The 2008 Radiothon

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Well, the Radiothon is over for another year and we can relax. Sort of. It is always a nervous time because it is one of the few measurements of how many people listen to your program. I am always incredibly grateful to those who subscribe to Off The Record and, while I don’t have the final figures, I suspect we have raised a record amount.

Thanks to the Off The Record team: Jeff Jenkins and Billy Pinnell, Pat Delves, Nerida Leggatt and Elise Newman. Plus Brian Nankervis, from Rock Wiz, of course.

I have to say that there has never been a Saturday morning in the past 20 years or so when I have not wanted to rush in and do the program. Maybe that says more about my life than I want it to but it is the thing I love doing most (or it is a close second anyway).

One of the things that best encapsulates what the program is all about is the fact that one of our subcribers, Rob Pemberton, rang in to tell me that Little Village – Ry Cooder, Jim Keltner, Nick Lowe and maybe John Hiatt – would be playing in San Francisco next month when I am there. (Yes, I went online and got tickets). For the subscribers to know me so well is rather pleasing – but maybe I am too transparent!

I suppose there are several inspirations behind the program: Charlie Gillett (whom I used to listen to on Radio London and still do on the BBC) and Stan Rofe (the Daddio Of The Radio in Melbourne). Then there are many others on local radio too numerous to mention.

Last week’s guests were Chuck Jenkins, Mark Seymour and Ross while this week we had Joe Camilleri’s Bakelite Radio live in the performance space. Joe and crew put in a great show, one of the highlights of which was Joe Creighton singing Van Morrison’s ‘Beside You.’ Amazing! Joe also dedicated John Lee Hooker’s ‘Don’t Look Back’ to my mate Tony, who I took to the airport today, as he headed off to Mississippi and elsewhere. I have to say that Joe and whatever band he has is a personal favourite – I could happily see them every night.

I can hardly wait for the performance space to get up and running and the mind boggles at the guests we will be able to bring you on air.

And, while this year’s result was again very successful, I still think there is room to improve. As Barack Obama said when he was complimented on a fine speech, ‘I will do better next time.’

Off The Record can do better over the next year with better interviews, more studio guests, more special segments – and more music. Any feedback that you have to offer will be gladly accepted.

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM (rrr.org.au) in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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