The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - PA­TRICK GEE

NEW Nor­folk’s TYGA-FM took home a trio of awards from the Tas­ma­nian in­de­pen­dent Coun­try Mu­sic Awards in Launce­s­ton.

The awards night, at Coun­try Club Tas­ma­nia last month, recog­nised the achieve­ments of mu­si­cians, ra­dio sta­tions and other in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions that con­trib­ute to the coun­try mu­sic in­dus­try.

TYGA-FM claimed the top prize in three out of four ra­dio cat­e­gories, over­com­ing five other statewide fi­nal­ists in each sec­tion.

Pre­sen­ter Nigel Jones, who started as a ra­dio pre­sen­ter in 1978, won the award for Most Pop­u­lar Coun­try Mu­sic DJ for the sec­ond year in the row and also took home the award for Most Pop­u­lar Coun­try Mu­sic Pro­gram.

Glen Dee’s Coun­try was awarded Most Pop­u­lar Coun­try Mu­sic Re­quest Pro­gram af­ter win­ning the same award last year with Ho­bart FM.

Mr Dee Said he had lis­ten­ers all over Aus­tralia, many of which livestream his show on­line.

“It’s an hon­our to be able to sit in there be­hind there mi­cro­phone and talk to so many peo­ple and then to win an award like this one, it’s a real hon­our,” he said.

TYGA-FM was awarded the prize for Most Pop­u­lar Coun­try Mu­sic Sta­tion which Mr Jones said was a joint ef­fort from pre­sen­ters in­clud­ing Ray He­witt.

Mr Jones said the awards were due to the sta­tion be­ing out there in the pub­lic arena, the sta­tion’s man­age­ment, and work­ing hard to pro­mote coun­try mu­sic and artists..

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