Saturday, December 11, 2004

The wireless

Back in the early eighties we were travelling in the country somewhere north of the city. It was quite early in the morning and our usual radio station (can't remember what it was, 3XY maybe?) started to fade in and out. With a bit of dial twiddling we found a nice strong signal which happened to be 3LO, now known as ABC Melbourne.

I could not believe what I was hearing. This grumpy old bloke was moaning on about something and then he would stop talking and there would be several seconds of dead silence. We were aurally mesmerised, if I can get away with that. The old bloke, was of course, Peter Evans. And ever since then, I have been a devoted 3LO listener.

In the eighties broadcasts were often interrupted by the broadcast of federal parliament and cricket. Parliament was later shifted to 3AR (Radio National) and then News Radio. We still put up with cricket.

But at such times, I learnt to appreciate Radio National and classical music on ABC FM radio. On the odd occasion I listened to 3CR , 3JJ (?), RRR and PBS In the nineties I sometimes listened to JJJ and then came along a gay radio station JOY Melbourne.

Joy can be very entertaining for anyone, especially at weekends when there is more talk and much of the retro music appeals to me. I am a member of the station and have been for many years. The work that volunteers do astonishes me and, while office politics shall I call it, sometimes get vicious, what comes through the speakers is of a very high standard.

Before obtaining a local community license, Joy used to frequency share with a Muslim radio station. It used to bug me Monday mornings when I would switch the radio on and instead of Joy, I would hear foreign tongues. But wonder how they fared on Thursday morning when they switched their radios on and heard, Joy Melbourne, Australia's first and only gay and lesbian radio station, as the promo went.

I owe a lot to ABC Melbourne. It is very important to me. Weekends, depending what I am doing, after most of Tonya Roberts has finished, I switch over to Joy for the rest of the weekend. Fave program at moment is Gillian and Clare with the G Spot, but Frank and Benny are very funny with Two Fat Lattes.

But one must stay up to date and I keep forgetting and next Tuesday I have a body corp meeting where I am going to biff someone, so I won't be able to listen then either. To what? Agent Fare Evader on Tuesday evenings on SYN FM Melbourne. I believe he plays some modern Indian music, which from the little I have heard elsewhere, I quite like. I just hope he keeps rap at a minium and doesn't play headbanging stuff at all. He certainly has a good voice for radio. We shall see.........eventually. Just noticed that they use the old Joy frequency, 90.7. Good, it is still preset on my car radio and bedside clock.

Can I just add an honourable mention for Nova. The laconic Dave Hughes is very funny and for commercial radio, it is not too bad.


  1. Anonymous11:38 pm

    OMG I remember Peter Evanswhen an Earth tremor hit Melbourne in late 70s or early 80s. He was on air It ws the most animated I ever heard him. I will never forget Terry Lane's moving tribute in 85 when PE died.
    I still miss his uniiqueness!

  2. Hi Anon. That would be when 3LO broadcast from the old buildings in Lonsdale Street. I have the tribute on cassette tape along with some other Peter Evans bits and pieces.

  3. Hi Andrew - some more Evans clips at:

  4. What a ripper Peter. Thanks.


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