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The Journey, brought to you by BMG

By BMG & Radio 1494 2AY
They say ‘Everyone has a book in them…but in most cases that’s where it should stay’, but we believe these interviews reveal an intriguing path that each person has been on. We discover who they are, their local ties, how they came to do what they do, and why they do it.
These raw interviews by Kevin Poulton from Radio 1494 2AY aim to tell the stories of interesting personalities, legends and ‘unsung heroes’ from the Albury Wodonga region.
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The Journey with artist Alison Percy
Kevin speaks with talented Albury based artist, Alison Percy, who has worked in the creative industries for over 30 years. Initially training as a graphic designer, Alison freelanced as an interior design consultant and calligrapher. With an eye for detail, Alison likes exploring the land, the figure and the flower in her artwork. Referencing traditional Japanese calligraphy, Alison combine’s her fascination with fluid forms with her knowledge and passion for colour. Alison has held 12 solo exhibitions and 42 group exhibitions – and her work has been featured in publications such as Belle, The Design Files and Est Living.
34:51
May 16, 2022
The Journey with Jodie Bruton, Food & Lifestyle Writer for The Border Mail
In our latest episode of The Journey, Kevin Poulton speaks with The Border Mail’s Food & Lifestyle journalist, Jodie Bruton.  Jodie is literally living her childhood dream. Born and bred in Corowa, Jodie reflects that by the age of 12 she knew she wanted to be a journalist and by the age of 14 she knew she wanted to write for The Border Mail. In fact, Jodie recalls that while her friends were reading Dolly magazine at High School, she was reading the Border Mail feature pages!  Combine this love of writing with Jodie’s passion for food, travel and cultural activities and essentially, she has landed her dream job. Jodie gets to experience and enjoy what she describes as “the fun stuff” and share her thoughts with the local community in her writing.
29:28
April 07, 2022
The Journey with Joan Parker, former Mayor of Holbrook
In our latest episode of The Journey, Kevin Poulton hears from the delightful Joan Parker, the former Mayor of Holbrook and the person responsible for parking a submarine in the centre of the town and putting it on the map.
32:26
March 20, 2022
The Journey with Clare Cannon, Woomargama Station
In this episode of The Journey, Kevin Poulton hears from Clare Cannon – a second generation farmer at Woomargama Station and Committee Member of the Melbourne Cricket Club. At Woomargama Station, Clare runs Poll Hereford grass fed only cattle and fine wool Merino sheep. It is also where Prince Charles, Princess Diana and baby William stayed during their royal tour of Australia in 1983. In fact, it is said that the young Prince took his very first steps in the homestead!
36:51
February 16, 2022
The Journey with Sharon Jacka, Ray White Albury North
Kevin Poulton speaks to a much-loved member of the Albury Wodonga community, Sharon Jacka of Ray White Albury North - a passionate mother, grandmother, fundraiser, cancer survivor and now, an award-winning real estate agent.
28:20
December 21, 2021
The Journey with Glen Jarvis, Director of BMG Partners & Para-triathlete
We recently shared Stephen Mamouney’s journey with you, so now it’s time to shine the spotlight on the other half of our leadership team - Glen Jarvis. As many of you would know, as well as heading up the Financial Planning aspect of the business, Glen is a passionate para-triathlete.  
35:15
December 09, 2021
The Journey with Janelle Marsden-Boynton, Feathertop Winery
Our latest guest on The Journey is Janelle Marsden-Boynton, owner of Feathertop Winery and the Porepunkah Pub, an architect by trade, a self-confessed food and wine lover and a loving mother of two children. Janelle is also incredibly active in the tourism industry and passionate about influencing and developing policy for tourism and economic development. Earlier in her career, Janelle was the Chair of Victoria’s Food & Wine Tourism Council in Melbourne as well as the Director of Tourism Victoria.
36:34
November 15, 2021
The Journey with Alex Smit, The River Deck
Kevin Poulton talks to the founder and owner of The Riverdeck Cafe, Alex Smit, about how he went from a corporate background in the big city to running Albury's favourite restaurant on the banks of the Murray River at beautiful Noreuil Park.
22:43
November 04, 2021
The Journey with Stephen Mamouney, CEO of BMG Partners
Our latest guest on The Journey is the man at the helm of BMG Partners for the past 33 years, Stephen Mamouney. After spending some time working in New York and Sydney, Stephen returned home to Albury Wodonga at the tender age of 25 to join Ross Black at BMG Partners, taking up partnership in 1988. Stephen has experienced more than his fair share of personal tragedies, which has lead him to be an incredibly active member of the local community. We’ve been trying to convince Stephen to sit down with Kevin for many years now, so we are delighted to finally be able to share his journey with you!
39:42
October 13, 2021
The Journey with Rosie Spicer, "Ultra Nana" champion ultra-triathlete
Kevin Poulton speaks to the super fit and incredibly inspiring 62-year-old champion ultra-triathlete and world record holder, Rosie Spicer.
43:31
September 14, 2021
The Journey with Jacob Wolki, Wolki Farm
Kevin Poulton speaks to Albury local Jacob Wolki - owner of Albury’s iconic bike shop, Cycle Station, and the popular Café Musette. He is also the driving force behind the regenerative farm and butchery, Wolki Farm. Jacob's many businesses allow him to serve the Albury Wodonga community with fresh, seasonal produce from paddock to plate.
45:56
August 11, 2021
The Journey with Paul Smith, Supergoat Media
In our latest episode of The Journey Kevin Poulton speaks to the incredibly talented Paul Smith of Supergoat Media. Paul has pursued many different career paths based on his various passions. He spent 18 years serving up delicious home-made pasta at Green Zebra in Dean Street Albury. Prior to this, Paul was an aspiring rock star in Sydney working in recording studios. Now well and truly an Albury Wodonga local, Paul's focus is on creating profile videos and brand stories for businesses. He describes his talent as producing content that establishes trust – essentially ‘finding the essence of authenticity’ in a business.
51:24
July 14, 2021
The Journey with Sarah Stamm, Salisbury and Maude
Kevin Poulton speaks to Sarah Stamm – interior designer turned creator of ‘handmade treasures’ and founder of Salisbury and Maude. With 11.5k Instagram followers and 6.5k Facebook followers – Salisbury and Maude is a unique business model that is solely owned and operated by Sarah.  Everything is original and not made in the traditional way – but more from an interior design perspective, with the end goal in mind.  When Sarah finishes a creation, she posts it on social media and it gets snapped up immediately.  
33:30
June 16, 2021
The Journey with Andrew Houlihan, international off-road motorcycle racer
Kevin Poulton talks to Andrew, who in his 50's is making his own dream a reality by racing motorcycles off-road, in some of the roughest and most challenging terrain around the world. In fact, he is currently preparing to take on the longest and toughest off-road rally event in the world – the 2021 Dakar Rally. This is despite the fact that Andrew nearly lost his life in a serious accident during the 2020 Dakar Rally.
30:28
May 12, 2021
The Journey with Jacquie Koschitzke, Meraki Produce
Have you ever dreamt about turning a hobby that you are passionate about into a business? Well, in our latest episode of The Journey Kevin Poulton talks to Jacquie Koschitzke, owner of Meraki Produce, about how she did exactly that! 
29:06
April 15, 2021
The Journey with Dimity Brassil, A Lasting Tale
The first thing you forget when you lose a loved one is the sound of their voice. This was the realisation that planted the seed for thought to launch Dimity Brassil's business. In our latest episode, Kevin Poulton chats to Dimity, a freelance educational writer and mother of three young children who has recently created and launched a mobile app called A Lasting Tale – which allows you to record the audio life stories of loved ones. 
32:43
March 16, 2021
The Journey with Andrea and Farrah, Andiamo Street Kitchen & Topolino Gelataria
This month we are bringing you something a bit different - we hear the stories of two talented foodies from different sides of the globe that have come together and forged their incredibly successful businesses out of a shipping container at Wodonga’s Junction Square. Yes, we are talking to Andrea Burgio and Farrah Reid - the founders of Andiamo Street Kitchen.
28:34
February 15, 2021
The Journey with Helen Newman, Nomad Films
In the latest episode of The Journey Kevin Poulton is talking to Award winning filmmaker Helen Newman, who established Nomad Films from her passion for storytelling and creating. We hear about Helen's latest project - Solstice The Documentary - that shines a light on mental health and suicide by telling the stories of people who have lost someone to suicide or attempted to take their own life.
29:36
January 22, 2021
The Journey with Louise Arnold, Arnolds Fruit Market
The Journey is back - and now available on podcast! To kick off our return we were thrilled to have none other than Louise Arnold on the program.  Louise needs little introduction, as she is a familiar face and voice that regularly promotes her long-standing family business, and iconic local brand, Arnolds Fruit Market. It's been a big year for Arnolds - and Louise shares with Kevin Poulton some of the challenges they’ve faced as a family and a business, the unexpected highlights, and how she always wanted to be an actress!
38:22
December 17, 2020
The Journey with Josh Baker - B&H Homes
Kevin talks to Josh Baker about running the successful family business of B&H Homes.
39:41
December 17, 2020
The Journey with Tom O'Toole, Founder of Beechworth Bakery
Kevin Poulton talks to the man behind the Beechworth Bakery - the lively and passionate Tom O'Toole - about his success in building such an iconic regional brand and his triumphs along the way.
38:48
December 17, 2020
The Journey with Steve Bowen - DJ & Entertainer
Renowned for his bright, sparkly suits, crazy hair, cheeky character and incredibly entertaining style, this interview reveals the man behind the big public persona. We hear about Steve's love for his work, his plans for the future, why he keeps his hair long and the reason he insists on shaking with his left hand. In true Steve Bowen style, you are bound to be entertained!
26:47
December 17, 2020
The Journey with Paul Spargo, former AFL player and Coach of Albury Football Club
Paul Spargo knows what he's talking about when it comes to leadership. A former Aussie rules football star - playing with North Melbourne & the Brisbane Bears - he was also Assistant Coach to the Richmond Football Club, as well as Coach of the Albury Football Club. Here Paul talks to Kevin Poulton about the key characteristics needed to be a successful leader.
17:01
December 17, 2020
The Journey with David Kapay - Chef & Founder of Miss Amelie, Little Miss & Miss Amelie Gourmet
Kevin chats to the down to earth David Kapay - Founder & Chef of Miss Amelie and Little Miss. A Wodonga local himself, David opens up about his approach to managing a successful team, what drives him & his plans for the future.
17:20
December 17, 2020
The Journey - Peggy Mahy, former Principal of The Scots School Albury
In this episode Kevin Poulton speaks to Peggy Mahy, the former Principal of The Scots School Albury, about her love of teaching, some of the key challenges faced along the way and why this region has always felt like home.
26:04
December 17, 2020
The Journey - Danny Phegan, Country Music Singer Songwriter
Kevin Poulton discovers Danny is a family man with a big heart, a modest opinion of his achievements, a hard worker that loves a beer and a yarn! Although Danny has achieved a Top 10 hit in the Country Music charts alongside Keith Urban, he claims that his story is not written yet... and he still has big plans for the future. Danny talks about the challenges of building a business, and how pleased he is to have finally struck the right balance.
32:18
December 17, 2020
The Journey - Adrian Purtell, Albury Thunder Rugby League Football Club coach & star player
Kevin Poulton chats to his old Albury High School buddy, Rugby League legend, Adrian Purtell. Adrian shares with us the highs and lows of starting his sporting career at such a young age, and opens up about the shock of having a heart attack following a match in Leeds - and how this changed his perspective on life.
26:41
December 17, 2020
The Journey - Rosalie Martin, Martins Buses
Martin's Albury has been an integral part of the Albury Wodonga community since 1932, and Rosalie has been the driving force behind the growth of the business, particularly following the sudden death of her husband in 1984. Although very modest about her accomplishments, Rosalie was inducted into the Albury Wodonga Chamber Business Awards Hall of Fame in 2014 & went on to be nominated as NSW Regional Business Woman of the Year in 2015. Rosalie shares with Kevin Poulton some of the key highlights and challenges of her amazing journey.
36:43
December 17, 2020
The Journey - John Walker, Comedian
He was one of the original funny men on Australian TV - back in the days of Fast Forward and then Full Frontal, alongside Eric Bana, Julia Morris and Kitty Flanagan (just to name a few!). Best known for his hilarious John Howard impersonation, his distinctive laugh instantly takes us right back to the ‘80s and is incredibly infectious. He is John Walker ... and he is now a Beechworth local working in Wodonga – and absolutely loves it here!
45:48
December 17, 2020
The Journey - Matt Daly, Founder of Posh Plonk
Kevin Poulton talks with Matt Daly about the business that he and his wife Karen started from their picturesque winery in Bethanga, Posh Plonk Wine. Matt and Karen’s story is a great example of how passionate people can create something uniquely special (and successful) from a just an idea.
30:16
December 17, 2020
The Journey with Eliza Ault-Connell - Meningococcal survivor & Paralympic athlete
Kevin talks to the inspirational Eliza Ault-Connell, who tells of her battle with Meningococcal as a teenager, how she learned to not only walk again, but become a Paralympic athlete that represents Australia around the world. If that's not enough, Eliza juggles her training and competing with her work as the Director of Meningococcal Australia and being a mother of three beautiful children.
29:48
December 17, 2020
The Journey - David Martin, Vietnam War Veteran, Order of Australia Medal recipient & CEO of Murray Valley Centre
David Martin's journey is a fascinating one... he is a Vietnam War Veteran, Order of Australia Medal recipient & CEO of Murray Valley Centre. Despite all that he has achieved, David is passionate about paying tribute to and the importance of remembering those who were here before us, who fought for our nation, and how we cannot take it for granted that Australia is the lucky country.
37:13
December 17, 2020
The Journey - Kylie King, journalist and co-host of the Kylie & Kev Show
With more than 20 years of experience in the media industry, and her love of the region, Kylie King has built a successful national career in sports journalism from this regional location. Key to Kylie's success has been her ability to adapt her journalism skills in new ways in the digital world - with the Border Café, a locally owned and produced online magazine for Albury Wodonga and surrounds, that shines a light on everything that’s great about our beautiful region. She also sits alongside our very own Kevin Poulton as the co-host of 1494 2AY's Kylie & Kev Show (although this interview was conducted back in November 2018 prior to the launch of the show).
29:23
December 17, 2020
The Journey - Ben Kraus, Founder of Bridge Road Brewers
Kevin Poulton talks all things craft beer with the Founder of Bridge Road Brewers, Ben Kraus, at his Beechworth Brewery. At 24 Ben gained experience working at a brewery – whilst studying how to brew beer online. He then started putting his knowledge to practice in his parents garage - with the help of a loan they secured for him. Ben and his wife Maria were just 25... and the rest is history! Bridge Road Brewers has now created over 50 different beers – and their constant challenge is to refine their portfolio down to a dozen. Find out how Ben turned his passion for craft beer into a highly successful business - not to mention a thriving tourist attraction for our region!
29:54
December 17, 2020
The Journey - Frank Hohmann, Olympic swim coach
Kevin talks to Olympic swim coach, Frank Hohmann, who puts his success in the pool down to two things... passion and planning. Clearly, this formula worked for him - with swimming champion success stories such as Jacinta van Lint, Clementine Stoney, Diana Ley and Belinda Hocking under his belt!
23:04
December 17, 2020
The Journey - Michelle Mannering, The Hackathon Queen
With Kevin out of action due to losing his voice, his trusty sidekick, Kylie King, stepped in to talk with an incredibly interesting, highly successful entrepreneur known as The Hackathon Queen. Michelle Mannering grew up on a farm at Table Top and is now taking on the world in all things tech and E-sports. So what is a Hackathon and E-sports you ask? Listen to find out! 
20:11
December 17, 2020
The Journey - Tara Fellows, Founder of The Restart Program
Tara Fellowes knows first hand what it's like to be homeless, which is why she is such a passionate President of Restart Albury Wodonga - a community based charity organisation helping homeless and people going through hardship with everyday essentials that many of us take for granted. Thanks to Tara, The Restart Program is making a real difference to those in need.
16:45
December 17, 2020
The Journey - Simon Craig, Wodonga Obstetrician
In this episode of The Journey Kevin talks to Wodonga Obstetrician Simon Craig - who has delivered thousands of babies on the border over the past 20+ years. If you haven't met Simon personally, it's highly likely that you know someone that has! Although Simon is very humble about his profession, we think bringing new lives into the world every day is pretty special. The job doesn't come without its challenges though - and makes a very interesting journey to hear about.
26:17
December 17, 2020
The Journey - Rachelle Armstong, Managing Director of Nutrisoil
In this episode of The Journey Kevin talks to Rachelle Armstrong about running a local, family-run business and possibly Albury Wodonga’s best-kept secret! Nutrisoil has grown to become an award-winning innovator that is making a significant difference to the planet through regenerative agriculture. 
31:38
December 17, 2020
The Journey - Marlee Barber, celebrity stunt woman
Kevin Poulton chats to local girl - turned Stunt woman / Actor, Marlee Barber. Marlee grew up on a farm just out of Walla Walla - and now lives a busy life based in Sydney doing all those amazing action scenes in movies and TV shows. You have probably seen a movie or a TV show starring Marlee but wouldn’t have realised it was her. For instance, she recently doubled for Hillary Swank in a Netflix Australia movie filmed in Adelaide called “I am Mother”.
23:19
December 17, 2020
The Journey with Jodie Goldsworthy - Director of Beechworth Honey Group
Kevin talks to Jodie Goldsworthy about all things honey, running the successful business and her love of the Beechworth community. 
29:48
December 17, 2020
The Journey - Dr Renee Pigdon, Veterinary Surgeon and owner of Petfocus Vetcare
Kevin talks to Renee about her award winning veterinary clinic - and how she manages the juggle of running a business and a family.
25:26
December 17, 2020
The Journey - James Crook, CEO of Gundowring Fine Foods
Kevin talks to James Crooke about growing up on a dairy farm and how the family run business pivoted into creating award winning ice cream that is loved all over the globe. 
24:37
December 17, 2020
The Journey - Jack Ziebell, AFL Footballer & Captain of North Melbourne Football Club
Kevin talks to AFL Footballer and Captain of North Melbourne Football Club who grew up in Wodonga and still returns to holiday regularly in the beautiful Mitta Valley.
32:33
December 17, 2020
The Journey - Jackson McGrath, Co-founder of Greenstreat
Kevin talks to Jackson McGrath - son of Lawrence McGrath of McGrath Fine Foods (makers of that delicious Poppyseed dressing!) - and brother of Jesse, who he runs one of Albury's favourite health food cafes with, Greenstreat.  
21:56
December 17, 2020