Dina probably calls it research when she examines an Australian in detail. When I take to the task, it is more like stalking.
This Catterns woman is interesting. Yeah, Angela who hooks up with comedian, writer, radio broadcaster and tele host Wendy Harmer, to present the ABC podcast, Is It Just Me.
Look, here is an ABC publicity shot. Quite flattering, I have seen some harsher pictures of her. She is on your right in the top picture.
Now in women of a certain age, I like certain things. Good hair and good makeup (come on, I am gay, what else would you expect?). So far by the photos above, she gets a tick.
A nice voice always attracts me, and that is one of her fortes. Clever, funny, opinionated, well that almost ticks every box. Clothes, well I can't tell from the photos above, but you can't go wrong with impressing a Melburnian by wearing black. She has made a good start there.
Hmmm, she has her own website. Nothing there really. Can sign up to a mailing list. What kind of mail might I receive? I will give it a miss. Here is her photo below of her from her website. I'd better use nice words about her, or she might sue me for copyright breach. Some freckles, how cute.
Dina always names her sources of information. I shan't because I am just lazy.
My personal knowledge of her before I heard her on Is It Just Me, is that she broadcast nationally when ABC local radio went national at night time. She presented a music program, and along with excellent voice, she was knowledgeable about music, or perhaps just a good album cover reader. I may have heard her at other times, perhaps over summer holidays when ABC local switches to ABC local from another state.
What I have learnt since, with some reading between the lines, is that she came from a very middle class family, went to the same private girls school for all of her school years and likes to be near the coast. She had a drop out as a hippie period in her life. She has never married but did have a long term relationship, which she is no longer in, and has a teenage daughter who causes Angela much angst, as teen daughters do, it would seem. Her mother is still alive.
Righto, time for the internet looking.
Angela started her radio career in Lismore, NSW, and then went on to work in television in Orange. She worked as a sound recordist in Papua New Guinea and then worked on the kids tv show, Simon Townsend's Wonder World. By the mid eighties, the far from now youthful Angela became the breakfast presenter on the ABC youth high cred radio station, JJJ.
It is not all good. At some point she worked for 2SM, a commercial radio station. Oh dear. From there she did a bit of work at SBS, and then surprise, surprise, turned up for a decent period on air at WYKS radio, Washington DC.
Ah, is this when I remember her on radio. She presented a national ABC evening show from the radio studios in Lismore around 1990.
Wow, I told you she had a good voice. She made all public announcements at the Sydney 200o Olympics, plus was venue announcer for the gymnastics. No doubt her talents in this area led her to be the voice of Qantas Airlines to make the pre flight safety announcements.
I have no idea what Big Fat Radio is, but she worked there but by 2004, she was back at ABC Sydney local radio, 2BL for you old folk, and became the number one Sydney radio presenter.
2005 she left the ABC and worked at a newish radio station, Vega. She lasted there until 2007 and now is an occasional fill in presenter back at ABC Sydney, local radio.
Oh look, here she is when she was younger. I think I like her better older. How many lasses of the same time struck the same pose.
Are you impressed? I am. Need to bring her down a peg and find some goss. Back to the net.
Hmm, she was snapped with David Bowie. Perhaps not her best angle. Not really his either.
Does she like cricket? Snapped in the commentary box at Sydney Cricket Ground.
She does not mind putting her arm around a lass who wears sensible shoes, the marvellous Julie McCrossin, and seems to have no problem with Julie holding the phallic object in her face. Oh, I think I like the first picture I posted best.
I think she really does know about music. If the guitar was the right size, I expect she could strum a bit. No idea who the bloke is and I don't care to find out.
Here she is when she eclipsed in radio ratings the creepy tawdry populist horrible broadcaster and London cottager Alan Jones.
Insert here that I have checked some back of the envelope calculations and she has made a lot of money with her work and must be very comfortable. I guess she lives in inner city Sydney in quite a nice house. With a not so poor mother, she won't have to worry about money too much. Her daughter certainly won't.
Here she is with the rest of the Vega breakfast team, back in 2007. Must have been taken the same day as the second picture.
Gosh, she seems to be a paragon of virtue. I cannot find anything salacious. Wendy Harmer had a go at guessing the weight of Angela's breasts, between 1.5 and 2 kilos.
Oh yeah, on the speaker circuit.
She interviewed Spike Milligan. He always behaved terribly when visiting Australia. You can download the interview here. Really, I wouldn't bother, Spike was a bit past it.
She also made an You Tube clip for Pay Pal, explaining how Pay Pal works.
Well, that is it folks. Anglea seems to be a high achiever and has not blotted her copy book.