PHIL “Brommers” Bromley was a frustrated musician who couldn’t get airplay on commercial radio so he did the next best thing and produced his own radio show.
He called it Home Brew Radio and presented it initially in 2001 on Triple H FM at Hornsby and it now has chalked up 11 years on air and goes out to 80 community stations nationally, including Orange’s FM107.5.
The typical format of the show includes a feature artist each week, an old track, or well-fermented brew, the latest releases from Australian artists and the occasional live performance.
Over the past few years the two hosts Brommers and Jason “Noddy” Yelleley have continued their support of Australian music with an emphasis on artists not getting airplay through other stations.
Brommers says in 2005, and a few co-hosts later, he applied to go national on the community radio network and was given a two-hour weekly show that was broadcast to about 50 community stations around the country.
“In 2008 because of time constraints, the show was cut back to one hour and repeated twice weekly,” he says.
“At the same time Jason “Noddy” Yelleley joined me to co-produce after I stole him from his own show on Triple H called the Common Thread.
“Noddy also has a passion for great Australian music and has been successful getting consistent sponsorship to help promote the show further and cover our web costs.
“Our mission statement is to provide an entertaining radio program, showcasing Australian musical talent, regardless of genre.”
Brommers this year is studying a diploma in permaculture and giving radio broadcasting training in the Northern Rivers, so has seconded the talents of young Matt McCaughey from Coast FM to present the program while Noddy and occasionally himself produce features and do interviews with artists.
Matt is also a passionate supporter of Australian music and is certainly up for the challenge.
The program was a finalist in the Community Broadcasting Association Of Australia’s Voxie Awards in the excellence in music programming category, gave airplay to 377 new release Australian tracks and supported numerous music events.
With the continuing challenges Australian artists face in being heard on the air, Home Brew Radio is recognised by many as an important outlet.
You can hear the program on Orange FM107.5 between 11pm and midnight on Saturdays.
Streaming of the program and exclusive live performances can be found on www.homebrewradio.com.au.