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 Rogerson, Jeff Sunderland, David Collins, Graham Greenwood, Billy J Smith, Neville Pellitt, Paul Ricketts, Ron Casey, Maurie Service, John Burnley, Bert Robertson, Les Rose, Ray Bean, Bruce Mansfield, Sundo (Jeff Sunderland), Mark Colvin, Darrell Eastlake, Jimmy Hannan and many others.

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.

Thank you also to John Vertigan, Wayne Mac, Ian Wright, Steve Wakely, Chris Ilsley, Ken Guy, Trevor Himstedt, John Knox, Brendan Atchison and many others who have helped with information, photos and other details and also all of the members who have sent in additions, corrections and amendments which have all been updated for this year.

There is an updated photo album on the following page:

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”.


A.H. Buzacott (Tech 4BK-AK, 4GR, GM 4ZR, GM 4GY)

A.H. Buzacott started as a technician at 4BK in 1935. In 1951 he was appointed General Manager of 4GY

Date Unknown
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 “Kanga” Ireson (ABC Radio Melbourne)

Alan Ireson worked with the ABC from 1948 until his retirement in 1995.

Nov 2017
Alan Baker (2VM, 2DU, 2NM, 4AY, 4LM, 3KZ) Date Unknown Thank you to Ian Keenan
Alan Camm (4BK, 4IP Radio 10 Brisbane, 3GL)

Alan Camm passed away after a collision between his racing bike and a drunk driver on the Bellarine Highway near Geelong in October 1988

Oct 1988 Thank you to Gary Newton, Ian Nicholls, Ewan Dixon
Alan Clement (3TR, 2TM, 4GY, 6NW, 5CS, 5CC, 3UL, 3MFM, 3REG FM Gippsland)

Alan Clement was the first voice on air at 6NW (Spirit Port Hedland).

June 2018
Alan Gibbs (Seven, Radio Lecturer TAFE WA) May 2017
Alan Knight (AAP, ABC Radio, 2JJJ, 4ZZZ, Macquarie News, ABC RN, RTHK)

Alan Knight was a founding member of Brisbane community station 4ZZZ. A Walkley Award for Industrial Affairs reporting has been jointly named after him and journalist Helen O’Flynn. He was also Head of the Graduate School of Journalism, University of Technology Sydney

Feb 2017 Thank you to Cathy Jenkins
Alan McGilvray AM, MBE (ABC Radio)

Alan McGilvray was widely recognised as the first voice of Australian Cricket in a broadcasting career that spanned more than fifty years, starting in the 1930s. He also captained NSW after making his debut against Victoria at the MCG in December 1933.

In 1974 he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) and in 1980 he became a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to cricket.

July 1996
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 (6PM, 6PR, 6KY-NA, 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, ADS 7) 2007
Alex Hilling (4CA, 4AM, 4CC, Star FM Coffs Harbour)

May 2005
Alex Kenworthy (3AW)

Rev Alex Kenworthy was a Baptist Minister. He took over from Don Taylor on 3AW’s Nightline from 1971 to 1991

Allan Lappan (2KO, 2HD, 2SM, 4BK, 3XY, 3UZ) April 2000 Thank you to John Vertigan
Amanda Cavill (SBS Radio)

Amanda Cavill was SBS Radio’s Canberra Bureau Chief for close to twenty years covering seven federal elections and six Prime Ministers.

Sept 2017
Andrea (Dorothy Jenner) OBE (2UE, 2GB, ABC, 2CH) March 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 Olle (ABC Townville, 4QR, ABC 702 Sydney, This Day Tonight, 7:30 Report, Nationwide, Four Corners)

Andrew Olle was born in 1947 and joined the ABC in Brisbane in November 1967 as a news cadet. He spent the next 28 years developing his skills as a journalist by working in a wide variety of programs – from radio news reporting in Townsville, to This Day Tonight, Nationwide, A Big Country, Four Corners, The 7.30 Report and as the morning show presenter on ABC Radio 2BL in Sydney. He died suddenly of an inoperable brain tumour on 12 December 1995 aged 47.

Dec 1995
Andrew Reimer (7TTT, Sea FM, Magic 107) June 2015
Andrew Rutherford (5KA, 3MP, 3SR)

Andrew Rutherford was also the author of  “3MP Presents The Victoria Story” a collection of short stories and anecdotes on Victorian history in 1979.

Jun 2012 Thank you to Peter Cashman, Peter Van Hauen
Anne Deveson AO (AFTRS, 2GB, ABC, SBS)

Anne Deveson was Australia’s first female talkback radio personality on 2GB. She trained as a journalist in the UK before immigrating to Australia in 1960. She received the Order Of Australia in 1983.

Dec 2016
Anthony Badgery-Parker (ABC Radio Perth 720 6WF, ABC Rural)

Tony Badgery-Parker joined the ABC in Perth in the early 60s. He worked as a weather presenter on ABC TV and would later become supervisor of ABC Rural in WA and eventually manager of Perth’s 6WF.

In the 1980s Tony was part of a major ABC expansion program which saw the establishment of nineteen new regional studios as well as approximately 300 additional transmitters and translators to broadcast ABC RN, ABC Classic FM, ABC Regional and Triple J around Australia.

Jan 2016
Anthony Mazzone (2CA, Triple M Adelaide, KO-FM/NX-FM, Austereo) May 2017
Antony Van Der Meer (Fresh 92.7 Adelaide)

Antony Van Der Meer died after being struck by lightning in Kings Canyon in the Northern Territory

Jan 2018
Arch McKirdy (3TR, 3SH, 2UW, 2SM, 2GB, ABC Radio, AFTRS)

Arch McKirdy started as a cadet announcer with 3TR in 1941. His grandson Lewis McKirdy was a presenter on Triple J for six years from 2010.

Aug 2013
Arch Tambakis (5AA, 8HA, 2UE, 2KY, 3AK) Sept 1997 Thank you to Ian Wright
Art Townsend (5AA) 1983
Arthur Burrage (ABC Radio, Radio Australia, SBS Radio Training)

After working with ABC Radio and training presenters on SBS Radio, Arthur Burrage retired to Tasmania where he passed away in 2008.

May 2008
Arthur Lyster (3AW) Apr 1988
Ashley Mead (6PM, 7BU) Jan 1975 Thank you to Graham French and Leigh Kenworthy
Barbara Horn (3LO) Jan 2010
Barry Augustus (2CH, 2UE, 2GB, 4BH) Aug 2008
Barry Everingham (Radio Journalist 3AW, 3UZ, 2SM, ABC, Associated Press, News Ltd, MSNBC, Canberra Bureau Chief – The Australian)

A tribute to Barry Everingham from journalist Tess lawrence appears here:

June 2018
Barry Goodear (3UZ, 3NE) June 2004
Barry Owen (7HO, 3AK, 3KZ, 3MP) Nov 2000 Thank you to Jill Pagnoccolo and Peter Cashman
Barry Rocard (2GB, 2UE, BBC) Sept 2015
Barry Scanlon (3AW) April 2015
Barry Spicer (2RE, 2GB, 2CH, 2NSB, TEN Sydney)

Barry Spicer was the first newsreader for Channel Ten in Sydney in the mid 60s. Barry had a love of vintage cars and owned an Austin Princess which was once the official vehicle of the Governor Of Tasmania.

He also owned a property at West Pennant Hills which had been the former home of the infamous Captain De Groot (who prematurely cut the opening ribbon on the Sydney Harbour Bridge). “Dunrath” was also the home of iconic Australian artist William Dobell

Aug 2018
Barry Washington (BCV-8 WIN TV, 3BO, 5AU, 3HA, KL-FM) Dec 2015
Belinda Emmett (Coast Rock FM)

Belinda Emmett was married to comedian and media personality Rove McManus. She was also an accomplished actress with roles in the TV series Home & Away, All Saints and the film The Nugget

Nov 2006
Bernard Carr (7HO) Date Unknown
Bernard Judd OAM MBE (2CH)

Rev Bernard Judd OAM, MBE (1918–1999) was an Anglican cleric from Sydney. He studied at Moore Theological College and was ordained in 1943. He was also the minister at St Peter’s East Sydney from 1947 to 1986. He was a man of strong belief and was noted for his opposition to alcohol, drugs, gambling, organised crime and (in earlier years) the Roman Catholic Church.

He broadcast on 2CH and was a prolific letter writer to the Sydney Morning Herald. Bernard Judd was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1973 and Order of Australia (OAM) in 1993.

Jan 1999 Album Photo: Thank you to Ramon Williams
Bernard Lynch (2QN, 3SR, ABC 3WV/WL Horsham, 3LO, ABC Regional Radio NSW, Victoria and South Australia, ABC Christmas Island, Radio Australia, GMV 6) 1995 Thank you to Rod McNeil, Neville Pellitt, Penny Johnston, Derek Guille, Maureen O’Keeffe, Mark Skurnik
Bernie (Bernard) Harte (2KM, 2KA)

Bernie Harte was also  author of “When Radio Was The Cat’s Whiskers”

Jul 2015 Thank you to Ian Wright
Bernie Walsh (3TR, 3SH) Jul 2011 Thank you to Ken Guy
Bert Bryant (3UZ, GTV 9, ATV 0) 1991
Bert Button OAM (AWA Network, 2CH, GM 2GB, GM 2UW, 2ST)

Bert button was born in London in 1907 and migrated to Sydney in 1928
He started his career under Ernest Fisk at AWA and joined 2CH when it opened in 1932 working as a sports commentator, presenter and sales manager and was also the official announcer for the 1938 Empire Games in Sydney which later became the Commonwealth Games.

He managed 2GB Sydney from 1945 to 1961, was a Director of 5DN Adelaide, 2LF, 2LT and 2CA and founder of B&T, the Broadcasting & Television industry magazine. He was also a past president of the Australian Federation of Commercial Broadcasting Stations (now CRA) and the advertising “Time Club”.

In 1956 Bert carried the Olympic Torch through the city of Sydney and in 1961 was appointed General Manager of 2UW. He was also an Alderman for Kiama Council on the NSW South Coast and a Founding Director of 2ST Nowra.

Bert Button served with the RAAF during the Second World War and was awarded the Order Of Australia in 2005.

Apr 2006 Thank you to Howard Bowles
Bert Day (2QN, 3DB, 5AD, HSV-7)

Bert Day was one of the best known race callers and sports broadcasters in South Australia but had also covered the Queen’s visit to the MCG for the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and hosted the Adelaide version of Seven’s World Of Sport

Jan 2015
Bert Oliver OAM (6WF ABC Perth, ABC Hobart, ABC Sydney)

Bert Oliver was born in Sydney and started his career with the ABC in Perth. He eventually became the Federal Sporting Co-Ordinator for the then Australian Broadcasting Commission until his retirement in 1985.

Bert, who grew up sailing 16 footers in Perth was a veteran of fifteen Sydney to Hobart yacht races and also ABC Radio’s Producer – Coordinator for the Montreal Olympics in 1976. He led a team of eight commentators including Gordon Bray. It was his fourth games having previously been a member of the ABC teams at Melbourne, Mexico and Munich. His final Olympics was Moscow in 1980.

During his 45 year career at the ABC he commentated or reported on various sports at the Olympics as well as local yachting, cycling and motor sports including the Tasman Cup for touring cars.

Bert Oliver also served in the RAN during World War II and received the Order Of Australia in 1984.

Jan 1986 Thank you to Trevor Himstedt
Bert Robertson (3KZ, 2UW, 2MW, 4BC, 4GG, 4CRB)

In later years Bert Robertson was the well known voice of the Super Amart, Sportsman’s Paradise and Errol Stewarts Warehouse ads. “Bird Brain” was also the creator of Selwyn Seagull – the 4GG mascot.

A Tribute to Bert Robertson appears on the following page:

March 2018 Thank you to Gary Boughen.
Bert Scetrine BEM (GM 7SD)

Bert Scetrine was awarded the British Empire Medal in the 1977 New Year Honours

Date Unknown
Bill Acfield (3GL, 3UZ, 3XY, 3DB, 3LO ABC Melbourne) Nov 1977
Bill Ali (4BC, 3XY, 96FM) Aug 2015
Bill Collins (3DB, 3UZ, Seven) 1997
Bill Harper (Chief Engineer 3CV) Jul 2016 Thanks to Peter Caligari and Ken Guy
Bill Kinsella (Engineer 3LK / 3WM)

Bill Kinsella was chief engineer of 3LK (which became 3WM) from 1944 to 1970. He also owned The Lubeck general store

Aug 2017
Bill Marsden (2LF, RVN/AMV TV) June 2015
Bill Meads (ABC Radio 3LO) Feb 2008
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 Karen (Joan Scott Karen) (3AW)

Billie Karen (Joan Scott Karen) was married to legendary presenter Ormsby Wilkins who was at 2GB, 2UE and 3AW

April 2013
Billy J Smith (4LG, 4LM, 4IP/Stereo 10, 4BK, 4BC, BTQ 7, TV-0/10, QTQ 9) Feb 2019 Thank you to Graham Roberts, John Knox
Binny (Bernice) Lum (3XY, 3KZ, 3DB) Nov 2012
Blair Edmonds (4QR, ABC TV) Date Unknown
Blair Schwartz (5AD, ADS-7, NWS-9) May 2004
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 McNair/AC Nielsen) March 2010
Bob Cure (ABC 7ZR Hobart) Oct 2014
Bob Francis (5DN, 5AD, 5AA) Nov 2016
Bob Fricker (5DN, 5AD)

Bob Fricker created the comic character “Charlie Cheesecake”, a boy who was always getting into trouble, for his 5AD breakfast show. He wrote and illustrated two books of “cautionary tale” poems, in collaboration with advertising executive Lloyd Wilson “The Adventures of Charlie Cheesecake” was published in the early 1950s.

He was inducted into the Australian Country Music Hall Of Fame in 2002

Date Unknown
Bob Horsfall (3AW, 3KZ, 3UZ, GTV 9, HSV 7) Dec 2016
Bob Hume (Bob Hope-Hume) (ABC 6NR, 6UVS/RTR FM Perth)

Bob Hume was a technician, producer, trainer and mentor and taught many students the ins and outs of radio both technically at 6UVS-FM / RTR-FM and on an academic level as a lecturer in media and cultural studies (including radio technique, history and culture) at Murdoch University.

Bob was an advisor  (& worked with) government and other radio and newspaper services in Kiribati (now Millennium Island) and the Solomon Islands to aid their development.

Bob Hume also produced and presented programs for other West Australian community radio stations and for international stations including Ladbrokes and Sun-FM in the UK. His work included a wide variety of spoken word (e.g. book review & current affairs) and music programmes (e.g. blues, 60s, alternative, drivetime & 50s).

Jan 2014 Thank you to Lois Savage
Bob Kosch (3LK) Oct 2006
Bob Mahoney (4GR)

Bob Mahoney took over from legendary Toowoomba racecaller Vince Curry who moved to Brisbane in 1960. He’d previously called local football and cycling as well as country races in Western Queensland. On his retirement in 1986 he was replaced by Pat O’Shea.

2006 Thank you to Don Duffus
Bob McGready (2GZ, CBN 8 Orange, Bay FM Byron Bay) Nov 2008
Bob Moore (2DU) Aug 2003 Thank you to Ian Keenan
Bob Smith (2KY, 4ZR, 4LM, 4GC) Date Unknown
Bob Stevenson (4GR, 4BC, Director of Maranoa Broadcasters – 4ZR) Date Unknown
Bob Stevenson (Country Bob) (4SB, Crow FM) Oct 2015 Thank you to Graham Miles
Bob Taylor (2SER, 2VM)

Bob Taylor had a successful music career on the music circuit mainly in NSW. His band performed at Hornsby RSL and other Sydney venues for close to three decades. They also toured Asia and won five MO awards. Bob would later join the MO awards committee whilst also playing in backing bands for other well known performers including Johnny Devlin.

Bob Taylor joined 2VM in Moree in 1994, he was originally from Wellington New Zealand.

Aug 2008
Bob Upfold (Chief Engineer 2BS) June 2010
Bob Walker (3KZ, 3AW, ATV 0, The Age)

Bob Walker (under the name R.R Walker) was the author of radio industry books including The Magic Spark – 50 Years of Radio and Dial 1197 – The 3KZ Story

Oct 1994
Brad Carr (2HD, 4SB, 2KO) Oct 2006
Brad Worth (2BE, 2ST, 3TR, 2CS, FOX FM)

Brad Worth was killed in a road accident

Brendan “Mook” Hanley (Bay FM Byron Bay, NIM FM Nimbin) Jan 2018
Brenton Thompson (2LF, 2WG) Aug 2013
Brian Bennett (7AD, 3CV, 5DN, 5KA, 5AA) Jan 2008
Brian Cahill (4BC, Seven Brisbane) March 2015
Brian Carter (3CV, 3BA, 2SM) Date Unknown
Brian Heathcote (4MB, 4BU/Hitz FM)

Brian Heathcote was murdered in Nundah, a suburb of Brisbane

Jan 2007
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
Brian Wright (5DR Darwin, 2GB, ATN 7, ATV 0, Crawford Productions)

During World War Two, Brian Wright founded the Army radio station 5DR in Darwin which later became 8DR. After the war he joined 2GB and in 1956 moved to ATN 7 as chief newsreader. He later moved into the Programme and Production Manager, Public Relations and Special Events director roles. He also created the first three Telethons on Australian Television.

In 1964 Brian became a founding executive of ATV O Melbourne (now ATV 10) as their first Director of News and Current Affairs. Brian also wrote for Bellbird, Skippy, Spyforce, Class of 74, The Sullivans, Carson’s Law and many other iconic shows. He was also a founding member and later president of the Australian Writers’ Guild.

Jan 2013
Bruce Anning (ABC Radio Queensland) 1983
Bruce Barry (4GY, 2MW, 4BH, ABC TV) Apr 2017
Bruce Leonard (2GB, 3AW)
Bruce Leonard’s radio work included hosting the  live-to-air Theatre of the Mind on 2GB with Brian Wilshire and Sunday nights on 3AW with Bruce Mansfield and Phillip Brady. In 1996 he began work for the National Film and Sound Archive producing 6 double CD’s ‘Australia’s Radio Favourites’. In 1999 he produced and hosted a weekly hour-long radio show for the NFSA ‘Theatre of the Mind’ featuring the Golden Age of Radio from the 30’s 40’s and 50’s.
Mar 2019
Bruce Mansfield (3AW, 3UZ, 3KZ, 3XY, TEN) Apr 2016
Bruce Rogerson (2PK, 2GN, 2BS, 2NZ, 2UE, 2CH, AWA NETWORK)

Bruce Rogerson brought the Good Music format to Australia in 1974 and within 5 years 2CH had made it to Number 1 in Sydney up against the might of 2SM.

During his time with AWA Bruce oversaw the group which comprised of 4CA Cairns, 4TO Townsville, 2GN Goulburn, 2CH Sydney, 3BO Bendigo, 3MP Melbourne and 6KY Perth.

Bruce’s radio career began at 2PK Parkes in 1949. He also worked at 2GN, 2BS then 2NZ, daily on the breakfast, lunch, and early evening children’s program and Sunday morning.

After studying overseas Bruce returned to Australia in 1955 to Radio 2UE where he spent 17 years in various roles from Sales Manager to Promotions and Marketing manager covering the 1950’s and 1960’s, winning several awards.

He was also responsible for the establishment of the Radio Marketing Bureau in 1978 and was inducted into the Commercial Radio Hall of Fame in 2002.

Mar 2019
Bruce Short (4GR, 4BU, 4BC, ABC Queensland) Apr 2011
Bruce Skeggs OAM (Inner FM and Victorian Trotting) March 2013
Bryan Eyre (Technician 7AD, 7SD) Aug 2016
Buddy Clark (6IX, STW 9 Perth)

Buddy Clark was the first presenter on Perth’s very first 24 hour broadcaster 6KY from the dawn of the 60’s, and later as one half of 6KY’s top rating Morning show “The Buddy & Norm (Manners) Show”.

Jan 2019 Thank you to Ken McKay
Cal Lowney (2AD, 4GR, 4LG, 2QN, 4WK)

Cal’s son Clint Lowney was also in radio.

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
Carl Olsen (Radio Hauraki, 6KY, 6PR, 6IX, 2CH, 4GG)

Carl also worked on air as Terry Olsen at 6KY

June 2006
Cathy Godbold (FOX FM, TT-FM Melbourne)

Cathy Godbold was the daughter of broadcaster and entertainer Rosemary Margan.

May 2018
Charles (Chuck) Norton (5AD) Date Unknown
Charles Weymouth (2CH, 3AK, 3BO, 3XY, 3CS, 3SH, 3MA) Date Unknown Charles Weymouth passed away in Swan Hill Victoria.
Thank you to Ken Guy
Chas (Charles) Lumsden (3TR, 3BO, 3UZ, 7HO, 7HT, 7BU, 7EX, 5KA, 5AD, 4AY, TNQ 7)

Chas Lumsden, using the name Sam Lowe, was also on Noosa Community Radio in late 1990s

Apr 2017 Chas passed away on the Sunshine Coast aged 77.
Thank you to Ralphe Rickman.
Chris Bearde (2UE, 2UW, Seven, Nine, TEN) Apr 2017
Chris Bradley (Bay FM Byron Bay)

Chris Bradley, 28, was originally from Cronulla. He was well known in the Byron Bay music scene, going by the moniker of ‘DJ Dad Bod’.

Dec 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) June 2017
Chris Costello (4ZR, 4HI, 4CC, 4BC, 2WS) June 2013
Chris Jensen (ABC QLD, 4BC) May 2013
Chris O’Sullivan ‘Chrisso’ (3WM/3LK, 3CV, 7HO) Dec 1982
Chuck Hobler (2KO, 4BK, TVQ O, BTQ 7) Feb 1992 Thank you to Allan Bone and Jill Powell
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
Cliff Nicholls Whitta “Nicky” (ABC 3LO, 3AW, 3UZ, 2CH, 3KZ, 3UZ) Sept 1956
Clinton Grybas (Eastern FM, 3AW, ABC Radio, Fox Sports)

2007 ACRA winner for Best Sports Presenter

Jan 2008
Clive Burnell (4ZR, 4LM, 2NZ) 1992 Thank you to Darren Roberts, Anthony Maroon
Clive Dorrington (“Dozey”) (2MG, 2UW, AIR-FM Sydney)

Clive lived for a time in the UK where he was involved with community and regional radio. He passed away in Shepparton Victoria aged 64

July 2013
Clive Stark (3LO ABC 774 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) March 2015
Colin Fulton (ABC, Nine, ATV 0/10) Jan 2017
Colin McEwan (3AK, 3XY, 6PR)

Colin McEwan was a newsreader with ATV 0 Melbourne and a versatile actor, appearing in many TV productions including Cop Shop, Homicide, Kingswood Country, The Naked Vicar and films/miniseries including Day Of The Roses about the Granville Train Disaster

Aug 2005
Colin Munro AO (ABC Country Hour, Australia All Over, Head of ABC Rural)

Colin Munro’s Obituary from The Sydney Morning Herald is here:

AUDIO LINK: Virginia Love’s tribute to Col Munro is here:

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

A tribute to Corbett Shaw is on this page:

March 2016
Craig Allen (AIR FM, WOW FM Sydney)
Craig Allen started and operated a number of narrowcast radio licences on FM and shortwave mainly in NSW and was also involved as a presenter and technician for several community stations.
Mar 2019
Craig Blair (7BU, 7AD, 7LA, 4TO, 4RO, 2MC)

In the 1980s Craig Blair also researched and compiled the charts for the Kent Music Report.

Dec 2018
Craig Huth (MAX FM/2RE, 4BU, Now FM, Hot 100) June 2014
Dal Myles (4BH, 2SM, TEN) 2007
Dan Webb (Seven, 3DB) March 2017
Danny Moore (4DDB Toowoomba) June 2017
Darrell Eastlake (2UW, 4GG, 2GO, Star 104.5, NBN 3, Nine Network)

More on Darrell Eastlake’s career here:

Apr 2018
Darren Madigan (Sports Presenter, 101 FM Brisbane, 2NZ, Gold 92.5, ABC Coast 91.7, Rebel FM) June 2018
Dave Dangerfield (4HI, 4VL, 4TO, PM-FM Perth, Triple M Perth, Triple M Brisbane) Dec 1998 Thank you to Paul Campion, Bryan Amos, Ewan Dixon
Dave Frazer (6AM Northam, 6MD, 7AD, Radio Yesteryear, Gosford, Coast FM Gosford)

Dave Frazer started his career at 6AM in Northam WA in 1980. From 2006 to 2018 he was a popular presenter of  96.3 Coast FM Gosford.

March 2018
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 Coburn (3BO, 3DB, 3GL)

David Coburn was the presenter of the popular Sweethearts of Yesterday on 3GL and in his latter years provided the voice over for many commercials and organisations  including Myer, Deakin University, Telecom and others

Nov 1992 Thank you to Jenny Coburn
David Collins (4BK, 2GB, 2UW, 2WS, 2HD, 2KO/KO-FM)

David Collins first job was as an office boy at Radio Luxembourg’s Mayfair office in London. He joined the new western Sydney station 2WS three months after the station’s launch in 1978. He was there for twelve years before moving to 2HD in Newcastle which was the start of a successful 22 year on-air partnership with Tanya Wilks, firstly on 2HD and then KO-FM Breakfast which ended in 2013.

Between 1986 and 1992 he was also the official Ground Announcer at Parramatta Stadium, home of the NRL Team the Parramatta Eels.

July 2018
David ‘Daisy’ Day (2VM, 3NE, 5KA, SA-FM, 5MMM) May 2015
David Dallimore (6IX)
A tribute to David Dallimore is here:
Oct 2011 Thank you to Ken McKay
David ‘Jags’ Jagodzinski (2WS) March 2014
David Jull (4BH, 4IP, 101 FM Logan, TVQ-0)

David Jull was a radio journalist and the first person to appear on Brisbane channel TVQ 0 when it debuted in July 1965. He was a Member of Federal Parliament from 1975-83 and was re-elected in a different seat from 1984 to 2007. In retirement he maintained his association with the media as a presenter, patron and president of Brisbane-based community radio station 101FM.

Sept 2011
David Kennedy (6KG, 6GF ABC Goldfields) Feb 2010 Thank you to Chris Ilsley
David Kennedy (WYN FM Melbourne) Nov 2018
David Talbot (3CS) June 1992
David Worrall (3DB)

David Worrall started at the Herald-Sun in 1927 and in 1929 was appointed General Manager of 3DB where he stayed for 32 years. He was also President of the Federation of Australian Commercial Broadcasters, appointed in 1938.

David Worrall was married to 3AW broadcaster Martha Gardener (Kathleen Zoe Worrall).

April 1968
Deborah Cameron (ABC 702 Sydney, The Sydney Morning Herald) June 2018
Denis Gibbons (3AW, ABC 774 Melbourne, Radio Australia, GTV 9)

Denis Gibbons was a renowned folk and bush ballads artist who released several albums and singles. He was also an author having written “The Broadcaster who laughed in 1985.

Nov 2002
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:

June 2007 Thank you to Ian Richardson
Des Widdis (Engineer 3TR, 3SH) Date Unknown
Dick Chant OAM (4CA, ABC Radio and Television Far North Queensland, FNQ 10)

Dick Chant was a fixture of sport in Far North Queensland for over four decades, working for both ABC Radio and Television primarily calling races at Cannon Park almost every Saturday for 40 years as well as football, trotting, greyhounds, sailing and the occasional cricket match.

Dick was terrific footballer and also owned  Perfection Dry Cleaning in Cairns.

Dick Chant was awarded the Order Of Australia in 1997

May 2018 Thank you to Trevor Himstedt
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 Hudson (Ken Hudson) (3KZ, 3AW)

Dick Hudson was originally from New Zealand. He was born Kenrick Frank
Varley Hudson. He also served with the RAAF during World War 2.

Sept 1971
Dick Hughes (2MBS-FM)

Dick Hughes, born in 1931 was a specialist jazz presenter, journalist and broadcaster and was also an accomplished jazz pianist, vocalist and band leader. In 1973 he became the first jazz pianist to perform at the Sydney Opera House.

Apr 2018
Dick Moore (5UV, 5AD) Date Unknown
Dick Williams (3TR, 3LO, ABC TV, Radio Australia) Jul 2014
Don “Mad Dog” Dwyer (2AY, 3YB, 3DB, Metro Radio Newcastle UK, 3LO ABC Melbourne, 3CS, 3GL, Bay FM/K-Rock)

Don Dwyer started in radio at 2AY in 1966. In the 80s he founded the Double D School Of Radio and through the 90s was the well known voice of the Geelong Cats at their home ground Kardinia Park.

May 2018
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 Kinsey AM (3DB, HSV 7) Aug 2017
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, ABC Radio, Radio Australia) Date Unknown
Doug Murray (ABC Radio and Television, QTQ 9)

Doug Murray was born in Brisbane in 1950. He went to Aspley High School and then on to Gatton Agricultural College. In 1973 Doug started with the ABC as a Rural Trainee and subsequently worked in Townsville, Hobart, Bunbury, Sale and Brisbane.

In the late 1980’s, he was a senior reporter on Countrywide before becoming the first presenter for the Landline program. In 1991, Doug went to Channel Nine to work on the ‘Extra’ program where he would remain for 17 years.

Mar 2014
Drew Morphett OAM (ABC Radio, 3TT/TT-FM, Seven, Fox Sports) Aug 2017
Earl Scoones (Engineer AWA Network, 3BO,3SR, 4WK) June 2017
Edna Wells (GM 2MG) Apr 2017
Elio Tedesco (5DN, 5AA, Nova) Dec 2016
Elizabeth Bond (2BL, 3LO) 2002
Ellis Blain (ABC Hobart, ABC Radio and Television Sydney)

Ellis Blain worked with the ABC for 4 decades until his retirement in 1974. He started his journalism career in Hobart but read the news nationally as well as commentating on Davis Cup Tennis and other sports. He was married to journalist, broadcaster and author Anne Deveson.

Ellis Blain also served as a navigator with the RAAF during World War II

Dec 1979 Thank you to Trevor Himstedt
Eoin Cameron (6VA, 6IX, 3DB, 6KY, Mix94.5, 6PR, ABC 720 Perth) June 2016
Eric Baume OBE (2GB, 2UE, ATN-7)
Apr 1967
Eric Evans (Chief Technician and GM 3TR)
Eric Evans became GM of 3TR after Gordon Lewis left for Perth
Date Unknown Thank you to Ken Guy
Eric Spence (3AK) Date Unknown
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:

Feb 2013
Ewan Cameron (Engineer 3DB, 4GG/4GGG) Oct 2018
Father Jim McLaren (2SM, 2UW)

Father Jim McLaren started his Sunday Night show on 2UW in 1969. He moved to 2SM in 1984 when he joined the board of the church owned station. He also hosted the OB of Pope John Paul II’s mass at Randwick Racecourse in 1986.

Felicity Jones (3DB, 3TT/TT-FM) March 2013
Frank Bellet (Michael Francis Bellet) MBE (4KQ, 4AY, 4AM, GM 4CD) May 2012 Thank you to Noel Roberts
Frank Bennison (6GE, 6KY, 6NA, 6PM, 6AM) Jan 2018 Thank you to Chris Ilsley
Frank Chamberlain (2GB, 2CA, AFP) Oct 1990
Frank Dixon First National News Editor  ABC Radio 1947

Frank Dixon was also an author, having written “Inside The ABC – A Piece Of Australian History. Frank passed away at the age of 101 in 1991.

Aug 1991
Frank Fraumeni (2UW, 2KY) Aug 2013 Thank you to Geoff Brown
Frank Harper (GM 2LT) Date Unknown Thank you to Geoff Brown
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 Barry Anderson, Wayne Mac and David Font

Fred Tupper “Tuppy” (3UZ, 3AW, ATV 0) March 1976
Gabby Horan (4BK, 4BH) Apr 1999
Garry Meadows (2KO, 7HO, 7HT, 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 MBE (2SM, 2UE, 2KY, 2MC)

Gary O’Callaghan started at 2SM in 1951 at the age of 17. He famously covered the Petrov affair in 1954. Gary was also the creator of the on-air character “Sammy Sparrow”.

Aug 2017
Gavin Casburn (Hawkesbury FM) Feb 2019
Gavin Dolby (4VL, 4LG, 2TM, 101FM Logan) Jan 2015
Gavin Easom (5DN) Aug 2001 Thank you to John Madden
Geoff Atkinson (4BC, 4GR, 4BK) 1979
Geoff Bradley (4BK, 4BH, 6PM, 6KY, 6IX) 1979 Photo and details thanks to Chris Ilsley 6PR
Geoff Mahoney (2UE, ABC Radio Sydney)

Geoff Mahoney called the races for the ABC for 33 years and was the on-course broadcaster in Sydney for the Australian Jockey Club and the Sydney Turf Club. He was renowned for the accuracy of his calls, control and good diction.

At the age of 15 Geoff entered a 2UE talent quest, doing “phantom” race broadcasts. He went on to win 11 of 15 contests in the 1940s.

He was “the apprentice” caller to the legendary Ken Howard for close to a decade and called his  first metropolitan race broadcast, at Canterbury in 1947. He joined 2BL in Sydney in 1957. Geoff was also a boxing commentator for both the ABC and commercial television.

Sept 2007
Geoff Manion (3DB, 7EX, 6PM, 6PR, 3AW, Herald-Sun)

Geoff Manion also served as a Navigator with the RAAF during World War 2

June 2002
Geoff McComas (3BA, 3DB, HSV7)

Geoff McComas spent 36 years at 3DB from 1947, before retiring in July 1983

Sept 2011
Geoff Raymond (3DB, 3UZ, BBC, HSV 7, ATV 0, ABC TV)

Geoff also owned the well known restaurant Boodles in Hawkesburn (near Toorak) in the 1970’s.

June 2011
Geoff Rudge (5KA, GM 3SH, 3TR, ACE Network) June 2015
Geoff Walker (6WF ABC Perth, TVW 7, ABC TV Victoria)

Geoff Walker started with ABC Radio in Perth but moved to TVW 7 as their first newsreader in 1959

Date Unknown
Geoff Windsor (4CA, 4BU, 2MW, 4IP, 2CH, 2CA, AWA, Macquarie Network, FNQ TV) Jun 2009 Thank you to John Madden
George “Groover” Wayne (3UL, 2WG, 3TR, 2SM, 2JJ/Triple J)

George Wayne was born in Johannesburg and worked in Springbok and LM Radio in the early sixties before migrating to Australia.

George died on the 5th of November 1992. He is buried in Macquarie Park Cemetery in Sydney.

Nov 1992
George Barlin (Founder of 2CA, and CTC 7 Canberra) Sept 2016
George Grljusich (ABC Radio WA, 6PR, TVW-7) Nov 2007
George Lovejoy (GM 4BH, 4RPH)

George Lovejoy was regarded as one of the best rugby league callers of all time and in the 1950s and 60s was a household name in Queensland.

He called his last match in 1967 and was later appointed as GM of 4BH

Feb 2003
George Mihalos (2BCR, 2SSR Sydney, 2EC/Power FM, 2LT/Move FM, PD 2XL/Snow FM, 2CC/2CA, 2GN/Eagle FM) Feb 2019
George Stephenson (2RDJ Sydney)
George Stephenson started at Radio 2RDJ-FM in the early 1990’s, with his late wife Phyllis (Felicity), producing and presenting “Kaleidoscope” – a weekly interview programme which ran for some 22 years.
Apr 2019 Thank you to John Elwell
Gerry Caulfield (2SM, 2MMM, Triple J) Apr 2014
Gerry Hallahan (2KA, 2CA) May 2015
Glenn Gale (3MA, 5KA, 5MU, 2NM, 2NX, 3XY, 2SM, 4WK, 4IP, 2ST) July 2016
Glenn Knight (3UL, 3MP, 3UZ,  3AK, SEN) July 2011
Gordon Bonner (7EX) Date Unknown
Gordon Leed (3DB, 6PR, STW-9 Perth, TVT-6 Hobart, GTV-9) July 2007 Thank you to Chris Ilsley
Gordon Lewis (3SH, 3TR, GM 6PR, 2KA, 2UW) June 2012
Gordon McBrien (2KM, First announcer at 2NM) Feb 2011
Gordon Moyes AC (2GB)

Rev Gordon Moyes was an ordained Minister of the Uniting Church and was the Superintendent of Wesley Mission Sydney for 27 years. He was also a Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council.

Apr 2015
Gordon Munro (3GL)

Gordon is believed to have passed away while on holidays in the United States, possibly in the late 60s, or early 70s.

Date Unknown
Grace Gibson Grace Gibson was born in 1905 in El Paso, Texas and came to Australia in 1934 as the local representative for the Radio Transcription Company of America, to introduce radio serials to the Australian audience.

She set up Grace Gibson Radio Productions in 1944 and the company soon became Australia’s biggest seller of recorded radio programs which were heard across the country. Grace Gibson received the Order of Australia in 1987.

A Biography of Grace Gibson written by Lynne Murphy for ANU’s Australian Dictionary of Biography appears here:

Original article from ANU is here:

Jul 1989
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
Graeme Gilsenan (Graeme Gill) (3UZ, 3KZ, 2RG, MTN-9, Radio London, Radio Caroline, Radio North Sea Intl, Radio Netherlands)

More on Graeme Gilsenan’s career here:

Apr 2018 Thank you to Alexis Favenchi
Graham Bailey (President 4RPH) June 2018
Graham Bowra (6TZ, 6PR, 6KY, 6PM, 6IX, ABC 720 Perth) Nov 2015
Graham Conolly (2CA, ABC 2CN) May 2004
Graham Greenwood (3CS, 3DB, 2UW, 2DAY, 2MC/ROX FM)

Graham Greenwood was known as The Admiral, because of his lifelong passion for sailing. Graham started at 3CS in Colac. As an engineer he built and managed 2DAY FM for the original owners Mike Willesee, John Laws and Graham Kennedy before buying 2MC Port Macquarie. He later obtained a supplementary licence and started ROX FM (later sold to Austereo and rebranded as Star and then HIT FM)

Mar 2019 Thank you to Alex Strachan
Graham Guy (3XY, 5AA, 2KA, 2WS)

Graham Guy started his radio career in regional South Australia. Later in his career he became a well known crime novelist.

2018 Thank you to John Rogers
Graham Howard (3AK, 2UW, 2SM, 2CC, Daily Telegraph)

Graham Howard started his journalism career in 1961 as a cadet with the then Frank Packer owned Daily Telegraph. He was a member of the Canberra Press Gallery until 1972 when the paper was sold to Rupert Murdoch’s News Limited. Graham then became a freelance radio journalist primarily for 3AK and 2UW as well as some regional stations and also filed reports for overseas broadcasters.

In the early 1980s he joined the Federal Government Information unit and in 1983 moved to the Liberal Party’s Federal Research organisation based in Canberra.

Aug 1985 Thank you to Trevor Himstedt
Graham Kennedy OAM (Radio Australia, 3UZ, 3AK, 3XY, 3DB, 3LO, 2DAY FM)

Graham Kennedy started his broadcasting career aged 15 in 1949 as a messenger boy at Radio Australia. In 1951 he became the turntable operator for Clifford Nicholls Whitta (aka Nicky) at 3UZ where at one time they had an incredible 73% of all morning radio listeners with the ‘Nicky and Graham’ show.

In the 1980s he was one of the founding owners with John Laws and Mike Willesee of Sydney’s 2DAY FM and was awarded the Order Of Australia posthumously in 2006.

Graham Kennedy died in Bowral in the NSW Southern Highlands on the 25th of May 2005 aged 71.

May 2005
Graham McGuinness (2GB, 2CA, 8HA, 3MA, HOT-FM Mildura)
Graham McGuinness started as a cadet announcer at 2GB. He passed away in Mildura.
Date Unknown
Graham Opie (3BO, 3SR, 2AY/B104.9) Nov 2013
Graham Webster AM (4QR, 4MBS, NHK Japan) 2007
Grahame Cherry (4MB, 4BH, 3UZ, 2UW, 6KY, 4BK, 4KQ, 2CA)

Grahame Cherry was a prodigiously talented pianist, as well as a great presenter. He made his name on 4BH in Brisbane in the sixties. Grahame died at age 42 after a motor accident in Kaleen (ACT) on 26th October 1984. At the time he was programme manager for 2CA

Oct 1984 Thank you to Bob Whittaker.
Grantley Dee (3AK, 6PR, 7EX)
Grantley Dee was a blind announcer.
He was born Grantley de Zouty.
Feb 2005
Greg Haywood (2CA) Date Unknown
Greg ‘Hendo’ Henricks (2PK, 2AD, 2KM, 2MO, 2WS, 2SM, MIX 106.5, C91.3, Gold92.5/Sea FM) March 2009
Greg Hooper (4VL, 4LG, 4WK, 4LM, 4MK, 4BK) 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
Grey Easterbrook (ABC 6WF Perth, ABC Radio Darwin) Aug 2014
Guy Blackmore (5AD, 5AA, TEN) Dec 1995
Gwen Plumb AM BEM (ABC, 2GB) June 2002
Hal Todd (3AK, 3DB) 1992
Harold Stickland (3GL) Date Unknown
Harry Beitzel (3KZ, 3AW, 3AK, ABC Radio) Aug 2017
Harry Jones (7HT, 7HO) Date Unknown Thank you to John Rogers
Harry Lithgow (GM 3SH) 1963 Harry Lithgow passed away in Swan Hill. Thank you to Ken Guy
Harry Wilde (3SR, 3CS, 3CV, 2QN, 2LF, 2AD, 3KZ, 3MP, 3UZ, 2KY, 2UW, 2WS)

Harry Wilde left Australia in 1993 whilst under investigation for sexual assault and was on bail at the time. He died in 1995, after falling off a roof whilst working as a roofer in Germany. He is buried in Bad Liebenzell, Germany under his false identity as William James Baker

Haydn Sargent (4BC, ABC 4QR, 96.5 Family FM Brisbane, QTQ 9, BTQ 7, TVQ  0/10) Feb 2013
Heather Lindhe (3BO, BCV 8, KLFM Bendigo) Apr 2018
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 Downs (ABC Radio North Coast NSW)

Ian Downs was well known in the Grafton area of the NSW North Coast for his involvement over two decades with the local Jacaranda Festival and the region’s Sports Star Of The Year awards.

In his educational career Ian Downs had been principal of New England Girls’ School in Armidale and Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School in Tamworth

Dec 2017
Ian Graebner (6KY) Apr 2019
Ian Lane (5KA, 2UW) Aug 2012
Ian Major (3XY, 3KZ, 3EE/Magic 1278, 3UZ, 3AK, 3LO ABC 774, 1116 SEN, WYN FM)

Ian Major was a highly respected and renowned sports broadcaster not only of  Australian Rules football but swimming, track and field, cycling and boxing at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games. Ian started off with 3XY in 1966 before moving to 3KZ for a record 21 years until 1991.

His on-air partner in the commentary box was the legendary Jack “Captain Blood” Dyer, and they became a household name as “The Captain and the Major”. The duo were named Australasia’s top commentators and received an industry Pater award. Ian Major also won awards as Australia’s top sporting commentator in 1977 and 1978 and a Raward in 1990.

Jan 2009 Thank you to Rob Astbury
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)

Ian Marshman was the father of DMG (Nova and Smooth) announcer and PD Ty Frost.

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
Ian Woodward (7HT, TVT6, ADS 7, HSV7, GTV 9) July 2018
Iven Walker (3XY,  2JJ, ABC News, UN Radio New York) Date Unknown Thank you to Rod McNeil
Ivor Hancock (3KZ, 2UW, 4BH, Co-founder AIR-TV Brisbane)

Ivor Hancock served with the Australian Army in World War II and was one of the legendary Rats Of Tobruk. He was a prisoner of war under the German forces.  Ivor later lived in Maleny QLD but may have passed away in Mackay.

2002 Thank you to Ken Guy, Trevor Himstedt and John Knox.
Jack Davey (ABC 2BL, 2GB, 2UE) Oct 1959
Jack Hume (5DN, 5RM, 5KA, ABC Adelaide, 2BL ABC 702 Sydney)

Jack Hume was one of the first voices on radio in Adelaide when his father started broadcasting on an experimental licence in 1924. The family formed the company Hume Broadcasters which launched South Australia’s first station, 5DN. Jack’s mother Stella was the first female broadcaster in Australia in 1924. Jack’s brother was chief engineer.
Jack Hume also served with the Australian Infantry in World War 2.

Sunday Mail article appears here:

June 1989
Jack Ridley (Plenty Valley FM, Mixx FM/3CS Colac) 2008
James Condon (ABC Radio WA) Feb 2014
James Dibble AM MBE (ABC 666 2CN Canberra, 2GB, ABC 702 2BL Sydney, ABC-TV)

James Dibble joined the ABC after the Second World War. He started with 2CN in Canberra and presented the first ABC News Bulletin in November 1956. He was  ABC TV’s  nightly Newsreader in Sydney for 27 years.

James Dibble also served with the RAAF during World War II.

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) March 2017
Jean MacKenzie (2RDJ Sydney) Apr 2018
Jeff Condron (2LF, 2KM, 2MC,  2LT) Jan 2017
Jeff Jeffrey (Alfred John Jeffrey) (6IX, ABC 6WF 720 Perth) June 2018
Jeff Medwell (ABC SA, 5DN, 5AA) Jul 2014
Jeff Sunderland (“Sundo”) (7BU, 7EX, 3BO, 3CV, 5SE, 3XY, 4BK, 5DN, 5AA, 5AD, 5MU) July 2018
Jerry Burke (Gerry Birkner) (3BA, 6KA,8HA, WILDFM, City FM) Dec 2015
Jesse Cox (FBi Radio Sydney, ABC Radio National, Audible Australia)

Jesse Cox was a Walkley Award-winning ABC Radio producer. He won the 2017 Innovation Walkley for ABC Radio’s Trace podcast with journalist Rachael Brown and Jeremy Story Carter. He was also one of the creators and executive producers of All the Best, FBi Radio’s nationally distributed documentary and storytelling program.

Dec 2017
Jill Singer (ABC Radio, Ten, Seven, ABC TV) Walkley Award Winner

Jill Singer’s Tribute appears here:

June 2017
Jillian Hocking (ABC Radio Gippsland, ABC RN, SBS, BBC, United Nations Media)

Jillian Hocking was the Training and Development Manager with SBS for a decade between 1995-2005 before accepting a role with the United Nations as head of Radio Broadcasting for the UN Mission in Afghanistan.

During her career she has trained hundreds, maybe thousands of journalists around the world, not only for the UN but also for the BBC. Locally many current and recent students knew Jillian from her time as the very involved and helpful Course Coordinator, Screen & Media (Broadcast Journalism) at Swinburne.

Her on air work started with ABC Radio in regional Victoria. She was also a former presenter of The Law Report.

Nov 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) May 1985 Thank you to Brendan Atchison
Jim Iliffe (2NZ, 4BC, 4IP, 4BH, QTQ-9, Co-founder AIR-TV Brisbane) June 2005 Thank you to David Iliffe, Trevor Himstedt
Jim Lilburne (3SR, GMV 6, Border-Mail Albury) Nov 2007 Thank you to Neville Pellitt
Jim Ockenden (3AW, 2CC, 4BC)

Jim became Chief Engineer at 4BC before the age of thirty. Jim Ockenden was tragically killed in a light plane crash in the US

1993 Thank you to Wayne Mac
Jim Pilgrim (2GF, 2CC, 2NX, 4KQ, B105+) Apr 2015
Jim Story (2WG, 2BS, 4MB, GM 2HD)

Jim Story was appointed General Manager of Newcastle station 2HD when it re-opened in 1945. The station had been ordered to close by the Commonwealth Government in 1941 due to fears it was controlled by the Jehovah’s Witnesses which was considered a “sect” at the time.

Date Unknown
Jim Sweeney (4BH, 4AM, 4BK, 4GR, 4AK) May 2002 Thank you to Paul Sweeney
Jim Tregonning (3AW, 2KY) March 2016
Jim Woods (3TR, 3SH, GLV10, 3GI ABC Gippsland) May 2015
Jimmy Hannan (3UZ, 2GB, 5KA, Seven and Nine Network)

To most people in Australia, Jimmy Hannan was best known as a TV game show host but he also had some success on the music charts with his single Beach Ball, featuring The Bee Gees as backing vocalists which reached number 2 on the Australian charts. He actually got his start at the very beginning of television in Australia, in 1956 as an 18-year-old contestant on Name That Tune.

In radio Jimmy hosted shows on 3UZ and 2GB and was briefly on 5KA in the late 70s but it’s his TV career for which he’s probably best remembered from shows like Saturday Date (1963-67) which featured appearances by young stars Olivia Newton-John and Billy Thorpe, The Go!! Show (1967), A regular guest host for the Mike Walsh Show and The Ernie Sigley Show, The Jimmy Hannan Show (1975), Celebrity Squares (1975-76), Let’s Make a Deal (1976-77), Have a Go (1980), Spending Spree, Split Second, Micro Macro (1978), Personality Squares, Search for a Star (1981), $100,000 Money Makers (1982), Value Shopping (1987).

Jimmy Hannan was awarded the TV Week Gold Logie in 1965. Jimmy and Joanne Hannan had four children including daughter Melissa Hannan who won the Miss Australia title in 1981.

Jan 2019
Jimmy Tonkin (5KA, 5AU, 5RM Feb 2008
Joan Killorn (Co-Founder 2GLF Sydney 1983) Oct 2017
Jocelyn Terry (ABC Radio, 3LO Melbourne)

Jocelyn Terry also presented the weekly “Calling Antarctica” segment over Radio Australia every Friday.

Oct 2007
Joe Sands (B105, Sea FM Gold Coast, Wave FM, 4MK) March 2016
Joel Grealy (2CC, 2WL, 2BE) Jan 2015
John (J.S.) Scott (3DB, 2UE, Managing Director 2XL)

J.S. Scott was the majority shareholder in Snowy Mountains radio station 2XL in the 1950s. He passed away in Cooma in 1972 at the age of 47.

Dec 1972 Thank you to Trevor Himstedt
John (Johan) Ramsland (3AW, Founding Editor BBC World Service Television)

Ian Richardson’s Tribute to John Ramsland is here:

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, 2UW) Date Unknown
John Bester (3CV, 3WM, 3TR, 979FM Melton) Aug 1984 Thank you to Dean Holloway
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) March 2017
John Cargher AM (3KZ, 3XY, 3LO ABC Melbourne, Radio National, ABC-FM )

John Cargher was born Pinchas Cargher in 1919 in the Cockney area of London. He emigrated to Australia in 1951 and was manager of the National Theatre in St. Kilda from 1969 to 1989. He was awarded the Order Of Australia (AM) in 1987

John Cargher presented ABC Radio’s Singers of Renown from 1966 to 2008

Apr 2008
John Chance (4BK, ABC Radio) Jan 1980
John Crook (3CV, 3SH, BCV-8, TVT-6, TV-0 Brisbane, Nine) Sept 2015
John D’arcy (3AK, 3DB, Southern FM Melbourne, HSV 7, GTV 9) Date Unknown
John Dripps (2RG, 3SH) Date Unknown Thank you to Ken Guy
John Ennis (3DB, 6PM) Sept 2016 Photo thanks to Jules Bull.
John Ford (7ZL, 7BU, 7HO, 4RO, 4MK, 3DB, 3KZ, 3XY, 3UZ Newsbeat, 6IX)

After 3UZ, John moved to Perth and was reading news on 6IX. John Ford also appeared in ads for Viscount Cigarettes

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 Howgate (8DN, 1480 Auckland) 2002
John Hudson (2GZ, 2GB, 2CH, 2UE)

John Hudson started at 2GZ Orange in 1947.
In the 1950s he famously announced that a truck laden with sheep had overturned in Martin Place and that hundreds of sheep were loose in the city. Thousands poured into the city to witness the woolly spectacle in what may have been Australia’s first great April Fool’s Day prank.

2011 Thank you to Nicole Elliott
John Innes (Engineer, RCA Australia, founder Innes Corp) Oct 2015
John Juan MBE (ABC 720 6WF, ABC TV)

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:

June 2017
John Lehman (6KY, 6PR, 6IX, 6TZ) Feb 1993 Thank you to Chris Ilsley
John Loughlin (7HT, 7HO) 2002
John Lyons (2WL, WIN 4) 1989
John Martin (John Rutter) (Nine, 6KY, 3UZ, 2CH & 2GB) Dec 2013
John Masters (3AW)

John Masters had one of 3AW’s most popular programs in the 1950s the request show “Choice Of The People”

Date Unknown
John McBeath (2LT, 2NM, 2NX, 4CCR Cairns FM, 8CCC Alice Springs, The Australian)

John McBeath started his radio career in New Zealand, where he was born in 1938. John had a love and intimate knowledge of jazz which led to a new career in the 90s as a music writer and reviewer with the Cairns Post, The Advertiser in Adelaide and ultimately The Australian.

March 2018 Thank you to Trevor Himstedt‎
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) March 2017
John Morehouse (2HD, 96FM) Date Unknown Thank you to Murray Dickson and Mickey Dalton
John Pacini (3UZ News, TV Times)

John Pacini served in World War 2 and was also an author, writing several history books.

John Pearce (2KM, 2QN, 3SH, 7HO, 2GB, 2CH)


Aug 1996 Thank you to Wayne Mac
John Rix (4NA, 4GY, 4GG) Dec 2015
John Royle (3LO, Radio Australia) Dec 1975
John Ryan (3AR (RN), Chief Engineer 3AW)

John Ryan served on the HMAS Sydney in World War 1 and was the commanding officer of the Australian Special Wireless Group in World War 2 with the rank of Colonel.

Date Unknown
John Sheppard (2BE, 2MG, 2GZ, 2UW, 2GB, 2UE, CBN8, NRN11) March 2010
John Stokes (ABC Coast FM)
John Stokes worked for 29 years at ABC Coast FM
Oct 2014
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 (7BU, 7AD, 7EX, 2BE/2EC, TNT 9 Launceston) Oct 2001 Thank you to Leigh Kenworthy
John Vincent (2RE, 2NX, 2GB, 7HO, 6PR, 5AD, 5KA, SA-FM, 4TO, 5MU, 5MMM) March 2009
John West (ABC Radio) Jul 2008
John Worthy (3AW, 3AK, 3UZ, 3XY, 3DB, 3GL, BTV-6, BCV 8, AMV-4, GLV-10 , 3EA/SBS Radio)

John Worthy started the first news service at 3XY in 1960 and in the 1980s was Chief of Staff for SBS Radio

Aug 2018
Johnny James (2LM, 4AK, 4BH, 4BK, 4BC, QTQ9) 2011
Jon Ratso Kennedy (4GY, Fox FM, B105, Triple M, SEA FM Gold Coast, Country 1035 London, 99FM RML Beirut, CRI Newsradio Beijing, MTV Australia)

Jon Kennedy was best known for his Triple M night show – The Rubber Room and Radio Free Sydney. At Country 1035 in London he was on air as “Randy Vickers”.

July 2004 Thank you to Ewan Dixon and Ruth Woodhams
Jon Royce (2SM, 2UW, 3KZ, 3XY) 1984 Thank you to  Gregg Sinclair
Joyce Moorhouse (Whiteman) (2GB) May 2005
Joyce Varley (3AW) Date Unknown
Keith Ashton (2HD, 2KO, 2NX, 2MG, Radio Caroline, ABC Radio) June 2008
Keith Baker (Seven Network and 2UE)

Keith Baker was the accountant during the glory days of Sydney’s 2UE from 1971 to the early 90s. It was a time that included Gary O’Callaghan, John Laws and Stan Zemanek, Arch Tambakis and many others that drove the station to number one.

Keith previously worked with ATN 7 in Sydney with Stan Willmott who became 2UE’s General Manager in the early 1970s.

Sept 2018 Thank you to Chris Maitland
Keith Eadie (2GB) Date Unknown
Keith Glover (ABC Radio Queensland, 3LO, Radio Australia)

Keith Glover began his career with ABC Radio in Queensland in 1947. He was a well known presenter on Radio Australia for many years and also presented a Ballroom Dancing program on ABC TV in the 1970s. He retired from the ABC in Melbourne in 1985

Feb 2006
Keith Graham (2MO, 2WG, 7HO, 2GO, 2WS, WESGO) Jun 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)

Ken Austin served with 9th Division in the Middle East, New Guinea and Tarakan (Borneo).

Jan 2010
Ken Birch (2PK, 2DU, 2MG, 2VM/Now FM) Feb 2006
Ken Helmore (3UZ, 3DB sport and racing service, Highlands FM Kyneton) Aug 2018 Thank you to John Vertigan
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 Broadhead (2RDJ Sydney)

Kent and Dorothy Broadhead headed a small group of enthusiasts from the Australian Tape Recorders Association who started Radio DJ Sydney providing taped programs for retirement and nursing homes. Before this, in the mid 1960s The group began making programs for the Australian Armed Forces in Vietnam. They worked with Defence Forces Radio, which operated stations not only in Vietnam but also New Guinea and Malaysia.

The group sent programs recorded in Kent and Dorothy’s North Bondi studio to Vietnam until 1971, when the Broadheads moved to Concord where in the mid 70s together with a group of enthusiasts, they began working towards setting up a community radio station in the Sydney’s Inner West. That station eventually became 2RDJ which first went to air in November 1983.

Jul 1985 Thank you to Frank Iuston, John Elwell, Geoff Brown
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 Chapman (5AN ABC Adelaide, ABC Darwin, 2BL 702 Sydney, ABC Radio and TV Canberra)

This is the link to the Condolences from the Senate Hansard:;query=Id%3A”chamber%2Fhansards%2F1998-04-03%2F0001″

March 1998 Thank you to David Webb
Kevin Crease (5DN, 5AD, ADS7, NWS9) Apr 2007
Kevin Knapp (2CH, 2LM, 2TM)

Kevin Knapp started as a panel operator on 2CH in the early 1950s, he became 2TM’s station supervisor in 1964 where he introduced “Hoedown” a hugely successful country music program heard around Australia and originally hosted by John Minson.

Kevin was one of the team that came up with the concept of Tamworth as Australia’s Country Music Capital and when the Golden Guitar Awards started on January 28th, 1973, Kevin was the first host and presenter.

Kevin O’Gorman (3KZ) Sept 1998
Kevin O’Donohue (2AD, 2DU, 2SM) May 2011
Kevin Woodhouse (4IP, 4QR) Aug 2002
Lachlan Macdonald (3KZ/KZ-FM, Gold 104.3 News Melbourne) Nov 2017
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)

Laurie Henry 1980 from the Border Mail with thanks to Kris Nyberg:

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:

Apr 2017
Len James
(Leonard Farquhar)
(5AD, 5KA, 4BU, 4GR, 4BC, 2UW)

Len Farquhar (also spelled in some references as Farquar) served with the RAAF in World War II

1998 Thank you to Rex Leverington
Len London (2UW, 2UE, 2CH)

Len London also served with the Australian Infantry Battalion in New Guinea during World War 2

Nov 1992
Leon Bailey (7HT, 2KO, 2UE, 2WL, ABC 2WN Wollongong) Date Unknown
Les Bradley (3CS, 5RM, 5AU, 3LK & 7LA) Oct 2012 Thank you to Phil Bradley
Les Hay (2UW, 2UE, 2SM, 2CH) Jan 2015
Les Morley (News 3MP) Date Unknown Thank you to Peter Van Hauen
Les Rose (5AU, 5KA, 2CC, 2CA, 2GZ, 5MU, Hills FM Adelaide, Great Southern FM Victor Harbour)

Les Rose also hosted the syndicated show ‘Hit File’ across Australia

Jan 2018
Lesley Anderson (6IX, 6NR) Nov 1988
Lewis Bennett (3KZ, 3UZ) May 2001
Lexie Shearstone (Lexie Matthews) Lexie Matthews at the age of 16, became 2GN’s first female announcer in 1938, six years after the station began broadcasting in Goulburn NSW. At the time her family didn’t even own a wireless! Lexie had been recommended for a job at the radio station as she spoke well, had a knowledge of music and could type. Later, Lexie married the station technician Vince Shearstone. Vince passed away about 1984. For the last 18 months of her life Lexie was living at Warrigal Care in Goulburn, but almost to the end her memory for detail was extraordinary and she loved talking about her early years in radio. In 2016 Lexie was invited to lay a wreath for Anzac Day in memory of the contribution made by women and radio during the war years. Apr 2019 Thank you to Lynda Hallam
Libby Sanders (Libby Widdup) (ABC 5CL and 5AN Adelaide, ABC Newcastle 2NC) March 2017
Lily Leaker (SAFM/Triple M Adelaide) Dec 2012
Lindsay McCarthy (7HO, 96.1 Hobart FM)

Lindsay McCarthy was also president of the highly respected Sound Preservation Association of Tasmania.

Sept 2018
Lionel Lewis (6WB, 6KY, 6PM, 6IX) Aug 1986 Thank you to Warren Gillespie
Lionel Williams (5KA, 5DN, Seven, Nine) Jan 2016
Liz Jackson (ABC Radio National, Four Corners, Media Watch)

Liz Jackson joined ABC Radio in 1986. She has won nine Walkley Awards including the Gold Walkley in 2006

June 2018
Lloyd Lawson OAM (6PM, 6KY, 6KG, 3UZ, TVW-7, STW-9)

A tribute to Lloyd Lawson is here:

Nov 2004 Thank you to Ken McKay
Lloyd Tuohy (3SH)

Lloyd Tuohy managed the Swanline Drive-in at Swan Hill and was hired by Ken Guy for 3SH Breakfast

Date Unknown Thank you to Ken Guy
Lois Lathlean (3DB, 3AW, The Herald & Weekly Times ) Feb 1972
Lou Richards OBE (3XY, 3DB, HSV 7, GTV 9) May 2017
Lyle Hillway (4TO)

Lyle Hillway was a true legend of the theatre and entertainment scene in North Queensland in the 1970s. Lyle and his partner Mal Hodges operated the very successful Stage Door Theatre in Townville and later started the Stage Door Dinner Theatre on Chevron Island, next to Surfers Paradise in the 1990s

Lyle also worked at 4TO in the 1970s and within a year had progressed to Assistant Manager and eventually station manager. He later joined the Townsville Bulletin.

Lyle Hillway passed away on the Gold Coast where he had been living since the late 1980s.

Sept 2018
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
Mal Brentnall (PD 2WG)

Mal Brentnall was appointed PD of 2WG in the 1960s. For many years he was also actively involved with local rugby league and at the state level as a referee. During WWII he played football for the Australian Army and Combined Services teams.

Date Unknown
Malcolm Gurd (2WAY FM Wauchope) Apr 2018
Margaret Rodgers AM (2CH)

Margaret Rodgers AM (18 December 1939 – 31 May 2014) was a prominent deaconess and lay-person in the Anglican Diocese of Sydney. Margaret served for many years on the NSW Council of Churches, and in 2008 was elected president, the first woman to hold this position.

From 1997 to 2009 Margaret Rodgers was the writer and presenter of the weekly news program on 2CH on behalf of the NSW Council of Churches. She was awarded the Order Of Australia in 2014

May 2014 Album Photo: thank you to Ramon Williams
Margaret Sewell (2LT, 2MO) Date Unknown
Margot (Marjorie) Parker DBE OBE MBE (7EX) Feb 1991
Mark Colvin (2JJ, ABC Radio, ABC TV) May 2017
Mark Downes (Engineer Foxtel/Sky Channel, Austereo, DMG/Nova Ent)

Mark Downes was Chief Technology Officer at Nova Entertainment Group and was also a board member of Commercial Radio Australia

May 2018
Martha Gardener (Kathleen Zoe Worrall) (3DB, 3AW, 3UZ) Feb 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)

Matt Ponsonby  was a Blind Announcer and later became a full-time voiceover artist. Matt was originally from Campbelltown NSW.

Sept 2000
Matthew Ellis (2XL, 2CC, 2GN, 4VL, 4BU, 2MO/Triple G FM, 3SR, 2GB) 2001
Maurie Lockie (3BO, RAAF Radio Madang (PNG), ABC Radio Melbourne 3LO, 3AR, Radio Australia, 3RPH, 3GDR Golden Days Radio).

Maurice “Maurie” Lockie was also a  director of  ABC TV’s “Bellbird”.

July 2018
Maurie Service (3NE, 3TR, 3DB, 3XY, 4GG/4GGG, KROQ/Gold 92.5, 4CRB)

More on Maurie’s career here:

Apr 2018
Max Simmonds (ABC Radio WA) Jan 2016
Max Taylor (7AD, 3UL) 2010
Max Thorburn (3CS, 3MA, Gold 1359 Mildura, HOT FM Mildura, STV 8)

Max Thorburn was renowned in Australian Country and Folk music as one of the biggest supporters of the local industry. He had a passion for the music and seemed to be friends with hundreds of artists including most of the big names in music locally.

Max was also Managing Editor of the Mildura Independent and had previously been a journalist and editor with the Sunraysia Independent.

Oct 2018 Thank you to Trent Rose, Brendan Atchison
Mel Cameron (5DN)

Mel Cameron was 5DN’s longest serving announcer until his retirement in 1976. He was the father of Grant Cameron from SA FM, Triple M and ABC 891 Adelaide

July 1986
Melody Iliffe (Welsh) (4BU, 4BH, QTQ 9)

Melody Welsh was the first female television Newsreader in Australia on QTQ 9 Brisbane.

Photos thanks to David Iliffe

Sept 2017
Merv Stephenson (4LM, 4MB, 4RO) Date Unknown
Merv Thomas (The Admiral) (Sports Director 5DN)

Merv Thomas started as an office boy at 5DN in 1937. He served with the RAN in World War II and on returning to Adelaide was appointed Assistant Program Director and in 1951 became PD of 5DN

Jan 2002 Thank you to John Madden
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 Knott (8HA, 3MP, Prime News Townsville) Date Unknown
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
Mike Moroney AM (2TM, 2MO, 2VM, GM NEN 9, Group GM Prime Television, NBN TV, Southern Cross TV)

Mike Moroney was a former Olympian, representing Australia in 1956, at age 23, competing in the long jump (known then as the broad jump). He was awarded the AM (Australian Medal) in 1999.

Mike Moroney passed away in Tamworth NSW. He was born in Lismore in 1933.

March 2015 Thank you to Trevor Himstedt
Mike Storrien (4LM, 4LG, 4SB. ITQ 8) 2002
Mike Willesee (Co-Founder/Owner 2DAY FM, ABC TV, Nine, 0/10 Network, Seven)

Mike Willesee was one of the original owners of Sydney’s 2DAY FM, together with John Laws and Graham Kennedy in 1980. Mike originally started with ABC TV’s This Day Tonight in 1967 and went on to host Four Corners in 1969. He was the first host of Nine’s A Current Affair in 1971 before moving to TEN as the network Director of News and Current Affairs.

In 1975 he hosted the first Australian version of This Is Your Life and started the successful Seven Network show Willesee At Seven. In 2012, after a second stint on ACA and a subsequent hiatus from full time TV work, Mike returned to Seven as a reporter on the network’s “Sunday Night” program.

Feb 2019
Monica Tehan (Monica Morgan) (3BA)

Monica Tehan joined 3BA in the early 1950s after winning a radio announcer competition during her final year at school. She later became one of the first accredited school drama teachers in Victoria.

Monica Tehan once “stood in” in for the Queen, reading her speech at a rehearsal at the Botanical Gardens the day before Queen Elizabeth II visited Ballarat in 1954.

Jan 2018 Thank you to Trevor Himstedt
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)
Monty Menhennett passed away in Albany WA
Mortimer Marsh (5AD)

“Morty” Marsh started at 5AD in 1944 where he remained until his retirement in 1974

Feb 1982
Murray “Musty” Peters (2ST, 2RG, 2NZ) Apr 2015
Murray Avery (7AD, 7SD)

Murray Avery owned an ice cream shop in Launceston and used to drive to 7SD in Scottsdale, about an hour away to do his radio shift, then return to the store.

Dec 2012 Thank you to Chris Joscelyne
Murray Happ (2UW, 2UE, 2ME) Oct 2015
Murray Nicoll (ABC 5AN, 5DN, 3AW, Seven) May 2010
Nancy Lee (3AW)

Kathleen Mavourneen Lindgren took the professional name “Nancy Lee” when she joined 3AW in 1933. She married her 3AW co-star Cliff Nicholls Whitta (Nicky) in 1935. Prior to radio she was a renowned star of Australian Stage and screen.

She was also the author of “Being A Chum Was Fun: The Story Of Nicky And Nancy Lee” published in 1979.

Date Unknown
Neil Humphrys (5AU, 5KA, 5AD, 5AA, 102FM Adelaide) Dec 2015
Neil Rudd (4BH, Monitor News, QRNS) July 2008
Neil Thompson (2GF, 3GL, 3NE, 3BA, 3KZ, 3UZ) May 2001
Neville Bradley (3UL, 3MA, 5AU, 5KA, SABN, 4BC) Nov 2013
Neville Grey (2UE, 2MO, Radio Netherlands) Date Unknown
Neville Pellitt (2CH, 2MO, 2TM, 4BU, 3SR, 2GZ, 2LT, 3UL, GMV 6, Radio Australia)

Neville Pellitt had done just about every role in a country radio station, from announcing to news and production as well as sales and eventually station management.

Nationally he was probably best known for his long running show “Harmony Trail” which was heard on stations around the country. In 2008 he was inducted as a broadcaster into the Country Music Hall Of Fame.

Jan 2019
Neville Wragg (3CS, 3CR, 3AK, 3AW, 3KZ) Oct 1997
Niall Brennan (3KZ, 3AW, ABC Radio, HSV 7)

Niall Brennan’s father was Frank Brennan, the Federal Attorney General in the Scullin Labor government of the late 1920s

July 2005
Nick Robin (4CA, 2HD, 2KY, Sky Racing)

2004 Thank you to Paul Covington
Nigel Dick AM (GTV 9, VBN/Southern Cross, 3AK, HSV7, 3DB/3LK, NZBC)

Nigel Dick was also one of the founders of Odyssey House Victoria. He was awarded the Order Of Australia (AM) in 1994.

A Tribute to Nigel Dick appears on the following page:

March 2018
Niven Boyd (5YYY, 5AU, 5CS, Magic 105.9) Oct 2015
Noel McCormack (4MB, ABC, 4BU) Oct 2002
Noela Crampton (4BH) 1990 Thanks to Annabelle Brett
Nola Day (3CS, 3SH, 3AW, 3KZ, 3DB, 3AK, Magic 1278, Radio Australia, 3MFM Inverloch) March 2008
Norm Llewellyn (4BH) July 2015 Thank you to Ken Guy
Norma Hatton (3GL K-Rock/Bay FM) June 2015
Norman “Eddie” Balmer (3KZ) Apr 2005
Norman Banks MBE (3KZ, 3AW, GTV-9)

Norman Banks started at 3KZ in 1931 earning four pounds a week. He was awarded The Order of the British Empire in 1953

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) March 2016
Pat O’Shea (4AK, 4GR, 4WK, 4KQ, DDQ TV, 4DDB)

Pat O’Shea was probably best known as a racecaller and football commentator in the Darling Downs west of Brisbane where he worked in both radio and TV and also wrote for the Toowoomba Chronicle

Sept 2015 Thank you to Trevor Himstedt
Pat Saunders (2MG, 2DU)

Feb 2015
Paul Barber (3AW, ABC 774) Nov 2012
Paul Bodington (612 4QR Brisbane, 4GR, 4LM, 4KZ) June 2005
Paul Bowles (Engineer Sea FM/Gold 92.5) May 2006
Paul Davies (2VM, 2ST, 5DN, 7ZR ABC Hobart)

Paul Davies Tribute appears here:

Paul De Santis (8HA, 6SE, Radiowest 6VA) Jan 2015
Paul Dix (3MA, 2QN) Sep 2013
Paul Dutton (FM 104 4MMM/B105, TT-FM/Gold 104.3) Jul 2000 Thank you to Rod Tiley
Paul Griffin (4ZR, 4KQ, Nine QLD) March 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 Barry Anderson
Paul Linkson (5DN) June 2009
Paul Lyneham (2BL ABC 702 Sydney, Four Corners, Seven, 60 Minutes, The Australian)

Paul Lyneham won the 1977 Logie Award for Best Documentary for his ABC story on the Utah  Corporation’s open-cut mine in Queensland

Nov 2000
Paul Ramsay (Owner Prime Radio and TV Network) May 2014
Paul Ricketts (Scott Newman) (2UE, RMK)

Paul Ricketts was one of Australia’s best known and widely heard voiceover artists and narrators from the 1970s right through to the early 2000s. He was also the voice of The History Channel in Australia and worked on many Foxtel programs for over two decades. His list of ads and imaging spots for radio stations would number in the hundreds.

Paul Ricketts was also a qualified doctor, having graduated in 1962 in New Zealand where he also started his radio career.

At 2UE in Sydney he was on air as Scott Newman.

Nov 2018
Paul Sime (3SH, 3TR, 3XY, 3UZ) 2001
Paul Turner (Paul Simon/Paul Crampton) (2MG, 2DU, 2NZ, 2QN, 2GB, 2KA,3XY, 2SM, ABC TV Countdown)

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) Sept 2015
Peter Andren AM (2GZ, ATN7, TCN 9, Prime)

Before becoming a journalist, Peter Andren was a teacher. He later worked in Sydney for Seven and Nine News and moved to Orange in 1977 to work with CBN 8 (Midstate/Prime TV) and 2GZ.

He was elected to Federal Parliament as an independent candidate in the Central West NSW seat of Calare in 1996. Peter Andren received the Order of Australia posthumously in 2008

Nov 2007
Peter Bergin (2KY, 2UE, 2CH) 2003
Peter Bernados (2GB, Nine, SBS) Jan 2014
Peter Buzzard (6PR, ABC, 96FM, TVW 7) Jan 2017
Peter Carrodus (GM 2CA, Macquarie Network, 2MBS)
June 1994
Peter Carson (Chief Engineer 2BE/2EC) March 2002 Thank you to Ian Wright
Peter Clarke (4KQ, 4BH) 1972 This is Peter Clarke from Queensland, not Peter Clarke ex ABC 774.
Thank you to Ken Guy .
Peter Dean (6VA, 6PR, 6IX, 6KY, TVW 7, STW 9 Perth) March 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)

ABC Tribute to Peter Leonard is here:

Sept 2008
Peter Lucas (3MP) Feb 2015
Peter Luck (ABC 2BL, 2UE, Seven) Aug 2017
Peter Manolas (3MA) 2005 Thank you to Glenn Looker
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
Peter Tangey (3BO, Easy Mix 98.3, KL-FM Bendigo) Aug 2018 Thank you to Brad Geier
Phebe Irwin (B104.9, Wave FM  i98) Aug 2014
Phil Barnes (3GV, Gold 1242, 3SR/SUN-FM, 3TR) June 2013
Phil Charley OAM (2CH, 3BO, 2GF, 4TO, 2LM, GM 4ZR, GM 2QN, 3NE, AFTRS)

Phil Charley was instrumental in training many of Papua New Guinea’s nascent announcers in the early 1970’s. Phil also served in the RAAF during World War II

Aug 2014 Thank you to Denis Murrell
Phil Gibbs (7LA, 3KZ, ATV 0) Jan 2017
Philip Geeves OAM (2CH, ABC Radio)

Philip Geeves was the official historian and archivist of the AWA Network. He joined 2CH as a junior announcer in 1936. He served in the Middle East during World War II with the 2/5th Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery.

He returned to AWA after the war and retired in the early 1970s but he continued to write over one hundred historical feature programs for ABC Radio. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1980.

Ralph Bain (3UL, 3MA, 3BA, 5DN, 2CC, 8DN, 5AN Adelaide, ABC Canberra) March 2014
Ralph Elphinstone (ABC Radio Albury, Rockhampton, ABC TV Sydney, Melbourne) 1983
Ralph Taylor (First GM 4NA and 4GG, GM 2CC) Dec 2015
Randy (Ransell) Wescombe (7AD, 7EX, 3NE, 4MB) Aug 2016
Ray Abraham (1ZH Hamilton, 7EX, 2MW Radio 97, FM 94.1 Gold Coast) Date Unknown
Ray Barrett (4BH, 4KQ, ABC Radio) Sept 2009
Ray Bean (2TM, 2VM, 2KY, 2UW, 3MP, 2WS, 2UE, 2KA/ONE FM, RMB) Aug 2018 Ray Bean was born in 1935
Ray Bird (4TO)

Ray Bird was a long time announcer on 4TO but had also appeared in ABC radio dramas including “My Tale Is Told”, “Mr Brown” and “The Wisdom’ . He also wrote  “On Stage with Ray Bird” a regular magazine column on life in North Queensland.

Feb 2015 Thank you to Colin Morgan
Ray Chapman AM MBE (3AW, 3XY, 3KZ)
Ray Chapman was a world renowned philatelist. Ray’s Australian Commonwealth collection is recognised internationally as the most comprehensive collection of Australian stamps ever formed, has been awarded several gold medals at international exhibitions and was the first Australian exhibit to be awarded a gold medal at an FIP World Exhibition.
Apr 2019
Ray Currie (4WK, 2AY) Sep 2015
Ray Gamble (AWA, Technician 2UW, 2SM, 2RG, MTN9, AMI Network) Dec 2011
Ray Grice (3AW) Date Unknown
Ray Holman (6GE, 6PM, 6PR, Nine Perth) March 2011 Thank you to Chris Ilsley
Ray McGregor (4BH 4IP 4BK, B105) Oct 1997
Ray Taylor (2GN, ATN 7, ATV 0 & TEN, 3AW, 2BL)

Ray Taylor was also co-host of Australia’s first TV breakfast show, Channel Seven’s Today in the late 50s with Peggy Toppano.

July 2011
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
Rex Gorwell (ABC Melbourne, Radio Australia) July 2018
Rex McLean (7LA) July 2018
Rhett Walker (2UW, 6PR, 3DB, 3AK, 3KZ, First GM FOX-FM)

Rhett Walker was born in New Zealand and worked on radio in the US in the mid 1960s. He was appointed the first GM of Fox FM Melbourne in 1980 and created the station’s unique and successful music format which was a hybrid of the many different formats he worked on and listened to in California.

Dec 2012
Ric Plant (Turf Talk 3UZ) Feb 2015
Richard (Rick) Weston (5DN, 5KA, 5AN ABC Adelaide, 5CL (RN) ABC-FM) Aug 2017 Rick Weston passed away in Vancouver Canada, where he had been living since his retirement in the late 80s
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 Astbury (2VM, 3SR, 3CV, 7EX, 3TR, 3AK, 3DB, ATV 0, GTV 9)

Rob Astbury was the recipient of an unprecedented ten VFL/AFL media awards and two Logie nominations for his sports reporting.

Nov 2017
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
Rob Neil (2GZ, 2GO, 2WS, 2CH, Midstate Television/Prime TV) Dec 2018
Robbie Snowden (6IX, 4GG)

Robbie Snowden was also a talented singer and all-round entertainer who released several singles that charted around Australia.

A really great tribute and messages from icons of the Australian Entertainment industry are here:

Dec 2009
Robert Taylor “Pommy Bob” (Engineer 2UE) Apr 2016
Robin Howells (3TR, The Age, Nation Review) Aug 2015 Thank you to  Ken Guy
Rod Batchelder (3CV, 3GL, 3DB, 3LK, 2NX, 2KY) May 1989
Rod Tiley (4AM, 4CA, 4IP, 4BC, 4BK/B105 Triple M, 6PR) July 2016
Rod White (5AD, 5DN, TEN Adelaide, Seven News, Fleurieu FM) Jan 2018
Roger Bush OBE (2CH)

Reverend Roger Bush OBE (1918–2000) was a British-born Australian Methodist minister. He devised and hosted Connections, a three-hour talkback program on 2CH. Rev. Bush wrote a popular column for the Sydney Sun newspaper for 12 years.  He also served with the RAAF in World War 2.

Roger De Lisle (5AU, 3UZ, ABC Melbourne) Aug 2015
Roger Dowsett (SABN, 5AU, 5RM, 5KA) July 1976
Roger East (ABC 774 3LO Melbourne, ABC TV, AAP)

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
Roger Pettitt (2UW, 2CH and AWA Network) Dec 2018 Thank you to Pete Graham
Roland Redshaw (3DB, ABC Radio Melbourne) Oct 2003
Roly Barlee (3UZ, 3AW, 3AK, 3XY)

Roly Barlee was also an accomplished actor appearing on stage, in  films and TV including playing the part of the Coroner in the first episode of Homicide in 1964.

Date Unknown Thank you to Paul Nicholson
Ron Atholwood (3KZ) May 1967
Ron Cadee (3YB, 3KZ, 3DB, 3UZ, 3AK, QTQ9) 2004
Ron Casey OAM (2KY, 2KA, 2SM, 2GB, Nine Network, TEN Sydney)

Ron Casey was a controversial radio presenter, sports journalist and TV anchor also well known as a boxing and wrestling commentator.

Ron began his career at 2KY in 1948 and commentated on several sports at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, he was also a swimming coach at North Sydney Pool up until the early 70s.

Ron Casey was awarded the Order Of Australia in 1988

Oct 2018
Ron Collett (2UW) June 2015
Ron Euling (3NE, 3SR, GMV 6, GM  Associated. Broadcasters, 98.5 Pulse FM Shepparton) Sept 1998 Thank you to Graeme Macartney
Ron Gibson (2MO, 2CK/2NM, 2HR/2NX, 2KO)

Ron Gibson was born in Tamworth in 1929 and started as a technician and announcer at 2MO.

He later joined 2CK Cessnock (which moved to Muswellbrook to become 2NM) and 2HR Maitland which became 2NX in 1954.

Date Unknown
Ron Haig-Muir (6GE, 2WG, 2QN, 2LF, Vice-President FARB)

Ron Haig-Muir started his radio career as an announcer and copywriter at 6GE Geraldton in 1936 and later joined 2WG in Wagga Wagga where he was appointed Sales Manager in 1945. In 1947 he set up his own company which was built into Melbourne’s largest independent special radio sales operation.

In 1955 he bought 2QN Deniliquin in partnership with E. V. Roberts, taking control and operating as adjunct to the Melbourne sales activities.

In 1969, he became Executive Director of Riverina Broadcasters (2WG) and subsequently added 2LF Young to the company. Ron was also a Vice President of the industry body FARB, the predecessor to Commercial Radio Australia and inducted into the Commercial Radio Hall of Fame in 2002.

Ron Haig-Muir also served with the RAAF in World War II

April 2004
Rosemary Margan (GTV 9, 3KZ, 3AW)

Rosemary Margan was a winner of six national water skiing titles and was also one of John Laws’ beauties on TEN’s Beauty and The Beast. Rosemary was married to 3AW Broadcaster Neil Mitchell’s brother Ross.

Dec 2017
Ross Warneke (3AW, The Age)

Ross Warneke was a renowned newspaper journalist, television critic and commentator with The Age newspaper from 1971 to 2006 and from 1995, 3AW presenter and producer of The Neil Mitchell program and was at the helm of the show for the big news stories of recent decades, including the Port Arthur massacre and the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Ross covered many genres of journalism for major city newspapers including the Sydney Morning Herald, International newspapers, and international broadcasters such as the BBC and European media organisation.

A tribute to Ross Warneke from The Age appears here:

Aug 2006 Thank you to  Libby Warneke
Ross Weekes (2PK, 4CA, 2WG, 2GB) July 2014
Roy Harwood (GM 3MA) Date Unknown
Roy Tingay (4BC, 3AK, 2SM, 3KZ, 4BH, 2NX, 2KM, 8HA, 5MU, NBN TV, ABC Grafton)

Roy Tingay served in Tobruk and New Guinea with the Australian Army in World War 2.

Roy’s tribute from the Courier Mail appears here:

Oct 2010 Thank you to Ian Wright and Trish Tingay.
Royston Squires (2GB) Date Unknown
Russ Tyson (4BC, 4KQ, 4QR) Sep 2014
Sam Kronja (2UE, 2SM, 2CH, 6PM, 6IX, Seven Perth) Feb 2001 Thank you to Wayne Mac
Sean Flannery (6KY, 2UE 2SM, 2GB, TEN) Nov 2011
Selwyn (Sel) Jones (2KO, 2KA, 2UW, 3KZ) 1990
Shane McFarlane (6KA Karratha, 2CA, KO-FM, Mix 94.5 Perth) Oct 2015
Shirley Bowie (3CS) July 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:

Apr 2010 Thank you to Ken McKay
Stan Rofe (7AD, 3AK, 3XY, 3KZ, 3UZ, 3DB, KZ-FM) 2003
Stan Zemanek (1410 CFUN Vancouver, 2UW, 4TO, 2WS, 2UE, 2GB, 3AW) July 2007
Stephan Kent (8DN, 4AY, 4TTT, My105FM Mackay, Murri FM 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
Steven Alward (SBS, ABC Radio and Television)

Steve Alward had a distinguished career of more than 25 years at the ABC as a reporter, producer and editorial manager, which included senior roles as Head of International News, Head of Policy and Staff Development and Head of Radio National.

Jan 2018
Strat (Stratford) Ward (2XL, 2LM, 2NZ, 2LF, 2GZ, CBN 8, MidState Television/Prime) Sept 2001
Stuart Matchett (4ZZ/4ZZZ, Double J, Network PD Triple J, ABC DiG, ABC Jazz, ABC Country)

A great tribute to Stuart Matchett from Midnight Oil’s Peter Garrett is here:

Apr 2018
Stuie (Stewart) McInnes (4TO, 2MW, 4BC, 4QN ABC North Queensland)

Stu McInnes started his career recording shows for Ipswich and Capalaba Drive-ins from a studio in Brighton, Brisbane. Before his first job at 4TO he worked at the Record Market in Brisbane and at one stage was a furniture removalist.
Stewart McInnes was also the host of ABC Radio’s “On This Day”

Feb 2010 Thank you to Ren Zwiers
Sue McAlister (ABC Radio, Radio Australia, BBC, The Herald Melbourne)

Sue McAlister was the producer of the BBC’s flagship news and current affairs program Newshour, which had a worldwide audience of several million.
She was also the recipient of two United Nations Media Peace prize.

Jan 2012
Ted Furlong (3BA, 6VA Albany) Date Unknown
Terry Dear (2GB, 2UE, 3KZ, 3AW, 4BH, Nine, Seven) June 1995
Terry Harkins (2NZ) Date Unknown
Terry Helgesen (2WAY FM Wauchope)

Terry Helgesen was a life member of Hastings Community Radio 2WAY FM in Wauchope. He joined the station before it went to air, during the licence application process in the 1980s and was a presenter until 2011.

Nov 2017
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) Aug 2017
Terry Moore (2 Double O, WIN TV) Date Unknown
Terry O’Sullivan (ABC Radio, The Age) Apr 2018
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 Barnett (ABC RN)

Professor Tony Barnett, was Emeritus Professor of Zoology at the Australian National University, presenter of  ABC RN’s Science Show and a record 31 Ockham’s Razor talks on ABC Radio National, died in 2003 at the age of 88.

June 2003
Tony Charlton OAM (3AW, 3UZ, 3KZ, Nine, Seven) Dec 2012
Tony Dickinson (2RE, 2KY, 4BH, 2UW, 2UE, TEN)

Tony Dickinson started his career as a cadet journalist at 2RE Taree.


Sept 2014 Thank you to John Rogers
Tony Evans (ABC Radio and TV WA)

Tony Evans was born in the UK and migrated to Australia in 1961. He joined the ABC in Perth, working as a presenter, reporter, writer and producer for television and radio. During this time, he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship. Tony Evans was also the first host of the ABC-TV WA edition of “Today Tonight”.

Tony Evans passed away in the UK, where he had been living for a number of years.

Jan 2018
Tony Gordon (5SE, 5AU, 5KA, 2UE, Seven, QTQ9) 2001
Tony Joyce (ABC Radio AM PM, ABC TV This Day Tonight)

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
Tony Schmidt (4MB, 2MW, 4GG) July 2018
Tony Williams (2PK, 2KO, 2HD)

Tony Williams left the industry in the mid 1970s to sell insurance in the Newcastle area

Date Unknown Note: Not Tony Williams GM of Wave FM and HO-FM Hobart.
Twink Story  (Edwina Ford) OAM (PD and Presenter 2HD)

From the 1940s till the late 60s Twink Story was one of the best known radio personalities in Newcastle. She was awarded the Order Of Australia in 1986

Dec 1992
Vaughan Harvey (Vaughan Harvey Radio School Adelaide, 5KA, 5AD, 5AA) Jan 2015
Vern Haycroft (3YB, 3SR, 3UL, 3CS) July 1992
Vernon Turner OAM (Founder Christian Broadcasting Association 2CBA/Hope 103.2).

Rev Vernon Turner established the Christian Broadcasting Association Limited (CBA), a non-profit organisation that supplied free programs  to radio stations. Sydney’s Hope 103.2 started broadcasting as 2CBA FM in March 1979.
Album photo – thanks to Ramon Williams

2006 Album photo – thank you to Ramon Williams
Vi Greenhalf (3XY, 3AW, GTV 9)

Vi Greenhalf and her husband owned the well known Melbourne Restaurant The Walnut Tree

Dec 1999
Vic Braham (5DN) May 2005
Vic Davies (2KA, 2WS, 2WL, Club Veg Triple J, 2SM, 2MMM, Triple M Perth, MIX 106.5, Star 104.5)

Vic Davies was probably best known for the radio comedy show Club Veg (which was initially called The Morning After Show) with his on-air partner Mal Lees. The show started on Triple J in 1984 but before this, Vic worked at 2KA, then 2WS for the Mad Mel show in the evenings and 2WL.

Also at 2KA in the early 80s was Mal Lees but they did not work together at that stage. Vic was copywriter, did jingles, production and  voice overs while Malcolm Lees did a variety of shifts. In the mid 80s Vic moved to 2WL as creative director and to do jingles, parodies and other show elements.

In 1986 the show moved from Triple J to 2SM and then to Triple M Sydney in 1988 before heading to Perth in 1994. Club Veg had its final outing during Vic and Mal’s second stint at Triple M Sydney between 1998 and 2002.

Nov 2009 Thank you to Peter Hand, John O’Callaghan, Lee Jay Richards and Col Lee
Vince Curry (4GR, 4BC)

Vince Curry was one of Australia’s best known racecallers. He started at the age of 17 on 4GR and in 1960 moved to 4BC. He also called boxing and Olympic events including Munich in 1972.

Australia’s richest maiden race for greyhounds, the Vince Curry Memorial has been run in Ipswich since 1985.

A tribute to Vince Curry by Paul Dolan from Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club is here:

Feb 1983
Vince Lovegrove (5KA, Nine Network)

Vince Lovegrove was a member of 1960s band The Valentines, with Bon Scott who Vince would later introduce to AC/DC. Vince was one of Bon’s closest friends right up to his death in 1980.

In the early 70s Vince wrote for Go-Set magazine and was the creative director for 5KA in the. Later in his career he became an artist’s agent and manager representing Jimmy Barnes and Divinyls.

He moved into Television in the late 70s working on A Current Affair and as a producer on The Don Lane Show.

Vince won a Human Rights Awards in 1987 for his documentary “Suzi’s Story,” which told the story of his wife’s battle with HIV-AIDS and aimed to raise awareness that AIDS was not just a “gay disease.” His son Troy also tragically died of AIDS just before hi eighth birthday.

Vince Lovegrove died in a car accident near Byron Bay, on 24 March 2012

Mar 2012
Vincent Smith MBE (2UE, 2GB, 5DN, 5AA, Seven News, The Australian, National Times)

Vincent Smith was awarded the MBE in 1980

April 1991
Wal Morrison (2DU, 2KO, 2NX, NBN 3)

Wal Morrison was also lead singer in Dubbo band ‘Ides Of Man’.

June 2018
Wally Chamberlain (Engineer 3XY, 3DB) 2008
Walter “Wally” Grant (2KY, 2KA, 2LT, 2BS, 2DU) 1961 Thank you to Ian Wright
Walter Eastman OAM (ABC Radio Tasmania, ABC PM, The Mercury Hobart)

Wal Eastman was born in Sydney in 1928 and joined the ABC in 1945, working in several states and Papua New Guinea as well as become the first Canberra reporter for PM before moving to the ABC in Hobart in 1973. He later became Assistant State Manager until he retired at age 55.

In 2010 He was awarded an OAM for his service to the performing arts and to the Tasmanian community. Walter Eastman was also the long time theatre reviewer for The Mercury newspaper in Hobart.

Jan 2018 Thank you to Nick Weare
Ward “Pally” Austin (2KA, 2UE, 2UW, 2WS) Aug 1998
Warren Atkinson (4GC, 4ZR, 4LM, 4HI, 3NE, FM 99.7 Redcliffe) Jun 2010 Thanks to Darren Roberts
Warren Pain (8DN, 8TOP-FM Darwin)

Warren Pain was also a thoroughbred horse owner/trainer and the first newsreader on Darwin’s NTD 8 Television

Warren Tansley (7HT, 2GN, 3HA, 3AK) July 1976
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 Gregson (3BO, Gold 98.3, The Sun, Bendigo Advertiser) Apr 2019
Wayne Tregaskis (5AD, NWS 9 Adelaide, 0/10 News Melbourne)

Wayne Tregaskis left the industry to join Qantas in a PR and media management role. Wayne died in a boating accident in Sydney in 2012.

Jan 2012
Wayne Wilson (4RO, 4BC, RadioTAB) June 2014
Wilfrid Thomas (ABC Radio)

Wilfrid Thomas started with the ABC in 1936 and was later appointed the ABC’s first Federal Director of Light Entertainment. His program The Wilfrid Thomas Show began on ABC Radio in 1941 and ended its phenomenal run on December 28, 1980.

Aug 1991
Wyburn Taylor (6KG, 6IX, 6KY, 6PM, 6PR)

Wyburn Taylor was one of 6PR’s original Good Guys in 1964

1997 Thank you to Wayne Taylor
Yolanta Novak (Green) (5AU, 3CS, 2GO, 3AW) Aug 2018 Thank you to John Kerr
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GRACE GIBSON (1905–1989)

by Lynne Murphy

This article was published in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 17, (MUP), 2007

Grace Isabel Gibson (1905-1989), radio executive producer, was born on 17 June 1905 at El Paso, Texas, United States of America, daughter of Calvin Newton Gibson, rancher, and his wife Margaret Escobara, née Schultz, born in Mexico City. After graduating from high school at Hollywood, California, Grace began working for the Radio Transcription Co. of America.

Previously married and divorced, on 29 November 1930 she married Thomas Atchison at Hollywood with Methodist forms; they were later divorced. Clever and ambitious, with a brash, cheerful personality, by her late twenties she was the company’s leading saleswoman. She so impressed Alfred Bennett—Sydney radio-station 2GB’s general manager, who was visiting the USA—that he invited her to help him set up and manage a company, American Radio Transcription Agencies (later Artransa Pty Ltd), which sold American recorded radio programs throughout Australia. Gibson agreed to go to Sydney for six months, but stayed on.

In 1933 2GB was the first radio-station in Australia to broadcast 16-inch (41 cm) quarter-hour recordings of drama and music. Two of these, ‘Tarzan of the Apes’ and ‘Pinto Pete and his Ranch Boys’, sold to the sponsors Pepsodent Co. (Aust.) Pty Ltd and Lever Bros Ltd respectively, gained immense popularity.

In 1941 Gibson, in the USA to buy more programs, was stranded when that country entered World War II. Three years later she was managing her old firm, the Radio Transcription Co. of America. She returned to Australia in 1944 and on 18 August at the registrar general’s office, Sydney, married Randal Robert McDonnell Parr, an Irishman serving in the Australian Imperial Force.

The ban on the importation of non-essential goods during the war was a boon for Australian-made products including radio programs, which were now locally produced and increasingly locally written. Gibson set up her own company, Grace Gibson Radio Productions Pty Ltd, in Sydney, using American scripts with local actors as compères or narrators.

Among them were Ron Randell in ‘These Are the Facts’ and ‘The Drama of Medicine’, and Reg Johnston in ‘The History of Flight’. With her customary flair, Gibson sold these and other programs to various Sydney and interstate radio stations. 2CH, 2UE and 2UW competed against each other to broadcast the ‘Nyal Radio Playhouse’, which featured locally produced half-hour plays. Her first serial, in half-hour episodes, was ‘Mr and Mrs North’.

Gibson was astute in her choice of drama directors who, in turn, cast good actors, resulting in high-quality, successful productions. Talented writers adapted the American scripts to local conditions and created original material when the American scripts ran out. They were encouraged to write their own serials—with some outstanding results such as Lindsay Hardy’s spy thrillers ‘Dossier on Dumetrius’, ‘Deadly Nightshade’ and ‘Twenty Six Hours’.

By 1954 Grace Gibson Productions was putting out thirty-two programs per week. They went to air in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Hong Kong and Canada. Most were for evening listening (‘Night Beat’ being an enduring favourite), but her two flagship productions, ‘Dr Paul’ and ‘Portia Faces Life’, were marathon runners among the morning soap operas. ‘Dr Paul’ (originally written by an American, Virginia Crosby) ran for 4634 quarter-hour episodes from 1949 to 1971. Sponsored by the soap manufacturer Lever Bros, it was heard on forty-eight stations throughout Australia four mornings a week, and was also sold overseas.

‘Portia Faces Life’, with Lyndall Barbour in the leading role of the lawyer Portia Manning, ran for 3544 episodes from 1954 to 1970. By then television ruled the air waves and Gibson, who claimed to be the sole survivor among operators of commercial studios, scaled down her production to serials of four-minute episodes, one of which was ‘I Killed Grace Random’.

Dark eyed, dark haired, and generously proportioned, Grace Gibson was always well groomed. Stories of her tight-fistedness abound, yet her staff were fiercely loyal to her, and after her retirement she made a large donation to the Actors’ Benevolent Fund. With her toughness she had a self-mocking humour. She retained her Texan drawl and an American, feminine, almost girlish quality, evident when she spoke of her first meeting with her Parr: ‘He made my little heart go pit-i-pat’. Typical of Grace was her quip when told of a fire in a rival production studio: ‘Nothing trivial, I hope’.

In 1978 Gibson retired and sold the business. She was appointed AO (1987) in recognition for her services to the performing arts, particularly through radio productions. Her beloved husband Ronnie died in 1985 and she lived alone for the rest of her life in the large stylish apartment at Potts Point that had been the scene of great social life in their heyday. She died there on 10 July 1989 and was cremated.


Tess Lawrence 

Independent Australia

June 2018

THE FINAL DEADLINE came for journalist Barry Everingham on the morning of 4 June 2018.

Overcome by cancer and pneumonia, he had declined further medical treatment.

His son Dougal said he “passed away quietly…. he was ready to go and had made his peace”

Indeed he had. His was a volatile and adventurous life, flamboyant, noisy and vociferous. But away from the madding crowd he invariably assembled, was a surprisingly quiet and reflective man. In his end days more so because he was physically constrained by illness. It was a blessing that his mind remained agile and noncomformist; his default position.

A blisteringly funny, at times viperish and compelling raconteur, Barry could – and did – speak on any topic, invited or no. He was a born storyteller, a restless buccaneer scribe, an intellectual chameleon with the gift of the gab who easily drifted to and fro the hoi polloi, the royal, the posh and the would-be-if-they-could-be types.

Barry Everingham can be described as the ultimate name dropper and with good reason! After a lifetime in the media he has interviewed hundreds of celebrities, covered many major events and in his spare time has played with the rich and famous.

His beat has been Australia, England, the United States, Spain, most of Europe, Singapore, Hong Kong, The Phillipines – he even travelled to Moscow on the trans Siberian Express and covered Christina Onassis’ first wedding

Years later an American TV network sent him to London for the wedding of Prince Edward to Sophie Rhys Jones. The old Melbourne Herald had him go to John Elliott’s marriage to Amanda Bayles at St Johns Toorak. At the other end of the scale he was at Joyce Grenfell’s Memorial Service in Westminster Abbey.

Everingham’s career took him to the ABC, Australian United press, Murdoch’s Australian papers, the News Limited bureaux in Canberra and London.

He was a political commentator for Channel 10, Sydney’s Radio 2UE, Melbourne’s 3AW and 3UZ, he was Canberra “stringer” for UPI and the Hindustan Times of New Delhi.

For most of the 1980’s he was Mode magazines “mouth from the south” and his column “Everingham’s High Life in the Deep South” became a must read.

In New York, he became the “royal guru” for MSNBC, Extra! and Court TV, appearing on the late Johnnie Cochran’s law show.

In 1985 he wrote, and Bantam published, the unofficial biography of the royal renegade, Princess Michael of Kent: “MC, the Adventures of a Maverick Princess”.

He has been covering the comings and goings of the British royal family since 1979 and has become an acknowledged “royal watcher”, a description he hates.

He believes his foray into reporting came about by a throw away in his final year at school. In a round robin class discussion he swayed off the beaten track and injected an opinion on a subject not on the agenda. His teacher sighed deeply and said: “Everingham, your mind is a cess pool of trivia, you really should be a reporter!”.

He was commanded to dance with former Phillipines first lady Imelda Marcos at a party given in Sydney by Lady (Mary) Fairfax.

He says: “A huge colonel from Imelda’s entourage approached me and said ‘the first lady of The Phillipines would like to dance with you’. I took it more as a command than a request!”

Queen Elizabeth told him to be as “naughty as you like” when at a party on board “Britania” in Kuwait Harbour , the monarch quizzed him about the new palace of the Sultan of Oman where had met the Omani ruler a week earlier.

He met Princess Margaret at the house of one of her European royal cousins and they often met on many later occasions.

In London, Princess Alexandra recalled meeting Barry’s wife, Avril, at a Government House lunch. “Please give her my love”, the Princess said “and tell her I still remember that pretty red hat she wore at lunch”.

Barry recalls two early brushes with celebrity – his grandmother, the beautiful Sydney identity, Mrs John Henderson Jay, took him for afternoon tea with Gladys Moncreif, a musical comedy star of yesteryear.

In Perth, where he and his mother were holidaying, they encountered Dr H. V. Evatt in the foyer of their hotel.

“Bert Evatt walked over to my mother, kissed her on the cheek and said: ‘how lovely to see you. And this boy is your son?'”

“I was blown away,” he admits.

And in the great Depression, his parents took in Jill Perryman’s parents and sister – and a life long friendship developed. Jill’s sister, the late Dianna Perryman was famous actor, their mother Dot, a stunningly beautiful J C Williamson “show-girl” and father Bill, an actor, singer and radio indentity.,11576

Barry Everingham


Jack Hume was one of the first voices on radio in Adelaide when his father started broadcasting on an experimental licence in 1924. The family formed the company Hume Broadcasters which launched South Australia’s first station, 5DN. Jack’s mother Stella was the first female broadcaster in Australia in 1924. Jack’s brother was chief engineer.
Jack Hume also served with the Australian Infantry in World War 2.

Jack is listed as working at 5DN, 5RM, 5KA, ABC Adelaide, 2BL ABC 702 Sydney

Sunday Mail (Adelaide) June 1989:

Jack Hume 1989


VINCE CURRY 4GR, 4BC – 1929-1983

By Paul Dolan – Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club

Australia’s richest maiden race for greyhounds is the Vince Curry Memorial.

This glamour event was first run at the Ipswich Showgrounds track in 1985.

It was won by Katie’s Lad, trained by Peter Coleman. Since then, many winners have gone on to become household names of greyhound racing, including Mick Ivers’ Captain Standby in 1992, Gary Ralph’s Classy Marcy 1994, Mick Abbott’s Token Prince 1997 and Paul Felgate’s Just the Best in 1999.

Most people who follow the event have probably heard of Vince Curry, but know little about him.

Known as racing’s Mr Nice Guy, Vince Curry had a passion for the `’Sport of Kings” and radio broadcasting which was seldom rivalled.

Born at Oakey, near Toowoomba, in 1929, Vince was captivated by racing at an early age. He used to do phantom calls of races, and was noticed doing this as a teenager. He became course commentator at the Toowoomba gallops when aged 16. Upon leaving school at age 17, he joined local radio station 4GR, and made his mark as an announcer and commentator before transferring to Brisbane in 1960 to replace the retiring gallops caller, Ron Anwin.

At radio 4BC, and through radio stations Australia wide, Vince became a household name and instantly recognised voice.

As well as his horse racing descriptions, Vince also excelled at describing a variety of sports, including Davis Cup tennis, test cricket. Olympic Games track and field and swimming, and one of his main loves – boxing.

Vince had a dry sense of humour, and it was during one of his boxing broadcasts at Brisbane’s Festival Hall that a funny incident occurred.

Vince was seated ringside at a table with fellow commentator, John McCoy. At the conclusion of the bout, Vince stepped up onto the table to hoist himself into the ring to interview the winner. But the table collapsed, and Vince crashed to the floor and broke a collarbone. As McCoy escorted him to an awaiting ambulance, Vince declared – `’they should ban boxing, it’s too dangerous.”

Vince called athletics at the 1972 Munich Olympics. He called an Australian gold medal winning performance, only to find out that the radio broadcast line to Australia had gone dead. Bear in mind this was back in an era when there was no live television coverage of the Olympics. People back home were glued to their radios in the wee hours of the morning, awaiting the various sporting descriptions. Vince didn’t even have a recording of that gold medal race. He had, as fate would turn out, called what he considered the greatest call of his career to one person – himself !!

You may ask – why would a leading greyhound club like Ipswich pay such respect to Vince Curry via its big maiden event ? After all, Vince never called greyhound racing.

The reason is, that when the Ipswich G.R.C. was attempting to obtain a Saturday night racing license in the early 1980s, the club had to be able to guarantee radio broadcasting to the TAB. Vince Curry, as sporting director of radio 4BC, went out of his way to ensure that this happened. Stations 4BK (now B 105) and 4KQ had broadcast the Gabba dogs, but weren’t interested in taking on greyhound broadcasts on a Saturday night.

Vince saw the addition of a greyhound meeting to 4BC’s already popular Saturday night harness race broadcasts as a good mix, and convinced management to support Ipswich. The foundation Ipswich committee, under president Ted Meehan, was forever grateful to Vince for what he did for the club. Curry attended the opening race meeting at the Ipswich Showgrounds in May, 1982.

Vince did enjoy a night at the greyhounds, and on occasions, was the guest starter for the annual Celebrity Hurdle race at the old Gabba track.

During the Brisbane Commonwealth Games of 1982, I called a few Doomben and Eagle Farm race meetings, deputising for Alan Thomas who was involved in Channel Nine’s coverage of the Games. During that period, I worked alongside Vince Curry. He told me that his back had been playing up for a while, and friends had convinced him to go and have it checked. He did so, and was diagnosed with inoperable bowel cancer. Vince passed away four months later, in February, 1983, aged 54.

It is with a sense of pride that I get the opportunity to call the Vince Curry Memorial series here at Ipswich. But it’s always done with some sadness. Each year, I remember a wonderful man at this time.

Vince was a bachelor all his life. I once asked him why he never married, and he said: `’I’m married to racing.” Indeed he was.

(Bottom Right Vince Curry with Wayne Wilson and John McCoy – 4BC 1974)

 4BC 1974 sport


Stuart Matchett, played a pivotal role in public broadcasting

By Peter Garrett

The Sydney Morning Herald 12 April 2018

Stuart Matchett 2JJ 1978

Chances are if you were a young person listening to ABC youth radio from the mid-1970s onwards a few distinctive voices would have stood out. And from the 1980s onwards, chances are most of the music you heard was overseen by one of those voices, Stuart Matchett.

A foundation presenter at 2JJ and then Triple J, also serving as program director and acting general manager, Matchett possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of post-war popular music. He became network program director at ABC Digital Radio and was widely respected for his pivotal role in the development and growth of public broadcasting in Australia.

He died peacefully on April 4, following an extended, valiant battle with cancer. No one was drawn into the epicentre of his struggle; instead, he projected a calm, cheerful demeanour throughout – no small achievement.

The eldest son of Victor, a clinical psychiatrist, and Cecily Matchett, he grew up in the inner Brisbane suburb of Indooroopilly. From an early age his love, bordering on obsession, of music stood out.

The advent of LP records, which he collected in great number, played on a bulky, primitive device known as a gramophone, and his grandmother’s gift of a radio, set the compass.

Hardly religious, he enjoyed singing in the local Presbyterian church youth choir. A drum kit, played loudly every day in his bedroom, later given to Go Between’s drummer Lindy Morrison, completes the picture.

In his teens, Matchett formed the group the Ides of March with local mates, and at school, took every opportunity to perform in drama productions. Later excursions into theatre followed, including a co-written play, Stuff A Duck.

Matchett abhorred violence of any kind. The signs were there early. As a young boy he refused to play the shoot ’em up childhood game, Cowboys and Indians. His secondary education was at Brisbane Boys’ College, where he sought refuge from school cadets to play drums in the school pipe band.

Attending the University of Queensland from 1968 to 1972, Matchett was active in radical politics and well known in the Brisbane arts and music scenes. This was the era of the Bjelke-Petersen government, where civil liberties were given scant regard. Matchett and fellow students were on the streets, among the first to call out the deficiencies of the regime. At night, he could be found searching out live music in clubs such as El Rancho and Foco at Queensland Trades Hall, run at that time by a collective that included the youth branch of the Communist Party.

Despite graduating with a science degree and armed with a teaching diploma, he managed only one year instructing students in maths and science in a small town in Central Queensland, before heading to the bright lights of London in 1974 to immerse himself in theatre studies. But this also was to be a relatively short stay.

At that time there were few opportunities for young Australians to access new music and ideas springing up, both overseas and on home soil, following the massive opposition to the war in Vietnam, and the explosion in youth culture that followed.

The Whitlam government, elected in 1972, had determined to address the issue of public broadcasting, and the University of Queensland student’s union was a vigorous proponent for specific public radio stations for young people.

Jim Beatson, one of the founders of 4ZZZ, observed that Matchett was the person who “more than any other”, popularised the idea of a radio station with a radical and satirical bent, that was fun to listen to because of the music it played, with content supported by professional journalists. This vision informed the student union’s submission to government, and the subsequent granting of public radio licenses around the country, and was synchronous with the establishment by the ABC of a new youth radio station, 2 Double Jay.

Matchett returned from London in 1975 to take up a position as one of four full-time announcers employed on the original 4 Double Z station, which later became 4 Triple Z FM, the first community stereo FM rock station of its time. He possessed a friendly radio voice and could draw on his exhaustive knowledge of music to enlighten the listener.

Matchett was lured to Sydney in 1978 to take up a position as a foundation announcer at Double Jay. He later became program director of Triple J and held that position when the station went national. He was central in devising the new music policy at Triple J. The changes to a more structured format saw Triple J increase its reach and popularity, a state that remains to this day.

One colleague wrote of Matchett in this period, “He was the epitome of calm, and in the face of a crisis he showed us that thoughtfulness would always lead you to the right thing to do and that good humour would always disarm aggression.”

From the very beginning Matchett was a passionate supporter of local music and up-and-coming bands, including Midnight Oil. He was the first person to consistently champion the Saints classic I’m Stranded, but there were many others – including Mental As Anything, the Models, XL Capris, Dragon, the Warumpi Band and Paul Kelly – that he supported early in their career. It was not uncommon to come off stage and encounter an enthusiastic Matchett referencing the songs, gently critiquing or praising the performance, and then giving a quick thumbs up and disappearing into the night.

Following a brief stint in commercial radio, in 2002 he returned to the ABC to manage the introduction of three new digital stations, playing jazz, country and rock, with the rock station reborn as Double Jay. He’d come full circle in a career he called “the most fantastic job in the world”. Overseeing a challenging technical operation, while at the same time programming the playlists for each station, was an extraordinary achievement, marvelled at by radio professionals, and yet carried out, typically, with wit and quiet determination.

In 1987 Matchett married noted comedian and writer Angela Webber, the marriage produced two daughters, Lily and Sally. Following her death from cancer in 2007, Matchett was a diligent single dad in what was a difficult time, a constant presence at sports days, all the time curating playlists that he tested on his daughters – their home, like his at their age, filled with music.

In 2012 he married Angela Conry, a member of the winning Australian women’s masters rowing crew in Sydney 2009 and Turin 2013, who nursed him with great compassion until he died.

Peter Garrett

12 April 2018


Originally from Melbourne where he attended Melbourne Boys High, Maurie Service studied voice production at the Lee Murray School of Broadcasting while working casually at 3XY.

After the course he joined the advertising (sales) department at 3DB, but Maurie’s first full time position on air was on 3NE calling football in the Ovens & Murray League, he moved to 3TR before joining 3KZ and in the late 60s moved to the Gold Coast.

In his time at 4GG/4GGG he was on air, did news and sport and later moved into sales where he stayed until joining community station 4CRB.

Maurie Service was also an accomplished Double Bass player, playing in bands in Melbourne and regional Victoria and also had his VFL Umpire’s ticket.

Maurie Service 4GG 1968

NIGEL DICK 1948-2018

Nigel Dick was born 15th March 1928 in the UK, and immigrated to Australia in the late 1940s.

A media veteran with experience spanning back to 1948, Nigel Dick AM, has passed away aged 89. He spent his life heavily involved in Melbourne and Victorian TV & Radio industry including as sales manager at GTV 9 in the 1950s rising to the rank of General Manager of GTV 9 Richmond which was owned by media baron Frank Packer which in the 1960s acquired 3AK.

He later became Managing Director of the Victorian Broadcasting Network (VBN) and was instrumental in the name change of VBN to Southern Cross.

In 1969/70 Nigel accepted the role of Director of Television and Broadcasting for the Herald and Weekly Times Ltd and Chairman of HSV7 where he had responsibility for chairing the 3DB/3LK board.

From 1978 to 1986 he was CEO of the NZ Broadcasting Corporation and in 1994 was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to the media and the community. During this time he was also on the Media Studies Advisory Committee at RMIT University and was one of the founders of the charity rehabilitation organisation Odyssey House Victoria.

Nigel Dick was diagnosed with dementia and moved into a nursing home, passing away just before his 90th birthday in March 2018.

Nigel Dick


Graeme Gilsenan (also known as Graeme Gill) started his radio career in the early 1950s, in the music library at 3UZ for around twelve months before moving to 3KZ where he worked as a panel operator for Alan Freeman, eventually becoming a presenter.

In the mid 50s Graeme moved to 2RG Griffith and later worked at the then new TV station MTN 9.

In 1965 Graeme moved to London and joined a whole army of expats living at the famous Earls Court. He joined Radio London in 1966 and went on to become a founding presenter at iconic pirate stations Radio Caroline and Radio North Sea International off the Dutch coast.

Graeme joined Radio Netherlands in 1974. He passed away in Amsterdam where he had been living since his retirement from RN in the late 80s. Graeme Gilsenan was 82.

Photo thank you to Alexis J Favenchi

Graham Gilsenan 1983 from Alexis Favenchi


Darrell Eastlake ran a surf shop and was a surfboard maker when he began doing Surf Reports on Sydney’s 2UW (MIX/KIIS 106.5) in the mid 1960s, but before turning his hand to the art of shaping fibreglass he was a baggage handler with Qantas at Sydney Airport.

In the late 60s he started selling advertising and doing promotions for the Gold Coast’s 4GG, (now Gold 92.5) and was soon also doing Surfwatch and other sporting segments firstly under manager Ralph Taylor and later Barry Ferber.

In 1974, Darrell was hired by 2GO GM Bob Scott to do sport and sales and his family moved back to the Central Coast where he started calling local football live, winning two Radio Industry Awards for Best Sporting Personality in Australia and New Zealand in 1980 and 81. He also pursued touring car racing, driving a Leyland P76 in the Australian Touring Car Championship.

It was around this time that he began calling rugby league for NBN-3 in Newcastle which in 1982 led to working on the Nine Network’s Wide World Of Sport. He became the booming voice of State of Origin in partnership with legendary coach Jack Gibson and was also one of the best known commentators for other Nine events including the 1982 Commonwealth Games

Having retired from TV and other main media, in 2004, he came out of retirement to do sports reports on breakfast Mondays and Fridays on the Central Coast’s Star 104.5 FM.

Darrell Eastlake had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and emphysema since 2010 and died in his nursing home on the NSW Central Coast in April 2018. He was 75.

Darrell Eastlake


With many thanks to Gary Boughen who was PD at 4GG also with thanks to a close friend of Bert’s who worked at 4GG.

Bert “Bird Brain” Robertson – 3KZ, 2UW, 2MW, 4BC, 4GG

Bert Robertson was born in Prahran, Melbourne on April 18th 1928. Bert’s first radio job was at 3KZ, during the 40s/50s as a radio technician and sound-assistant to the great Norman Banks. He developed his sense of humour here and would score some amazing interviews by saying he was from the BBC – not the London based broadcaster, but the Brighter Broadcasting Corporation which was the 3KZ company name.

He worked at 2UW, Sydney in the 50s then Brisbane’s 4BC where in the morning slot as “Bird Brain” Bert Robertson he was unpredictable and generated huge ratings. One day on-air, he asked everyone to immediately fill baths/sinks/buckets whatever they could store water in!

As a result the Brisbane Lord Mayor’s office (mayor was probably Clem Jones), the Water Commissioner, all called the station to say the Somerset Dam level was dramatically falling and asked Bert to inform his listeners to stop immediately. Bert’s answer to management and others was simply, “Who said no-one listens to 4BC?”

The next day, Bert’s gag resulted in major Newspaper headlines throughout Queensland, even the interstate TV and radio stations.

Bert came to work at 4GG, Gold Coast in about 1976 and became the “life of the party” … and drew crowds wherever he went and particularly when he appeared at the Gold Coast’s biggest shopping centre at the time … Sundale Shopping Centre in Southport.

Sundale was the biggest thing to happen on the Gold Coast at that time and 4GG had an exclusive studio overlooking the centre court stage from which Bert regularly broadcast. And Bert would appear live on the centre stage, big stuff in those days … and drew crowds by the thousands! Bert also did a live 4GG broadcast covering the entire length of Nerang Street, Southport (about 200 metres) which required a number of “OB Lines” in strategic businesses along the street and a few “long leads”.

While the records were playing, the techs would re-plug the OB unit to the next designated socket as he worked his way up the street. It worked a treat as back in 1978, 4GG had a massive listening audience potential of 103,000 people and was the 3rd most successful radio station in Australia!

“Bird Brain” was also the creator of Selwyn Seagull – the 4GG mascot and he would regularly wear the Selwyn costume at events around the coast.

In later years Bert Robertson was the well known voice of the Super Amart, Sportsman’s Paradise and Errol Stewart’s Warehouse ads among many others.