Saturday, June 16, 2012
We'll grab this one for our own use
Each of our state capitals has its own ABC local radio station, as do many of our regional areas. On top of that is ABC FM, a classical music station; Triple JJJ, an alternative youth music station; Radio National, for the more arty and intellectual types; Radio Australia for broadcasting on shortwave principally to Asia and the Pacific. There is even more broadcast on the digital radio service and it appears I have forgotten about tv! Four digital tv stations and one simulcast analogue station and a music station. Oh yes, our overseas television station too.
I am horrified, as I expect Jon Faine would be, but it seems ABC local radio's station ABC Melbourne's presenter, Jon Faine, is the grandfather of morning prime time ABC local radio. He competes closely with commercial radio stations of a similar ilk, doing well even against young peoples' music stations. He outrates any other ABC local radio station presenter. He is clever and learned, and I detect a certain arrogance about him, and I would not want anything less. False modesty is not a quality to be admired in high achievers.
This post has gone way off the path of being a brief background of our ABC.
De Faino on ABC Melbourne is not perfect though. He has forgotten the golden rule of media, that is to ensure the person who replaces you when you are on leave is not as good as you. He walked a tight rope with Ali Moore.
She is a smart, quick thinking and a well rounded broadcaster. Her area of expertise is business, and just maybe, I have detected a slight pro business leaning. But if it is so hard to detect, then she must be pretty balanced. Whatever, she is a great radio broadcaster and it was a pleasurable two weeks listening to her.
Should Faine call it quits I reckon our ABC should offer Ali Moore a decent sum to drag her back from Singapore and host ABC Melbourne's Mornings.