I wrote my first story when I was five, ‘The Gazelle That Lost It’s Stripe’ at Owairoa Primary School, Auckland in 1962.

It was around this age when I began noticing music on the radio and the way people sounded; imagining how they looked. Then television came along and while in Townsville visiting my grandparents, appeared on Channel Nine on a children’s show where two of my sisters and I had to try and eat doughnuts dangling on a string.

In 1964 we moved to Norfolk Island where my parents ran a duty free business. When I was 16 I auditioned unsuccessfully with the new radio station and it was from there that my aspirations to be on radio began.

Jacqui ReidpathThe family moved to Sydney in 1975 and my dream of being on radio led to professional training in 1981 with the top mixed media professionals of the day. My writing continued in a different vein with learning copy writing and during my training, a traffic calling audition at a commercial radio station.

Through a family friend in 1982, I learned of a community radio station called Ryde Regional Radio starting up and looking for volunteers. I began panel operating training and learned about media law at Macquarie University in Sydney the following year and on March 3rd, 1984, began a twenty year career in broadcasting. My many roles included outside broadcasting, office work and served most of two terms on the 2RRR-FM board of Directors in my capacity as Training Co-ordinator; where I took part in hands on console training and gave theory lectures on radio, including Media Law and Programming.

Through this time I interviewed many diverse personalities in politics, music and the general public; then a friend gave me her Freelance Journalism Diploma Correspondence Course (through the Australian College of Journalism) because she had changed her mind and wanted to study Law. In 1998 I was a contestant on Sale Of The Century, broadcast out of Melbourne.

My self-taught writing skills had been flourishing during my early twenties with several stories and poems under my belt and while the diploma was unfinished, I did two separate short internships adjunctive to the diploma as a researcher at Channel Nine in Sydney working with Mike Munro on their flagship, A Current Affair, in 1999.

Following that in the early 2000s I studied Voice Over at night school and following that, again went to night school and learned Television Presenting. In 2004 I gave up radio due to personal circumstances and for two years could not even listen to the radio. Music became a painful reminder when I couldn’t pursue this great passion of mine.

During 2005 I landed a professional creative online writing job for an educational national/international software company and it was at the end of that year when I first heard the glorious tones of Il Divo. In January 2006 I joined their Official Forum and continued my writing there; sharing my love of music and writing . Their music encouraged me to start listening more intently to the finer attributes of the human voice and why I have come to love writing about them so much. On this blog they will very much be a part of what I am all about since they changed my life so much.

Their inspiration has become my inspiration. I rely on my instincts when it comes to music and is the mantra I stand by. Early in 2009 I returned to radio briefly with a stint at a nostalgia radio station here on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia. My expectations as a trained professional did not satisfy my need to remain, so I departed.

Currently I am working on this blog, am a regular visitor to other music forums and from there I gather more inspiration for my writing. I believe that if you have a vision it is incumbent on you to see it materialise, to the best of your ability. A dream realised is a dream fulfilled.

Happy reading!

108 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jacquireidpath
    Apr 08, 2015 @ 04:19:36

    It has been a few months since I last wrote, as you may have noticed.

    I will update very soon , lots to tell, lots of positive stuff been happening and lots more blogs coming your way on a regular basis.

    Health issues have gotten in the way again which seems to be par for the course since I lost my thyroid more than two years ago. It is for some, a very long recovery process but I am battling through it. It is very complicated and at times debilitating because all I want to do is sleep. My energy levels are mostly low and several body systems are affected because my medication needs constant vigilance and evidently now, more adjustment.

    All my blog ideas are there, just the ability to transcribe them hasn’t been.

    So I will make a concerted effort to write regularly now so you have something new to read. I am also thinking about trialling an audio blog, any feedback on that would be most welcome.

    We’ll talk again soon.

    J x


  2. jacquireidpath
    Dec 01, 2014 @ 11:40:18

    Well, as you can tell, I haven’t been around for a long while. Health issues and other domestic matters have got in the way, not least of which is, my [rented] house is on the market again. All manner of tensions have arisen from that, will we have to move or won’t we…so apologies for disappearing like that again.

    I have some thoughts to share with you very soon, as soon as the fog clears and I can get back here and write some more.

    In the meantime, it’s that time of year again which is very difficult for me, the people I’ve lost … but on the bright side, a holiday on the Gold Coast this Christmas with family and an annual get-together with old radio colleagues next week.

    Summer is upon us as of today and luckily for us, our air conditioner got fixed on the weekend. So happy days, we won’t swelter in what is reported to be, a bad heat wave this summer!

    Catch up soon!

    J x


  3. gajacquireidpath
    Aug 15, 2014 @ 04:27:07

    There will be a post shortly about Depression.

    I have been debating whether to write one for a long time now but held back because it’s a heavy subject and may be considered negative reading. I try to broach a broad spectrum of topics on my blog and in the wake of yet another depression-related suicide (Robin Williams), I am compelled to lift the lid on a number of misconceptions about this disease and more home truths than a non-sufferer realises, or wants to realise.

    I am a sufferer myself for over three decades and so for any of you who suffer from depression or have in the past, this one will be for you. For those who like to steer away from this subject I hope you will get past the title and maybe find something insightful. Too much ignorance, misconception and fear create the social stigma that it is and that can mean the difference between life and death for someone somewhere in the world.

    It will be timely on another account too because Suicide was the last topic we covered in my Forensic Medicine course this week.

    Watch out for it soon.



  4. jacquireidpath
    Jul 04, 2014 @ 22:42:54

    In the last three months I have been studying – going to a night course once a week at Sydney University, part of the reason I haven’t been around here.

    I will be back on deck very shortly with more narratives and in the meantime, here’s some food for thought:

    We are never too old and it is never too late to learn.

    My thoughts on that and other stuff very shortly.

    Headspace has been in short supply lately. See you soon.

    J x


  5. jacquireidpath
    May 09, 2014 @ 02:39:30

    It is coming up to that time of year when I remember with deepest love my late twin sister, who left too soon. It will be three years.

    Contrary to what the general thinking is on that “time heals all wounds”, it only gets worse.

    It is still as fresh today as it was back then.

    However, I still have lots more to write about and I will be doing that very soon. Just wanted to touch base.

    J x


  6. jacquireidpath
    Dec 21, 2013 @ 09:11:30

    Life has been busy. Lots of socialising, a bit out of the norm for me and there’s more on the way with me aging another year next week.

    New Year I am flying to Queensland to be with family for a few days, I am looking forward to the break.

    Do whatever it is that gives you Peace and Love this silly season.

    There may be another blog before the end of the year.

    Until then, my best wishes to you and yours.

    J x


  7. jacquireidpath
    Sep 23, 2013 @ 00:49:23

    Well here we are in spring; my favourite time of year and as the season indicates, a time of regrowth.

    My health has really taken a dive this year, first the thyroid surgery and just recently, the worst bout of flu/bronchitis I’ve ever had. Thankfully I have recovered from that now.

    So, when will there be another blog? You know me, it could be tomorrow, the day after and soon after that. The simple answer to that is, when the creative juices get back into gear to share some more of my thoughts.

    I have an idea I think I’m going to go with and I’ve been asking myself the question: “Where have all the good girls gone?” This in the wake of THAT television performance from Miley Cyrus.

    Hmmm…stay tuned!!

    J x


    • Irene Taylor
      Sep 23, 2013 @ 01:40:44

      As you say a bad year on the health front. Thinks can only get better, especially as you are now in Spring. Gentle hugs to you. Rest and charge up the batteries. xx


      • jacquireidpath
        Oct 18, 2013 @ 20:58:34

        Thanks Irene. I have been offline for a little while and things are improving healthwise. We are in the midst now though of the worst bushfires here in 40 years. We are all safe, thank God. Hugs to you:) xx

      • Irene Taylor
        Oct 18, 2013 @ 22:30:00

        Not the best of years or you I’m afraid. I’ve had better also!

      • jacquireidpath
        Oct 19, 2013 @ 00:16:45

        No, one of the worst for me, no doubt about it. I am sorry to hear for you also. Sometimes it goes like that. Annus horribilis. On the positive side the bad luck has to end sometime. Beginning and an end, right? Take care my dear xx

  8. jacquireidpath
    Aug 20, 2013 @ 06:13:02

    It’s been awhile since I wrote, I know.

    Healthwise there have been some adjustments which is still ongoing and that’s been a hindrance as far as writing a new blog goes. I have been hit with the dreaded winter ills and recovering from that right now, not one thing it’s another.

    Those of you who hang in there will be pleased to know I have a new piece waiting in the wings and will appear here shortly.

    As ever, watch this space:)

    J x


  9. Lorenzo Rossellini
    May 27, 2013 @ 01:00:31

    hello !
    Cool ! You are very talented for writing, and I feel that you love to do that.
    I’m Lorenzo, I just arrive in Sydney (cooperation and sponsorisation with Italy, for sport) and by the sponsoring of Hays industries. I’ll be in Australia 1year.
    I hope to make friends . If you know friends, I’ll be happy to count them on my facebook page…….https://www.facebook.com/lorenzo.rossellini.967
    I found your page at random, simply I looked for australian writers, and the engine search proposed your link among other links.
    Have a nice day.


    • jacquireidpath
      May 28, 2013 @ 08:22:33

      Hi Lorenzo,

      Thank you so much for finding my blog and leaving such kind comments.

      I do love writing and I am very glad that my readers enjoy what I write.

      You will find Australia a very friendly country and I am sure you will find many new friends, both here and on Facebook. I will take a look at your page:)

      Pleasant day to you!


  10. jacquireidpath
    May 06, 2013 @ 18:57:07

    Been gathering fodder for a new blog:) Nearly there, I may even write one this week, all going well. It has been too long!

    I am still undergoing treatment issues and too early to tell whether I will require another upgrade. But for now, things seem to be heading in the right direction.

    Will be back on deck shortly I hope.

    J x


  11. jacquireidpath
    Apr 28, 2013 @ 06:49:56

    I am thinking about my desire one day to be seriously pampered in the Maldives. Why I would think about it today of all days is probably a sign of getting in the groove for some re-energising.



  12. jacquireidpath
    Mar 25, 2013 @ 21:58:50

    This recovery process is very slow, lots of ups and downs and currently on a down.

    I am tired a lot and not sleeping too well so any ideas I have for another blog (there are a few) have been put on hold. My health has to come first.

    This has taken a lot out of me and is still continuing to do so, however much the will to write some more is there and not the way.

    When I am recovered sufficiently to write again, I will be back on deck.

    Thanks everyone for your patience and understanding.

    J x


  13. jacquireidpath
    Mar 06, 2013 @ 19:46:41

    Been a bit busy these last couple of weeks: I am recovering from major surgery and have a lot of adjustments in my life as a consequence. It is very slow but uncomplicated so far. I have to take it very easy for a few weeks until my body gets used to not having a thyroid any more and the artificial means kicks in properly.

    This does not mean I can’t go out and enjoy myself though. Last Sunday night I caught up with Gary Puckett (of the Union Gap) again in concert [and afterwards]; it has been 30 years since we last met. The show was fabulous! I prefer to think of he and his little band of musicians as travelling minstrels:)

    I am still on a high. The boys have Dubbo tonight and Bankstown this Friday, returning to the States on Sunday. It has been a joy having them on our shores again.

    They will be back in two years, as is Gary’s tradition. I’ll be waiting:)

    J x


    • peakhomeuk
      Mar 06, 2013 @ 20:17:02

      My daughter has been on thyroxin for almost 19 years Jacquie. He thyroid burnt out during pregnancy with her 1st child and she has been fine…just have to get the balance right, I wish you well. xx


      • jacquireidpath
        Mar 11, 2013 @ 18:21:56

        Thanks Irene. It is very early days yet, most people breeze through the transition. I know someone else who had a thyroid storm and she is on thyroxine for the rest of her life too.

        My thyroid was completely normal functioning (euthyroid) but it was diffusely multinodular causing me some life-threatening symptoms. So it had to come out. I am recovering slowly and this will take up to about 12 months until levels have stabilised, wound has completely healed etc. xx

      • peakhomeuk
        Mar 11, 2013 @ 19:33:27

        It took about a year for veronica to get balanced and sorted. Her condition remained undiagnosed for about 6 months and she thought her teredness was due to having a baby! Only when she went blind did she go for help. Her level was so low they thought there were other problems…thankfully not! Hope you ontinue to improve. Try to take things easy as much as possible..not easy when you are used to living life in the fast lane!

      • jacquireidpath
        Mar 17, 2013 @ 19:58:34

        Gosh, bad news about your daughter! That was really extreme! So sad she went blind but at least now she is on the right track.

        I unfortunately made an innocent error of judgement and for the last two weeks (second week of recovery) have accidentally been doubling my dose…I knew it was too early for it to have kicked in properly so it puzzled me why I was getting severe side effects – until I happened to really look at my tablets two days ago and saw 100 written on one of them..my required dose.

        So the malaise was pretty unpleasant through the last 10 days but things should kick in the right way now that I am on the correct dose…because I had been discharged on two tablets a day I continued with that regimen..so glad I caught my mistake in time or I would have been in some trouble! Lesson learned, read the instructions!

        And no, it’s not easy when one has a busy life..but par for the course, I rest as much as I can and I wasn’t doing it the first two weeks at home…when I was on the incorrect dose no less. I did a lot of travelling backwards and forwards to Sydney for one thing and another and that really took a lot out of me, I shouldn’t have done it. But we have to do what we have to do.

        So slowly things should start to improve for me:)


      • Irene Taylor
        Mar 17, 2013 @ 23:56:25

        I’m sure you will begin to feel the benefits soon Jacqui and then life can get back to ‘normal’! Good luck xx

      • jacquireidpath
        Mar 25, 2013 @ 21:50:42

        I hope so, Irene. But it will be a slow process, as is the norm. Thanks xx

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