Interview with Lismore legend, Arthur John Maloney

AAO at Coraki

“Thanks for coming and keeping the story alive”, I said to Ian and Lee at the end of their broadcast of ABC Radio’s “Australia All Over” from Coraki. “By and large people in Sydney have forgotten about the floods, and their eyes glaze over when I mention them”, I added.

Coraki is a town of about 1,000 people about half an hour’s drive from Lismore. Nowhere nearly as badly damaged by the floods as Lismore was, but the town was still heavily impacted, along with other neighbouring towns such as Woodburn.

Interview with Lismore legend, Arthur John Maloney
Behind the scenes crew for Australia All Over at Coraki
Interview with Lismore legend, Arthur John Maloney
Interview with Lismore legend, Arthur John Maloney

Though the program has its critics, “Australia All Over” remains an important program for ABC Radio, reaching a broad audience, and bringing the nation “together” on a Sunday morning.

“Macca” is at his best when he’s with a live audience. I’m sure his “showbiz appeal” goes back to his days as a musician. Later, he worked as a journalist, before taking over “Australia All Over”.

I first saw Macca before a live audience when he came to Renmark, my first ABC station. And today he was down the road from home, keeping the Northern Rivers flood stories alive, which made me very happy.

At the end of the show, Australia All Over at Coraki
Ruth Woodhams (2LM Breakfast) and John James Maloney (River FM, formerly 2NCR). I worked at both, so it was a lovely collaborative moment to chat with them, mostly about the flood. John’s father is Arthur, photographed above.

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  1. Andrew

    He drives me mad…but… I listen.

    I guess that is Kel with him.

    1. Rod McAdam

      Oh G-d, I’m glad I’m not the only one. Macca infuriates me as well, but I also listen. Not to the whole show, but from whenever I wake up and turn on the wireless. He seems a bit too ‘right wing’ for my liking, but I’ve just come to that opinion from the few odd things I’ve heard him say over the years. He also dithers a lot and that annoys me more.
      Having said that, I think the concept of the program is wonderful and really enjoy it when someone else, such as Warwick Long, takes over temporarily.

    2. James O'Brien

      Yes, that’s her.

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