ABOUT The Australian Blues and roots Airplay Charts

The Australian Blues And Roots Airplay Charts (ABARAC) were started in January 2010 and are compiled each month from the music Independent Radio presenters from around Australia are playing on their shows. The chart continues to grow and has over 45 contributing presenters (as of January 2020) from approximately 40 stations around Australia ... and growing!

To view details of current contributing presenters please visit the contributors page of this website

The charts create a co-operative of presenters who...

1. can inform each other of new Australian music releases
2. share information about local artists in their area
3. increase a listener awareness to music that is not programmed by an algorithm but by real people
4. promote independent/small label Australian blues & roots music
5. create a discussion forum for presenters and artists
6. create a collective of presenters who are willing to play good music from independent Australian artists

ABOUT Anthony Moulay (Originator and coordinator of the charts)

Anthony's introduction to presenting radio started back in high school days when Steve, fellow classmate and experienced radio presenter, invited a few friends to "help" him present a weekly show...this all starting at 2NCR*, the community radio station in Lismore, NSW in 1980. 

This dabble in radio never eventuated into a full-time career for him but he has always been passionate about music and especially Australian music. He started as a new presenter on BayFM in Byron Bay back in 2000 after returning to the North coast area of NSW with his young family. The show he started with was a fairly eclectic music show with features on artists from many different genres and various other themes. This lead to a rediscovery of blues music for him and co-presenting a show called Red Hot & Cool after its former presenter left the station. Ken Hughes and Anthony have been presenting the show, now called Blues from The Bay, on BayFM Byron Bay since 2003. The 1000th show was put to air on October 21st 2023. Since November 2023 Anthony has been the solo presenter of the show. 

As a part of supporting Blues music in Australia and on BayFM, Anthony started submitting playlists to Living Blues Magazine in the USA back in 2006 but he rarely saw that Australian artists made it onto the charts...so he decided to start his own version for Australian artists and Australian presenters. This Australian chart was modelled on the Living Blues Magazine charts which were then compiled by Jim McGrath and so ABARAC debuted in 2010. This has become the Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Charts you see here.

Thanks for tuning in everyone!

*2NCR is now known as River FM

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