THE AUSTRALIAN RADIO REMEMBRANCE PROJECT

Each year on the 1st of May we mark Radio Remembrance Day for Australian radio broadcasters. It is our way to remember and honour great radio people, some we knew and worked with, some we read about and for some we were only listeners but they left us with lasting memories. They made an impact.

Over the last few years the radio industry has lost some great people who many of us have worked with, listened to and learnt a lot from. People like Bruce Mansfield, Eoin Cameron, Rod Tiley, Ken Sparkes, John Burnley, Bob Francis, Mark Colvin and many others.

Over the last few years the list of those who contributed much of their lives to radio contains many icons, some of whom were honoured and awarded many times, others who were an integral part of the success of their stations but received little recognition except among those who knew them.

We would also like to thank John Vertigan, Wayne Mac, Ian Wright, Steve Wakely, Chris Ilsley, Ken Guy, David Rogerson, Gregg Sinclair, David Font, John Knox, Trevor Himstedt and many other people who have helped with information, photos and other details and everyone who has sent in additions, corrections and amendments which have all been updated.

There is an updated photo album on the following page:

https://ausradiohistory.wordpress.com/2017/05/10/australian-radio-remembrance-album/

The 1st of May is a day to remember, reflect and think about those who may have helped us along the way.

“Those we laughed with, learned from, leaned on and loved most, leave us the best memories”.

UPDATED AUGUST 2017

 

 

Adam Barnes (Plenty Valley FM, Triple M/Fox FM, B105, DMG Townsville, SA-FM, Gold FM/Mix101.1, SCA Albury) 2007
Adam Vaughan (Vorherr) (City FM, Southern FM, HO-FM, Gold 104, Mixx FM, 3TR, 3CS, 3HA) 2006
Alan “Fluff” Freeman MBE (7LA, 3KZ, BBC, Capital Radio UK) Nov 2006
Alan Baker (2DU, 3KZ) Date Unknown
Alan Gibbs (Seven, Radio Lecturer TAFE WA) May 2017
Alan Knight (AAP, ABC Radio, 2JJJ, Macquarie News, ABC RN) Feb 2017
Alan Mead (Chief Engineer Radiowest) Feb 2017
Alan Rawson (2ST, 2KA, 2UE, 2GB, 4BH, ABC Radio Illawarra,  ABC North Coast, Seven News) June 2004
Alan Robertson (6KY-NA, 6PR, 6PM, 6IX) Jul 1982 Thank you to Chris Ilsley
Alan Seymour (6PM, 2UE, 2UW, ABC) Writer of “The One Day Of The Year” March 2015
Alec Macaskill (5AD, ADS7) 2007
Alex Hilling (4CA, 4AM, 4CC, Star FM Coffs Harbour)
coffscoastadvocate.com.au/news/apn-vale-alex/10905/
May 2005
Allan Lappan (2KO, 2SM, 4BK, 3XY, 3UZ) April 2000 Thank you to John Vertigan
Andrea (Dorothy Jenner) OBE (2UE, 2GB, ABC, 2CH) Mar 1985
Andrea Humberstone (6KY, 96FM, Mix 94.5 Perth) March 2015 Thank you to Bob Stuart and Allira Humberstone
Andrew Crothers (101FM Rockingham, Mix 94.5 Perth, Radioactive Singapore) Feb 2014
Andrew Harwood (4WK, 2KY, 2UE, 2GB) Feb 2008
Andrew Reimer (7TTT, Sea FM, Magic 107) June 2015
Anne Deveson AO (AFTRS, 2GB, ABC, SBS) Dec 2016
Anthony Mazzone (2CA, Triple M Adelaide, KO-FM/NX-FM, Austereo) May 2017
Arch McKirdy (3TR, 3SH, 2UW, 2SM, 2GB, ABC Radio, AFTRS) Aug 2013
Arch Tambakis (5AA, 8HA, 2UE, 2KY, 3AK) Sept 1997 Thank you to Ian Wright
Art Townsend (5AA) Date Unknown
Arthur Lyster (3AW) Apr 1988
Barbara Horn (3LO) Jan 2010
Barry Augustus (2GB, 4BH) Aug 2008
Barry Goodear (3UZ, 3NE) June 2004
Barry Rocard (2GB, 2UE, BBC) Sept 2015
Barry Washington (BCV-8 WIN TV, 3BO, 5AU, 3HA, KL-FM) Dec 2015
Bernie (Bernard) Harte (2KM, 2KA) Author: “When Radio Was The Cat’s Whiskers” July 2015 Thank you Ian Wright
Bernie Walsh (3TR, 3SH) Date Unknown
Bert Bryant (3UZ GTV 9, ATV 0) 1991
Bill Acfield (3GL, 3UZ, 3XY, 3DB) Nov 1977
Bill Ali (4BC, 3XY, 96FM) Aug 2015
Bill Collins (3DB, 3UZ, Seven) 1997
Bill Harper (Chief Engineer 3CV) July 2016 Thanks to Peter Caligari and Ken Guy
Bill Marsden (2LF, RVN/AMV TV) June 2015
Bill Peach (ABC Radio, BBC, TEN) Aug 2013
Bill Rule (6PR, 3KZ, 3AK, 3GL, 3LO) May 2010
Bill Ryan (Chief Engineer 4SB, 4NA/4SS) June 1999
Bill Tuckey (3AW, 3DB) May 2016
Billie (Joan) Karen (3AW) April 2013
Binny (Bernice) Lum (3XY, 3KZ, 3DB) Nov 2012
Blair Edmonds (4QR, ABC TV) Date Unknown
Blind Melon (John Williams) (4BU/HITZ FM, NEW FM/2HD) Feb 2011
Bob “Rocket” Moore (ABC Radio, 2CH, 2GB, Seven) Oct 2013
Bob Ackery (2VM, 4AY, 2CA, Macsat, 4BH) Aug 2016
Bob Bell (Nine, 2UW, 2GB, 2CH) June 2016
Bob Cornish (3SR, 3UL, 3UZ, AGB NcNair/AC Nielsen) March 2010
Bob Cure (ABC 7ZR Hobart) Oct 2014
Bob Francis (5DN, 5AD, 5AA) Nov 2016
Bob Horsfall (3AW, 3KZ, 3UZ, GTV-9, HSV-7) Dec 2016
Bob Kosch (3LK) Oct 2006
Bob McGready (2GZ, CBN 8 Orange, Bay FM Byron Bay) Nov 2008
Bob Moore (2DU) Aug 2003
Bob Upfold (2BS) June 2010
Brad Worth (2BE, 2ST, 3TR, 2CS, FOX FM) 1987 Killed in road accident
Brenton Thompson (2LF, 2WG) Aug 2013
Brian Cahill (4BC, Seven Brisbane) Mar 2015
Brian Carter (3CV, 3BA, 2SM) Date Unknown
Brian Heathcote (4MB, 4BU/Hitz FM) Jan 2007 Murdered in Nundah
Brian Kelly (2BS, 2MG, 2TM, 4GG, 4CRB, NEN9) 2012
Brian Minards (2XL, 2CA, ABC Canberra) Sept 2016
Brian Naylor (3AK, 3DB, HSV 7, GTV 9) Feb 2009
Brian Stoneman (2RG, 3CS, 2CC) Sept 1992 Thank you to John Knox
Brian Taylor (3UZ & GTV) Apr 2014
Brian Whetstone (Jon Sydney) (3SH, 3BO, Radio Caroline UK, 3AW) Jan 1998
Brian White (2GB, 2SM, 3AW, 2UE) May  1990
Bruce Anning (ABC Radio Queensland) 1983
Bruce Barry (4GY, 2MW, 4BH, ABC TV) Apr 2017
Bruce Mansfield (3AW, 3UZ, 3KZ, 3XY, TEN) Apr 2016
Bruce Short (4GR, 4BU, 4BC, ABC Queensland) Apr 2011
Bruce Skeggs OAM (Inner FM and Victorian Trotting) Mar 2013
Bryan Eyre (Technician 7AD, 7SD) Aug 2016
Cal Lowney (2QN, 4WK, 4LG) Apr 2017
Cameron Bond (4GR, 2CA, 2SM, 2WS) 1990s
Carl Bleazby (3XY, Radio Jerusalem) Dec 2011
Carl Graham (6TZ, 6KY, 6NA) 1991 Thank you to Chris Ilsley
Carl Magrin (3KZ, 3TT) 1992
Charles Weymouth (2CH, 3AK, 3BO, 3XY, 3CS, 3SH, 3MA) Date Unknown Passed away in Swan Hill.
Thank you to Ken Guy
Chas (Charles) Lumsden (3TR, 3BO, 3UZ, 7HO, 7HT, 7BU, 7EX, 5KA, 5AD, 4AY, TNQ7) Apr 2017 Chas passed away on the Sunshine Coast aged 77
Chris Bearde (2UE, 2UW, Seven, Nine, TEN) Apr 2017
Chris Brammall (2GN, 2AY, 2GB, 2CH, Wesgo) Nov 2003
Chris Burnat (Engineer CBAA, ABC, SBS, 2NUR, 2WEB, 2SER) June 2014
Chris Chamberlin (B105, ABC TV) Jun 2017
Chris Costello (4ZR, 4HI, 4CC, 4BC, 2WS) Jun 2013
Chris Jensen (ABC QLD, 4BC) May 2013
Chris O’Sullivan ‘Chrisso’ (3WM/3LK, 3CV, 7HO) Dec 1982
Chuck Hobler (2KO, 4BK, TV-O, BTQ-7) Date Unknown
Clarke Sinclair (3SA, 3AK, 3XY, 3AW, Magic 693, 2GB) July 2010
Claudia Wright (3AW, 3AK) 2005
Clem Allan (3DB, 3AK, 3GL) July 2017
Clem Dimsey (3DB, Channel 0/10) Sep 2015
Clinton Grybas (Eastern FM, 3AW, ABC Radio, Fox Sports) Jan 2008 2007 ACRA winner for Best Sports Presenter
Clive Stark (774 3LO ABC Melbourne, 3AR, 3MBS) July 2017
Clive Waters (3UZ) Date Unknown
Clyde Simpson (3XY, EON-FM, 3MP, 3UZ, Magic1278, 3AW, Inner FM ) Aug 2012
Col ‘Grandpa’ Carter (Radio Engineer 2KM) Date Unknown
Col Gross (3TR) Apr 2006 Thank you to Ken Guy
Col Thompson  “The Coach” (4IP, 4BK, 4BH, Q-FM, Nine, co-founder of the Brisbane RATS club) Mar 2015
Colin Fulton (ABC, Nine, ATV 0/10) Jan 2017
Colin Munro AO (ABC Country Hour, Australia All Over, Head of ABC Rural)

Colin Munro’s Obituary from The Sydney Morning Herald is here:
https://ausradiohistory.wordpress.com/2017/06/18/colin-munro-ao-abc-radio-1940-2010/

AUDIO LINK: Virginia Love’s tribute to Col Munro is here:
blogs.abc.net.au/queensland/2010/12/memories-of-colin-munro.html

Nov 2010
Corbett Shaw (3AW, 2GB, Macquarie Newswire, First News Director SBS, Sydney Morning Herald)

A tribute to Corbett Shaw is on this page: https://ausradiohistory.wordpress.com/2017/06/03/corbett-shaw-1927-2016/

Mar 2016
Craig Huth (MAX FM/2RE, 4BU, Now FM, Hot 100) Jun 2014
Dal Myles (4BH, 2SM, TEN) 2007
Dan Webb (Seven, 3DB) Mar 2017
Danny Moore (4DDB Toowoomba) Jun 2017
Dave Gosper (5RM, 4RO, 2CA, 2CC, KIX106, Mix 106.3 ) Dec 2013
Dave Pincombe (3TR, 3UZ/Sport 927, 3XY, 3DB, 4GG, 5KA) Oct 2001
David ‘Daisy’ Day (5KA, SA-FM, 5MMM) May 2015
David Dallimore (6IX)
A tribute to David Dallimore is here: watvhistory.com/2011/10/david-dallimore-tribute-1919-2011/
Oct 2011 Thank you to Ken McKay
David ‘Jags’ Jagodzinski (2WS) March 2014
David Kennedy (6KG, 6GF ABC Goldfields) Feb 2010 Thank you to Chris Ilsley
Des (Jim) Austin (6IX, 6PR, 96FM, BBC) Date Unknown Des Passed away in UK.
Thank you to Murray Dickson and Mickey Dalton
Des Foster (2UE, GM 2GB, FARB) Jan 2014
Des Hoysted (2GB, 2UE) March 2010
Des Telfer (774 3LO, 3AW) Jul 1987
Des Tocchini (aka The Amazing Ronricco) (4BH, 4BU,2BS, 3BO)
Ian Richardson’s Obituary for Des is here: preddonlee.com/des_tocchini_obit.html
June 2007 Thank you to Ian Richardson
Des Widdis (Engineer 3TR, 3SH) Date Unknown
Dick Comerford (2CK, 2NX, 2KO) Feb 1997
Dick Eversen (4LG,  4GR, 4VL) Oct 1998 Thank you to Allan Roebuck
Dick Heming (2UE,2GZ, 3DB, 2LM, 3UZ, 3XY, 6PR) July 1994
Dick Williams (3TR, 3LO, ABC TV, Radio Australia) Jul 2014
Don Angel (First News Director 2UE) 1990
Don Bethel (2GN, ABC, AFTRS) Oct 2013
Don Crawford (3GL, 3AK, 3AW, 3MP) Sept 2016
Don Ewart (3TR, GLV-10) Dec 2007
Don Lane (3UZ, 2UE, 2KY) Oct 2009
Don Lunn (7LA, 5KA, 2GB, 6KY, 3GL, 3UZ, 3AK, 3DB, 3KZ, 3AW, Gold FM) 2006
Don Rainsford (7SD, 3UZ, 3AW, HSV7, Carlton FC) 1989
Don Seccombe (4BH, ABC TV Brisbane, QTQ-9) Dec 1993
Don Taylor (3AW) Date Unknown
Drew Morphett OAM (ABC Radio, 3TT/TT-FM, Seven, Fox Sports) Aug 2017
Earl Scoones (Engineer AWA Network, 3BO, 3SR, 4WK) Jun 2017
Edna Wells (GM 2MG) Apr 2017
Elio Tedesco (5DN, 5AA, Nova) Dec 2016
Elizabeth Bond (2BL, 3LO) 2002
Eoin Cameron (6VA, 6IX, 3DB, 6KY, Mix94.5, 6PR, ABC 720 Perth) June 2016
Eric Baume OBE (2GB, 2UE, ATN-7)
http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/baume-frederick-ehrenfried-eric-9456
Apr 1967
Eric Walters (Ten, Seven, Nine, 6PR, 6IX, 2UW) Aug 2010
Errol Battersby “Jim Beam” (3TR, 5KA, 6KY, 6IX, 6PR, 6PM, 92.9  Perth, 6AR)
A tribute to Errol is here: watvhistory.com/2013/02/tribute-to-errol-battersby-aka-jim-beam/
Feb 2013
Felicity Jones (3DB, 3TT/TT-FM) March 2013
Frank Chamberlain (2GB, 2CA, AFP) Oct 1990
Frank Hyde (2SM, 2UE) 2007
Frank Moore (4LM, 2BE, 4BK, 2KO, 2WG, 2AAA) 2005 Note: Not Sir Frank Moore from Colour Radio Group 4IP.

Thank you to Baz Anderson, Wayne Mac and David Font

Gabby Horan (4BK, 4BH) Apr 1999
Garry Meadows (7HO, 6IX, 6PR, 3DB, 0-10 Network, Seven) 1982
Gary Day (GTV 9, 3AK, FARB) Apr 2015
Gary Kelly (2LF,2LM, 2GO, 2KY, 2BE, 2GB, 2WS, 2UE, 2DAY) April 2015
Gary O’Callaghan (2SM, 2UE, 2KY, 2MC) Aug 2017 Gary O’Callaghan started at 2SM in 1951 at the age of 17. He famously covered the Petrov affair in 1954.
Gavin Dolby (4VL, 4LG, 2TM, 101FM Logan) Jan 2015
Geoff Atkinson (4BC, 4GR, 4BK) 1979
Geoff Bradley (4BK, 4BH, 6PM, 6KY, 6IX) 1979 Photo and details thanks to Chris Ilsley 6PR
Geoff McComas (3BA, 3DB, HSV7) Sept 2011 Geoff McComas spent 36 years at 3DB from 1947, before retiring in July 1983.
Geoff Raymond (3DB, 3UZ, BBC, HSV 7, ATV 0, ABC TV) June 2011 Geoff also owned the restaurant Boodles in Hawkesburn (near Toorak) in the 1970’s.
Geoff Rudge (5KA, GM 3SH, 3TR, ACE Network) Jun 2015
George Barlin (Founder of 2CA, and CTC 7 Canberra) Sept 2016
George Grljusich (ABC Radio WA, 6PR, TVW-7) 2007
George Lovejoy (GM 4BH, 4RPH) Feb 2003
George Wayne (2WG, 2SM , 2JJ/Triple J) 1992
Gerry Caulfield (2SM, 2MMM, Triple J) Apr 2014
Gerry Hallahan (2KA, 2CA) May 2015
Glenn Gale (3MA, 5MU, 2NM, 2NX, 3XY, 2SM, 4WK, 4IP, 5KA, 2ST) July 2016
Glenn Knight (3UL, 3MP, 3UZ,  3AK, SEN) July 2011
Gordon Leed (3DB, 6PR, STW-9 Perth, TVT-6 Hobart, GTV-9) Date Unknown
Gordon Lewis (3SH, 3TR, GM 6PR, 2KA, 2UW) June 2012
Gordon McBrien (2KM, First announcer at 2NM) Feb 2011
Gordon Moyes (2GB) Apr 2015
Graeme (Graham) ‘Shirley’ Strachan (3XY, EON FM, 4MMM, Nine, Seven) Aug 2001
Graeme Eddy (3TR, 3AW, 2UE) Oct 2015 Thank you to Peter Caligari and Ken Guy
Graham Bowra (6TZ, 6PR, 6KY, 6PM, 6IX, ABC 720 Perth) Nov 2015
Graham Conolly (2CA, ABC 2CN) May 2004
Graham Webster AM (4QR, 4MBS, NHK Japan) 2007
Grahame Cherry (4MB, 4BH, 3UZ, 2UW, 6KY, 4BK, 4KQ, 2CA)
myheritage.com/research/record-10450-25503093/canberra-times-act
Oct 1984
Grantley Dee (3AK, 6PR, 7EX) Feb 2005 Grantley Dee was a blind announcer
Greg Haywood (2CA) Date Unknown
Greg ‘Hendo’ Henricks (2PK, 2AD, 2KM, 2MO, 2WS, 2SM, MIX 106.5, C91.3, Gold92.5/Sea FM) Mar 2009
Greg Hooper (4VL, 4LG, 4WK, 4LM, 4MK) Jul 2015
Greg Shackleton (3AW and HSV-7) Oct 1975
Greg ‘Snoop’ Walker (2LT, 2BE, 2DU, ABC Radio) 1980’s
Greg Toohey (2BE, 2ST) 1992
Guy Blackmore (5AD, 5AA, TEN) Dec 1995
Gwen Plumb AM BEM (ABC, 2GB) June 2002
Hal Todd (3AK, 3DB) 1992
Harry Beitzel (3KZ, 3AW, 3AK, ABC Radio) July 2017
Harry Lithgow (GM 3SH) Date Unknown Passed away in Swan Hill
Harry Wilde (3SR, 3CS, 3CV, 2QN, 2LF, 2AD, 3KZ, 3MP, 3UZ, 2KY, 2UW, 2WS) 1995
Haydn Sargent (4BC, ABC 4QR) Feb 2013
Howard Ainsworth (ABC 4QR Brisbane, 4MBS) Sep 2015
Howard Craven  (2UE, 2UW, 2GB, 2CH, Seven) Oct 2000
Iain Edwards (4ZR, 4CA, 4BU, 4CD, 2KO, 2CS, 2GZ) Dec 2010
Ian Lane (5KA, 2UW) Aug 2012
Ian Marshall (2WL, 2UE) July 2016
Ian Marshman (3HA, 3MA, 3LK, 7HT, 3BO, 2GB, 2KY, 5AA, 3KZ, 3TR, 3DB, 3UZ, 3AW, 3AK, 5KA, STV8, Nine Adelaide) Nov 2011 Thank you to  Gregg Sinclair
Ian Ross (2GB, Nine and Seven) Apr 2014
Ian Sells (3HA, 5AU, 5RM, 4KQ, 5KA) May 2005
Ian Turpie (Nine, Seven, 3DB, 2CH) March 2012
Ian Vibart (2UW, Nine News) Jul 2013
Ivor Hancock (3KZ, 2UW, 4BH, Co-founder AIR-TV Brisbane) 2002 Lived in Maleny QLD but may have passed away in Mackay.
Thank you to Ken Guy and John Knox.
Jack Davey (ABC 2BL, 2GB, 2UE) Oct 1959
Jack Ridley (Plenty Valley FM, Mixx FM/3CS Colac) 2008
James Condon (ABC Radio WA) Feb 2014
James Dibble (ABC 666 2CN Canberra,  2GB, ABC 702, 2BL Sydney) Dec 2010
Jamie Cammell (4HI, 4VL, 4LG, 4BU, 4LM, SEA FM,  Q-FM) Sept 2016
Jared Sheldon (Hitz FM, Rok FM/2PK, NXFM, Triple M) Apr 2013
Jaye Walton (5DN, TEN) Mar 2017
Jeff Condron (2LF, 2KM, 2MC,  2LT) Jan 2017
Jeff Medwell (ABC SA, 5DN, 5AA) Jul 2014
Jerry Burke (Gerry Birkner) (3BA, 6KA,8HA, WILDFM, City FM) Dec 2015
Jill Singer (ABC Radio, Ten, Seven, ABC TV) Walkley Award Winner
Jill Singer’s Tribute appears here: ausradiohistory.wordpress.com/2017/06/08/jill-singer-1957-2017/
Jun 2017
Jim “Woody” Wood (3AW, 3UZ, 3XY) March 1966
Jim (Shim) Berinson (3AK, 3KZ,  Street Remley – Street Sounds Studios. The voice of “Happy Joe Happy”) Jan 2017
Jim Angel (2SM, 2UE, 2GB, 2CH) 24 Dec 2007
Jim Archer (3KZ, 3AW) Date Unknown
Jim Atkinson (6VA, 6PR, 6NR (Curtin Radio), Capital 101.7 Perth, TVW-7’s Captain Jim) March 2009
Jim Fitzgerald (4BU, 2DU) Date Unknown
Jim Iliffe (2NZ, 4IP, 4BC, 4BH, QTQ-9, Co-founder AIR-TV Brisbane) June 2005
Jim Pilgrim (2GF, 2CC, 2NX, 4KQ, B105+) Apr 2015
Jim Sweeney (4BH, 4AM, 4BK, 4GR, 4AK) May 2002 Thank you to Paul Sweeney
Jim Tregonning (3AW, 2KY) Mar 2016
Jim Woods (3TR, 3SH, GLV10, 3GI ABC Gippsland) May 2015
Jimmy Tonkin (5KA, 5AU, 5RM Feb 2008
Joe Sands (B105, Sea FM Gold Coast, Wave FM, 4MK) Mar 2016
Joel Grealy (2CC, 2WL, 2BE) Jan 2015
John (Johan) Ramsland (3AW, Founding Editor BBC World Service Television)
Ian Richardson’s Tribute to John Ramsland is here: preddonlee.com/johan_ramsland_obituary.html
Nov 1996 Thank you to Ian Richardson
John (Warren) Dripps (3SH, 3BO, 7LA) Date Unknown
John Ballard (6KG) Date Unknown Thank you to Chris Ilsley
John Best (3KZ) Date Unknown
John Bright (Breit) (3AK, 3KZ, 3AW) 2013
John Burnley (7HT, 7HO, 7LA, 7EX, 2GB, 2UE, 2SM, 2CH, 6PM, 6PR, 6KY, 6IX, 2CC, 4BK, 4BC, 4BH, Star FM) Mar 2017
John Chance (4BK, ABC Radio) Jan 1980
John Crook (3CV, 3SH, BCV-8, TVT-6, TV-0 Brisbane, Nine) Sept 2015
John Ennis (3DB, 6PM) Sept 2016 Photo thanks to Jules Bull.
John Ford (7ZL, 7BU, 7HO, 4RO, 4MK, 3DB, 3KZ, 3XY, 3UZ Newsbeat) 1995 Photo thanks to John Vertigan
John Goodall (Chief Engineer 3UZ) Sept 2016
John Hart (3AK, 3XY) Date Unknown
John Hobbs (WIN, 2 Double O, i98FM) Apr 2013
John Innes (Engineer, RCA Australia, founder Innes Corp) Oct 2015
John Juan MBE (ABC 720 6WF, ABC TV)
http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/juan-john-10651
Feb 1979 Thank you to Chris Ilsley
John K Watts (6PR, 6IX, 1080 Radiowest 6PM, TVW 7)

This is a great article about Wattsie and his career from WA TV History:
watvhistory.com/2012/01/john-k-watts-the-know-all-who-became-a-legend/

Jun 2017
John Lehman (6PR, 6IX and 6KY) Feb 1993
John Loughlin (7HT, 7HO) 2002
John Lyons (2WL, WIN 4) 1989
John Martin (John Rutter) (Nine, 6KY, 3UZ, 2CH & 2GB) Dec 2013
John McCormack (4KQ, 2VM, 4NA,4MB, 2CC, 2CA, 4BC, 4TAB) Jan 2006
John Melouney (2KO, 2WG, 2CH, 2GB, 2UW, 2KY) Nov 2014 Thank you to  Geoff Brown
John Miller (Seven News, 2UE, 4BK, 4BC) Sep 2012
John Minson (2MO, 2TM, The Hoedown) Mar 2017
John Morehouse (96FM) Date Unknown Thank you to Murray Dickson and Mickey Dalton
John Pearce (2KM, 2QN, 3SH, 7HO, 2GB, 2CH)

JOHN PEARCE HISTORY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY HERE: http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/23405/20020131-0000/members.mpx.com.au/_encore/index.html

Aug 1996 Thank you to Wayne Mac
John Rix (4NA, 4GY, 4GG) Dec 2015
John Royle (3LO, Radio Australia) Dec 1975
John Sheppard (2BE, 2MG, 2GZ, 2UW, 2GB, 2UE, CBN8, NRN11) March 2010
John Stokes (ABC Coast FM) Oct 2014 John Stokes worked for 29 years at ABC Coast FM
John Thompson (2LF, 2KO, 2SM, 2UE, 2UW, 3DB, BBC World Service) July 2017 Thank you to Wayne Mac
John Trenorden (5AA, 5AD) Feb 2004
John Turner (7HO, 7EX, 2BE) Date Unknown
John Vincent (2RE, 2NX, 2GB, 7HO, 6PR, 5AD, 5KA, SA-FM, 4TO, 5MU, 5MMM,) March 2009
John West (ABC Radio) Jul 2008
Johnny James (2LM, 4AK, 4BH, 4BC, QTQ9) 2011
Jon Ratso Kennedy (Fox FM, Triple M) July 2004
Jon Royce (2SM, 2UW, 3KZ, 3XY) 1984 Thank you to  Gregg Sinclair
Keith Ashton (2HD, 2KO, 2NX, 2MG, Radio Caroline, ABC Radio) Jun 2008
Keith Graham (2GO, 2WS, WESGO) 1984
Keith Lord (2TM) June 2016
Keith Mc Gowan (3TR, 6PR, 2KA, 2UW, 3AK, 3AW+) Dec 2013
Keith Melbourne (3KZ, 3XY, 2REM) May 2016
Keith Wells (6PR) 1979 Thank you to Chris Ilsley
Ken Austin (3UL, 2GZ, 3SR, GMV 6, ONE FM Shepparton) Jan 2010 Ken Austin served with 9th Division in the Middle East, New Guinea and Tarakan (Borneo).
Ken Birch (2PK, 2DU, 2MG, 2VM/Now FM) Feb 2006
Ken Short (2HD, ABC Radio and TV Tasmania) Jun 2017
Ken Sparkes (2MG, 2GB, 3UZ, 5AD, 5KA, 3AK, 2UW, 2WS, 2SM, 2UE, TEN, Nine) Sept 2016
Kent Trussell (ABC 2JJ, 4AK) Oct 2016
Kev Batten (4IP, 4BC) Nov 2015
Kevin Apps (2PK & 5AU) April 1986
Kevin Cantelo (Chief Engineer 6KY) Kevin worked at 6KY from its inception in 1941 and retired in 1990. Dec 2010 Thank you to Warren Gillespie
Kevin Crease (5DN, 5AD, ADS7, NWS9) Apr 2007
Kevin O’Gorman (3KZ) Sept 1998
Kevin O’Donohue (2AD, 2DU, 2SM) May 2011
Kevin Woodhouse (4IP, 4QR) Aug 2002
Laurie Bennett (Lobo) (3SR, 3HA, 3XY, 2SM, 2UW, 2DAY) 1983 Laurie Bennett was living in Shepparton but passed away in Fitzroy.
Thank you to Wayne Mac, Helen Dee  and Bernie Brittain
Laurie Henry (3AW, 6PR, 6PM, 6KY, 2AY, TNQ-7 Townsville, AMV-4 Albury) March 1980 Thank you to Kris Nyberg
Lawrence Costin (3DB, 3TT, Seven) 2007
Lee (Leyden) Haig (3SH, 3UL) Oct 2008
Lee Murray (Lee Murray Radio School) June 1984
Len Jackson (BBC, ABC WA)

Len Jackson Obituary is on this page: https://ausradiohistory.wordpress.com/2017/05/29/len-jackson-abc-wa/

Apr 2017
Len London (2UE, 2CH) 1992
Les Bradley (3CS, 5RM, 5AU, 3LK & 7LA) Oct 2012 Thank you to Phil Bradley
Les Hay (2UW, 2UE, 2SM, 2CH) Jan 2015
Lewis Bennett (3KZ, 3UZ) May 2001
Libby Sanders (Libby Widdup) (ABC 5CL and 5AN Adelaide, ABC Newcastle 2NC) Mar 2017
Lionel Lewis (6WB, 6KY, 6PM, 6IX) Aug 1986 Thank you to Warren Gillespie
Lionel Williams (5KA, 5DN, Seven, Nine) Jan 2016
Lloyd Lawson OAM (6PM, 6KY, 6KG, 3UZ, TVW-7, STW-9)
A tribute to Lloyd Lawson is here: watvhistory.com/2009/04/lloyd-lawson-tribute/
Nov 2004 Thank you to Ken McKay
Lou Richards OBE (3XY, 3DB, HSV-7, GTV-9) May 2017
Mac Cocker (2JJ/Triple J, Radio Australia, Radio National, ABC Darwin) June 2016
Madeline Burke (Seven, 3UL, 3GG). Sept 2011 Photos thanks to John Vertigan
Margot (Marjorie) Parker DBE OBE MBE (7EX) Feb 1991
Mark Colvin (2JJ, ABC Radio, ABC TV) May 2017
Martha Gardener (Kathleen Zoe Worrall) (3DB, 3AW, 3UZ) 1991 Thank you to Simon Owens 3AW
Mary Hardy (3XY, 3UZ, 3AW, ATV 0, GTV 9, HSV 7) Jan 1985
Matt Ponsonby (2MG 2LT 2UW 2SM, 2CBA) Sept 2000 Matt Ponsonby  was a Blind Announcer. Originally from Campbelltown NSW
Max Simmonds (ABC Radio WA) Jan 2016
Max Taylor (7AD, 3UL) 2010
Merv Stephenson (4LM, 4MB, 4RO) Date Unknown
Merylyn Condon (2CC) Jan 2016
Michael (Brian) Baker (2AY, 3NE, BCV-8,3AW, 2GB, ABC Radio, 2REM Albury) Feb 2015 Was known as Michael Baker but real name was Brian
Michael Schildberger (3DB, FOX FM, 3LO, 3AK, Nine) June 2010
Mike Ahern (Radio Caroline, 2UW, 4BC, 6PM, 3UZ, 2KO, 7HT, 4KQ) Oct 2009
Mike Dodd (6KG, 7EX, 4AY, 4TO) Sep 2012
Mike Gibson (2UE 2GB 2SM 2KY Nine) Sep 2015
Monique Denahy (3UZ, 3GL, Bay FM) Nov 2015
Monty (Francis Victor) Blandford (3XY and 3DB) Oct 1960 Thank you to Ken Guy
Monty Menhennett (6IX, 6PM) 1990 Passed away in Albany WA
Murray “Musty” Peters (2ST, 2RG, 2NZ) Apr 2015
Murray Happ (2UW, 2UE) Oct 2015
Murray Nicoll (ABC 5AN, 5DN, 3AW, Seven) May 2010
Neil Humphrys (5AU, 5KA, 5AD, 5AA, 102FM Adelaide) Dec 2015
Neil Rudd (Monitor News then QRNS) (4BH) July 2008
Neil Thompson (2GF, 3GL, 3NE, 3BA, 3KZ, 3UZ) May 2001
Neville Bradley (3UL, 3MA, 5AU, 5KA, SABN, 4BC) Nov 2013
Neville Wragg (3CS, 3CR, 3AK, 3AW, 3KZ) Oct 1997
Nick Robin (4CA, 2HD, 2KY, Sky Racing)

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2004 Thank you to Paul Covington
Niven Boyd (5YYY, 5AU, 5CS, Magic 105.9) Oct 2015
Noel McCormack (4MB, ABC, 4BU) Oct 2002
Nola Day (3CS, 3AW, 3KZ, 3DB, 3AK,  Radio Australia, 3MFM Inverloch) March 2008
Norm Llewellyn (4BH) July 2015
Norma Hatton (3GL K-Rock/Bay FM) Jun 2015
Norman “Eddie” Balmer (3KZ) Apr 2005
Norman Banks MBE (3KZ and 3AW) Sept 1985
Norman May (ABC Radio and TV) Sept 2016
Norman Swain (3KZ, GTV-9) July 1986
Ollie Martin (3TT/TT-FM) (Houseboat Horror) 2009
Orm Slater (Chief Engineer 3DB) Jan 2014
Ormsby Wilkins (2UE, 2GB, 3AW) Feb 1976
Owen Delaney (2LF, 2DoubleO, 2SM, 2GB, 2UE) Jan 2003
Paddy O’Donnell (2ZB (NZ) Radio Hauraki, 3DB/3LK, 4BC, 4WK) Aug 2009
Pat Barton (2LF, 2KO, 2HD) May 2007
Pat McErlean (ABC QLD, 4BC, 4TAB) Mar 2016
Pat O’Shea (4AK, 4GR, 4WK, 4KQ, DDQ TV, 4DDB) Sept 2015 Thank you to Trevor Himstedt
Pat Saunders (2MG, 2DU)
http://www.dailyliberal.com.au/story/2925152/pat-saunders-was-larger-than-life-obituary/
Feb 2015
Paul Barber (3AW, ABC 774) Nov 2012
Paul Bodington (612 4QR Brisbane, 4GR, 4LM, 4KZ) Jun 2005
Paul Bowles (Engineer Sea FM/Gold 92.5) May 2006
Paul Davies (2ST, 5DN, 7ZR ABC Hobart)

Paul Davies Tribute appears here:
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1993
Paul De Santis (8HA, 6SE, Radiowest 6VA) Jan 2015
Paul Dix (3MA, 2QN) Sep 2013
Paul Griffin (4ZR, 4KQ, Nine QLD) Mar 2013
Paul Hardy (4AK, 4GR, 2KO, Hardy Audio) Dec 2008
Paul Hussey 2RG, 2WG, 2LT, 2SWR, WOW FM Western Sydney Nov 2011 Thank you to Baz Anderson
Paul Ramsay (Prime Radio Network) May 2014
Paul Sime (3SH, 3TR, 3XY, 3UZ) 2001
Paul Turner (Paul Simon/Paul Crampton) (2MG, 2DU, 2NZ, 2QN, 2GB, 2KA,3XY, 2SM, ABC TV Countdown) 1982 Paul Turner was the original voiceover on Countdown before Gavin Wood
Pedro (Peter) McHenry (2GF, 3UZ, 2CH) Oct 2015
Pete Davies (2AY, The River Albury, Mix 104.9 Darwin) Sep 2015
Peter Andren (2GZ, ATN7, Prime) Nov 2007
Peter Bernados (2GB, Nine, SBS) Jan 2014
Peter Buzzard (6PR, ABC, 96FM, TVW7) Jan 2017
Peter Carrodus (GM 2CA, Macquarie Network, 2MBS)
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/118173669
June 1994
Peter Carson (Engineer 2BE/2EC) Date Unknown
Peter Clarke (4KQ, 4BH) 1972 Thank you to Ken Guy – not the same Peter Clarke ex ABC 774
Peter Dean (6VA, 6PR, 6IX, 6KY, TVW 7, STW 9 Perth) Mar 2013
Peter Edwards (5DN, 5AA) Date Unknown
Peter Egan OAM (2MO, 2MW, ABC 4QR Brisbane, ABC-FM) March 2011
Peter Evans (3LO 774 Melbourne) 1985
Peter Harry (3DB, 3KZ, Gold104, MCM) Dec 2012
Peter Harvey (2GB, 2UE, BBC, Nine) March 2013
Peter James (3BA, 3AW, 3UZ, Magic 1278) 2009
Peter Jeppesen (ABC TV & ABC Radio) May 2014
Peter Kaye (4MB, 4BH, 2CA, 5DN, KA-FM, i98, 7LA, 7EX, 7HT) Jan 2016
Peter Leonard (2CA, ABC 2CN, ABC TV, WIN) Sept 2008
Peter Lucas (3MP) Feb 2015
Peter McArthur (3BA, 7HO, ABC 774 3LO, Radio Australia, 3ECB Eastern FM) Jan 2017
Peter O’Callaghan (Poco) (3UL, 2KO, 7EX, 3KZ, 3XY, 3UZ, EON FM, 3MP, Magic 1278) Aug 2016
Phebe Irwin (B104.9, Wave FM  i98) Aug 2014
Phil Barnes (3GV, Gold 1242, 3SR/SUN-FM, 3TR) Jun 2013
Phil Charley OAM (AFTRS, 2QN, 3NE, 2CH) Aug 2014
Phil Gibbs (7LA, 3KZ, ATV 0) Jan 2017
Ralph Bain (3UL, 3MA, 3BA, 5DN, 2CC, 5AN Adelaide, ABC Canberra) Mar 2014
Ralph Elphinstone (ABC Radio Albury, Rockhampton, ABC TV Sydney, Melbourne) 1983
Ralph Taylor (First GM 4NA and 4GG) Dec 2015
Ray Barrett (4BH, 4KQ, ABC Radio) Sept 2009
Ray Currie (4WK, 2AY) Sep 2015
Ray Gamble (2SM, 2RG, MTN9, AMI Network) Dec 2011
Ray Holman (6GE, 6PM, 6PR, Nine Perth) Date Unknown
Ray McGregor (4BH 4IP 4BK, B105) Oct 1997
Ray Taylor (2GN, ATN 7, ATV 0 & TEN, 3AW, 2BL) July 2011 Ray Taylor was also co-host of Australia’s first TV breakfast show, Channel Seven’s Today in the late 50s with Peggy Toppano.
Rebecca Tynan (Aust Traffic Network, Fairfax Radio Network, Macquarie Media) Nov 2015
Rebecca Wilson (Smooth 95.3, TEN, Seven, News Ltd, Fox Sports, Sky News) Oct 2016
Reg Grundy (2SM, 2CH, RG Capital Radio) May 2016
Reg James (Grace Gibson) Jul 2015
Rhett Walker (2UW, 6PR, 3DB, 3AK, 3KZ, First GM FOX-FM) Dec 2012
Ric Plant (Turf Talk 3UZ) Feb 2015
Richard Combe (3LO, 3MP, 3DB, 3AW, 3AK, Fox FM) 1995
Richard Marsland (PBA-FM Adelaide, SA-FM, Triple M, Fox-FM ) Dec 2008
Richard Peach (ABC Radio, ABC TV) Dec 2008
Richard Winter (5AU, 2AY/River, 5AD, Mix 102.3, Nova/Vega) Jul 2013
Rick Palmer (ABC, 5UV, 5RPH) Sept 2016
Rob Jackson (5RM, 5AU, 3HA, 2QN, 2BE/2EC, 2WG) Apr 2017
Rob Maynard (2TM, 3KZ, 3DB, 3UZ, 3MP, 7HT, 6IX, 6KY, 6PM, 2GB, 2AY, 2CA, 2HD, 2CH, 2DAY, 2GO, 963Coast FM ) Feb 2015
Robbie Snowden (4GG) Dec 2009
Robert Taylor “Pommy Bob” (2UE) Apr 2016
Robin Howells (3TR, The Age, Nation Review) Aug 2015 Thank you to  Ken Guy
Rod Batchelder (3CV, 3GL, 3DB, 3LK, 2KY) May 1989
Rod Tiley (4AM, 4CA, 4IP, 4BK/B105 Triple M, 6PR) July 2016
Roger Dowsett (SABN, 5AU, 5RM, 5KA) July 1976
Roger East (ABC 774 3LO Melbourne, ABC TV, AAP) 1975 Roger East was killed in East Timor while reporting for ABC Radio’s The Correspondents Report. Roger was the sole remaining foreign reporter in East Timor.
Roger Lloyd (PBS-FM, Casey Radio 3SER 97.7) July 2017
Ron Atholwood (3KZ) May 1967
Ron Cadee (3YB, 3KZ, 3DB, 3UZ, 3AK, QTQ9) 2004
Ron Collett (2UW) Jun 2015
Ron Gibson (2MO, 2NX, 2KO) Date Unknown
Ross Weekes (2PK, 4CA, 2WG, 2GB) Jul 2014
Russ Tyson (4BC, 4KQ, 4QR) Sep 2014
Sean Flannery (2UE 2SM, 2GB, TEN) Nov 2011
Sel Jones (2KO, 2KA, 2UW, 3KZ) 1990
Shane McFarlane (6KA Karratha, 2CA, KO-FM, Mix 94.5 Perth) Oct 2015
Shirley Bowie (3CS) Jul 2015
Sir Eric Pearce OBE (2CH, 3XY, 3DB, 5KA, 3AK, Nine) 1997
Sir Keith Seaman OBE (Chairman SABN – 5KA, 5AU, 5RM) June 2013 Thank you to Ian Wright
Stan Gervas (6KG, 6PM, 2CH, 2GB, 6IX)
A Tribute to Stan Gervas is here: watvhistory.com/2010/04/vale-stan-gervas/
Apr 2010 Thank you to Ken McKay
Stan Rofe (3KZ, 3UZ, 3XY, 3DB) 2003
Stan Zemanek (1410 CFUN Vancouver, 2UW, 4TO, 2WS, 2UE, 2GB, 3AW) July 2007
Stephan Kent (4AY, 4TTT, My105FM Mackay) June 2012
Stephen Stickland (3DB, 3GL, 3UL, 3YB) Apr 2017
Steve Andrews (Nine Brisbane, 4BU, B105, 4BC/4BH) March 2008
Steve Cairns (6PR, 2KY, 4BC, RSN, 4TAB) Nov 2015
Steve Kelly (Austereo) Jan 2014
Steve O’Shea (2WG, 3HA, 3NE, 2GF, 2NM, 2VM) July 2017
Steve Swadling (GM 2GN) Dec 2012
Strat (Stratford) Ward (2LM, 2NZ, 2LF, 2GZ, CBN8, MidState Television/Prime) Sept 2001
Stuie (Stewart) McInnes (4TO, 2MW, 4BC, 4QN ABC North Queensland) Feb 2010
Ted Furlong (3BA, 6VA Albany) Date Unknown
Terry Dear (2GB, 2UE, 3KZ, 3AW, 4BH, Nine, Seven) June 1995
Terry Hughes (Seven, BBC, ABC Radio & Television) Nov 2014
Terry Kerr (4LG, 4TO, 4BC, 4WK, 2GO, 4GR, 4IP, Stereo Ten ‘Morning Zoo’, 4AK, Power FM Toowoomba) July 2017
Terry Pickles (PBA-FM) Jan 2014
Tiga Bayles (98.9 Brisbane, Radio Redfern, National Indigenous Radio Service) Apr 2016
Tim Franklin (7HT,6KY, 2KO, 4CA, 4BC) Nov 2015
Timi Arnott (4CA, Sea FM, Nova100, KISS FM Melbourne) Oct 2013
Tom Crozier (2KA, 2KM, 2LT, 2LM, 2WL, 2SSR, 2RPH, 2UE, FARB & RMB) Sept 2010
Tony Charlton OAM (3AW, 3UZ, 3KZ, Nine, Seven) Dec 2012
Tony Dickinson (2KY, 4BH, 2UW, 2UE, TEN)
Audio: http://blogs.abc.net.au/queensland/2010/01/retrospect-coast-local-tony-dickinson.html?site=goldcoast&program=gold_coast_afternoon_chillout
Sept 2014
Tony Gordon (5SE, 5AU, 5KA, 2UE, Seven, QTQ9) 2001
Tony Joyce (ABC Radio AM PM, ABC TV This Day Tonight) 1980 Tony Joyce was killed in Zambia while reporting for the ABC. He was posthumously awarded the Media Peace Prize by the United Nations Association
Tony McLaren (3CV, 7EX, 3UZ, 2UW) 1967
Vaughan Harvey (Vaughan Harvey Radio School Adelaide, 5KA 5AD 5AA) Jan 2015
Vern Haycroft (3YB, 3SR, 3UL, 3CS) July 1992
Vic Davies (Club Veg, Triple J, 2WS, 2SM, Triple M, MIX 106.5, Star 104.5) Nov 2009
Walter “Wally” Grant (2KY, 2KA, 2LT, 2BS, 2DU) 1961 Thank you to Ian Wright
Ward “Pally” Austin (2KA, 2UE, 2UW, 2WS) Aug 1998
Warwick Rankin (Wazza The Rock Dog, Commander Strongarm) (2MMM and TEN) Jan 2015
Warwick Teece (2HD, 2NX, 2KO) Feb 2012
Wayne Gear (2BH/Hill FM) Aug 2015
Wayne Wilson (4RO, 4BC, RadioTAB) June 2014
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JOHN THOMPSON 2LF, 2KO, 2SM, 2UE, 2UW, 3DB, BBC World Service

John Thompson who worked with 2LF, 2KO, 2SM, 2UE, 2UW and 3DB in the 60s and 70s and later with the BBC World Service, passed away in July 2017. Bob Rogers mentioned John’s passing on Sydney station 2CH.

John was also one of 2SM’s Good Guys for a short time before moving to 2UE News in 1964. The Good Guys lineup in the mid 60’s later included Graeme Lyndon (who replaced Mad Mel), Rod Muir, Hawaiian DJ Mike Buck who later went on to 6PR, Jon Royce and Barry Martin.

In 1965 John moved to Mornings on 2UW later being paired with journalist Robert ‘Buzz’ Kennedy.

In 1969 he left 2UW and headed to Melbourne’s 3DB where he joined PD Rhett Walker and others for a music/magazine format known as The Big DB which only lasted about a year. Rhett Walker moved on to 3AK and Thommo left Australia for the UK at first freelancing and later working for the BBC World Service until his retirement.

Many thanks once again to Wayne Mac for John Thompson’s career details and photo.

[Below] Mornings Co-host Buzz Kennedy (left) who was also a well known newspaper columnist, with John Thompson at the legendary 2UW watering hole the City Hotel in 1969.

Buzz Kennedy John Thompson 2UW 1969 from Wayne Mac

 

BRUCE BARRY 1934-2017 4GY, 2MW, 4BH

Information from The Gympie Times

BRUCE Barry was born on October 24, 1934 in Gympie on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. He was a versatile entertainer whose career started as a schoolboy performing in eisteddfods in Charters Towers where his parents were teachers.

He finished his studies at Gympie State High School and, despite having no ambition to be an actor, became an accomplished singer and actor, whose work spanned many roles from television, film, radio and musical theatre to productions on the London stage.

In his 20s he began singing in the nightspots of Brisbane and the Gold Coast while also working on Brisbane’s 4BH, having previously worked on radio in Gympie (4GY) and 2MW Murwillumbah.

He developed his stage skills by performing Shakespeare with the Young Elizabethans in Sydney for three years, embarking on regional tours of Australia. He performed for several theatre companies in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, combining acting with nightclub and cabaret engagements, before achieving stage musical success with national touring shows.

Bruce played the male lead in Funny Girl with Jill Perryman and in A Little Night Music with American/Finnish actress Taina Elg. He also appeared in Annie Get Your Gun, Lola Montez, 1776, Irma la Douce, Hello Dolly, Promises Promises and, in later years, the Sugar Babies national tour and Sydney music hall productions.

In a non-musical major theatre production, he and English-born Briony Behets joined British actors Barrie Ingham and Susannah York in Noel Coward’s Private Lives.

Over two decades from the 1960s, Bruce ventured into television and film and appeared in most of the TV drama series of the day. He had continuing roles in Bellbird, The Spoiler, The Mavis Bramston Show, Skyways and The Flying Doctors.

In 1980, Bruce moved to London for three years. His highlights included a lead role in the musical on the life of actress Lillian Gish, The Biograph Girl at the Phoenix Theatre, Dick Deadeye in HMS Pinafore, a role in Marilyn Monroe and the role of Jud in a West End long-running revival of Oklahoma in which another Australian, John Diedrich, played Curly.

Bruce also made guest singing appearances on many of the variety shows popular at the time. He was the singing host in 1969 of the long running ABC show “The Magic of Music” with Eric Jupp. In 1971, Bruce released an album, Nice and Easy, backed by Sven Libaek, who composed the music for the movie Picnic at Hanging Rock.

His films include Patrick, Libido, Ned Kelly, Abba the Movie and the Umbrella Woman. Bruce was a proud Queenslander, returning regularly to visit family and friends.

He was particularly honoured to compere and sing at the opening of the Queensland Performing Arts Complex and the Charters Towers Arts Centre. He returned to his home town to be master of ceremonies at Gympie State High School’s 80th anniversary concert in 1992.

Bruce Barry passed away on April 20, 2017 in Sydney.

Bruce Barry

COLIN MUNRO AO, ABC RADIO 1940-2010

With thanks to Malcolm Brown, The Sydney Morning Herald

A CHAMPION OF THE RURAL AIRWAVES

Colin Munro, who was to become a dominant figure in rural reporting in Australia, almost did not make it to dry land, given the circumstances of his prenatal life. In early 1940, his mother, Barbara, pregnant with him, was in the second of three ships taking expectant mothers to Canada. The first and third ships were torpedoed. It was fortunate for him and his mother that his ship was spared and for the millions of people in the vast reaches of regional Australia who would one day see him as their champion.

Colin Alexander Peden Munro was born in Montreal, Canada, on July 7, 1940, son of Colin Patrick Munro who, serving with the Cameronian Regiment in the British Army, had been captured as he fought a rear-guard action in Dunkirk in June 1940.

Young Colin was briefly in Canada, then, through her mother’s connections with the Australian ambassador in Washington, Richard Casey, got to the US, then by flying boat to Sydney. Mother and child went to live with her father-in-law, the dean of law at the University of Sydney, Professor John Peden, in Chatswood. With his father surviving the war and returning to work for the Burns Philp Shipping Company, Munro went to Mowbray House School in Chatswood, to Sydney Grammar, then to Wagga Wagga Agricultural College.

After graduating, Munro went jackarooing in north Queensland, then thought he would try his hand at radio. Told by ABC Radio in Sydney he was too young, he went to Mount Gambier, South Australia, where he worked for a pastoral company developing properties in the state’s south-east. He applied again to the ABC in 1964, was accepted and started a career that took him to virtually the whole of Australia, where he met scores of people and made lifelong friends. His association with the Country Hour was to last 40 years.

Munro met Lynnette ”Muffy” Cameron at an agricultural college graduation and married her on March 14, 1970. The couple lived in Sydney and in Melbourne. A son, Colin, was born in 1973 and a daughter, Kirsty, in 1975. Munro was involved in the earlier series of ABC television’s A Big Country and ABC Radio’s Morning Extra with June Barton. He was promoted to head of the ABC’s rural department in 1985. There, he fought long and hard to keep the service to the bush going.

The national editor of ABC Rural, Leigh Radford, said: ”There were periods when the very existence of ABC Rural was tenuous. But Colin fought to keep programs like the Country Hour and regional reports going.”

In 1995, Munro took on a senior role in radio management. He continued his extensive travel, performing an ambassadorial role for the ABC, opening agricultural shows, cattle field days and similar events and launching books. In the latter years of his career, he hosted Summer All Over, filling in during the holiday period for Australia All Over.

The president of Rural Media South Australia, Ian Doyle, said: ”When people rang from everywhere in Australia, he was capable of connecting with them. He knew someone in the local area, the name of the crossroads up the track, or who was running the local pub. He was a connoisseur of single-malt whisky and owned an impressive collection of tartan ties.”

One of the many stories Munro told was of rural reporter Alec Nicholl, who interviewed a woman who had 13 children and ran the Kerragundie exchange on the Bourke-Cobar party line for 55 years. She had been so committed that when there was trouble in ”station country”, she would sleep beside the switchboard. Asked whether she had ever been ill, she did not understand the question. Nicholl asked again and still she did not understand. Finally, he said: ”Have you ever been bedridden?” To which she replied: ”Oh yes Alec, hundreds of times – and twice in a sulky.”

Munro supported the Royal Flying Doctor Service and in the early 1990s organised annual national ABC radio appeals to help fund the RFDS. He sat on numerous boards, including Isolated Children’s Parents Association, and was a past president of the Farm Writers’ Association of NSW and the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists. Mentored by the likes of R.M.Williams, he played a vital role in establishing the Stockman’s Hall of Fame at Longreach.

Colin Munro retired five years ago and moved with his wife to Burrawang, NSW. Munro was recognised with a Queen’s Birthday honour (AO) in 2007 ”for service to regional Australia through the promotion and preservation of rural culture, particularly through television and radio broadcasting”. His health declined markedly in his final year and he died at Moss Vale on November 29. Munro is survived by Muffy, his son and daughter, two grandchildren, another two due to be born and a small blue heeler, Oak, who, according to son Colin, has been ”the second great love of his life”.

Malcolm Brown

December 11 2010

Sue Howard with Colin Munro ABC Jul 2005

Former ABC Radio director Sue Howard presents the late Colin Munro with an antique wireless, in recognition of his 40 years with ABC radio. Sydney July 2005.

PAUL DAVIES 1952-1993

Paul Davies worked at a number of stations including 2ST, 5DN and with 7ZR ABC Radio Hobart. Paul was born in Surrey, England in 1952. Through the late 60s he worked as a stockbroker in London and in later years would often mention his decision not to join his regular tennis partner, Richard Branson, in setting up a record shop.

Instead, Paul moved to Australia where he believed he’d have a better chance of fulfilling his long-held ambition to be a radio announcer. He arrived in Australia in 1975 and worked at several commercial stations before moving to Hobart to join the ABC in 1980.

He was an instant success with his weekend radio broadcasts popular across the state. His sense of humour and whimsical view of life endeared Paul to a very wide audience.

He had a natural ability to engage with just about everyone who tuned in.

Paul’s knowledge of contemporary music was encyclopaedic but his true love was English comedy which he featured on his ABC programs as often as possible.

On Saturday September 5, 1993 Paul and his sons, Ben 9 and Jack 5, were driving from Hobart to Burnie where Paul was to present an outside broadcast of his Sunday Edition program. About 1.30 pm their car ran off the Bass Highway south east of Devonport and hit a tree. The accident claimed all three lives.

In a remarkable tribute to Paul and his sons more than 800 people attended a memorial service held the following Friday in Hobart’s Odeon Theatre. One after another, colleagues painted a picture of a man who loved his family, loved his work and loved life.

 

Tribute to Paul Davies – with thanks to ABC Archives

JILL SINGER 1957-2017

Walkley Award winning journalist and presenter Jill Singer passed away in June 2017 after being diagnosed with a rare blood disorder less than twelve months earlier.

Jill started off as a cadet with ABC Radio in Albury on the NSW-Victorian border in 1984, she later went on to TEN’s short lived Page One and The ABC’s 7:30 Report and was also the first host of the Melbourne edition of Seven’s Today Tonight.

On her appointment to Seven’s new show Ross Warneke, a columnist for The Age’s Green Guide reported “The fact that she is so different to anyone who the commercial networks have thrown up as current affairs hosts in recent years suggests Seven is serious this time. She’s no Barbie doll.

“Her private life is not the staple fare of the fan magazines. She is not a ‘celebrity-reporter’, although I would not be surprised if Seven tries to make her one in coming weeks. She is, above all else, a reporter and, most of the time, a very good one.”

Today Tonight replaced Seven’s previous current affairs show Real Life, hosted by Stan Grant. In 1996, Singer made headlines when she collapsed on air while explaining why a report about the share dealings of then-Victorian premier Jeff Kennett had been pulled.

Singer claimed the story was axed “to placate the premier”. However, former Seven network executive Laurie Patton maintained the program was “simply held over” to allow Kennett “the right to respond to the allegations they were making against him”. On Twitter, Singer recently described these claims as “Trumpian lies.”

In later years she became a respected and popular Journalism lecturer at RMIT and for over a decade was a columnist with The Herald-Sun until 2012 when she announced the then-editor had “boned” her column and replaced it with a story about Lara Bingle.

Professor Martyn Hook, dean of RMIT’s School of Media and Communication, said Jill brought the best of her professional experience into the academic world, and inspired a new generation of journalists through her presence in the lecture theatre.

“She was immensely popular among her students and respected as a lecturer, always prepared to share her experience and gifts,” he said.

Singer won a Walkley Award for best TV investigation in 1992 for a story called Baby M. In 1999, she and ABC colleague Neheda Barakat snapped up a Quill for best television and current affairs report.

In 2010, while teaching, she won another Quill with ABC journalist Lisa Whitehead for a television report that examined the flaws in the way the justice system treated domestic violence victims.

Jill Singer was 60

 

 

 

JOHN K WATTS 1937-2017

John K Watts was a police officer, radio legend and premiership football player, having played for East Perth, the WA representative side, Hobart and Geelong. He also wrote the Geelong Club Song.

After football John had a successful career in radio working with Perth stations 6PR, 6IX, 1080 Radiowest (The Eagle) 6TZ and 6PM where, with his on-air partner Barry Martin he captured more than 50% of the population in the Perth radio ratings.

John Watts passed away in June 2017 in Perth.

This is Wattsie with ABC 720’s Geoff Hutchison:

https://soundcloud.com/trgr1041/john-watts-with-abc-720s-geoff-hutchison-sept-2011

This is a great article about Wattsie and his career from WA TV History:

http://watvhistory.com/2012/01/john-k-watts-the-know-all-who-became-a-legend/

CORBETT SHAW 1927-2016

Corbett Shaw started his career in newspapers before working in radio. He established and became managing editor of Macquarie Newswire, Australia’s first national 24 hour commercial radio news service and in 1979 was appointed the first News Director of SBS. Corbett Shaw passed away in March 2016.

The tribute below is from The Walkley Magazine.

Corbett Shaw Tribute - The Walkley Magazine 2016