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.