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.
The 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.