Thursday, May 28, 2009

Time to go Macca

Australia All Over is a national radio program that goes out to Australia via ABC Local Radio, both metropolitan and regional. Add to that, the program also goes out on Radio Australia, our short wave overseas service and of course streams on the web. Clear as mud isn't it.

AAO's presenter is Ian McNamara and he is very popular with many people. Regardless, while I like the show he presents and the interesting guests, Macca has no place behind a microphone and I would say that he is less organised, more bumbling, more stuttering, more unfinished sentences, more paper rattling, more ums and ahs than he has ever been. He is getting worse as he gets older, as do my faults.

I won't even mention his extreme conservatism, political incorrectness (not really a fault at times), erratic rudeness and his general intolerance to anyone who is not from the bush or even alternative views. "I don't know.........'trail off'......."

Through January this year, the show was presented by members of ABC's The Coodabeens and what a pleasurable listening it was. Just as interesting but with accomplished radio broadcasters.

It is time ABC management. There will be howls of protests from many corners but Macca's broadcasting skills are clearly not defensible. Get a couple of Coodabeens to present, and in six month time, check on the higher ratings and the less rants about the show, such as mine. The Coodas could build the show to something brialliant and to be proud of.

56 comments:

  1. Feel free to check out the whingers in today's Green Guide. Page 2-3's got the letters, radio bitching is usually on 3. I'm a little short here for a good reason - radio, like tv, has both multiple channels and best of all - OFF. If someone or something shits you, change it!

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  2. "I won't even mention his extreme conservatism, political incorrectness (not really a fault at times), erratic rudeness and his general intolerance to anyone who is not from the bush or even alternative views."

    Now I guess I'll never know...

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  3. dammit you forgot to mention his sexism. I picked up on it years ago,the men would get to ramble on for aaages and he'd be so short with the women. Hooray Macca!

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  4. Its taken you a long time. I turned of Macca more than twenty years ago. The last straw was when the ABC in NSW used him for a while as one of their around the grounds football commentators. He was shocking.

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  5. I love the show but, yes, lately he's noticeably become worse on air with everything you described; the bumbling, flubbing words, ums, ers, ahs (GRRRR personal bugbear I cannot stand them)leaves callers from Port Moresby/Darwin/Thursday Island/Port Hedland, etc waiting on line for a-g-e-s.
    Mind you, he's well into his 60's and age is starting to catch up.

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  6. I see it differently Rob. I am very possessive of my ABC and as a life time viewer and listener, I have a right to express an opinion on programs and presenters. Generally if I don't like something, I don't listen or watch, but this is an exception. Signed, Arthur of Frankston.

    Tune in on the web and Brian and have a listen.

    Yep, sexism too Fenz. I can't ever recall any homophobia though.

    Ah Victor, him as a sports presenter makes me laugh.

    To be fair to him Jayne, ah why start doing that.

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  7. "Tune in on the web Brian and have a listen."

    I thought the general idea was to avoid it, Andrew.

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  8. Well Brian, the basic show gives an unusual and a country focused insight into Aus at times. Just the presenter who is a problem.

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  9. Ha! Fair enough. For some reason I can't always understand why many people find presenters on radio so provoking at either end of the spectrum. You should try out Golden Days Radio for some odd presenters. I love the music though. Nice and old without the BS.

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  10. And another thing that just occurred to me Rob. The ABC is funded by taxpayers and so we should expect a certain standard of broadcaster, a professional and competent broadcasters. There are plenty I don't like, but if they are good broadcasters, then it is my problem, not theirs. I am surprised at who listens to Golden Days. I heard a cooking show once. The presenter read out a recipe and after each ingredient and each step, she gave about ten seconds of dead air for people to write it down. I thought it was hysterical.

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  11. i guess it's harder to pick a persons sexuality over the phone. Is Tony Delroy gay? I've often wondered that. I'm an ABC tragic, I listen to it almost 24/7, though I'm rarely awake early enough for Macca these days. Old age = sleep ins for me :)

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  12. Fenz, I am fairly sure Macca was married, is divorced and has two kids.

    Tony, 'my partner and I had dinner/had a dinner party/went together to the movies' etc etc, pretty well gives the game away. I am sure he has been sex specific at times by saying he. I am pleased there is another ABC Radio tragic. Btw, I can never work out if Tony is in Adelaide or Melbourne. Adelaide I think. Enjoy your Sunday sleep ins. Preferable to Macca, even if there are a couple of interesting moments.

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  13. Yeah I notice that he mentions friends and his partner but never specifics. Plus he has a cat called Barbara that he adores, gives it away ;) He's more of a mad cat lady than me!

    Tony is in Sydney, if you go to his Nightlife webpage they give the number to ring from overseas and it's a Sydney number. Trevor Chappel is in Melbourne, not sure about Rod Quinn.

    Do you listen to the quiz much? I catch it most nights, I've never rung up, I think I'd be too embarrassed & I'd probably get one of those impossible questions!

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  14. Lol, a cat called Barbara. Nothing more to say.

    Would have never guessed he was in Sydney. I knew Chapel is in Melbourne, as he has gone off air and chatted to Red.

    When I worked more late nights, I often listened to the quiz. Very rarely of late. I get frustrated with it non enforcement of rules, unlike Derek's quiz. I did ring Derek's quiz once, but I must have got stage fright, as I could not answer the question I knew the answer to very well, the answer being David Flint, that vicious old queen who was head of something which requires too much energy to type. Watch out for a post soon on an aspect of Is It Just Me.

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  15. aaah i love those women, in fact you just reminded me, I have a podcast to listen to. Will have to finish last weeks episode of Silent Witness first :)

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  16. Anonymous12:58 pm

    Macca is well and truely passed his used by date. He is a very narrow thinker and needs to be brought into te 21st century

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    1. I have found him rude and arrogant. I am sure he is reading the paper sometimes and is caught out when its his time to reply. He will start out with err ahh what do ya where are ya umm hows the weather there. Its so obvious he is not listening. I wish he would give up on playing his own songs .This was quoted by one reporter.
      FOR THE BIGGEST RADIO STAR IN THE COUNTRY, he doesn’t get much press, and much of what he gets is vitriolic. There was Jane Clarke in The Age in 1994, who said there was a “tone of self-congratulatory mawkishness that binds his whole show … a program laden with promotions, both for particular products and for McNamara himself. Strangely, given the way he identifies with all things Australian, he isn’t particularly pleasant to his listeners, indeed more patronising than friendly.”
      Time for him to be replaced I recon.

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    2. Thanks. The comments are overwhelming.

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  17. Thanks for the comment Anon. And in 2010, he is even worse. There would be such an outcry if he was 'sacked', so best he retires gracefully.

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  18. He should be re-named. Drop the M and place a Cr in it's place. His intolerance really is uneducated dross and I bet the rusted on Cap C's just would die to have him as a son-in-law. I really love some aspects of the Aussie culture and heritage, but he does not do us proud.

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  19. Agree Marc. But when you complain, people take it as you not being interested in our countryside. If you are like me, I like the programme, just not the host.

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  20. Mangetout9:17 pm

    How come everyone feels the same way about Macca and the stupid misanthrope is still on air? I know it's been alluded, and I know BBC English is passé, but can't he at least try to enunciate? Choosedee (Tuesday).

    Didn't anybody notice how good James Valentine was and the Couldhavebeens are Shouldhavebeens?

    Please pay him out and get him off. I'll gladly pay 9¢ a day.

    Ax much as I'm thrilled to listen to him late at night Rod Quinn is sooooooooo wasted, but I'm now glad he didn't get the 7pm+ slot. Robbie Buck is bucking good. (Not as whoops about Trevor, but he tries hard, but his basic knowledge is is sadly deficient)

    And while I'm whinging, Adam Spencer - as quick and slick as he is (who'd have thought rapid diction could bring on an epileptic episode), when is someone going to tell him he is not on JJJ anymore and Deb, please go back to journalism? Richard Glover got it right after a stumbling few months, but Deborah, you still can't even deliver a gracious exit for your guests. I wince with embarrassment.

    At Christmas, we have Wendy and Angela, and occasionally, the oh, so sublime and erudite Michael Peschardt. OMG, how did Auntie fluke that? and then,

    down, down, down,

    V

    V

    V

    V

    V

    V

    we're back to Macca. Truly Tragic.

    I love my ABC

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  21. Those who love their ABC are its staunchest defenders, which management must like. But the price is we want to have a say and when we take a set on someone, we don't give up. I had another more recent rant about Macca btw. http://highriser.blogspot.com/2011/03/our-abc.html

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  22. Anonymous11:53 pm

    Have been a Tony Delroy listener for years as a bit of an insomniac but have had enough of those boring "regulars" who always get through and rather than answering the question rabbit on about what they did today or "how's Barbara" etc.such as Maureen with her aahs and ooos and Ann who always demands (and gets) another clue-yet it is impossible to get through most times! I feel better already1

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  23. Not heard the Delroy quiz for years, but yes, I remember that type of caller.

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  24. I also get totally fed up with the Latenight Quiz *regulars*...
    Tony certainly has his favourites, which is fine, but some of the prattle on forever...
    I have no idea how they get on EVERY night, unless they have a sepatate number they ring...They sure don't seem to wait in the queue like the rest of the callers...
    I don't have a problem with Maureen from Bendigo. I think she's rather sweet, but...
    the moment I hear Tony say "Johanna from Redcliffe" I turn the radio off...then maybe(and if awake)turn it back on 5 minutes later when I know/hope she's gone...
    It also annoys me how some will get clues and chances while others get cut off pretty quickly

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  25. CeeJ, I certainly agree about clues. There needs to be consistancy. The pushy people seem to always get clues.

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  26. Dani-D6:18 pm

    CeeJ163.....I hear you...I also groan out loud when I hear "Johanna from Redcliffe", my gripe really is that if you dont know the answer stop pfaffing around wasting time and get off the line and let someone else have a go....I think some of the regulars believe this is their own private chat session with Tony...I dont ring in cos' I am likely to tell Tony to ditch the painful regulars!!

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    1. dander19013:31 pm

      Agreed! Johanna from Redcliffe is given far too much airspace! If she wants to prattle on one on one with Tony...ask her to ring him at home. Mind you...Tony does nothing to discourage her. Sadly, I seldom listen to the quiz now...and yes I blame Johanna of Redcliffe.

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  27. Totally agree, can not stand macca! His put on country drawl (does anyone really talk like that in this day and age), makes me change the station every time my husband puts him on!! As for that spencer elitest, give me angela and wendy any day! Anne from parramatta

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  28. Anne, I am sure he does emphasise his accent, at least. Being in Melbourne, we don't hear Spencer, but I know who you mean.

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  29. Anonymous11:06 pm

    I too turn Johanna off the moment she appears, which is very frequently. Long rather uninteresting chats have no place in a quiz. Cut the chat and reduce the quiz by 25 mins or so. The regulars are probably there as fill ins to stretch the show out to 1 am. Lazy broadcasting!

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  30. Gypsiwow5:11 pm

    I have come to dread being wakened up with Macca's voice on a Sunday Totally agree about his rudeness and bumbling - it's the people we want to listen to - not him and as far as the Nightline - Well I used to love Tony but he is so biased .. Yes the ones that start .. can I just say .... usually don't know the answer I think the Maureens and Johannas should take a back pew for a while as there are many people who would like to get on the challenge and they take up all the time .. Still enjoy it though except when the cringes come on ..

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  31. Anonymous8:47 am

    The thing I can't handle with "The Maccster" is the way he answers the calls..like he just wants to get it over and done with and is totally disinterested ..."this is MAcca,yeah ...hello ?..yawn"
    He doesn't represent country people and he has no concept of us here in WA.
    As for Tony,good on him if he's "gay"..my cat's Magda but I don't "go out to dinner or jet off to Argentina with my partner" and then start a forum on homelesness or mental health as it's "topical" but we "just don't have time for all your calls"...40 mins every few weeks......don't bother Tones....
    Richard

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  32. Richard, I expect the ABC knows he is dinosaur and they should be rid of him, but the protests would be huge, and he is showing no intent of going himself.

    I find Delroy quite irritating at times. I heard he does live in Sydney. Maybe that says a bit.

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  33. Anonymous3:44 am

    Thanks Andrew .
    It's not the fact that Tony is a "dinosaur",I am one myself...it's just that he'll have an issue of the day like youth suicide or depression and then "we have to go to the book reading" or discuss "truffles in belgium"...or dare I say it "yep ,off with my partner to Slovenia this week so lets discuss what's fashionable travel wise this year"...,"now Colin ,you wanted to tell us that you haven't worked in 10 years..?."......
    And as for JoHANNA from Redcliffe..."Tounneee...?"...and Anne from Caulfield "Can I have a clue ..oh go on,you've got the answer right there...I'll say bla bla and good nite..OH!! it's right"
    The one that really cracks me up is Dermont from Lesmurdie.."I,I,I ,was suure it was,oh I dunno....I,I,I..mmmm"
    The one I have to switch off is Ross from Maruka....psycho!!
    Trevor Chappel has become very rude and abrupt..."mmmm,nup"every few seconds and I counted he gave the phone and text numbers TWENTY SEVEN times in 5 minutes last nite...
    Time to move on ABC!!
    Richard
    OH ...my cat says hi and she went to the vet yesterday..hope that's ok (lol)

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  34. Hi Andrew, Just found your site and very interesting it is. Architecture and radio are two of my interests - Melbourne has some great buildings and I get there now and then to visit my son. As for Macca - the morning my husband tuned in twenty five years ago was the day I tuned out. I see by the comments that his delivery and manner have not improved with age. Time to go bush Macca and keep quiet...

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  35. Thanks for the nice words Catherine. Macca just gets worse and worse. It is annoying because he often has such interesting guests and I have to listen to him to hear them.

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  36. Anonymous8:03 pm

    Not an anonymous person...Paul from campwin beach qld...as an long time listener I guess a shake up is about due...I drive fuel tankers for the last twelve years all hrs of the day..how many times do we hear about a crash on the hume?? maybe if the ABC realises the scope of the service it provides and maybe jazz it up with some interesting topics a few more drivers may still be alive, I like tony,trevor,pav and rod...maybe if we all could generate a few ideas what we want from our ABC things could improve..I am not a smart person by any standard but I do realise they can't cater for all at the same time, it's called a fine line but we all put our heads together stop knocking whoever and maybe let thru this site or even a phone call on air imagine the possibilities..it would be the people's ABC...thanks for your time

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  37. Paul, we heard of a crash on the Hume very recently. How does a truck on its own jack knife? Another Sunday of listening to Macca has passed. He is not getting better. Now he is promoting his private music tour, later this year. ABC Local Radio is all very well, but what about you downloading a couple of podcasts from Radio National to listen to. Bush Telegraph is a great show and I have learnt so much from it.

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  38. Anonymous11:51 pm

    It must be a Jones'Town thing, Macca is just as ignorant as Mr Jones.

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  39. Anonymous12:21 pm

    Wooo there everybody!
    If you really need to hear the depths to which ABC can plummet,listen to Graham "Willow"Williams on 666 Canberra.
    Now,there is a true inarticulate misogynist
    with an inability to annunciate leaving Macca sounding like the Queen.
    Thats if you can hear it through the sniffing and self promoting drival.

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  40. Anonymous9:53 am

    I also have turned off Macca. Sick of listening to the same show every week. He is very mundane, I could be listening to a show recorded a year ago and it would be the same content. Wise up ABC, time for Macca to retire.
    Thank goodness for the internet and being able to listen to past shows of Tony Delroy, or one of the other announcers that I have missed through the week while the “Macca” show is on.

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  41. Macca is a rude old curmudgeon who dresses it up in folksy "Aussie bushie" bs and is just catering to Jones' bigots who are pretending to be all "kulchrul" on the weekend. The ABC keeps him in there as they are full of the same attitude, a bs definition of what parts of Australia it will represent.

    Shame "Our ABC" is not the attack tiger of the people that fearlessly holds government, business and the rest of the media to the standards they profess to adhere to, that investigates and uncovers the breaches of those standards and is not the toy of government of the day but is an instrument to balance the power placed in the hands of those empowered by our trust.

    As for Delroy, he is a smarmy version of racist Macca. How many Indian, Chinese, Lebanese or other accents do you hear on the Quiz or the issue of the day call in. A very, very, very few. Forget about his sexuality, although he is a public figure by choice and who has a job that involves a personal connection to his audience. So why does he cover up details of his personal life ? Tune in to almost any other presenter ABC or otherwise and you get to know about their family, it is contemptuous of Delroy to lock his audience out of his life while he expects to intrude into their bedrooms every night of the week ! Would any commercial celebrity ever get away with it ? That said, Jones it seems is also gay and NEVER talks about it either which I guess is both illustrates that the PC Power brokers protect only the precious ones not the people AND shows who Tony models his public persona after. Our ABC is simply Our Hypocrisy.

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  42. Again, Trevor Chappell hosted Australia All Over during the summer break and YET AGAIN did a superb job of hosting (as usual), including many callers into the conversation, never cutting people off, geuinely interested in what people had to say, in short - being the ideal radio host.
    Immediately switched off when I heard the dulcet tones of Macca back again.

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  43. Jayne, I find Chapell ok, but for the few Sundays she filled in, I really liked Andrea Ho.

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    1. Honestly, a deranged chimpanzee drunk on fermented bananas, fed red cordial and sugar treats for a month could do a better job than Macca.

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  44. Macca is the only programme on the ABC I cannot stand. Our wake up radio station is Radio National, Macca free listening.

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    1. UtWT, you have given me an idea. RN on Sundays morning.

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    2. Lately my husband often sets the radio alarm to News Radio as well. Both RN and PNN are definitely far superior to Macca on 702Sydney.On all our other radios we switch back to 2BL from about 10 pm Sunday evening for weekday listening. And as Adam Spencer is leaving by the end of the year the early hours will most likely be RN for us as well.

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    3. I heard about Spencer leaving. He seems to rate well enough, so I guess he is a big part of Sydney radio.

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  45. Agree macca gas to go. Maybe you could setup a facebook link to gather more support

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  46. Meant has to go not GAS to go. God forbid

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    1. Kerrie, some would like to see him gassed. There may well be a such an FB link already.

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  47. I just had the immense pleasure of being with Ian Mcnamara on Australia All Over as Ian broadcast his first show for 2014 from the Gold Coast Studios.

    A top bloke.... his show is always informative and may he be in broadcasting for many many years to come.

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    1. Cliff, I don't dislike the show, I just dislike him as a presenter. He is not professional. I did listen to some of his show this morning, but alas I cannot recall your good self.

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