Max Ellis recalls the beginnings of the Tamworth Country Music Festival

When 2TM Tamworth staged the first Country Music Awards as a part of the Country Music Capital promotion in 1973, who knew just how huge the festival would become.
Tamworth now welcomes 50,000 plus visits to town every January and this major event has now become Australia’s largest music festival.

Former 2TM General Manager Max Ellis played a fundamental role in the Tamworth Country Music Festival’s inception, and he remains very much hands-on when the event comes around each year.
In a 45 minute exclusive interview in the weekly Our Country podcast, 2TM announcer Sally-Anne Whitten chated with Max Ellis about the early beginnings of the Tamworth Country Music festival, the country music awards and the involvement of 2TM in the foundations of the festival.
Ellis explained what it is about country music that draws thousands of fans to the festival every year, the integral role 2TM played in the development and promotion of the festival and how the country music industry has since progressed.

2TM is proud of its country music heritage and continues the tradition in it’s 85th year of operation with a weekly Australian country music top 20 chart which is released every Thursday and a one hour show each Friday from 4pm highlighting the top ten tracks from the chart.

The station also hosts a songwriter’s session each Wednesday afternoon and a two hour dedicated Australian country music show every Saturday morning called “The Country Mile.’
General Manager Nikki Kenwrick is pleased with the response the station is receiving for the country music shows.  The Our Country podcasts highlight the industry in a way that the station has not done before, and enables the visitors to the Tamworth Country Music festival to stay in touch with the station as well.





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