Rob Potts

The Federal Government has extended the Channel 31/44 licence on free to air Community TV until June 30, 2020.

Our Nu Country TV Series #37 resurrection show premiere is on Saturday September 1 - 9 pm - with repeats on Sunday 11.30 pm and Monday 3 pm.

Novocastrian Morgan Evans, making his Aussie return tour here this month with Irish singer Catherine McGrath, and his Knoxville singing spouse Kelsea Ballerini headline our premiere.

Mississippi minstrel Randy Houser and former Marine Tony Jackson perform a drinking double shot in Behind Bars on the show hosted by Mid Pacific Bob Olson and filmed and edited by our loyal stalwart Laith Graham

Another Novocastrian Kristy James and North Carolina nouveau outlaw Luke Combs also return to the show and series dedicated to our late long time benefactor Rob Potts who died at 65 on October 27, 2017.

Other major artists will feature in our spring series that previews 2019 CMC Rocks Queensland festival at Ipswich from March 14-17.

The festival is celebrating its 12 th anniversary after debuting in Thredbo.

We also have new videos by former Gippsland born latter day Canadian star Gord Bamford, who returns home for the 20 th Deni Ute Muster on Saturday September 28 and Sunday September 29.

The muster is headlined by seven time Grammy winner - Oklahoma born singing actor Carrie Underwood - and Nullarbor nymph Kasey Chambers and her Fireside Disciples.

Other artists include Troy Cassar-Daley, Kirsty Lee Akers, Busby Marou, Travis Collins, Fanny Lumsden, The Pigs, Doug Bruce & The Tailgaters and Amber Lawrence who have new videos we will feature.

We also have new clips by Mid-West Farmer's Daughter Margo Price who headlines the Out on The Weekend festival at Seaworks , Williamstown, on Saturday October 13 with swamp legend Tony Joe White, Willy Watson, Courtney Marie Andrews, The Rechords , Emilee South, Dan Parsons, The Cartridge Family, Georgia State Line , Davy Craddock, The Weeping Willows more artists to be added.

Other artists featured on our show include another Novocastrian Catherine Britt, Fawkner raised singer-songwriter Jasmine Rae and other Australians diverse as Jen Mize, Hayley Jenson, Matt Joe Gow, Brad Cox, Rick Hart, Matt Scullion, Chalkie White, Mason Boys , Jade Holland and Joe Ransome.

Texans Granger Smith, Willie Nelson, Wade Bowen, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Kevin Deal, Kevin Fowler, Maren Morris, Wade Bowen, Cody Jinks and Asleep At The Wheel also return.

Ashley McBryde, Lori McKenna and veterans John Prine, Vince Gill and Ricky Skaggs add to our variety.


Nu Country TV, filmed and edited by Laith Graham, has been a popular icon on free community TV for 16 years.

Our loyal and creative editor-camera operator and co-producer Laith took over the reins of Nu Country TV for 18 series for more than 200 episodes and ensured our survival.

Laith took a short break from filming and editing in November, 2017, after suffering a serious hip injury in his professional career.

But the dynamic proud father boomeranged for our autumn, winter and spring series.

Laith took the reins from teenage editor Blaize Warden for Series #19 and #20 and secondary teacher Ashley Hall who edited the previous three series after a long stint by fellow teacher Peter Staubli.

Singing actor Peter Hosking created Nu Country TV in 2002 after working as a DJ-voiceover maestro on our station.

Hosking launched, edited and produced the earlier series that were born from the ashes of Nu Country FM .

That was during our seven-year era at Beer Can Hill, Northcote, until fire destroyed the studio on June 26, 2000.

Thanks to Bayside Bob Crain - musician, landlord and breakfast DJ - we were resurrected in Harley House at the Paris , Texas end of Collins St in the CBD in 2001.

The aspirant radio station began at Bundoora in 1994 with the late former Preston mayor Bill Corrie as embryonic president.


The Federal Government belatedly granted the free TV spectrum extension after intervention by former independent Senator Nick Xenophon and massive media and community backlash about planned closure to community TV.

Channel 31/44 General Manager Matthew Field delivered resurrection news.

“The reality is that the spectrum we currently occupy is valuable and there is no doubt that in the future demand for spectrum will be driven by the data and digital economy,” Field revealed.

“But we have not been able to establish why there is such a rushed determination to kick us off air in the absence of any planned alternative use of our spectrum before 2019. In the context of the explosion of shopping and racing channels on free-to-air TV and concerns around the lack of diverse Australian voices in mainstream media, it is particularly puzzling that Community TV should be so readily kicked off free-to-air.”

Nu Country TV is broadcast live and repeated online on the Channel 31/44 web page.

We value your loyalty and support dating back to our Nu Country FM radio debut in 1994 and appreciate your input on our future.

Nu Country TV is a feature of C 31 streaming on Digital 44.


Peter Hosking recruited fellow Nu Country FM DJS as hosts, filmed concerts and produced-edited the first four series.

Peter, now living in exile in Prague , handed reins to Sofie Blichfeldt for Series #5 and Kerry Richardson who edited Series #6, #7 and #8.

Richardson filmed concerts while Kris Walker edited Series #9.

Kris's successor Sean Tierney took over filming and editing of Series #10 and filmed Nu Country concerts including an international showcase by late Nashville singing satirist Kacey Jones and Oklahoma country star Becky Hobbs.

The famed show at the Noise Bar in Brunswick on February 1, 2008, was a nominee in the Antennas - the national community TV awards.

Kerry Richardson returned to editing Series #11 and #12 of Nu Country before Peter Staubli edited Series #13, #14 and #15.


We thank all members, renewing members, sponsors, record companies, tour promoters, festival organisers, bands and artists for their support.

They include former Federal ALP member and veteran counter culture journalist Pete Steedman, Dead Livers drummer and magistrate Richard O'Keefe and family including Kew footballer son Johnny O'Keefe, the Bellarine peninsula Aqualina family and Kirby family in Deer Park .

We also thank Colin McGary and his family at Blackburn and East Box Hill Cricket Club for their loyalty and handsome donations.

Nu Country TV is indebted to promoters Michael Chugg and Rob Potts Entertainment Edge for their generous sponsorship of Zac Brown Band, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line tours in 2016.

They also sponsored Nu Country with tours by The Mavericks , Big & Rich , Texan Eli Young band, Blackjack Billy , Chris Young, Gary Allan, Toby Keith, Kellie Pickler, Gretchen Wilson, Georgian star Alan Jackson, Sara Evans, Tim McGraw and singing spouse Faith Hill, Dierks Bentley and Lee Kernaghan.

Former Goanna manager Ian Lovell also organised sponsorship for the Mary Chapin Carpenter and Tift Merritt tours.

We received no government or Arts funding and were reliant on sponsorship and loyalty of members - some have been with Nu Country since our radio birth in 1994.

We broadcast as part of Yarra Access television group.


Web mistress Anne Sydenham has recruited sponsors for the web page, our comprehensive gig guide, concert section and Diary.

Anne has won wide praise for her web page, now celebrating its 13th anniversary, with hits from all over the world.

She designed the page and updates it with TV show previews, feature stories and her concert reviews and photographs.

Nu Country TV relies on loyal members and sponsors to survive and keep the dingoes from the door.


We're also indebted to our long time treasurer Mid Pacific Bob Olson who also entertained us as TV show host and chef with his unique recipes from his Beer Can Hill delta kitchen.

We also thank our former gig guide collator Annie Christophers - a loyal and conscientious volunteer committee member on Nu Country since its radio era at Beer Can Hill in Northcote.

Annie followed her stint at Northcote to our studios at the Paris , Texas , end of Collins St in 2001 by collating our web page gig guide and helping organise and staff showcase concerts and benefits for the radio station and TV show.

Thanks also to Secretary Denise Kuhl and former membership officer Peter O'Keefe who handed the reins to Wayne Goldsmith.

Please feel free to contribute to our Facebook page and alert fellow country fans through other Facebook pages.

We also thank other loyal professionals - Vice President Rod Browne and fellow committee member Barry Hyde.

CLICK HERE for our membership page for your valuable CD rewards for becoming a member or renewing your membership.

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Series -37
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1 September 2018

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