You Called Him What?? – Be careful what you name your children

What were they thinking?  Mr and Mrs. Hunt when they named their child  Michael knowing all too well he’d be called Mike.* Mr and Mrs Orff when the called their son Hans*, and how could the Jarses have named their boy Hugh? A talented American swimmer had a tough enough start in life with the …

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The Not So Golden Daze of Radio – 16 – Rewind

They're racing............. I used to break into a cold sweat if I ever received the phone call that the Saturday afternoon announcer was sick and I had to fill in. Saturdays on radio were chock full of sport and co-ordinating football and racing and whatever else was happening was a nightmare. There were those like …

Barossa Apocalypse – the Golden Days of TV – Rewind

There were many memorable moments working with Guy Blackmore on Eyewitness News. Not all of them happened in front on the camera which is probably just as well. As presenters of the top rating TV news service we received invitations and offers everyday open events and make public appearances. Most we turned down due to …

Radio Daze rewind – The Dripps File

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 the 10 o'clock …

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 …

TV Daze – rewind – The Day I Crashed The Evil Empire

A great mate of mine Gary Campaniello owns Portside Mitsubishi in Adelaide. He’s one of the most generous people I know and he also happens to have one of the best wine cellars in Adelaide. Friends like these are to treasure. A few years ago Gary rings me and says he’s got some tickets to a One Day Cricket International at Adelaide …

Radio Daze – rewind

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 on cap …

Radio Daze – The not so Golden days of Radio

In the mid 70’s 5DN Adelaide had one of the biggest newsrooms in the country. As most radio newsrooms were scaling back 5DN maintained a vibrant news department pumping 0ut news 24 hours a day 7 days a week. It was an exciting time and we prided ourselves in providing the best electronic news in …

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 …

TV – The Good Old Days

Bob Byrnes’ excellent Advertiser  article on the early days of television in Adelaide brought back some wonderful memories. Not only of being an avid viewer but playing a small role in the most exciting era of live television. I first came to Adelaide in the early 70’s to read breakfast news on 5DN. NWS 9 …