Don't Forget Valentine's Day………Whenever It Is!


JTEad Many years ago I instituted the Benny Pike Award for disservices to the English language and other humorous blunders.

This was in tribute to one of the ABC’s greatest ever sports commentators Benny Pike (former Olympic boxer). Benny’s broadcasts with the late George Grljusich, who passed away in 2007 became legendary. Their coverage of the boxing at the Commonwealth and Olympic Games was always the most entertaining aspect of the broadcasts. As the ABC PR states: “The two of them could make a flyweight bout between a Moroccan and a Ugandan a riveting, edge-of-the-seat experience.”

I should add that I gave myself the Award on several occasions for embarrassing mistakes in print and on air, including the publication of a photograph of Jimi Hendrix playing the guitar right-handed!

Thanks to Gerald McNamara for this poster and the suggestion to reinstate the award in 2013.

Our first nominee for this year is this brilliant Justin Townes Earle poster.

Contributions will be gratefully accepted throughout the year.

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 ( 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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