In its early days DDQ used to produce a lot of local shows: Kids' show, Sports Roundup, Rural Report and local member of parliament and
mayor of Toowoomba spots, to name a few. But one show that always
gained viewer attention was the station's birthday variety show.
The attached photo shows: Tom Hayward as the cable puller, Paul Erbacher
on camera, in the background (under the camera lens) Andrea Meehan, (hand
on hip) Bob Perry, and to right of the second camera, a figure suspiciously
like Keith Paton. Two people seated not known.
This is almost certainly at the 1965 birthday show, though it might possibly be the one for 1966.
On Youtube there's a segment used as a filler from one of the birthday shows.
Youtube says it's the 1965 Christmas film, but a couple of us who worked on the film can confirm it was for that year's
birthday show. At about 6.30 in on the film there are two 'send up' commercials based on ones there were prominent on air at the time. There are two others - the sequence right towards the end showing two people in the dark was one of them. The other appears to be be missing. In it, Bill Hills demonstrates his new water softener product, but when he adds a drop to a glass of water, there's a big smoke flash and the glass disappears - Bill's tag line says, "Oops, no glass" (then with a smile) "but no hard water either".
This 'commercial' was shot in the studio, but no one thought to call the Fire Brigade to warn it of what we were doing. And of course, with the studio sound-proofing, no-one heard the fire alarm go off from the smoke from the explosion. It was only by chance that someone went out for a moment and found a burly fireman about to smash in the front door.
Terse words were exchanged.
And for those who never worked with film, see if you can spot in the top right hand corner of the frame on the birthday film a small flashing circle - cue marks. One will appear about ten seconds from the end of a switching point (to switch to a commercial or another film reel) and another about two seconds before the end. If you have trouble finding them, look at about 6.17 on the film.
If you were a video switcher in those days, seeing the cue marks was critical to long-term job security.