The Not So Golden Daze Of Radio – Rewind

My first shift on radio came by complete accident. It was Christmas morning sometime in the last century and the breakfast announcer called in sick. The program manager who had been awoken from his slumber in the early hours rang the relief announcer yo cover the shift but the phone just rang and rang, and …

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Radio daze 17. – the not so “Golden Days of Radio”

My first experience living away from home was getting a job at 7LA Launceston. The station put me up in a boarding house run by  a Mrs.Phelps who lived in a big old two storey weatherboard house. She had a husband who I rarely saw, he left for work early and always seemed to come …

Tony Charlton – Master Sports Broadcaster

The death of Television sporting icon Tony Charlton from bowel cancer closes a chapter of the early days of sports TV coverage in Australia. As a boy growing up in sports-mad Melbourne the viewing highlights of my week were the Sunday Sports shows. World of Sport with Ron Casey on 7 and Tony Charlton’s Football …

Walking Through A Living Graveyard

Ever been to a work or school reunion?  It can prove to be a daunting experience. I’ve been to three, all work related at 5DN, 3AW and TNT 9 Launceston.   Walking into a room filled with people you haven’t seen for up to 30 years brings the memories flooding back, good and bad in …

Radio Daze 24 – The Not So “Golden Days of Radio”

You meet a lot of different characters in TV and radio.  Some leave an indelible impression, others not. Grantley Dee was a radio personality I’ll never forget.  A couple of years older than me he came to prominence as a 16 year old DJ on Melbourne’s 3AK. For one so young to get a break …

Radio Daze 23 – The Not So “Golden Days of Radio”

My first shift on radio came by complete accident. It was Christmas morning and the breakfast announcer called in sick. The program manager who had been awoken from his slumber in the early hours rang the relief announcer but the phone just rang and rang, and finally rang out.( This was before answering machines). The …

Radio – The Heartbeat Of The City

I’ve just completed a two week stint filling in for Leon Byner on 5AA’s morning show. If you ever want to feel the pulse of a city sitting behind a microphone and listening to what people have to say is a wonderful way of doing it. Subjects ranged far and wide from Riverland irrigators unable …

Radio Daze 22 – The Not So “Golden Days of Radio”

A little knowledge can be dangerous In my days at 7LA Launceston I started a show called 7LA At Your Service. We had experts in the studio in all sorts of  fields, a vet, a home handyman, an antique experts, a gardener, etc (let it be know that our gardener went by the name of …

Radio daze 20 – The not so “Golden Days of Radio”

3AW banned The Beatles - Almost! Before television really became the big game in town radio could still pull a crowd in public, at outside broadcasts. 3AW had an OB van the was towed to locations around Melbourne for major events or if a sponsor wanted to draw attention to their business i.e. car yard  …

Radio daze 19 – The not so “Golden Days of Radio”

The Dripps File I was doing the 7-10 weeknight shift  on 7LA Launceston, Tasmania. Well it didn't really end at 10, I had to then read a ten minute news bulletin. A straight read with no audio grabs or commercial breaks. The person who took over from me was my mentor, John Dripps who used …