Vale Max Thorburn

Martin Walters, 19th October 2018
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The CBAA was saddened this week to hear of the passing of Max Thorburn, the founder of Mildura community radio station Hot FM, due to illness.

Amongst his accomplishments as a journalist and broadcaster, Max was also the founder of the Mildura Country Music Festival, a Mildura Councillor, acknowledged in the Australian Country Music Broadcasters Hall of Fame, operated multiple radio stations, and member of the CBAA’s Community Radio Network Advisory Committee.

Max was a strong voice for rural and regional community stations on a national level, with CRN Manager Martin Walters saying “he was a great supporter of community radio, in particular initiatives that served country music audiences.” 

Good Morning Country’s executive producer Kevin Walsh had the privilege to spend time with Max recently during the 32nd Mildura Independent Festival. “We remembered the many hours together hosting one of the many live radio projects that Max had fought hard to secure. Max’s assistance and input had always been an important part of the annual festival broadcasts and will be sadly missed by all who had known this true legend."

Although some years old, this is a great yarn that reflects Max’s tenacity and entrepreneurial nature: http://www.abc.net.au/local/audio/2012/02/13/3429166.htm.

Vale Max.

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