ABBA Photographic Reunion

There’s a fair bit in the papers today about ABBA’s “photographic reunion” when they appeared together overnight in Stockholm. Being ABC Local Radio’s resident “ABBA Expert”, I was asked to come on the radio in NSW and chat about this. You can listen to the audio below, or read my interview preparation notes below. What’s the …

Friday Night

“You know what’s wrong with the media?”, I said to my friend (and fellow media worker) when we met for dinner last night. “They’ve got no idea. I just went into the pub across the road and the barmaid said to me she was so happy Oscar Pistorius had been found guilty. ‘He thought he …

Olle Scholars

“OMG, I was in a meeting the other week, and I realised I was one of the ‘older people’ in the room”, I told a colleague earlier tonight. “I was no longer ‘the bright young thing’. I was now the ‘older senior advisor’”, I added. “The same thing is happening in my family”, I told …

The ABC back in 1992

It’s that time of the year when radio stations in Australia are in the final stages of preparing to make their presenter line-ups for the following year. This is a rather cute corporate video from 1992 featuring myself as a youngster working in regional radio. Though most of my hair is gone, I still own …

Radio Everyone

I made a brief appearance on ABC Radio in the Northern Territory today, talking about Radio Everyone, a pop-up radio station in support of #globalgoals https://soundcloud.com/jamesobrien/radio-everyone You can listen to the station until October 2, here http://www.abc.net.au/radio/stations/extra/live?play=true

Country Music

In the last couple of months I’ve begun to reacquaint myself with my love of country music. It’s taken me back to the days of regular visits to the Tamworth Country Music Festival, which are now more than a decade ago, as my radio career has taken me in a different, more city-based direction. Despite …