Presenter - John Hoey


John Hoey
John Hoey

1. What time is your session and what does your session consist of? (segments, types of music, serials etc)

Thursdays, 1:00pm until 4:00pm


My program is a kind of musical magazine covering many different types of music, some of which may provide new experiences for the listener, but none of which (I try to ensure) will be unpleasant for the listener.  It covers music from the 1930s to the 1980s, although I like to inject some bright music from as far back as Elizabethan times (ie 16th Century) occasionally . At 3pm I present a scripted half hour title ‘Cool,Calm, and Composed’ outlining the life and playing the work of a composer and/or lyricist who wrote familiar songs.


2. How did you first connect with GDR?

I accidentally set the clock radio alarm to FM instead of the usual AM. Instead of receiving the ABC early morning news magazine I listened  to the overnight music and realized the station was very close to our home. I was looking for interesting voluntary work and I helped the Membership Secretary produce reports, and then was offered the chance to try out as a presenter.


3. Why did you want to be a presenter?

I regularly heard an ABC Classic FM Drive program in the 1990s which presented many different types of music. This broadened my already active interest in music, and increased my musical enjoyment to such a degree that I always though it would be fascinating to try to do the same thing.


4. What experience do you want to give your listeners?

I liken my programme to visiting an art gallery, except music is on display rather than paintings.  Art galleries usually display a variety of examples from different schools of art. I hope that some listeners might move in a similar way that I did in the 1990s, and thus enjoy even more different types of musical experiences than just those with which they have become familiar  over many years.

Program List

DayProgram NameTime Frame
GDR Program Guide on Thursday1pm - 4pm Music with
1pm - 4pm