I feel I should also pass on a compliment here to ABC having given them a bit of a hammering in the last few years. I've been listening to ABC NEWSRADIO for a while now and have to tell you there's been a dramatic improvement in the quality of the overall quality of the product. I've only noticed this in the last couple of months but got to say the standard of their presenters has taken off at warp speed. I listen for an hour or so nearly every night and it's a pleasure to hear top-quality programming. I'm not getting as much BBC input as we used to have but I'll surrender that for some really good homegrown material.
A real historic gem here, with the attached photo, which I filched from a 3BO BENDIGO website. I was searching for information about one of the post-war radio greats RICHARD GAZE, "The voice of 2GB", at the height of the fame of the Macquarie network back in the late '40s and '50s. I worked with Richard briefly on the nationally networked home decoration series, Paint it Yourself, promoted by British Paints. He was one of the truly great voices of radio but I hadn't realised we'd shared another common point of contact, in that he worked at 3BO in the late '30s and I worked there back in the late '50s. I was also stunned to see he was a Captain in WW2, working on General MacArthur's staff when the US commander was in charge of the war in the Pacific.
As we speak the coronavirus continues its path of destruction across the world and no one really has a clue where all this is going to land. We know it's already been an economic disaster but let me warn you the real impact on our civilisation is not going to be known for another 6 to 18 months. What happens when our Governments can no longer borrow money? What happens when businesses go down and unemployment runs up to 20 percent? What toll will be taken on our society when tax revenue runs out and Governments can no longer pay for our police, doctors and other vital services? 2021 may be the most critical year in our modern history.
One of the great games we play in the sports sphere is to name the best golfer who hasn't won a major. It used to be Lee Westwood, runner-up in 3 Majors (2 x Masters and 1 The Open) but I think we've got to admit he's probably lost his chance. Now, I'm thinking Matt Kuchar with 9 PGA tour victories and a runner-up in the 2017 Open... Ricky Fowler with 5 PGA tour wins and second places at the 2018 Masters, 2014 US Open and the Open in 2014. The "up and comer" who desperately needs to break the major ice ASAP is probably John Rahm, winner of 3 US PGA tour titles. We can add Ian Poulter, a 3-time US PGA tour winner, including 2 WGC titles plus 1 runner-up in The Open and Australia's Mark Leishman with 5 US victories and a runner-up spot in The Open.
Oh, and I'm having this wonderful dream from time to time where Greta Thunberg, Amal Clooney and Jacinda Ardern are all trapped in a lift and have to spend 3 hours listening to each other. Sorry, that is so politically incorrect.
by Frank Avis | October 6, 2020
Coronavirus continues to stalk us all with a second wave in Victoria having a devastating impact on the national economy. Donald Trump and Joe Biden are trying desperately to fight out a US Presidential election in the middle of all of this drama. Radio has just revved back into life with our first ratings in six months. It continues to be pretty average in TV land. This has been a pretty special football season in the UK.
by Frank Avis | April 28, 2020
PM Morrison is right about that. I went through WW2 and the Coronavirus is worse than that.
by Frank Avis | March 17, 2020
We've just lost another big name in radio with the death of Grant Goldman, aged 69.