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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Welcome to television – Uncle Norman’s big entrance

Uncle Norman (Norman Swain) was a legendary Melbourne radio figure in the 50’s, particularly with the kids. His move into television to host The Tarax Show came with much fanfare and expectation. We all tuned in with great excitement as the opening credits rolled. And what an entrance, a big drum roll , cymbals clashed, wild …

Radio Daze 3. – the not so “Golden Days of Radio”

While Melbourne Sleeps One of the ghoulish delights on radio in the sixties was waking up on a Sunday morning and listening to the murder and mayhem of the night before on programs like 3UZ's Newsbeat and 3AW's While Melbourne Sleeps. The focus of the shows was to chase fire engines, and ambulances all over …