1987-88: Sports reporter and (occasional) presenter when Pat O'Shea was "at the races" or "training All Whites". Lucky enough to go on to cover Olympic Games, Rugby World Cups, Bledisloe Cups in New Zealand and Australia, British and Irish Lions tour, Cricket World Cups, cricket tours of West Indies, South Africa, Zimbabwe, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and New Zealand. Ashes tours in Australia. Kangaroo tours, State of Origin series, NRL grand finals and AFL grand finals.
Lucky enough to learn a lot at DDQ 10.Taught how to write to pictures, by the late, great John Bean, John Briffa and Peter Collins. Lucky enough to have beaten into me, how to write to pictures, by Mick Erbacher.Taught to drink and smoke by the late, great Jim Sweeney. Lucky enough to learn how to love life by the late, great Jane Moon (Harris). Taught naughty words and what they looked like by Naomi Beazley. Lucky enough to learn my trade - tie a windsor knot & how to be a gentleman - from Arthur Copeland.
Memories: Peter Collins driving like a maniac - to shoot a few moments footage at rugby league matches in Toowoomba, then Oakey, then Pittsworth - in less than 80 minutes so News could provide vewiers with a "complete footy round-up." Two-way radio demands from the newsroom for our ETA replied to by John Briffa holding the handset out the camera-car window, screaming: "you're breaking up! you're breaking up!" Pat O'Shea ad-libbing for over 15 minutes in a barely-lit studio to save a news bulletin after a staion black-out. Gutting a newsroom BVU edit suite. Hauling the player up-stairs to the control room. Mick Erbacher lying on the floor with the machine on his chest while Christine Sarquis hit the play button so packages could go to air.
All proof that people - not technology - make good television.
Congratulations to all those who made DDQ and a special thankyou to the "poor buggers" who had to put up with me during my brief stint at Mt Lofty.
Hava great night.