It all started on New Year’s Eve in 2007 – after a mix-up on who was meant to be presenting the evening program, my daughter (an existing 3WBC presenter) and I found ourselves in the 3WBC studio hosting a program by ourselves. Having never been behind a radio microphone before, it was a daunting experience for me. That said, someone must have been impressed because I was asked to fill in by myself a couple of weeks later. A couple of weeks after that, I was offered a monthly program which became Radio Ga Ga (see below).
Since then, I have enjoyed presenting immensely – my own programs and, when invited, co-hosting with and filling in for other presenters. I have also had the chance to anchor a number of outside broadcasts – a great opportunity to get out amongst our community and talk to some really interesting guests.
The following sections outline the programs that I present at the moment:
Radio Ga Ga
3:00pm – 5:00pm
Fourth Sunday of every month
The first episode of Radio Ga Ga went to air on 13 January 2008 as a two-hour fill in program during one the other announcers’ Christmas break. The first regular program went to air a couple of weeks later on Sunday 27 January. Apart from the occasional interruption due to VFL Football commitments, Radio Ga Ga has become a fixture on the fourth Sunday of every month. The program focuses on the best music of the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s with plenty of interesting information about the artists and the songs mixed in between. The program includes a number of monthly segments:
- Five Of The Best – five songs with a common theme (e.g. five songs with a girls name in the title)
- Same But Different – two different songs with the same title (e.g. Fox On The Run)
- Barry Crocker – a song that made the Australian charts despite being an absolute Barry Crocker (rhyming slang for “shocker”)
- Hatches and Dispatches – two artists who were born or who died on this day in history
- Look What They’ve Done To My Song – two versions of the same song, both of which charted in Australia (or at least became really well-known)
- All Those Years Ago – two songs that were sitting at number one on the Australian charts on this day either 30, 40 or 50 years ago.
- Dead Set Legend – a tribute to an artist or band that made a significant contribution to the Australian music industry
- Lost Classic – a song that I haven’t heard on radio for a very long time (a good excuse to drag a song out of the vault)
For information about past programs, including songs and artists that have been featured in those programs, please click here.
All Those Years Ago
11:00am – 12:00pm
Fifth Saturday of every month
All Those Years Ago started as a series of pre-recorded one-hour programs that were utilised by the 3WBC production team to cover presenter absences. Subsequently, the program has been awarded its own time slot at 11:00am on the fifth Saturday of the month, where the calendar allows it.
All Those Years Ago revisits the music of one of the calendar years between 1963 (the year that The Beatles turned the Australian charts on their head with I Want To Hold Your Hand) and 1989. During that hour, we only play songs that charted in Australia in the featured year, including the top three songs of the year.
Even though All Those Years Ago now has its own time slot, it will still be heard throughout the week from time to time where regular announcers are unavailable.
VFL Football Commentary Team
Time varies according to VFL Fixture
3WBC is the official media partner of the Box Hill Hawks – our local VFL team – in the Victorian Football League. We commenced broadcasting Box Hill Hawks games in 2008 and since then we have:
- Broadcast from Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast during the 2010 season when the Gold Coast Suns were playing the VFL
- Broadcast a number of VFL Grand Finals including 2013 (Box Hill premiers), 2014 and 2015 (Box Hill runners-up) and 2010 (on behalf of commercial station 3BA Ballarat)
- Broadcast the 2014 Foxtel Cup match between Box Hill Hawks and West Perth (WAFL) from Etihad Stadium on relay into Perth on 91.3 Sport FM
- Broadcast the SANFL vs VFL from the Adelaide Oval – the only Victorian radio station to broadcast the game.
I am delighted to be one of the broadcast hosts, match caller and occasional special comments for the 3WBC VFL Commentary Team. We enter our tenth season of calling Box Hill games in 2017.
94.7 The Pulse – Fill In Announcer
Having relocated to Geelong in mid 2015, I took an opportunity to sponsor one of the regular programs (The Mullet Show) on our local community radio station – 94.7 The Pulse. When the regular announcer took a Christmas break, I was delighted to be able to step into his shoes for a couple of weeks.
I am looking forward to more opportunities to fill in for other presenters on 94.7 The Pulse.