The official employment offer letter states it was twenty five years today that I was offered a job at the ABC.
I’d previously been employed at the community radio station at Bourke in Western NSW. I’d applied for a few ABC jobs during the previous six months. When the call came through from Don Bensted offering me the position, I actually had to ask him “for which job”. In reality, it didn’t matter much to me, as I’d long wanted to work for ABC Radio.
I have a vague memory of finishing work in Bourke on a Wednesday or a Thursday, driving overnight via Broken Hill, and of arriving in Renmark on a Thursday or Friday afternoon. I’m pretty sure I went to air the following Monday, though it’s possible I had a few days to settle in.
Twenty five years later and I’m still working for the ABC. Along the way, I’ve been the Morning Presenter in Wagga Wagga, the Statewide Afternoon and Drive presenter in NSW, and have acted in other jobs in Darwin, Perth, Canberra and Lismore.
Ten years ago I made the switch from on-air presenter to Manager which wasn’t as traumatic as I thought it might be ego-wise. In a lovely piece of symmetry, I’m currently back in Regional Radio, working as the National Manager of our regional stations.
I’ve had many great opportunities over the last twenty five years, and I continue to love working for a really terrific organisation. Win.
5 thoughts on “Twenty Five Years”
Peacock and tax policy brings back some memories. You are one of many at our ABC who enriches the life of Australia.
At the same time, our future local member of parliament, Ian McLachlan was head of the NFF and being touted as a future Prime Minister. Now that WAS a long time ago.
Congratulations! 25 years is a huge achievement! :-)
A big congratulations to you! Twenty-five years is definitely an achievement.