Former local and National Community Radio Broadcaster Geoff Pegler had returned to Sunraysia to live at Wentworth.

Mr Pegler and his wife Fairlie, who grew up in Robinvale, are building a new home in Cadell Street near the junction of the Murray and Darling Rivers.

He is also moving his Bluesbeat studio from Victor Harbour to Wentworth and will continue to record his National Community Radio program which has been on the air for 22 years.

Mr Pegler is a former announcer, Board member and secretary of the Sunraysia Community Radio Association, operators of HOT FM in Mildura.

His wife began broadcasting a weekly Literacy program for MADEC on HOT FM which sparked interest from her husband to volunteer to start a sixties pop program called Backtracks.

“I went in with her one day and got interest in radio myself – that’s how it started for me.”

He later changed the night time program to Rhythm and Soul but followed another station presenter Terry Iredale into Blues music.

This lead to Mr Pegler’s Bluebeat program, which began on HOT FM and was then accepted as a community Radio network program when the then HOT FM Station Manager Max Thorburn worked with Jim Beatson in Sydney to establish an all blues night of radio for Community  stations Australia wide.

The six hours of specialist blues music still runs on Community Radio from midnight Saturday to 6am and is one of the most popular of the organisations satellite service.

The night began with the Ray Jennings National Rock and Blues Show, followed by Terry Iredale’s show “Tecka’s Tracks”

The Pegler’s left Sunraysia in 1998 and moved to Victor Harbour where he continued his interest in radio and blues music.

“Radio 5EFM was already established when I got here but like many community stations  has struggled over the years but I am pleased to say that I was able to play a leading role in it's revamp over the past two years,” Mr Pegler said.

“I helped get the right people on board, an income stream happening and all new equipment and studios.”

He said the Station is now known as Fleurieu FM and i believe I am leaving it in good hands,” Mr Pegler said.

Mr Pegler has been a Board Member with the Station for most of his 19 years at Victor Harbour and has filled roles such as Chairman and treasurer.”

“I have filled in as station manager when things went a bit pear shaped a couple of years ago, and have had a leading role in updating all the station equipment and even tasks such as writing CBF submissions to obtain Government grants.”

 

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