Michael Andersen named Citizen of the Year at Moree's 2020 Australia Day ceremony

After more than three decades on radio and countless hours involved a wide range of events in the community, Michael Andersen has been named Citizen of the Year at Moree's Australia Day ceremony.

Better known as Ando, he spent 34 years at 2VM, delivering the morning show each weekday as well as being involved in the sports program every Saturday morning.

He has recently retired from radio but Mr Andersen will continue to stay heavily involved in the community, as he has done throughout his time in Moree.

Mr Andersen said he was "overwhelmed" after receiving the award.

"It's rather humbling to be appreciated in such a public view," he said.

"I had no idea that it would come my way. Others do more than I do, I'm sure.

"I just say yes and turn up."

Mr Andersen has done just that over the years, being involved in numerous quiz nights and fundraisers, variety shows, spending more than 10 years being a rugby league ground announcer, as well as being associated with various schools and committees.

On the odd occasion, he had to say no but he said it was "fulfilling and rewarding to say yes."

Promoting Moree's sport through the radio was one of Mr Andersen's favourite programs to be involved in.

"It was a team effort, it's not me," he said.

"The staff keeping the community up to date with information, it was really a team effort."

He said he was very grateful for the wider community and all the support he has received over the years.

"I'm very humbled by the whole experience. I'm very grateful to my wife Jennifer and daughter Sasha for their support," he said.

"There are many people in the community that are doing things and I'm just a small cog in the machinery.

"If you're not part of the community, you're not part of anything. Be it church, be it sport, be it social clubs or whatever.

"All the little communities make up the big community."