I graduated from Melbourne University as an Engineer in 1963 and before long became involved in the then embryonic iron ore industry in the Pilbara. I have the distinction of riding the first iron ore train out of Tom Price in 1966. Spent the next 50 years in and around mines and railways around the world including the One Nation rail upgrade in 1993-1995. (no not the Pauline Hanson One Nation!) Also privileged to drive the first actual train to cross the nation from Brisbane into Perth in 1995; hence my predilection for train songs of which you will be aware if you are a regular listener.
How did you become involved in the station?
I became involved with Nostalgia when I answered the call from George Black for guest presenters way back in 2004 and then took over from George when he became ill
If stuck on Mars, what five albums could you not go without?
Now that is a hard one but let’s try with:
- Any John Phillip Sousa Brass Band Album
- Time Out Dave Brubeck
- Les Paul and Mary Ford Waiting for the Sunshine
- Surfin USA Beach Boys
- Business as Usual Men at Work
What is the best thing about being involved in the station?
The listeners who become your friends via their contribution and phone calls on a regular basis.
What is the strangest thing that has happened to you at RTRFM?
Coming in to a deserted studio and not being able to turn off the elevator music- found as “News” in the other studio!!
If you could present a show other than your own, which would it be and why?
Morning Magazine to find out how the other half really lives
What do you do in real life?
I live in a 140 year old house in Guildford with my wife and two Kelpies and a procession of family and visitors. For workday fun I am the Project Director for a major port development and a local Councillor. For weekend entertainment, as well as pedaling a variety of classic cars and racing a yacht round the cans on the Swan whenever I have the chance I potter in a shed and listen to music.