THE AUSTRALIAN RADIO REMEMBRANCE PROJECT

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

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

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

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

There is an updated photo album on the following page:

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

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

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

UPDATED DECEMBER 2017

 

Adam Barnes (Plenty Valley FM, Triple M/Fox FM, B105, DMG Townsville, SA-FM, Gold FM/Mix101.1, SCA Albury) 2007
Adam Vaughan (Vorherr) (City FM, Southern FM, HO-FM, Gold 104, Mixx FM, 3TR, 3CS, 3HA) 2006
Alan “Fluff” Freeman MBE (7LA, 3KZ, BBC, Capital Radio UK) Nov 2006
Alan “Kanga” Ireson (ABC Radio Melbourne) Nov 2017 Alan Ireson worked with the ABC from 1948 until his retirement in 1995.
Alan Baker (2DU, 3KZ) Date Unknown
Alan Gibbs (Seven, Radio Lecturer TAFE WA) May 2017
Alan Knight (AAP, ABC Radio, 2JJJ, Macquarie News, ABC RN) Feb 2017
Alan Mead (Chief Engineer Radiowest) Feb 2017
Alan Rawson (2ST, 2KA, 2UE, 2GB, 4BH, ABC Radio Illawarra,  ABC North Coast, Seven News) June 2004
Alan Robertson (6KY-NA, 6PR, 6PM, 6IX) Jul 1982 Thank you to Chris Ilsley
Alan Seymour (6PM, 2UE, 2UW, ABC) Writer of “The One Day Of The Year” March 2015
Alec Macaskill (5AD, ADS7) 2007
Alex Hilling (4CA, 4AM, 4CC, Star FM Coffs Harbour)
coffscoastadvocate.com.au/news/apn-vale-alex/10905/
May 2005
Alex Kenworthy (3AW) 1994 Rev  Alex Kenworthy was a Baptist Minister. He took over from Don Taylor on 3AW’s Nightline from 1971 to 1991
Allan Lappan (2KO, 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) Mar 1985
Andrea Humberstone (6KY, 96FM, Mix 94.5 Perth) March 2015 Thank you to Bob Stuart and Allira Humberstone
Andrew Crothers (101FM Rockingham, Mix 94.5 Perth, Radioactive Singapore) Feb 2014
Andrew Harwood (4WK, 2KY, 2UE, 2GB) Feb 2008
Andrew 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
Anne Deveson AO (AFTRS, 2GB, ABC, SBS) Dec 2016
Anthony Mazzone (2CA, Triple M Adelaide, KO-FM/NX-FM, Austereo) May 2017
Arch McKirdy (3TR, 3SH, 2UW, 2SM, 2GB, ABC Radio, AFTRS) Aug 2013
Arch Tambakis (5AA, 8HA, 2UE, 2KY, 3AK) Sept 1997 Thank you to Ian Wright
Art Townsend (5AA) Date Unknown
Arthur Lyster (3AW) Apr 1988
Barbara Horn (3LO) Jan 2010
Barry Augustus (2GB, 4BH) Aug 2008
Barry Goodear (3UZ, 3NE) June 2004
Barry Rocard (2GB, 2UE, BBC) Sept 2015
Barry Scanlon (3AW) April 2015
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 the film The Nugget.
Nov 2006
Bernard Lynch (3SR, ABC 3WV/WL Horsham, ABC Regional Radio Victoria and Christmas Island, Radio Australia) 1995 Thank you to Rod McNeil, Neville Pellitt, Penny Johnston, Derek Guille, Maureen O’Keeffe
Bernie (Bernard) Harte (2KM, 2KA)
Author: “When Radio Was The Cat’s Whiskers”
July 2015 Thank you Ian Wright
Bernie Walsh (3TR, 3SH) Date Unknown
Bert Bryant (3UZ GTV 9, ATV 0) 1991
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 Scetrine BEM (GM 7SD) Date Unknown Bert Scetrine was awarded the British Empire Medal in the 1977 New Year Honours
Bill Acfield (3GL, 3UZ, 3XY, 3DB) Nov 1977
Bill Ali (4BC, 3XY, 96FM) Aug 2015
Bill Collins (3DB, 3UZ, Seven) 1997
Bill Harper (Chief Engineer 3CV) July 2016 Thanks to Peter Caligari and Ken Guy
Bill Marsden (2LF, RVN/AMV TV) June 2015
Bill Peach (ABC Radio, BBC, TEN) Aug 2013
Bill Rule (6PR, 3KZ, 3AK, 3GL, 3LO) May 2010
Bill Ryan (Chief Engineer 4SB, 4NA/4SS) June 1999
Bill Tuckey (3AW, 3DB) May 2016
Billie (Joan) Karen (3AW) April 2013
Binny (Bernice) Lum (3XY, 3KZ, 3DB) Nov 2012
Blair Edmonds (4QR, ABC TV) Date Unknown
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 NcNair/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 Kosch (3LK) Oct 2006
Bob McGready (2GZ, CBN 8 Orange, Bay FM Byron Bay) Nov 2008
Bob Moore (2DU) Aug 2003
Bob Stevenson (4GR, 4BC, Director of Maranoa Broadcasters – 4ZR) Date Unknown
Bob Stevenson (Country Bob) (4SB, Crow FM) Oct 2015
Bob Upfold (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) 1987 Brad Worth was killed in road accident
Brenton Thompson (2LF, 2WG) Aug 2013
Brian Cahill (4BC, Seven Brisbane) Mar 2015
Brian Carter (3CV, 3BA, 2SM) Date Unknown
Brian Heathcote (4MB, 4BU/Hitz FM) Jan 2007 Brian Heathcote was murdered in Nundah
Brian Kelly (2BS, 2MG, 2TM, 4GG, 4CRB, NEN9) 2012
Brian Minards (2XL, 2CA, ABC Canberra) Sept 2016
Brian Naylor (3AK, 3DB, HSV 7, GTV 9) Feb 2009
Brian Stoneman (2RG, 3CS, 2CC) Sept 1992 Thank you to John Knox
Brian Taylor (3UZ & GTV) Apr 2014
Brian Whetstone (Jon Sydney) (3SH, 3BO, Radio Caroline UK, 3AW) Jan 1998
Brian White (2GB, 2SM, 3AW, 2UE) May  1990
Bruce Anning (ABC Radio Queensland) 1983
Bruce Barry (4GY, 2MW, 4BH, ABC TV) Apr 2017
Bruce Mansfield (3AW, 3UZ, 3KZ, 3XY, TEN) Apr 2016
Bruce Short (4GR, 4BU, 4BC, ABC Queensland) Apr 2011
Bruce Skeggs OAM (Inner FM and Victorian Trotting) Mar 2013
Bryan Eyre (Technician 7AD, 7SD) Aug 2016
Cal Lowney (2QN, 4WK, 4LG) Apr 2017
Cameron Bond (4GR, 2CA, 2SM, 2WS) 1990s
Carl Bleazby (3XY, Radio Jerusalem) Dec 2011
Carl Graham (6TZ, 6KY, 6NA) 1991 Thank you to Chris Ilsley
Carl Magrin (3KZ, 3TT) 1992
Carl Olsen (Radio Hauraki, 6KY, 6PR, 6IX, 2CH, 4GG) June 2006 Carl also worked on air as Terry Olsen at 6KY
Charles (Chuck) Norton (5AD) Date Unknown
Charles Weymouth (2CH, 3AK, 3BO, 3XY, 3CS, 3SH, 3MA) Date Unknown Passed away in Swan Hill.
Thank you to Ken Guy
Chas (Charles) Lumsden (3TR, 3BO, 3UZ, 7HO, 7HT, 7BU, 7EX, 5KA, 5AD, 4AY, TNQ 7) Apr 2017 Chas passed away on the Sunshine Coast aged 77
Chris Bearde (2UE, 2UW, Seven, Nine, TEN) Apr 2017
Chris Brammall (2GN, 2AY, 2GB, 2CH, Wesgo) Nov 2003
Chris Burnat (Engineer CBAA, ABC, SBS, 2NUR, 2WEB, 2SER) June 2014
Chris Chamberlin (B105, ABC TV) Jun 2017
Chris Costello (4ZR, 4HI, 4CC, 4BC, 2WS) Jun 2013
Chris Jensen (ABC QLD, 4BC) May 2013
Chris O’Sullivan ‘Chrisso’ (3WM/3LK, 3CV, 7HO) Dec 1982
Chuck Hobler (2KO, 4BK, TVQ O, BTQ 7) Date Unknown
Clarke Sinclair (3SA, 3AK, 3XY, 3AW, Magic 693, 2GB) July 2010
Claudia Wright (3AW, 3AK) 2005
Clem Allan (3DB, 3AK, 3GL) July 2017
Clem Dimsey (3DB, Channel 0/10) Sep 2015
Clinton Grybas (Eastern FM, 3AW, ABC Radio, Fox Sports) Jan 2008 2007 ACRA winner for Best Sports Presenter
Clive Stark (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) Mar 2015
Colin Fulton (ABC, Nine, ATV 0/10) Jan 2017
Colin Munro AO (ABC Country Hour, Australia All Over, Head of ABC Rural)

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

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

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

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

Mar 2016
Craig Huth (MAX FM/2RE, 4BU, Now FM, Hot 100) Jun 2014
Dal Myles (4BH, 2SM, TEN) 2007
Dan Webb (Seven, 3DB) Mar 2017
Danny Moore (4DDB Toowoomba) Jun 2017
Dave Dangerfield (PM-FM Perth, 4MMM) Dec 1998 Thank you to Bryan Amos
Dave Gosper (5RM, 4RO, 2CA, 2CC, KIX106, Mix 106.3 ) Dec 2013
Dave Pincombe (3TR, 3UZ/Sport 927, 3XY, 3DB, 4GG, 5KA) Oct 2001
David ‘Daisy’ Day (5KA, SA-FM, 5MMM) May 2015
David Dallimore (6IX)
A tribute to David Dallimore is here: watvhistory.com/2011/10/david-dallimore-tribute-1919-2011/
Oct 2011 Thank you to Ken McKay
David ‘Jags’ Jagodzinski (2WS) March 2014
David Kennedy (6KG, 6GF ABC Goldfields) Feb 2010 Thank you to Chris Ilsley
David Talbot (3CS) June 1992
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: preddonlee.com/des_tocchini_obit.html
June 2007 Thank you to Ian Richardson
Des Widdis (Engineer 3TR, 3SH) Date Unknown
Dick Comerford (2CK, 2NX, 2KO) Feb 1997
Dick Eversen (4LG,  4GR, 4VL) Oct 1998 Thank you to Allan Roebuck
Dick Heming (2UE,2GZ, 3DB, 2LM, 3UZ, 3XY, 6PR) July 1994
Dick Hudson (Ken Hudson) (3KZ, 3AW) Sept 1971 Dick Hudson was originally from New Zealand. He was born Kenrick Frank
Varley Hudson. He also served with the RAAF during World War 2.
Dick Moore (5UV, 5AD) Date Unknown
Dick Williams (3TR, 3LO, ABC TV, Radio Australia) Jul 2014
Don Angel (First News Director 2UE) 1990
Don Bethel (2GN, ABC, AFTRS) Oct 2013
Don Crawford (3GL, 3AK, 3AW, 3MP) Sept 2016
Don Ewart (3TR, GLV-10) Dec 2007
Don 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
Drew Morphett OAM (ABC Radio, 3TT/TT-FM, Seven, Fox Sports) Aug 2017
Earl Scoones (Engineer AWA Network, 3BO, 3SR, 4WK) Jun 2017
Edna Wells (GM 2MG) Apr 2017
Elio Tedesco (5DN, 5AA, Nova) Dec 2016
Elizabeth Bond (2BL, 3LO) 2002
Eoin Cameron (6VA, 6IX, 3DB, 6KY, Mix94.5, 6PR, ABC 720 Perth) June 2016
Eric Baume OBE (2GB, 2UE, ATN-7)
Eric Baume biography from ANU is here:
http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/baume-frederick-ehrenfried-eric-9456
Apr 1967
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: watvhistory.com/2013/02/tribute-to-errol-battersby-aka-jim-beam/
Feb 2013
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 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 Hyde (2SM, 2UE) 2007
Frank Moore (4LM, 2BE, 4BK, 2KO, 2WG, 2AAA) 2005 Note: Not Sir Frank Moore from Colour Radio Group 4IP.

Thank you to Baz Anderson, Wayne Mac and David Font

Fred Tupper “Tuppy” (3UZ, 3AW, ATV 0) March 1976
Gabby Horan (4BK, 4BH) Apr 1999
Garry Meadows (7HO, 6IX, 6PR, 3DB, 0-10 Network, Seven) 1982
Gary Day (GTV 9, 3AK, FARB) Apr 2015
Gary Kelly (2LF,2LM, 2GO, 2KY, 2BE, 2GB, 2WS, 2UE, 2DAY) April 2015
Gary O’Callaghan (2SM, 2UE, 2KY, 2MC)

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 Dolby (4VL, 4LG, 2TM, 101FM Logan) Jan 2015
Geoff Atkinson (4BC, 4GR, 4BK) 1979
Geoff Bradley (4BK, 4BH, 6PM, 6KY, 6IX) 1979 Photo and details thanks to Chris Ilsley 6PR
Geoff Manion (3DB, 7EX, 6PM, 6PR, 3AW, Herald-Sun) June 2002 Geoff Manion also served as a Navigator with the RAAF during World War 2
Geoff McComas (3BA, 3DB, HSV7) Sept 2011 Geoff McComas spent 36 years at 3DB from 1947, before retiring in July 1983.
Geoff Raymond (3DB, 3UZ, BBC, HSV 7, ATV 0, ABC TV) June 2011 Geoff also owned the restaurant Boodles in Hawkesburn (near Toorak) in the 1970’s.
Geoff Rudge (5KA, GM 3SH, 3TR, ACE Network) Jun 2015
George “Groover” Wayne (3UL, 2WG, 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.

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) Feb 2003
Gerry Caulfield (2SM, 2MMM, Triple J) Apr 2014
Gerry Hallahan (2KA, 2CA) May 2015
Glenn Gale (3MA, 5MU, 2NM, 2NX, 3XY, 2SM, 4WK, 4IP, 5KA, 2ST) July 2016
Glenn Knight (3UL, 3MP, 3UZ,  3AK, SEN) July 2011
Gordon Leed (3DB, 6PR, STW-9 Perth, TVT-6 Hobart, GTV-9) Date Unknown
Gordon Lewis (3SH, 3TR, GM 6PR, 2KA, 2UW) June 2012
Gordon McBrien (2KM, First announcer at 2NM) Feb 2011
Gordon Moyes 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
Graeme (Graham) ‘Shirley’ Strachan (3XY, EON FM, 4MMM, Nine, Seven) Aug 2001
Graeme Eddy (3TR, 3AW, 2UE) Oct 2015 Thank you to Peter Caligari and Ken Guy
Graham Bowra (6TZ, 6PR, 6KY, 6PM, 6IX, ABC 720 Perth) Nov 2015
Graham Conolly (2CA, ABC 2CN) May 2004
Graham 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

myheritage.com/research/record-10450-25503093/canberra-times-act

Oct 1984 Thank you to Bob Whittaker.
Grantley Dee (3AK, 6PR, 7EX) Feb 2005 Grantley Dee was a blind announcer
Greg Haywood (2CA) Date Unknown
Greg ‘Hendo’ Henricks (2PK, 2AD, 2KM, 2MO, 2WS, 2SM, MIX 106.5, C91.3, Gold92.5/Sea FM) Mar 2009
Greg Hooper (4VL, 4LG, 4WK, 4LM, 4MK) Jul 2015
Greg Shackleton (3AW and HSV-7) Oct 1975
Greg ‘Snoop’ Walker (2LT, 2BE, 2DU, ABC Radio) 1980’s
Greg Toohey (2BE, 2ST) 1992
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
Harry Beitzel (3KZ, 3AW, 3AK, ABC Radio) July 2017
Harry Lithgow (GM 3SH) Date Unknown Passed away in Swan Hill
Harry Wilde (3SR, 3CS, 3CV, 2QN, 2LF, 2AD, 3KZ, 3MP, 3UZ, 2KY, 2UW, 2WS)

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

1995
Haydn Sargent (4BC, ABC 4QR) Feb 2013
Howard Ainsworth (ABC 4QR Brisbane, 4MBS) Sep 2015
Howard Craven  (2UE, 2UW, 2GB, 2CH, Seven) Oct 2000
Iain Edwards (4ZR, 4CA, 4BU, 4CD, 2KO, 2CS, 2GZ) Dec 2010
Ian Lane (5KA, 2UW) Aug 2012
Ian Marshall (2WL, 2UE) July 2016
Ian Marshman (3HA, 3MA, 3LK, 7HT, 3BO, 2GB, 2KY, 5AA, 3KZ, 3TR, 3DB, 3UZ, 3AW, 3AK, 5KA, STV8, Nine Adelaide).

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
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) 2002 Lived in Maleny QLD but may have passed away in Mackay.
Thank you to Ken Guy and John Knox.
Jack Davey (ABC 2BL, 2GB, 2UE) Oct 1959
Jack 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.

June 1989
Jack Ridley (Plenty Valley FM, Mixx FM/3CS Colac) 2008
James Condon (ABC Radio WA) Feb 2014
James Dibble (ABC 666 2CN Canberra,  2GB, ABC 702, 2BL Sydney) Dec 2010
James Dibble AM MBE (ABC 2CN Canberra, ABC Radio 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) Mar 2017
Jeff Condron (2LF, 2KM, 2MC,  2LT) Jan 2017
Jeff Medwell (ABC SA, 5DN, 5AA) Jul 2014
Jerry Burke (Gerry Birkner) (3BA, 6KA,8HA, WILDFM, City FM) Dec 2015
Jill Singer (ABC Radio, Ten, Seven, ABC TV) Walkley Award Winner
Jill Singer’s Tribute appears here: ausradiohistory.wordpress.com/2017/06/08/jill-singer-1957-2017/
Jun 2017
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) Date Unknown
Jim Iliffe (2NZ, 4IP, 4BC, 4BH, QTQ-9, Co-founder AIR-TV Brisbane) June 2005
Jim Pilgrim (2GF, 2CC, 2NX, 4KQ, B105+) Apr 2015
Jim Sweeney (4BH, 4AM, 4BK, 4GR, 4AK) May 2002 Thank you to Paul Sweeney
Jim Tregonning (3AW, 2KY) Mar 2016
Jim Woods (3TR, 3SH, GLV10, 3GI ABC Gippsland) May 2015
Jimmy Tonkin (5KA, 5AU, 5RM Feb 2008
Joan Killorn (Co-Founder 2GLF Sydney 1983) Oct 2017
Joe Sands (B105, Sea FM Gold Coast, Wave FM, 4MK) Mar 2016
Joel Grealy (2CC, 2WL, 2BE) Jan 2015
John (Johan) Ramsland (3AW, Founding Editor BBC World Service Television)
Ian Richardson’s Tribute to John Ramsland is here: preddonlee.com/johan_ramsland_obituary.html
Nov 1996 Thank you to Ian Richardson
John (Warren) Dripps (3SH, 3BO, 7LA) Date Unknown
John Ballard (6KG) Date Unknown Thank you to Chris Ilsley
John Best (3KZ) Date Unknown
John Bright (Breit) (3AK, 3KZ, 3AW) 2013
John Burnley (7HT, 7HO, 7LA, 7EX, 2GB, 2UE, 2SM, 2CH, 6PM, 6PR, 6KY, 6IX, 2CC, 4BK, 4BC, 4BH, Star FM) Mar 2017
John 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. He also 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 Ennis (3DB, 6PM) Sept 2016 Photo thanks to Jules Bull.
John Ford (7ZL, 7BU, 7HO, 4RO, 4MK, 3DB, 3KZ, 3XY, 3UZ Newsbeat) 1995 Photo thanks to John Vertigan
John Goodall (Chief Engineer 3UZ) Sept 2016
John Hart (3AK, 3XY) Date Unknown
John Hobbs (WIN, 2 Double O, i98FM) Apr 2013
John Innes (Engineer, RCA Australia, founder Innes Corp) Oct 2015
John Juan MBE (ABC 720 6WF, ABC TV)
http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/juan-john-10651
Feb 1979 Thank you to Chris Ilsley
John K Watts (6PR, 6IX, 1080 Radiowest 6PM, TVW 7)

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

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

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

Aug 1996 Thank you to Wayne Mac
John Rix (4NA, 4GY, 4GG) Dec 2015
John Royle (3LO, Radio Australia) Dec 1975
John 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) Oct 2014 John Stokes worked for 29 years at ABC Coast FM
John Thompson (2LF, 2KO, 2SM, 2UE, 2UW, 3DB, BBC World Service) July 2017 Thank you to Wayne Mac
John Trenorden (5AA, 5AD) Feb 2004
John Turner (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
Johnny James (2LM, 4AK, 4BH, 4BC, QTQ9) 2011
Jon Ratso Kennedy (Fox FM, Triple M) July 2004
Jon Royce (2SM, 2UW, 3KZ, 3XY) 1984 Thank you to  Gregg Sinclair
Joyce Varley (3AW) Date Unknown
Keith Ashton (2HD, 2KO, 2NX, 2MG, Radio Caroline, ABC Radio) Jun 2008
Keith Eadie (2GB) Date Unknown
Keith Graham (2GO, 2WS, WESGO) 1984
Keith Lord (2TM) June 2016
Keith Mc Gowan (3TR, 6PR, 2KA, 2UW, 3AK, 3AW+) Dec 2013
Keith Melbourne (3KZ, 3XY, 2REM) May 2016
Keith Wells (6PR) 1979 Thank you to Chris Ilsley
Ken Austin (3UL, 2GZ, 3SR, GMV 6, ONE FM Shepparton) Jan 2010 Ken Austin served with 9th Division in the Middle East, New Guinea and Tarakan (Borneo).
Ken Birch (2PK, 2DU, 2MG, 2VM/Now FM) Feb 2006
Ken Short (2HD, ABC Radio and TV Tasmania) Jun 2017
Ken Sparkes (2MG, 2GB, 3UZ, 5AD, 5KA, 3AK, 2UW, 2WS, 2SM, 2UE, TEN, Nine) Sept 2016
Kent Trussell (ABC 2JJ, 4AK) Oct 2016
Kev Batten (4IP, 4BC) Nov 2015
Kevin Apps (2PK & 5AU) April 1986
Kevin Cantelo (Chief Engineer 6KY) Kevin worked at 6KY from its inception in 1941 and retired in 1990. Dec 2010 Thank you to Warren Gillespie
Kevin 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:
http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;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 O’Gorman (3KZ) Sept 1998
Kevin O’Donohue (2AD, 2DU, 2SM) May 2011
Kevin Woodhouse (4IP, 4QR) Aug 2002
Laurie Bennett (Lobo) (3SR, 3HA, 3XY, 2SM, 2UW, 2DAY) 1983 Laurie Bennett was living in Shepparton but passed away in Fitzroy.
Thank you to Wayne Mac, Helen Dee  and Bernie Brittain
Laurie Henry (3AW, 6PR, 6PM, 6KY, 2AY, TNQ-7 Townsville, AMV-4 Albury) March 1980 Thank you to Kris Nyberg
Lawrence Costin (3DB, 3TT, Seven) 2007
Lee (Leyden) Haig (3SH, 3UL) Oct 2008
Lee Murray (Lee Murray Radio School) June 1984
Len Jackson (BBC, ABC WA)

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

Apr 2017
Len London (2UE, 2CH)
Len London served with the Australian Infantry Battalion in New Guinea during World War 2
1992
Les Bradley (3CS, 5RM, 5AU, 3LK & 7LA) Oct 2012 Thank you to Phil Bradley
Les Hay (2UW, 2UE, 2SM, 2CH) Jan 2015
Lewis Bennett (3KZ, 3UZ) May 2001
Libby Sanders (Libby Widdup) (ABC 5CL and 5AN Adelaide, ABC Newcastle 2NC) Mar 2017
Lionel Lewis (6WB, 6KY, 6PM, 6IX) Aug 1986 Thank you to Warren Gillespie
Lionel Williams (5KA, 5DN, Seven, Nine) Jan 2016
Lloyd Lawson OAM (6PM, 6KY, 6KG, 3UZ, TVW-7, STW-9)
A tribute to Lloyd Lawson is here: watvhistory.com/2009/04/lloyd-lawson-tribute/
Nov 2004 Thank you to Ken McKay
Lois Lathlean (3DB, 3AW, The Herald & Weekly Times ) Feb 1972
Lou Richards OBE (3XY, 3DB, HSV-7, GTV-9) May 2017
Mac Cocker (2JJ/Triple J, Radio Australia, Radio National, ABC Darwin) June 2016
Madeline Burke (Seven, 3UL, 3GG). Sept 2011 Photos thanks to John Vertigan
Margot (Marjorie) Parker DBE OBE MBE (7EX) Feb 1991
Mark Colvin (2JJ, ABC Radio, ABC TV) May 2017
Martha Gardener (Kathleen Zoe Worrall) (3DB, 3AW, 3UZ) 1991 Thank you to Simon Owens 3AW
Mary Hardy (3XY, 3UZ, 3AW, ATV 0, GTV 9, HSV 7) Jan 1985
Matt Ponsonby (2MG 2LT 2UW 2SM, 2CBA) Sept 2000 Matt Ponsonby  was a Blind Announcer. Originally from Campbelltown NSW
Max Simmonds (ABC Radio WA) Jan 2016
Max Taylor (7AD, 3UL) 2010
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.
Photos thanks to David Iliffe
Sept 2017
Merv Stephenson (4LM, 4MB, 4RO) Date Unknown
Merylyn Condon (2CC) Jan 2016
Michael (Brian) Baker (2AY, 3NE, BCV-8,3AW, 2GB, ABC Radio, 2REM Albury) Feb 2015 Was known as Michael Baker but real name was Brian
Michael Schildberger (3DB, FOX FM, 3LO, 3AK, Nine) June 2010
Mike Ahern (Radio Caroline, 2UW, 4BC, 6PM, 3UZ, 2KO, 7HT, 4KQ) Oct 2009
Mike Dodd (6KG, 7EX, 4AY, 4TO) Sep 2012
Mike Gibson (2UE, 2GB, 2SM, 2KY, Nine) Sep 2015
Monique Denahy (3UZ, 3GL, Bay FM) Nov 2015
Monty (Francis Victor) Blandford (3XY and 3DB) Oct 1960 Thank you to Ken Guy
Monty Menhennett (6IX, 6PM) 1990 Passed away in Albany WA
Mortimer Marsh (5AD) Feb 1982 “Morty” Marsh started at 5AD in 1944 where he remained until his retirement in 1974
Murray “Musty” Peters (2ST, 2RG, 2NZ) Apr 2015
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 (Monitor News then QRNS) (4BH) July 2008
Neil Thompson (2GF, 3GL, 3NE, 3BA, 3KZ, 3UZ) May 2001
Neville Bradley (3UL, 3MA, 5AU, 5KA, SABN, 4BC) Nov 2013
Neville Wragg (3CS, 3CR, 3AK, 3AW, 3KZ) Oct 1997
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)

facebook.com/Club.Menangle/photos/a.212038532190763.50758.193245797403370/1198601020201171/

2004 Thank you to Paul Covington
Niven Boyd (5YYY, 5AU, 5CS, Magic 105.9) Oct 2015
Noel McCormack (4MB, ABC, 4BU) Oct 2002
Nola Day (3CS, 3AW, 3KZ, 3DB, 3AK,  Radio Australia, 3MFM Inverloch) March 2008
Norm Llewellyn (4BH) July 2015
Norma Hatton (3GL K-Rock/Bay FM) Jun 2015
Norman “Eddie” Balmer (3KZ) Apr 2005
Norman Banks MBE (3KZ and 3AW) Sept 1985 Norman Banks started at 3KZ in 1931 earning four pounds a week.
Norman May (ABC Radio and TV) Sept 2016
Norman Swain (3KZ, GTV-9) July 1986
Ollie Martin (3TT/TT-FM) (Houseboat Horror) 2009
Orm Slater (Chief Engineer 3DB) Jan 2014
Ormsby Wilkins (2UE, 2GB, 3AW) Feb 1976
Owen Delaney (2LF, 2DoubleO, 2SM, 2GB, 2UE) Jan 2003
Paddy O’Donnell (2ZB (NZ) Radio Hauraki, 3DB/3LK, 4BC, 4WK) Aug 2009
Pat Barton (2LF, 2KO, 2HD) May 2007
Pat McErlean (ABC QLD, 4BC, 4TAB) Mar 2016
Pat O’Shea (4AK, 4GR, 4WK, 4KQ, DDQ TV, 4DDB) Sept 2015 Thank you to Trevor Himstedt
Pat Saunders (2MG, 2DU)
http://www.dailyliberal.com.au/story/2925152/pat-saunders-was-larger-than-life-obituary/
Feb 2015
Paul Barber (3AW, ABC 774) Nov 2012
Paul Bodington (612 4QR Brisbane, 4GR, 4LM, 4KZ) Jun 2005
Paul Bowles (Engineer Sea FM/Gold 92.5) May 2006
Paul Davies (2ST, 5DN, 7ZR ABC Hobart)

Paul Davies Tribute appears here:
ausradiohistory.wordpress.com/2017/06/08/paul-davies-1952-1993/

1993
Paul De Santis (8HA, 6SE, Radiowest 6VA) Jan 2015
Paul Dix (3MA, 2QN) Sep 2013
Paul Griffin (4ZR, 4KQ, Nine QLD) Mar 2013
Paul Hardy (4AK, 4GR, 2KO, Hardy Audio) Dec 2008
Paul Hussey 2RG, 2WG, 2LT, 2SWR, WOW FM Western Sydney Nov 2011 Thank you to Baz Anderson
Paul 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 (Prime Radio Network) May 2014
Paul Sime (3SH, 3TR, 3XY, 3UZ) 2001
Paul Turner (Paul Simon/Paul Crampton) (2MG, 2DU, 2NZ, 2QN, 2GB, 2KA,3XY, 2SM, ABC TV Countdown) 1982 Paul Turner was the original voiceover on Countdown before Gavin Wood
Pedro (Peter) McHenry (2GF, 3UZ, 2CH) Oct 2015
Pete Davies (2AY, The River Albury, Mix 104.9 Darwin) Sep 2015
Peter Andren (2GZ, ATN7, Prime) Nov 2007
Peter Bernados (2GB, Nine, SBS) Jan 2014
Peter Buzzard (6PR, ABC, 96FM, TVW7) Jan 2017
Peter Carrodus (GM 2CA, Macquarie Network, 2MBS)
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/118173669
June 1994
Peter Carson (Chief Engineer 2BE/2EC) March 2002 Thanks you to Ian Wright
Peter Clarke (4KQ, 4BH) 1972 Thank you to Ken Guy – not the same Peter Clarke ex ABC 774
Peter Dean (6VA, 6PR, 6IX, 6KY, TVW 7, STW 9 Perth) Mar 2013
Peter Edwards (5DN, 5AA) Date Unknown
Peter Egan OAM (2MO, 2MW, ABC 4QR Brisbane, ABC-FM) March 2011
Peter Evans (3LO 774 Melbourne) 1985
Peter Harry (3DB, 3KZ, Gold104, MCM) Dec 2012
Peter Harvey (2GB, 2UE, BBC, Nine) March 2013
Peter James (3BA, 3AW, 3UZ, Magic 1278) 2009
Peter Jeppesen (ABC TV & ABC Radio) May 2014
Peter Kaye (4MB, 4BH, 2CA, 5DN, KA-FM, i98, 7LA, 7EX, 7HT) Jan 2016
Peter Leonard (2CA, ABC 2CN, ABC TV, WIN)

ABC Tribute to Peter Leonard is here:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2008-09-24/newsreader-leonard-dies-aged-66/520234

Sept 2008
Peter Lucas (3MP) Feb 2015
Peter Luck (ABC 2BL, 2UE, Seven) Aug 2017
Peter McArthur (3BA, 7HO, ABC 774 3LO, Radio Australia, 3ECB Eastern FM) Jan 2017
Peter O’Callaghan (Poco) (3UL, 2KO, 7EX, 3KZ, 3XY, 3UZ, EON FM, 3MP, Magic 1278) Aug 2016
Phebe Irwin (B104.9, Wave FM  i98) Aug 2014
Phil Barnes (3GV, Gold 1242, 3SR/SUN-FM, 3TR) Jun 2013
Phil Charley OAM (AFTRS, 2QN, 3NE, 2CH)

Phil Charley was instrumental in training many of Papua New Guinea’s nascent announcers in the early 1970’s.

Aug 2014 Thank you to Denis Murrell
Phil Gibbs (7LA, 3KZ, ATV 0) Jan 2017
Ralph Bain (3UL, 3MA, 3BA, 5DN, 2CC, 5AN Adelaide, ABC Canberra) Mar 2014
Ralph Elphinstone (ABC Radio Albury, Rockhampton, ABC TV Sydney, Melbourne) 1983
Ralph Taylor (First GM 4NA and 4GG) Dec 2015
Ray Barrett (4BH, 4KQ, ABC Radio) Sept 2009
Ray Currie (4WK, 2AY) Sep 2015
Ray Gamble (2SM, 2RG, MTN9, AMI Network) Dec 2011
Ray Grice (3AW) Date Unknown
Ray Holman (6GE, 6PM, 6PR, Nine Perth) Date Unknown
Ray McGregor (4BH 4IP 4BK, B105) Oct 1997
Ray Taylor (2GN, ATN 7, ATV 0 & TEN, 3AW, 2BL)

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
Rhett Walker (2UW, 6PR, 3DB, 3AK, 3KZ, First GM FOX-FM) 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
Robbie Snowden (6IX, 4GG)
A really great tribute and messages from icons of the Australian Entertainment industry are here:
http://watvhistory.com/2009/12/tribute-to-robbie-snowden/
Dec 2009 Robbie Snowden was also a talented singer and all-round entertainer who released several singles that charted around Australia.
Robert Taylor “Pommy Bob” (2UE) Apr 2016
Robin Howells (3TR, The Age, Nation Review) Aug 2015 Thank you to  Ken Guy
Rod Batchelder (3CV, 3GL, 3DB, 3LK, 2KY) May 1989
Rod Tiley (4AM, 4CA, 4IP, 4BK/B105 Triple M, 6PR) July 2016
Roger 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.

2000
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.

1975
Roger Lloyd (PBS-FM, Casey Radio 3SER 97.7) July 2017
Roly Barlee (3UZ, 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 Collett (2UW) Jun 2015
Ron Euling (3NE, 3SR, GMV 6, GM  Associated. Broadcasters, 98.5 Pulse Shepparton) Sept 1998 Thank you to Graeme Macartney
Ron Gibson (2MO, 2NX, 2KO) Date Unknown
Ron Haig-Muir (6GE, 2WG, 2QN, 2LF, Vice-President FARB)

Ron 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 Haig-Muir 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.

April 2004
Ross Weekes (2PK, 4CA, 2WG, 2GB) Jul 2014
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: https://ausradiohistory.wordpress.com/2017/10/25/roy-tingay-entertainer-of-all-varieties/

Oct 2010 Thank you to Ian Wright and Trish Tingay
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
Sel Jones (2KO, 2KA, 2UW, 3KZ) 1990
Shane McFarlane (6KA Karratha, 2CA, KO-FM, Mix 94.5 Perth) Oct 2015
Shirley Bowie (3CS) Jul 2015
Sir Eric Pearce OBE (2CH, 3XY, 3DB, 5KA, 3AK, Nine) 1997
Sir Keith Seaman OBE (Chairman SABN – 5KA, 5AU, 5RM) June 2013 Thank you to Ian Wright
Stan Gervas (6KG, 6PM, 2CH, 2GB, 6IX)
A Tribute to Stan Gervas is here: watvhistory.com/2010/04/vale-stan-gervas/
Apr 2010 Thank you to Ken McKay
Stan Rofe (3KZ, 3UZ, 3XY, 3DB) 2003
Stan Zemanek (1410 CFUN Vancouver, 2UW, 4TO, 2WS, 2UE, 2GB, 3AW) July 2007
Stephan Kent (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
Strat (Stratford) Ward (2LM, 2NZ, 2LF, 2GZ, CBN8, MidState Television/Prime) Sept 2001
Stuie (Stewart) McInnes (4TO, 2MW, 4BC, 4QN ABC North Queensland) Feb 2010
Ted Furlong (3BA, 6VA Albany) Date Unknown
Terry Dear (2GB, 2UE, 3KZ, 3AW, 4BH, Nine, Seven) June 1995
Terry 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) July 2017
Terry Pickles (PBA-FM) Jan 2014
Tiga Bayles (98.9 Brisbane, Radio Redfern, National Indigenous Radio Service) Apr 2016
Tim Franklin (7HT,6KY, 2KO, 4CA, 4BC) Nov 2015
Timi Arnott (4CA, Sea FM, Nova100, KISS FM Melbourne) Oct 2013
Tom Crozier (2KA, 2KM, 2LT, 2LM, 2WL, 2SSR, 2RPH, 2UE, FARB & RMB) Sept 2010
Tony Charlton OAM (3AW, 3UZ, 3KZ, Nine, Seven) Dec 2012
Tony Dickinson (2KY, 4BH, 2UW, 2UE, TEN)
Audio: http://blogs.abc.net.au/queensland/2010/01/retrospect-coast-local-tony-dickinson.html?site=goldcoast&program=gold_coast_afternoon_chillout
Sept 2014
Tony Gordon (5SE, 5AU, 5KA, 2UE, Seven, QTQ9) 2001
Tony Joyce (ABC Radio AM PM, ABC TV This Day Tonight)

Tony Joyce was killed in Zambia while reporting for the ABC. He was posthumously awarded the Media Peace Prize by the United Nations Association

1980
Tony McLaren (3CV, 7EX, 3UZ, 2UW) 1967
Vaughan Harvey (Vaughan Harvey Radio School Adelaide, 5KA 5AD 5AA) Jan 2015
Vern Haycroft (3YB, 3SR, 3UL, 3CS) July 1992
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.

2006 Album photo – thank you to Ramon Williams
Vi Greenhalf (3XY, 3AW, GTV 9) Dec 1999 Vi Greenhalf and her husband owned the well known Melbourne Restaurant The Walnut Tree
Vic Braham (5DN) May 2005
Vic Davies (Club Veg, Triple J, 2WS, 2SM, Triple M, MIX 106.5, Star 104.5) Nov 2009
Walter “Wally” Grant (2KY, 2KA, 2LT, 2BS, 2DU) 1961 Thank you to Ian Wright
Ward “Pally” Austin (2KA, 2UE, 2UW, 2WS) Aug 1998
Warwick Rankin (Wazza The Rock Dog, Commander Strongarm) (2MMM and TEN) Jan 2015
Warwick Teece (2HD, 2NX, 2KO) Feb 2012
Wayne Gear (2BH/Hill FM) Aug 2015
Wayne Wilson (4RO, 4BC, RadioTAB) June 2014
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SUE McALISTER 1951-2012

The Canberra Times

January 19 2012

Journalist and acclaimed ABC and BBC broadcaster Sue McAlister, who won two United Nations Media Peace prizes in a career spanning almost 40 years, died in Canberra after a long battle with cancer. She was 60.

McAlister’s passion for history, gift for writing and incisive knowledge of contemporary politics and world affairs proved a winning combination in her professional life, which began as a cadet with the Melbourne Herald, progressed to the ABC’s Radio Australia, and then to the prestigious BBC World Service.

Her 15 years with the current affairs section of Radio Australia, as a reporter then executive producer, ensured her name and voice were well known to tens of millions of listeners around the globe. Similarly at the BBC, where she produced the flagship news and current affairs program Newshour, which had a worldwide audience of several million.

McAlister was the daughter of an Australian Immigration Department official.

Born in the Sydney suburb of Epping, it wasn’t long before a young McAlister, together with parents Fred and Jean, was farewelling Australia to live in England and Germany. Not only did this experience pique her curiosity in other cultures, it also sparked a love of and talent for languages that later proved invaluable in her career.

McAlister was intensely proud of her father, not only for his courage but also his gentle nature. He was one of the first Australians to volunteer for the war, signing up in 1939 with the 2/1 Battalion.

After a childhood spent travelling the world, mainly in the northern hemisphere, McAlister completed her education at Canberra Church of England Girls Grammar School, graduating in 1969 and later receiving an offer to attend the prestigious Vassar College in the United States. Instead, she chose to study for a BA at the Australian National University, majoring in English and classics, with a sub-major in mediaeval studies and political science.

Her love of learning never wavered; she was completing her PhD on cyber-terrorism and the media at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra at the time of her death. The seeds of this thesis subject had been sown in the mid-’90s at the BBC, where McAlister prophetically produced a series of programs on cyber-terrorism and the possible threat it might pose for the world.

McAlister had a rare talent, according to former Radio Australia colleagues, for synthesising critical information and weaving it together into a narrative that was informative and accessible. That talent led her to win the UN’s Media Peace Prize in 1984 and 1985 for programs she produced for Radio Australia.

It was during her time at Radio Australia she met and married Mitsuru Akikusa, a senior in the Japanese section, giving her a much-loved instant family of Mitsuru’s three children, Yurika, Mina and Jonathon by his previous marriage to Wendy Hughes, who also became a lifelong friend. In 1982, a year after her marriage, she gave birth to what she described as ”my greatest creation”, her daughter Sarah Yumiko Akikusa, at Melbourne’s Mercy Maternity Hospital.

While relishing her role of motherhood, McAlister completed a master’s degree in international relations at the ANU, graduating in 1993, the same year she won a non-fiction short-story competition that later appeared in a book, Encounters with Japan.

In 1998, McAlister was diagnosed with breast cancer and during her treatment she continued working as a freelance journalist for various publications. The breast cancer was in remission by 2002, but in late 2009, she was diagnosed with bowel cancer. Yet she continued her thesis and writing.

In March 2011, she received the news that the cancer had returned and she spent the last days of her life at Canberra’s Clare Holland House.

A woman of immense warmth, intellect and generosity, she was survived by her daughter Sarah and her mother, Jean.

REMEMBERING ROSS WARNEKE

Ross Warneke 3AW 2

Commentator and critic Ross Warneke left you in no doubt about what he thought of a show and why.

IT’S amazing how vividly some things stay in the memory. It’s been nearly two decades since Ross Warneke and I worked together on Green Guide – he as editor, me as eager young scribe – yet the following scene has never been far from my mind. Ross had come to my desk to discuss the piece I’d just filed.

“Nice story, mate, but I don’t quite understand what you’re trying to say in your opening par.”

“What? But I slaved over that par.”

“Yeah. I can tell.”

“It’s all right, though. The point becomes clear in the second paragraph,” I said.

Pause.

“Actually, no. Sorry, mate. It’s not all right. People don’t start reading from the second par. That’s usually when they stop reading, especially when the opening par is as muddled as this one.”

I read it over, saw his point, and offered to rewrite it. Ross had a better idea. He cut it.

It hurt, but it worked.

Ross didn’t like writers mincing their words. He hated posturing. He appreciated the eloquent sentence and the sharp turn of phrase – something he was particularly good at – but Ross knew the difference between good expression and showing off.

“You write for the reader, mate, not for your friends,” he was fond of saying, usually while slam-dunking some fatally overwritten freelance piece into the nearest bin. He didn’t want his writers wasting their words and Ross didn’t want his readers wasting their time.

As a reviewer, Ross was a master of the quick kill. “Something must have been lost in the translation of The Weakest Link”; “I can see no future for Headland”; “The Logies are a mess”.

But for Ross there was a huge difference between healthy scepticism of TV and the fashionable cynicism that infects the writing of so many TV critics. The Ivory Tower never had a greater enemy than Ross.

He despised the “televisually correct”, stuck by shows he thought had promise (he supported All Saints despite its wobbly start) and had a gloriously defiant taste for trash. He championed the importance of keeping an eternally open mind. Ross loved Survivor, Australian Idol and was an early defender of Big Brother.

As an editor he encouraged the notion of reviewers sharing their opinions with program makers, getting their responses and incorporating them in stories. He loved aggressive interviews about shows he thought were bad. And Ross loved going against the grain.

At the height of the political correctness boom in the 1980s, British comedy legend Benny Hill had become the universal whipping boy for PC comedians and commentators, yet his popularity was exploding across the US. Ross felt the need to get his side of the story.

So we landed an exclusive interview with Hill and his producer and set the record straight. Ross then put Benny Hill on the cover of Green Guide – an absolutely heretical idea at the time – because he knew it would upset the right people. That was something else Ross was good at.

I never knew Ross with a bad temper. Some of my fondest memories are of him listening patiently to some strange idea that had occurred to me. If anything, his degree of tolerance still surprises me. But Ross certainly had his off days.

“Don’t shit me today, Schembri,” he would command loudly as he sat down with his morning coffee. But these moods never survived to see lunch, by which time his natural cheeriness would have returned as he joked about yet another incomprehensible freelance piece – “don’t these people actually read the paper?” was one of his favourite expressions – and tore to shreds some ghastly show he’d just seen in the preview room.

Ross was an outstanding writer’s editor, a phenomenon all-too-rare in newsrooms today. He insisted that editors respect their writers and be productive writers themselves. He never spoke theoretically or in vague terms about the art and craft of journalism. He was as specific, as illustrative and as supportive as any young journalist could hope for.

And you had to back your opinions with argument. “People know you’re pissed off with this show,” he’d say. “It’s your job as a writer to explain why.” This is why nobody who ever read or heard a Warneke critique was left in any doubt about what he thought, or why.

Ross had the most infectious smile and a great sense of humour. He had the kind of laugh that made others laugh. He adored comedy and loved the new as much as the old. He embraced Little Britain and, after viewing a Dave Allen DVD, “laughed so much I got a headache”.

But Ross was also very particular about what he thought was funny. He cared little for the undergraduate humour of South Park and The D Generation paid Ross a great compliment when, in response to his laceration of The Late Show, they named a character in a sketch after him.

Of the hundreds of colleagues you deal with throughout your career, only a handful leave a positive and enduring influence on your work. Ross combined talent, wisdom and enthusiasm with an unbridled sense of fun.

He was a great example. I owe him more than I can say.

Jim Schembri 

The Age, Melbourne

August 31, 2006

FRANK BELLET 1931-2012

Courier Mail Brisbane
June 12, 2012

RADIO announcer and letter writer Michael Francis ‘Frank’ Bellet, MBE, was born on May 7, 1931, in Rockhampton and died on May 24, 2012, in Brisbane.
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ALTHOUGH few could put a face to it, countless Queenslanders know the name Frank Bellet through his many years as a radio announcer and his incisive comments in the letters pages of The Courier-Mail and other publications.

The youngest of five children, for most of his life he was known as Frank, rather than Francis, because he was born on his uncle Frank’s birthday. But the name also summed up his candid and direct approach.

In 1932 his father, who worked on the railways, received a promotion to stationmaster at Miriam Vale, south of Gladstone.

The family spent the next nine years there.

His father was an avid radio listener and set up a large aerial in the yard so the family could listen to 4BH Brisbane and 2SM Sydney – a reasonably easy task in those days when there were not many stations on the dial.

Family discussions often revolved around favourite announcers, so by an early age Frank had the impression they must be very important people.

He set up a pretend radio station under the tank stand and “broadcast” to Miriam Vale residents.

After his father died, aged only 42, Mr Bellet’s mother moved the family to Brisbane, where he attended Marist Brothers College, Rosalie.

Not long after leaving school he landed a job at 4KQ in its library.

Here he chose the music for programs, worked as a panel operator, played records on air for announcers, ran messages and later was given some junior announcing jobs.

But, thinking he had stayed at 4KQ far too long, Mr Bellet applied for an announcing position at 4AY in Ayr, where he became breakfast announcer.

His claim to fame there was a segment for children at 7.20am, with a fictitious local magpie which kept him informed on the good behaviour of local children.

A photo published of him with a magpie, which belonged to one of the office girls, resulted in thousands of requests for a signed copy.

While in Ayr, Mr Bellet met Irene Cullinane.

He was dating her girlfriend at the time and although Irene was initially none too impressed with “that show-off announcer”, they clicked after being set up at a dance by one of Mr Bellet’s mates and married in 1956.

The couple went on to have two daughters, Kathy and Donna, before Mr Bellet was appointed manager of 4AM Atherton, a new radio station, in 1967. His son Vincent was born there the next year.

The radio station was a success and led to Mr Bellet opening another new station, 4CD in Gladstone (whose coverage extended to his childhood home town, Miriam Vale).

During his term there it was the only radio station on the east coast of Australia running at a profit and paid shareholders a healthy 33.3 per cent dividend.

Outside his beloved announcing work, Mr Bellet was active in the community, particularly with the Saint Vincent de Paul Society.

His 25 years of loyal service to it resulted in him being made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1980.
After eventually retiring from radio, Mr Bellet devoted his extra spare time to his grandchildren, to whom he was totally devoted.

Perhaps as a result of so many years as an announcer, he was also passionate about airing his opinions on life and voiced them in letters to the editors of many newspapers and magazines.

He was also a gifted public speaker and was master of ceremonies at many weddings while living in Ayr.

Mr Bellet’s wife Irene died in 2003 after a long illness.

He is survived by his daughters Kathy Bosua and Donna Murphy and his son Vince and their families, including 11 grandchildren.

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ANDREW OLLE 1947-1995

FROM ABC RADIO ARCHIVES – FEB 2010

The Andrew Olle Media Lecture was established in 1996 by the presenters and staff at 702 ABC Sydney (formerly 2BL) to honour the memory of ABC Radio broadcaster Andrew Olle, who died in 1995 of a brain tumour. The Lecture has built a considerable reputation in this time and has firmly established itself as one of the key media industry nights in Sydney. Previous speakers include David Williamson, John Alexander, Jana Wendt, Steve Vizard, Eric Beecher, Kerry Stokes, Lachlan Murdoch and Harold Mitchell.

Andrew Olle was born in 1947 and joined the ABC in Brisbane in November 1967 as a news cadet. Andrew 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.

Andrew Olle Media Lecture: The Andrew Olle Media Lecture was established in 1996 by the presenters and staff at 702 ABC Sydney (formerly 2BL) to honour the memory of ABC Radio broadcaster Andrew Olle, who died in 1995 of a brain tumour. The Lecture has built a considerable reputation in this time and has firmly established itself as one of the key media industry nights in Sydney. Previous speakers include David Williamson, John Alexander, Jana Wendt, Steve Vizard, Eric Beecher, Kerry Stokes, Lachlan Murdoch and Harold Mitchell.

Andrew Olle Memorial Trust: The Andrew Olle Memorial Trust was established to honour the memory of Australian broadcaster, Andrew Olle who died at Royal North Shore Hospital of a brain tumour. Funds raised through media lectures and events go towards research into neuroscience at the Hospital.

Andrew Olle Scholarship: The Andrew Olle Scholarship was founded by the ABC in 1996 to commemorate the life and work of the esteemed journalist, broadcaster and program-maker, Andrew Olle. The Scholarship is designed to honour Andrew Olle by creating career development opportunities for young ABC journalists and to promote the values that epitomised Andrew Olle’s journalism. It is open to all ABC journalists and program makers under 25 years of age. The Scholarship provides the opportunity for talented young journalists to develop their skills under the guidance of experienced journalists who are leaders in the field.Andrew Olle 2BL ABC 702 Sydney

 

GEOFF MANION 1920-2002

Herald Sun Melbourne

26 July 2002

The list of entertainment legends Geoff Manion interviewed in his long, successful radio career reads like a who’s who of the 1960s and 1970s.

Sammy Davis Jr, Jack Benny, Dudley Moore, Spike Milligan, Charlton Heston, Debbie Reynolds, and Peggy Lee are some of the stars with whom Geoff shared a room and a chat as part of his shows.

Throw in Ken Rosewall and Lew Hoad, Nat King Cole, Henry Mancini, Barry Manilow and Diana Trask, and there are few radio comperes who could boast such celebrity interviewing experience.

Geoff grew up in Melbourne and was educated at Christian Brothers College in St. Kilda, leaving at 15 but not before making an impact.

On leaving school Geoff was noted for his gentlemanly conduct, his manliness, his regularity, his attention to his studies, his scrupulous honesty, and his bright disposition.

They were qualities he would carry throughout his life. They would lead to success in all his pursuits.

His radio career began in 1937 when he worked at 7EX in Tasmania with John Devine, selecting music and writing copy for the six-day-a-week breakfast show.

He moved to Perth with his family a year later and joined 6PM, again on the breakfast show. He also wrote and directed children’s plays for the show.

He then moved to 6PR where he took on the Sunday morning music show, compered the Jazz Jamboree, and also helped with cricket and football broadcasts.

When World War 2 broke out he served with the RAAF as a navigator from 1941 – 1944.

He returned to radio with 6PR and a highlight of his second stint there was calling the first sub-four-minute mile run on grass, a feat achieved by Herb Elliot.

He moved to Melbourne and joined 3AW before the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. He stayed with the station until his retirement.

He took over the 4.30am breakfast show from its previous host “Happy Hammond” and his cronies.

The always popular show included the long running Biggles serial as well as guests, music, and what has now become a radio staple, the secret sound.

Geoff also hosted a Sunday at One show. It was in that capacity that he scored interviews with some of the greats of entertainment, his crowning glories in an illustrious career.

He retired from radio in 1985 but continued working, touring Australia as the MC with the Torville and Dean ice-skating show.

Geoff was also the courtside announcer at the Australian Tennis Open and the in-house announcer at the MCG during test cricket matches.

His later years were spent enjoying life in Melbourne’s bayside suburbs with regular golf games at Woodlands in Mordialloc.

Geoff was injured in a car accident recently. He appeared to have recovered but his health then deteriorated and he died soon after in June 2002.

Geoff Manion, a well known, loved, and respected member of Melbourne, and Australian radio is survived by his wife Rosemary, sons Douglas and Michael, seven grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

Geoff Manion, 1964

PETER LEONARD 1942-2008

Former television newsreader Peter Leonard has died aged 66 after a battle with mesothelioma.

Mr Leonard began his career on 2CA radio in Canberra in 1962 where he spent more than 10 years as a presenter.

He then moved to the ABC where he was a radio newsreader and later a television news and weather presenter for two decades.

Following the ABC, he became a news presenter at WIN News in Canberra, a role he may be best remembered for.

He retired from WIN in July 2007 after 16 years and spoke of how difficult it was to leave the business.

“You’re part of the community in a way that no other job will let you be,” Mr Leonard said.

“Everybody knows you, everybody knows of you.”

Away from the cameras, Peter Leonard was a great supporter of the community.

He was named Canberra Citizen of the Year in 1991 for his charity work and was an honorary ambassador for Canberra.

He was diagnosed with mesothelioma in January.

Tributes flow

Mr Leonard’s family has released a statement thanking his friends, work colleagues and the community for their support during his career and while he battled mesothelioma.

His family described him as a consummate professional on-screen and someone who gave so much of himself to friends and family.

Jeremy Lasek, who worked with Mr Leonard at WIN Television, says he was a born communicator and was well known for his sense of humour off-screen.

“Peter in many ways was ‘Mr Canberra’ and that’s a big statement too,” he said.

“Peter … did so much not just for WIN, but wherever he worked, 2CA and the ABC, he left a mark wherever he was.

“Every step of the way he was a genuine bloke, a top bloke and certainly a true professional.”

Chief Minister Jon Stanhope has also paid tribute.

Mr Stanhope described Mr Leonard as the “voice of Canberra”.

“He’s lived here almost all his life. He’s a person from the region, a Canberran for more than 50 years, a former Canberran of the Year,” he said.

“I know of nobody in Canberra that really we could actually claim as quintessentially the ‘voice of Canberra’.”

Mr Leonard is survived by his wife Gwen, his children Matthew, Nathan, and Natasha and his grandchildren.

Peter Leonard spent 45 years as a broadcaster in Canberra.

ROY TINGAY – ENTERTAINER OF ALL VARIETIES

COURIER MAIL BRISBANE

February 3, 2011
IT was the most natural thing in the world for Roy Tingay to become an entertainer. His mother was a pianist and singer and his father a baritone who also played piano, banjo and ukulele and taught violin. The family’s modest St Kilda home was always alive with people singing along to the piano.

By the age of eight Roy was singing in the church choir and went on to be a lead boy soprano, earning one and sixpence each week, a small but handy sum as the Depression was in full swing.

It was the start of a career which encompassed radio, the theatre, vaudeville, TV presenting and even modelling. His career took him to dozens of towns and cities around Australia and saw him work with some of the country’s biggest showbiz names including Smokey Dawson, Michael Pate, Ray Barrett, Brian Henderson, Lucky Grills and George Wallace, to name just a few.
Although only 16 when World War II broke out, he put his age up and convinced his mum to sign the relevant papers. He was soon setting sail for war on the Queen Mary.
Six years later, after serving in Tobruk, North Africa, and New Guinea, he was discharged, only to stay on and entertain the remaining troops in Rabaul.

When he finally made it back home, Mr Tingay performed in musicals and dramas, including J.C. Williamson’s Theatre Royal and the touring tent show Barton’s Follies during the 1950s. It was still the pre-television era and the touring shows were a great drawcard. They took place in large tents with a “stage” consisting of two trucks backed together and kerosene lamps for lighting since many towns still had no electricity.

A high point was when Mr Tingay, who played the straight man to the comic, light baritone compere, landed the role of Lieutenant Buzz Adams in J.C. Williamson’s touring show of South Pacific (he even had a telegram sent to cast members by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein).
In between acting gigs, Mr Tingay started to develop a name in radio. In 1951 he became one of the first midnight-to-dawn announcers, working for Brisbane’s 4BC.

His radio career, including several managerial positions, was to encompass Melbourne’s 3AK, Sydney’s 2SM, the ABC and NBN Channel 3 in Alice Springs, among others.

The workload was hectic at times. While with Brisbane’s old Theatre Royal he would start rehearsals at 10am, learning six new songs a day before that evening’s show, before going on to his midnight-to-dawn shift at 4BC.

When Mr Tingay married the love of his life, Trish, radio became a family affair. The couple at one stage hosted a popular radio show in Coffs Harbour called Anything Goes which drew huge audiences. While living there they also helped host the 1970 Coffs Harbour royal tour surf carnival in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip.

Mr Tingay’s first “retirement” was in 1988. He spent it renovating an old Queenslander at Burnett Heads, outside Bundaberg. But after finishing it he moved to the Gold Coast, where he became involved in charity projects.

After 12 years on the Coast he returned to the Burnett, settling in Bundaberg where he took up golf, bowls and swimming and joined the local Air Sea Rescue group.

Roy Tingay passed away on October 8th 2010.