Australian music is vital to the survival of any radio station in the country and for Aussie music to thrive, healthy servicing of radio is an integral part of an artist / bands promotion plan.
This is how Aussie Grown Across the Nation was born. It’s mantra is to play anything from the top of the charts to the grassroots, praise and worship to metal, rock to blues, folk to country and anything in between.
With over 19 years in radio spanning 4 decades, our very own ‘Australian Christian music encyclopaedia’ Hank David heads up the Aussie Grown team. Most recently spending 5 1/2 years with Sunshine Coast station 106five (now Salt106.5) in various roles from newsletter editor to office manager, Announcer and Music Director, Hank now records and produces Aussie Grown from his home studio! His collection of current Australia Christian music is second to none and the research he does over and above gives him the edge. The music is fresh, the information is relevant and the programmes potential has seen it been picked up by other radio stations and broadcast right round Australia.
Check out the Aussie Grown Radio Facebook and Twitter pages. Just search for @AussieGrownRadio on FaceBook and @HankAussieGrown on Twitter and you can be kept even further up-to-date with what’s being played and what’s coming up on the programme. The Facebook and Twitter accounts are also there to let the artists themselves know that we are supporting their music and actively playing it. With over 1100 likes since launching this has already proven very popular.
WHAT IS A CHRISTIAN BAND
Quite simply, there is no such thing! It IS possible to have ‘a band of Christians’ where each individual in the band professes a Christian Faith.
The same can be said for an individual artist: yes they can hold a Christian Faith but that does not automatically make them a “Christian Artist.”
HOW IS MUSIC SELECTED FOR AGATN?
Our Artists come from many varied backgrounds. The ONE common denominator is Jesus.
Any musician who privately or openly professes a Christian Faith is acceptable as an Aussie Grown Artist, irrespective of their field of operation.
A band comprised of individual Christians may or may not write songs with a specific Christian theme, that’s OK. We know and take assurance that, because of their Christian Faith, they won’t be pushing boundaries beyond breaking point.
WHERE IS THE LINE DRAWN?
Good question! The simple answer is – Scripture!!
Unfortunately, as no-one is perfect in this broken world, we must take each individual artist / band as a unique decision.
Some of these are easy and require very little investigation to confirm. Others are a little more difficult and more research is needed to establish an individual truth. And, the review process for all is continual.
Usually, if you want a career in radio, you start with a radio school, then head bush for a few years to hone your craft before finding a position close to or in the city. Then perhaps, a move into production or another field. But not for Hank. He started at the top, co-producing a Christian music show for 4MMM in Brisbane, which ran for nearly 9 years, during which time he went to AirTV radio school. With over 19 years associated with radio and a lifetime love of music in general and Aussie music in particular, Hank has a wealth of knowledge to bring to Aussie Grown. There may be snow on the roof but the fireplace is hot, hot, hot and Hank loves nothing more than checking out local bands, even driving the 100kms to Brisbane (each way) to check out a show.
“I love connecting with bands & artists and Facebook is a perfect medium for doing that. I consider each connection a ‘real friend’ and enjoy seeing their posts, both personal & ‘professional’ and respond accordingly.” Hank is also one of the few people connected to the industry whose knowledge of bands and artists is comprehensive and he has been known to be called “a walking Aussie Christian music encyclopaedia!” or more recently the “Molly Meldrum” of Christian Music.”
Coming to Aussie Grown from a few years as Drive and Afternoon host on Sunshine Coast station 106five, Hank is excited about the potential of Aussie Grown to support and grow Australian Christian music, not just around the country, but ultimately “to the world.” (spoken like Buzz Lightyear)
“When the show aired on 106five we had the ability to live-stream through the internet and we established a strong listener base across the nation with feedback also coming from Aussies based overseas. With syndication of the show nationwide our vision is to eventually have Aussie Christian music streaming online, 24×7 !”
“Aussie Christian music is exciting: it’s alive, it’s full of vibrant, spirit-filled people whose love of their Lord and their craft can capture you wherever you may be listening – via computer, in Church, at a pub, club or festival with like minded fans. I love it!”
Nellie has been Hank’s “right-hand woman” for over 30 years and has supported his passion throughout. She is the business woman of the team, taking care of finances and various other business matters. She has taken on the role of Website Administrator which is keeping her extremely busy plus she does the weekly mail-out of the programme to all our host stations. Hank quite readily admits he’d be lost without her and together, they make a pretty good team. Nellie has a full-time job as well and uses her amazing organisational skills to allocate time to both her full time work and Aussie Grown.
Julie is another ex-radio ‘star’ from 99.9 LiveFM, Townsville and 106five, with experience in IT and administration. She’s a whip-cracker, amazing with organizing and also, like Nellie, works full-time in her own business. She has provided invaluable support to the team with her IT expertise and amazing visionary thinking.
A budding producer and musician, Ben loves getting into the studio and working on producing Aussie Grown Across The Nation. His talent for perfection & attention to detail is admirable and he will go far. Through 2009, Ben was a member of the 9 person team of the Maroondah Council “FreeZa” Youth Music Promotions Programme as well as Graduating Y12. On re-location to the Sunshine Coast in 2010, Ben attended Nambour TAFE where he completed a Cert.IV in Live Production, Theatre & Events (Technical Operations) and a Diploma of Music Industry (Technical Production). He works 2 jobs and still offers his time to produce AGATN!