Posted on: Monday, Jul 25, 2011
Only a small blowing of own trumpet. Received a parcel in the post containing a book called Making Radio (A Practical Guide to Working in Radio in the Digital Age). Darling Laura was wondering why I would receive such a ‘rich gift’ for no reason. Well, it is the third edition of Making Radio – I think the first was in 2000 – and I contributed by writing the chapter on Radio Comedy. I think I was paid for the first contribution but for ongoing editions, it’s just a free book.
Having said that, at least I can say that I am a published author in 2011 and I will share my biggest thrill with you…
This is a required text for students at the Australian Film Television and Radio School. AFTRS rejected my course application when I was starting out as a writer, saying “come back when you’ve had more experience”. That happened when I was invited to lecture at AFTRS 1995 to 1999.
Ahhh yes, that photo sure reminds me of the good old days. Most nights we would sit around the wireless, as a family, listening to the serials. Other nights we would sit around the piano, wishing to hell someone knew how to play it.
BTW, I like Siobhan McHugh from the University of Wollongong, even though we haven’t met – her review of Making Radio is, “The distilled wisdom and passion of top practitioners makes this an invaluable guide to making radio in Australia.” Love your work, too, Siobhan! Here’s a link: http://www.mchugh.org/