Matt MacCarthy graced the airwaves in Gunnedah 21 years ago and now he is back.

Since stepping into the role of breakfast radio announcer earlier this month, Matt is already being warmly embraced by the Gunnedah community – welcomed by former listeners as well as establishing a new audience base.

Becoming a radio announcer had been a childhood dream for Matt and since his first job at 2MO, he has worked in Muswellbrook, Ballina, Tamworth and Armidale as well as working in real estate, but it is radio that is his true passion.

Matt said radio has always been a big part of his life and he is excited to be back in Gunnedah.

“Gunnedah has always been such a welcoming town,” Matt said. “I love the honesty in the community. The people here are warm and authentic.

“The team at 2MO is wonderful and I am enjoying being back here where it all began.

“2MO was my first job out of home as a 19-year-old from Wee Waa. I turned up at Gunnedah with everything I owned in a dusty sports bag and found a pub to stay in until I could find somewhere more permanent to live.

“I had just enough money for fuel to get there and accommodation for a week until I got paid.

“Long story short, this started my journey and now I am back.” 2MO first hit the airwaves on June 16, 1930, when Marcus Oliver established a radio station in his Marquis Street home.

The station had been a dream of Mr Oliver’s since 1911 and he had started a station in Neutral Bay, but unfortunately all radio sets had to be dismantled due to security concerns brought on by war.

The engineer then turned his attention back to radio in the 1920s and 92 years later, the Gunnedah station is still going strong.

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