In the 1960s I was a part time regional newsreader and relief rural breakfast session presenter with ABC radio in Bunbury.
RTR began in1977 as 6UWA FM and shortly afterwards I became involved in presenting and producing programs for the print handicapped, broadcast on weekdays from 10am – noon.
Nostalgia had been started by Pieta O’Shaughnessy, a former station manager, and in 1986 I stepped in to fill a vacancy and have been presenting ever since.
Just before we moved to the Sanders Building at UWA I was presenting the program in the original studios in the University Extension Service building when an earthmoving compactor started up just outside causing the building, turntables and presenter to vibrate profusely. An hour later we transferred to a temporary studio in an old house on Fairway.
On another occasion, during an early radiothon, the University switched off all the phones at 7am for maintenance.
Over the years the Nostalgia presenters have built up a warm rapport with our listeners. The regular telephone feedback from our loyal audience has encouraged us to refine the selection of music we play. There is a challenge to find new and rare recordings and great satisfaction when our efforts are acknowledged by the listeners.
After retiring from a teaching career I am now enjoying the luxury of plenty of time to prepare programs, seeking out new tracks and discovering more information on the artists.