How did you first connect with GDR?
Some years ago, a friend who works on the Department of Health’s Seniors Program referred me to a “marvelous” radio station with the greatest music NOT played anywhere else. I was hooked, instantly, and wanted to be part of it. I popped in to the station’s Glen Huntly studios, was bowled over, and volunteered immediately for a vacant receptionist position. I had great pleasure on the desk – connecting with our discerning listeners before being given the opportunity to audition for a presenter role.
Why did you want to be a presenter?
Music has been a passion all my life – pervading the house 24-hours-a-day – even while asleep! My grandfather had his own dance band in the 30s and I was a singer in a folk duo in the 60s.
After numerous attempts to get a junior presenting role at my home town’s only music station were unsuccessful, I was offered a cadetship in the newsroom of the local morning newspaper. That was the beginning of a wonderfully-exciting career … but I have always hankered after playing popular tunes on a music station. And GDR is unique in the true sense of the word so there could be nowhere better.
What experience do you want to give your listeners?
I want to excite our loyal listeners with the wide range of performers, styles and genres of the past – invoking loving memories of their youth. We will uncover little gems from singers they’re discovering for the very first time. And, hopefully, they’ll tell their friends. I certainly have.