Saturday, October 12, 2019

Bye Jon Faine

The excellent retired broadcaster Terry Lane was briefly interviewed by ABC Melbourne radio station's Jon Faine AM (honour) during Faine's penultimate broadcast. When Faine started broadcasting between 8.30 and noon five days a week some 23 years ago, Lane said to Faine that it was unsustainable to be on air for such a length of time, given the concentration required.  I've always thought so too but Faine has been doing it for 23 years and he has now resigned as of Friday.

To give you and idea of how he is liked and respected, his last broadcast was live from Melbourne Town Hall, with a capacity of over 1500 to attend and thousands entered the ballot to be there for his last broadcast. I thought about entering the ballot, but then it occurred to me that I would have to get up early to be there before 8.30 and 3 and half hours is a long time to be seated no matter how well entertained. But as I said, thousands wanted to do so and 1500 did.

I listened to most of the entertaining broadcast with a huge guest list of politicians, former and current, voices regularly heard on air with Faine, former broadcasters, the terrific comedian Sammy J along with many others.

Faine has educated me, alarmed me, made me laugh, irritated me at times, made me tear up, made me angry, made me despair (usually about politicians), impressed me with his coverage of 9/11, the terrible 2009 bushfires in our state when so many lost their lives, the Singapore state murder of one of our citizens. This list too is long.

Faine is in the light shirt and Lane is in the black shirt.


Like many genuine high achievers, Faine has a wide range of interests outside his former area of work and I expect he will live a interesting life after broadcasting.

It's probably only of interest to listeners of ABC Melbourne, but his final broadcast from Melbourne Town Hall can be found here.
https://www.abc.net.au/radio/melbourne/programs/mornings/mornings/11579606

Good luck Jon, and thanks.

Well, out with old and in with the new, well the not so new Virginia Trioli as Faine's more than adequate replacement. Big shoes to fill, but I can't think of anyone who could do it better. Good luck to you Virginia and I am sure that you will hate me for remembering sports broadcaster Dan Lonergan calling you Trigger Trioli oh so many years ago when you were a radio broadcaster before you television career.


20 comments:

  1. I hope he does have a rich and satisfying retirement.
    Yay Virginia. And I suspect she remembers (and not happily) that name.

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    1. I am sure he will EC. I liked the nickname.

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  2. Trigger! Yes, made me laugh, though moreso was someone who called ABC Radio Sydney, when I was the Content Director there, and throughout our conversation kept referring to her as "Virginia Trimboli", in an unintended reference to the famous Griffith family. To this day, I still call her "Virginia Trimboli".

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    1. James, I think the same might have happened here on air when she was on radio. I just have a vague memory of her being called Trimboli.

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  3. I saw Jon Faine interviewed by Virginia Trioli yesterday on One Plus One.He told her it was all about the listeners when she asked him for any advice he could give her. I will listen to the broadcast thanks for the link.

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    1. Cheryl, she was also at the Town Hall. Very wise advice I think and almost goes without saying.

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  4. What a clever family! I knew and thoroughly enjoyed both Jon Faine and his sister.

    I still miss Terry Lane, but at least we have access to some of his books.

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    1. Hels, he always struck me as a little arrogant but if you say he is nice, good enough for me.

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  5. Not being from Melbourne I have never heard of that broadcaster but He must have been good to stay so long. I do like Virginia Trioli though. She can be quite controversial, which livens things up. Didn't the govt. try to shut her up once?

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    1. Diane, she can indeed be controversial and fiesty at times. She did get a lecture or two, I seem to remember but I don't think it was her who the government recently had in its sights.

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  6. 23 years in the one job is a long time, to me anyway. I was at Coles for 12 and that was the longest job for me, but if the shoe factory was still operating I'd still be there. I'm sure he will find fun ways to fill the hours now that he is retired.

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    1. River, me 40 years because of apathy more than anything. I reckon he has a pretty full life already.

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  7. Memorably, Sue Howard said ABC Melbourne was her favourite station.

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    1. Now she doesn't have to be so balanced, she can speak the truth. While I am not a music listener I did used to hear Sue late at night at times. She was excellent.

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  8. I listen to very little radio anymore, I kind of miss it.

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    1. I could never not listen, Travel.

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  9. Hope he lives it up in retirement. That must be a stressful job, the deadlines and schedules, and appearances, makes me tired to think about it. Now its kick back time, Jon! Have a roaring good retirement!

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    1. He certainly deserves it Strayer.

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  10. Odd this should happen down under at the same time we are having something similar here.
    A Newsman up here, Shepard Smith resigned from his show on Fox News. I adored him and appreciated his views, with rather differed from the networks. I do not know the real reason he left. But, about a year ago Shep came out of the closet. He also was not a "Trumpeteer".
    I will miss his views and his reporting style. I wish him well.

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    1. Maribeth, if there was ever a time your country needed internal critical reporting, it is now.

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