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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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 …

Derryn Hinch – The Human Headline Tackles Cancer

Little good comes from a cancer diagnosis – your life change forever.  The best case scenario is you’ll make a complete recovery. The worst case, the premature end to your life. Most cases fall somewhere between – recovery, but life is never quite the same.  That’s when being grateful for just surviving plays a big …

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 15. – the not so “Golden Days of Radio”

I Hate Middle of the Road Music There, I've said it, but it's taken 30 years. One of the great mysteries to me working in radio in the sixties was how MOR (Middle of the Road) radio stations ever survived. Rock and roll stations had all the life and vibrancy  of the pulsating music culture …

Radio daze 14. – the not so “Golden Days of Radio

“Bruce McKay “the swinging guy” The mid sixties in Melbourne radio saw Top 40 stations dominating the ratings. Even staid old 3AW felt the need to “get with it” and along it’s “doyens of the airwaves” like Norman Banks, Geoff Manion and Martha Gardener employed a young “rocky jockey” from the bush called Bruce McKay. …

Radio daze 12. – the not so “Golden Days of Radio “

Car 54 where are you?* First day on the job as office boy at 3AW I was all wide eyes and wonderment. Literally bumping into radio legend Norman Banks in the corridor was almost to much to handle. However, it didn't take too long before some of the gloss rubbed off. As I was being …

Radio daze 11. – the not so “Golden Days of Radio “

Reel to Really? Austin Healy Sprite One Ampex Nil Ampex reel to reel tape recorders were the work horses of my early radio days, very basic by todays’ standards but state of the art back then. They were huge free standing machines on casters so they could be moved about relatively easily.  One of their …