Saturday, May 25, 2019

This is London Calling

And so the news cry went out in the mid 20th century from the BBC on shortwave radio to its colonies, empires, Commonwealth Countries and Dominion States. For someone who is not keen on music now, I love this The Clash song.

I love radio far more than I like movies and tv. To communicate by voice alone is a wonderful thing. I voraciously consume podcasts from Our ABC and the BBC.

This is an old photo, perhaps 15 years old or more, that I came across god knows where.


The Christ like person at the back is retired ABC Melbourne radio evening presenter Derek Guille, a consummate broadcaster with a great interest in music. 

On the right is sacked ABC Melbourne breakfast presenter Red Symons who was also a glam band former pop star. He was popular and I don't think any regular listener understands why he had to go. Generational change, I suppose.

Red as a member of the band Skyhooks. He had a bad 2018. His twenty plus year old son died from cancer, he was sacked as an ABC presenter and his marriage broke up. 


Attracting a younger demographic and diversity is the only reason I can think of for replacing him, with the replacements being Jacinta Parsons and Sami Shah. It was a very shaky start for them, with Symons' devoted audience missing him terribly. To its credit, ABC management stuck by Sami and Jacinta and while they perhaps don't rate as well as Symons, they seem to be accepted now as ABC presenters. I quite like them but it has taken a while.


Now to the two unmentioned at the front in the first photo. One is ABC Breakfast News TV presenter Virginia Trioli and formerly an ABC Melbourne Drive radio presenter. I first noticed her when she wrote a newspaper column or single story for perhaps The Canberra Times many years ago. The other is Jon Faine, aka El Faino. Faine looked almost decent back then. Now he looks like a mad professor. He is retiring at the end of the year and for something like twenty years he has been presenting the morning show for ABC Melbourne. He is a brilliant broadcaster, a tough interviewer of politicians, not afraid of showing emotion and has a good sense of humour.

He is a hard act to follow, but there is no dispute from anyone that I have heard that Virginia Trioli won't step into his large shoes with aplomb. Good choice, Our ABC, but a word of advice. Three and half hours talking from 8:30 to noon is too long for one presenter five days a week. Perhaps to our local disadvantage but as long as Richard Fidler's Conversation Hour isn't too Sydneycentric, I believe his show goes to the rest of Australia, then I expect we could cope if he was broadcast here.

39 comments:

  1. London Calling has a great beat.
    Red truly did have a dreadful year, didn't he? I hope better times are ahead for him.
    I don't listen to the radio. I wonder why? ABC radio was almost always on when I was growing up, but I don't remember the last time I listened.

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    1. EC, when you are out jogging in the morning, you should listen to some radio. Red did have a bad year but remained ebullient as ever.

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  2. I confess to being a radio pleb Andrew. I listen to a local Perth station in the car and at home, but listen is probably overstating it, it's background noise that's all. P listens to ABC or the university station when he's out in his office.

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    1. Grace, I will keep company with P then.

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    2. 😀 check response to last post ✨

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  3. I listen to CBC here, a very mixed bag. I miss RTE (Ireland) and the BBC, I should plug them in on my device more as I like to listen and knit.

    I haven't had TV for nearly 30 years, by choice. It's a time vampire.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. My time vampire is my laptop. I remember the days before computer, when my house was always clean enough to eat off the floors or perhaps welcome royalty. These days I'm lucky if I manage to vacuum twice a year.

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    2. WWW. I have listened to podcasts from RTE. Good. TV can be ok, in the background while I communicate with people from all over the world.

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    3. River, I know what you are saying. We used to get so many thing done before the internet. But does it matter that we don't clean like we used to?

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    4. Btw WWW, CBC rebroadcasts our Health Report from our ABC. It is very good.

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  4. I'm a fan of podcast and recently I start to listen to ted talks.
    It seem our local radio station is talk but only leans to far right (conservative)
    Coffee is on

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    1. Dora, I have heard a little of US radio via podcasts, and I did not like what I heard, even though it was about trains.

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  5. I listen mostly to LBC (from London). I know that lots of Aussies tune in, because they join in with conversations. Give it a try!

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  6. London calling - gosh not my type of singers/group! Though part of it is rather good.
    Don't often listen to the ABC Radio, however do listen to local radio sometimes.
    Dear Red, poor fellow did have a bad year.

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    1. Margaret, The Clash made music in my influential years. I can't get past that time. Yep, Red did have a bad year, but he is always on the up side of life.

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  7. Every morning the clock radio wakes me up to ABC News Radio (1026 in Melbourne). Firstly is it the most listened-to radio station in Australia since it opened for business in 1994. Secondly it is my sole/core radio contact across Australia and the rest of the world. Sandy Aloisi is great.

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    1. Hels, I did not know it is the most listened to radio station in Australia. I listen to it often enough.

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    2. It's not the most listened to radio station in Australia.

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    3. Though it's a terrific station, it's most definitely not the "most listened to radio station" in Australia.

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    4. James, I was a little surprised. With a national audience, perhaps it is Triple J.

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  8. I've heard a lot of people say they love radio, listening to talkback, listening to presenters and their views etc, so I tried it a few times. The talkback segments drove me nuts, and the rest made me sleepy. I'm a TV person. News, movies, weekly series, but not all of them and certainly not that "reality" rubbish. And I like books. Fiction of course, so I can get lost in a story.

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    1. Interesting, River. Boring if we were all the same. I do get lost in books.

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  9. I don't listen to much radio except in the car. Talk back gets on my nerves unless it is an interesting topic. I do like Richard Fidler though and Virginia Triolli.

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    1. Dinae, talk back can be very different from radio station to radio station. There is no comparison between the Sydney Shock Jocks and Melbourne's talk back hosts.

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  10. For one announcer to be on air for that length of time used to be the norm once upon a time. Back in the 60s when my ex, and a couple of still good friends of mine who were were also radio announcers at that time, were on air conducting their programes some of which were four hours long.

    Like diane b...I mostly listen to the radio when driving these days.

    I used to be a huge fan of John Laws...and always listened to him when I was prepping in restaurant kitchens. And I never missed Nick Erby's country music programme on the ABC on Friday nights. (Coincidentally, Nick's brother and sister-in-law are my neighbours up the end of this lane on which I live. They are the ones who've hosted the Aussie Day get-together-street parties these past two years).

    After 50 years in radio, Nick is now off-air and is a marriage celebrant. He is living on the southern fringes of the Gold Coast. I always had the radio on when I was cooking in commercial kitchens.

    Not that you wanted all this info, I imagine! :)

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    1. Lee, that is true about them being on air for those lengths of time, but not intense talking for almost the whole time. So a little to connection to fame in your lane then. I can't remember Nick Erby, not that I would have listened to C&W, but I do know who the last couple of presenters were.

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    2. Though Nick is a very fine broadcaster, he didn't have a Friday night program on the ABC. Maybe you're thinking of John Nutting with Saturday Night Country.

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    3. James, even I quite liked John Nutting. He was a very warm and sincere presenter. I just didn't like the music.

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  11. I haven't listened to breakfast radio since Red left, if I had a bath during the evening I'd have Derek on ( no evening radio since he left) Virginia is OK on morning tv - disliked her intensely on radio. Am out more & more during the morning so haven't listened to Faino for quite some time yet will miss him when he's gone.
    I do have the radio on in the car - there aren't e two community stations I listen to - as well as new radio, which I can't seem to tune in properly on the radio at home (unfortunately)
    It's a quiet time for me - if it happens in the world I'm better off not knowing about it lol

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    1. Cathy, I don't listen to radio like I used to. I like podcasts. I pretty well don't listen after the noon news and The World Today. It is amazing how little you miss when tuned out from news. What seems important when you hear it, a few days later is often quite irrelevant.

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  12. Poor Red, had no idea he had been sacked :( I only listen to a local Perth station on the way to and from work. But I enjoy ABC and Sbs TV programs.

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    1. Sami, he could have done other things for the ABC but yes, he was sacked from his on air role.

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  13. British punk is not something I know a whole lot about, but from what I've heard, I like The Clash the best. And though I was already familiar with the song, the link you provided is the first time I've seen the video. Nice and gritty, like it was shot with a home movie camera. Fit's the song.

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    1. Kirk, I like some of the less punkish punk. Yes, I agree about the clip. It looks older than when it was made.

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  14. As thrilling as other people's photos are, dare I hope to someday see one of you that includes your actual face?

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    1. Probably not here although I have published a couple in the past. Next time I send you an email, I will try to remember to include a photo. I really don't like seeing myself in photos.

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  15. *broke up because he had an affair.
    I will miss Faine, but Virginia is a sound replacement.

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    1. Fen, ok, I didn't know that about Symons and who he called his trophy wife when they were first married. Virginia is so good. I look forward to hearing her interview politicians.

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