Archive for June, 2012

Samuel’s Musician Of The Week (Queen’s Birthday Honours edition): Sir Rolf Harris

Congratulations to Sir Rolf Harris today for receiving yet another honour from Her Majesty in today’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.

To celebrate this, Sir Rolf also receives my Musician Of The Week award, and I’m featuring one of his unique takes on a classic song.

(No lyrics for this one as they would only distract from the video).


June 11th, 2012 at 08:40am

RIP Chris Stanley, US radio news icon

Some sad news from the US today in that Chris Stanley, an icon of the radio news industry, has passed away at the age of 64 from a heart attack.

Chris Stanley of Fox News Radio and CBS Radio NewsChris most recently worked for Fox News Radio, often reading night time news bulletins which aired during the daylight hours over here in Australia. Chris’ work at Fox was the first time I had heard his work, and I was immediately drawn to his natural radio voice, and his crisp and clear delivery. I heard many an international story explained in concise but thorough detail by Chris.

Chris worked for Fox News Radio for four years prior to his retirement at the end of April. Before that Chris worked in a few places, including CBS Radio News for an impressive twenty years which included work for their national service based in New York and their Los Angeles station KNX 1070. Chris’ other work included stints as the news director at stations WPIX New York, KPFT Houston and WBAY Green Bay.

I’ve had a look through my archives as I did have some recordings of Fox News Radio’s hourly newscasts going back in April, but it looks like I didn’t have them going on Chris’ final day. The last of Chris’ work I have is the last bulletin he presented on his second-last day on the air. As a tribute to Chris, here is that newscast, his 11pm Eastern Time newscast from Friday the 27th of April, 2012.

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I extend my condolences to Chris’ family and his former colleagues at Fox, CBS and across the radio industry. Rest In Peace Chris, another great voice on the great radio in the sky.


Image credit: All Access Music Group
Audio credit: FOX News Radio

June 10th, 2012 at 09:03am

Food I liked and disliked as a child

An email to 2UE’s John Kerr

Good morning John,

I was shocked, absolutely shocked and appalled when you said that some kids don't like pumpkin. They must all be stark raving mad! Roast pumpkin is one of the most delicious foods on the planet. As a child I liked pumpkin, but I absolutely loved roast potato, however then as now, I'm not as keen on reheated roast potato or pumpkin as I am on them when they're Β freshly cooked.
I think my favourite vegetable was a combination of vegetables. Mashed potato and pumpkin. Yum!
There were two vegetables which I detested. One was Brussels Sprouts, which I thought tasted absolutely terrible as a child. Smothering them in tomato sauce helped, and now I don't mind them at all. Giving me corn on the cob was a good way to induce a tantrum. Loose corn I loved, but on the cob, not a chance…didn't like biting the corn off the cob, or the taste of the little stringy bits of the cob which would come with the corn.
On more than one occasion I refused to eat the corn on the cob and so Dad would tell me that if I didn't eat it, then it would be served again for breakfast and I would have to sit at the table until I ate it. Dad informed me that eventually it would turn green, which I thought meant it would be poisonous, and I would still have to eat it. Naturally, out of self-preservation, I ate at least some of it while it was still yellow.
By the way, I know you think my dreams are somewhat peculiar, so I was wondering what you make of a dream I had recently in which I had to hide in a kitchen from some people who were chasing me, and while I was hiding in the kitchen I turned in to a fridge, and fell in love with a gorgeous oven. Have you ever heard of such a dream? I think it's one of my strangest.
Have a wonderful week. I'll be listening from work all night.
Samuel Gordon-Stewart

1 comment June 10th, 2012 at 12:25am

Twitter Updates for 2012-06-08

  • I can't believe the flap over Nick D'Arcy posing with some guns in a US gun shop. He did nothing wrong! Guns are legal over there. #
  • If and when I get over to the States, I hope to have a similar photo. #
  • I should note that I don't think Nick D'Arcy should be in the Olympic team, but that's due to his previous record. The photo is irrelevant. #
  • I hope they're doing a show together. RT @toddstarnes: About to go hang out with the greatest of Americans — @seanhannity #
  • The enthusiasm gap at work MT @NewYorkPost: Romney, Republicans raise more money than Obama, Dems with $76.8M May haul #
  • My wish just came true πŸ™‚ RT @toddstarnes: I'll be on a special edition of Hannity tomorrow night! Should be a fun show! #
  • My good friend @caseythehost will be filling in for Jason Lewis on his national show in about an hour. Listen live at #
  • Until this week I had never seen a horse wearing lycra. How did they manage to get Black Caviar to stay still for long enough to be dressed? #

June 8th, 2012 at 09:00pm

Radio movements and updates in Young, Deniliquin and Indiana

Towards the end of April I brought you some news about some radio movements in the New South Wales towns of Young and Deniliquin, namely that Rob Harrington had moved from 2LF in Young to 2QN in Deniliquin, replacing Graham Munson as 2QN’s journalist. 2LF had not sought a replacement for Rob at that time and their breakfast host, Neil Langford, was covering news duties.

At the time, I promised to bring you updates when they came to hand. Well, I’m pleased to say that they have.

Graham Munson has taken a bit of a sideways step away from radio in to the land of politics and PR. Graham has joined federal MP for Murray Sharman Stone‘s media team and can often be found in Canberra these days. Sharman Stone’s electorate of Murray covers an area of northern Victoria centered around Shepparton and Echuca.
(This post has been updated. Originally it noted that Graham was working for Sussan Ley, the MP whose area covers Deniliquin. This was incorrect and was based on some slightly confused information received from a person who confused the two politicians).

Over in Young, 2LF have finally posted a job advertisement. They want a journalist, and I’m sure they’ll get plenty of applications. I, personally, can’t justify the pay cut which the job would entail at this point in time and will not be applying.

Meanwhile, over in Indiana, it’s not so much of a movement as it is a congratulations. Casey Hendrickson, host of Michiana’s Morning News on News/Talk 95.3 MNC in South Bend, has finally found his way on to the national stage. Casey will be filling in for Jason Lewis today on his nationally syndicated radio program on 52 radio stations between 6pm and 9pm US Eastern Time (8am to 11am Canberra time), one of which is Casey’s own station.

I clearly remember predicting back in either 2009 or 2010 (I think it was the latter) that it wouldn’t be long until Casey found himself filling-in for a national host. At the time I expected it to be Mark Levin who airs at the same time as Jason Lewis, however that turned out to not be correct as Casey didn’t stay on a station which airs the Mark Levin show. Still, at least I got the timeslot right.

Congratulations and good luck Casey! I’m sure the nation will enjoy your work.


June 8th, 2012 at 06:34am

Twitter Updates for 2012-06-07

  • The prostitute interviewed by TT and ACA might not have been used by Craig Thomson. Doesn't explain the credit card charge for the services. #
  • @grahamejoe2 perhaps the reason Craig Thomson hangs around parliament is that it's full of very fake people? Especially on his side… in reply to grahamejoe2 #
  • Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451 has died. That's sad. I liked his work. He had great vision and insight. He was 91. #
  • Twitter wants me to follow Government Electric (@generalelectric). Not a chance until they either stop taking gov money or start paying tax. #

June 7th, 2012 at 09:00pm

Twitter Updates for 2012-06-06

  • I very happily and enthusiastically endorse Governor Scott Walker and his team in today's Wisconsin Gubernatorial recall election. Go Scott! #
  • If I'm cold this morning when it's five degrees, how am I going to be tomorrow when it's minus four? #
  • My most sincere congratulations to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on becoming the first governor to survive a recall election. #

June 6th, 2012 at 09:00pm

Twitter Updates for 2012-06-05

  • The analog TV station I've always had the most trouble receiving at home is Prime. Ironically, on analog switchoff day, reception is perfect #
  • It seems that my PVR can't receive analog TV. I can't be bothered plugging in an older one to record the analog switchoff. I'll just watch. #
  • @therealsteavis I understand Steve. I feel the same way about tech support. It's nice to have you online though πŸ™‚ in reply to therealsteavis #
  • @MoneyNewsShow @Ross_Greenwood @SwannyDPM You're a glutton for punishment Ross. Good luck! in reply to MoneyNewsShow #
  • @tenbreakfast not a chance unless I already know them. The same would apply for homeless Aussies. Too much risk in not knowing background. in reply to tenbreakfast #
  • @trentg85 grab a newspaper and sing whatever story is on page five. Boss will assume you're having a breakdown and let you go home early. in reply to trentg85 #
  • @trentg85 it's important to be specific when you're having a breakdown. Makes you look much crazier πŸ˜‰ in reply to trentg85 #
  • RIP Charlie Sutton (1924-2012), @westernbulldogs one and only premiership captain. A footy legend who will be missed. #

June 5th, 2012 at 09:00pm

Twitter Updates for 2012-06-03

  • Unbelievable. Melbourne defeated Essendon. Disgraceful effort Bombers. But Melbourne's celebration looks like they don't expect to win again #
  • Well done to Melbourne though. Good to see them finally win a match. #
  • Pain is watching my least favourite team (Sydney) thrash @westernbulldogs and yet no matter how bad it is, I can't look away. #
  • Child care costs are up by 11%, but the workers are still underpaid. One can only conclude that govt subsidies are helping push up prices. #
  • Without govt subsidies, child care centres would have to operate at prices which parents could afford in order to remain viable. #

June 3rd, 2012 at 09:00pm

Twitter Updates for 2012-06-02

June 2nd, 2012 at 09:00pm

Happy 84th birthday Nattie!

Congratulations and many happy returns today to Nattie, who celebrates her 84th birthday (12 to us humans).

The majestic older Puppy-Dog-In-Charge has started her day in a leisurely manner, and I expect that she will spend the rest of the day in much the same way.


Happy Birthday Nattie!


June 2nd, 2012 at 07:42am

Twitter Updates for 2012-06-01

  • Cows are in charge of the roads near Conargo, NSW. #
  • @Telstra's mobile coverage seems to have improved a bit in the last 15 months in the vast expanse between Deni and Wagga. No blackspots. #
  • @Telstra's 3G speeds also seem to have improved in Deni. It's faster than the motel wireless ever was. #
  • @trentg85 Sorta. That was half the original plan, but I also needed to get out of Canberra for a while. Going back tomorrow. in reply to trentg85 #
  • @trentg85 Alas people are away. I'll send one a message in the morning…might also drop in on Dixie in the morning if he's around. in reply to trentg85 #
  • @trentg85 best part is, I'm not back at work until Tuesday night so I still have my weekend at home. All works out nicely πŸ™‚ in reply to trentg85 #
  • Fast reply too, thanks πŸ™‚ RT @Telstra Forever expanding & improving our network. Glad to hear it's faster than the Motel Wireless. πŸ™‚ Luis in reply to Telstra #
  • Pleasantly surprised to find @NRLgameplan is on TV after midnight in the southern states. Started just before The Bill finished. #
  • I left Deni over an hour after the bus to Wagga left, and I just passed it in Lockhart. Reminds me of the day I had to catch that slow bus. #
  • Why do all the big fires in Canberra happen when I'm out of town? First Diamant Hotel, then Mitchell and now Majura. #

June 1st, 2012 at 09:00pm


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