Seymour 103.9fm presenter profile: Hank Kreemers
BY Leanne Meeny
If you tune into Hank’s Hour on a Tuesday at 10am, you will be reliably informed on what’s going on in the Seymour community and wider area as he interviews people in the local community about what they’re up to. Gardening clubs, sports clubs, shire representatives, and even Senior Constable Wendy Willingham of the Seymour Police, are regular guests keeping listeners informed on safety and crime prevention, security around the home, and all the latest news.
Hank’s background covers a wide cross section of employment including taxi driver, projectionist at the Seymour drive-in, and Telstra (or the former PMG) as a linesman. After arriving home from the Vietnam War in 1970 he was posted to Puckapunyal. He moved into Seymour in March 1971, as he says he recognised the potential in the town and decided to stay. He was also instrumental in the beginnings of the Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk located in Seymour after being on the initial sub committee with Cr Bill Melbourne.
Starting with Seymour 103.9 FM a couple of years ago, he was offered a presenter’s spot and after some initial training, was let loose on the airways to do his own program. What he likes about community radio, specifically Seymour FM, is the great camaraderie between presenters, volunteers and listeners. They all have a common goal which is to make the radio station a terrific station to listen to and get informed about what is happening locally. He believes there is currently a great crew of presenters, listeners and volunteers and they’re always getting better. The last two years has seen the station grow in leaps and bounds with the new facility at Kings Park and the scoreboard studio that Hank says is one of the best, if not the best in the Goulburn Valley area.
Hank enjoys speaking with people and learning what they’re doing around the local community. From Historical Societies to Bowen Therapists travelling to work overseas, Vietnam Veterans Commemorative Walk volunteers, etc. The things that volunteers achieve in this town is extraordinary!
One of the hazards at the radio station that seems to happen to most presenters at some time is playing music and forgetting to turn off the microphone. Hank’s most memorable effort was having a chat to his guest over the top of a Creedence Clearwater Revival track.
Hank encourages anyone who thinks they may have something to offer to the station by way of being an on air presenter or a behind the scenes IT person to call the station and leave a message on 5792 1039.