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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5AA – Where News Makes Conversation

I have just completed another stint on morning radio at 5AA. It truly is the best way to feel the heartbeat of the city. Key points I noted: Politicians can’t get away with what they once did. Spin is dead. The pollies might still try it on but the masses are awake to it. Families …

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 8. – the not so “Golden Days of Radio “

You can always tell a radio technician, but you can't tell him much Radio technicians are are breed apart....understood only by each other and a damn frustration to the rest of us in the industry. A laugh at their expense is always worthwhile. Once upon a time at 5DN Adelaide the boffins were inspecting a …

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 4. – the not so “Golden days of Radio”

Right time wrong studio Five hour solo radio shifts were a killer - If nature called all you had was the duration of a record to go to the toilet and do your business. Hey Jude was a great song...if not for its musical qualities then certainly for its length. That meant major business could …

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 …

Radio Daze 2.- the not so “Golden Days of Radio”

Art & Abart A lovely English lady called Jane worked at 7LA in Launceston...she did some sales work and hosted her own program called Art & Abart. No matter how closely I listened I couldn't work out what the title of her show meant.  Art...well, the show had nothing artistic about it...and Abart...it wasn't her …

Radio Daze 1.- the not so “Golden Days of Radio”

Scooping another station is one of the joys of radio or TV journalism. But when you're the one scooped it really hurts. Picture this, 3AW's newsroom working at full steam - 15 journalists belting out copy for the midday bulletin (this was the 60's before downsizing). One crusty senior journo pauses from pounding the Remington …