Classic Radio Drama

Though there’s a temptation to think the days of radio drama are long dead, that’s not the case. As a child growing up in the 70s/80s, comedy programs like Chuck Chunder, How Green Was My Cactus etc, continued to be a daily ritual for me. Later in the morning, mum would listen to The Castlereagh …

Why Is ABC Radio News at 7.45?

I was chatting with a colleague today, and he asked why ABC Radio News is heard at 7.45am and not 8.00am, which is the convention for most radio stations. I did a few searches, and couldn’t come to a conclusion, though 7.45am dates back to 1932 when the ABC started, though noting that bulletin was …

Sing Out Sydney

Twenty five years ago (or thereabouts) I remember attending the National Choral Championships in Wagga Wagga. Although it sounds fairly tame, the championship organisers found themselves the subject of national media interest, as they asked the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir to change their name to the “Eastern Suburbs Choir” (or something like that). The …

The Future Of Radio

I made a brief appearance on national radio last night, in an hour-long segment asking… The way we listen to radio has changed dramatically. What does the future hold? And why is radio such a powerful medium? James O’Brien is the Acting Manager of the ABC’s Capital City Radio Group and Steve Ahern is a …

Bon Voyage Tony

We’ve been talking a lot about travel lately. In particular, he’s interested in knowing more about Sweden, as he is considering travel there next year. “I have thousands of tips”, I’ve told him. My workmate and friend, Tony retired last night, having spent the last twenty-six years presenting Nightlife on ABC Radio. Along with a …