Whenever he appears in the media (as he did this week with his comments about AUKUS), I will often relate to friends and colleagues the time I had to “meet and greet” former Prime Minister, Paul Keating. Though I don’t recall the exact date, it was probably in about 2006, and I think he was coming on ABC Radio Sydney to talk about Barangaroo.… Read the rest “Flashback”
Lismore Radio 2LM
“I remember there was a colour-coded pie chart on the wall, which told you what type of song you played next. I’m pretty sure the first track was a gold (meaning a familiar but older hit song), and then it was an album track, and before the ad break, you always played a current top forty hit song”, I said to Jenny Burgess working in the newsroom at 2LM, Lismore today.… Read the rest “Lismore Radio 2LM”
2022 flood lessons, and looking ahead to 2023
This is something I recorded and wrote for ABC Radio.
Many parts of Australia and the world were, this year, impacted by floods. As they head towards 2023, what have been the long-term effects, and what challenges do they still face?
James O’Brien spoke to a panel of ABC journalists: Bruce Mackenzie from ABC North Coast, Sarah Lawrence from ABC Central Victoria, and Suki Sadik from ABC Radio’s Nightlife and Weekend Evenings who comes originally from Pakistan.
“There were so many podcasts I’ve never heard of”, I told quite a few people at last night’s Australian Podcast Awards. Though I knew a lot of people attending, including quite a few finalists and winners, there was a distinct “knowledge gap” for me about many of the commercial sector podcasts.… Read the rest “Mixed Bag”
Are podcasts “dying”?
“Are podcasts dying? Have they peaked?” I wondered to myself when I saw some of the research presented at “Podcast Day 24” in Sydney. In relation to podcasts, the United States has always been a little ahead of the game. Compared with Australia, there has always been a greater awareness and use of podcasts in the United States until this year.… Read the rest “Are podcasts “dying”?”
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.… Read the rest “AAO at Coraki”