WowFM would like to welcome two new sponsors, namely ‘Budget Camping’ and ‘Helloworld Travel’ to our sponsorship list.

Our sponsors are showing that they have confidence in WowFM and they believe that they can reach a substantial audience to promote their products through their sponsorship with WowFM.

This can be seen with ‘Cafe Cherry Beans’ re-signing for another 12 months, making it a successful partnership for the past 3 years. When re-signing ‘Cafe Cherry Beans’ said that a number of their clients mentioned WowFM when making their first visit.

NEMBC

For 2017, WowFM 100.7 nominated four of their members Malama Psarianos, Joe Borg, Majid Piracha and Daisy Tharin from the Ethnic Presenters as their delegation to NEMBC (The National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasting Council) where for the very first time one of our WowFM 100.7 Ambassador’s Majid Piracha was being nominated and elected on the NEMBC Executive Committee.

Majid Piracha with his over 25 years old Multicultural Radio show “New Home New Light” on WOW-FM 100.7 finds it to be a very humbling experience and is overwhelmed while also congratulating and thanking all at WOW-FM 100.7 for their support towards his successful nomination at NEMBC and wishes everyone a very happy, healthy, safe and joyful Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings.

Si Cranstoun Concert

On Friday Night the 3rd of November WowFM presenters and listeners enjoyed a lively night’s entertainment at the Blacktown Workers Club as part of an arrangement with our sponsor (Alan Mann Productions).

Wowfm Dinner 09We were invited to give away 25 double passes to our listeners along with 20 double passes to WOW-FM presenters. The star of the evening was Si Cranstoun who began his career as a busker in London, and finally hitting the big time with a million-pound recording contract. He started writing his own songs and performing when he was 16 and for years he struggled to make ends meet as he played on London’s streets.

At one time, Prime Minister Tony Blair when passing by threw 30p into his hat which was laying on the side walk beside him. But success evaded him until 2013 when he finally landed a breakthrough deal with music giants Warner.

WowFM 100.7 Christmas Dinner: A Success

On Wednesday November 29 WOW-FM 100.7 hosted a Christmas dinner at the Penrith RSL Star Buffet courtesy of Majid Piracha.

Presenters got to catch up or meet other presenters they haven’t met before, thus also enjoying a Buffet meal. A job well done to Majid Piracha for organising it.

Featured Sponsor

Budget Camping Minchinbury

Website: budgetcamping.com.au

Ph: 02 9677 2828

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Budget Camping commenced and independent operated in 1980s’. We specialize in Camping Gear and Outdoor Equipment with a huge range of items in store.

A must see display floor will amaze your family’s visit. Come in and talk to our specialized staff, sit in the tent to feel a virtual outdoor living or shop online at www.budgetcamping.com.au for your convenience.

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