Saturday Night Variety with Doug and Iris
I was born in South Australia, moved to Western Australia with my parents when I was 11 or 12 years old. We lived in Denmark where Dad brought a dairy farm, when the bottom fell out of dairy farming, Dad started work for the Main Roads in Albany. I worked the farms until they were sold, then we moved to Albany.
I was about 16 years old when I myself started with the Main Roads, doing jobs from labouring to cooking; I eventually finished up as a machine operator driving all machines for 15 years. (I am trying to keep it short!!).
I have always loved music, and I started collecting records when I was about 8 or 9. When we moved to Denmark I had four tea chest boxes full of music (mainly in those days, 78 records). By the time we got to Denmark, I had one box of records left, the rest just vanished!! I started collecting again about 25 years ago, all kinds of music, Country mainly, Rockabilly Rock n’ Roll…. I like most kinds of music.
I started with Radio Heartbeat (Hospital Radio) in the old Albany Hospital some 13 years ago, and now I am continuing with Radio Heartbeat in the new building.
My association with Albany Community Radio 100.9fm began two years ago, or thereabouts…. Saturday Night Variety from 5pm to 9pm is a show I host with Iris…. And we both fill in other time slots when people are away.
Since Albany Community Radio started streaming (albanycommunityradio.com.au) I receive requests from around Oz, and the USA, UK and around the Globe.
I have recorded 46 shows of Country music for TwangTown U.S.A.com from my home in my studio and then sent a c.d. to the Web page… this finished about 18 months ago.