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					Page 24 - Melbourne Observer - Wednesday, November 12, 2008                                                                                       

                                                                               Observer Overnighters
                                                                                                                                                                                        No 165
                                  Showbiz                                       News about the 3AW Overnighters program with Keith McGowan

                                                                                                                                                   Mickie de Stoop returns
                                                                                                                                                                 By Keith McGowan

 ■ Saturday’s meeting of
 the Survivors Club
 honoured John Vertigan
 who has retired from show
 business after 53 years at
 the radio microphone.
      John Vertigan is best
 known recently as racing co-
 ordinator of Sport 927 (for-
 merly 3UZ), but his peers
 recognised his contribution
 at a number of radio sta-                                                                                                                             ● Marcella Zemanek, Mickie de Stoop
 tions, including a stint as                                                                                                                                 and Angela McGowan
 Program Director of 3DB.                                                                                                                         ■ I worked at 3DB with Mickie de Stoop in those
      The Survivors Club was                                                                                                                      years when Bert Newton ran the station for The
 formed some decades ago           ● Dean Reynolds farewells John Vertigan                         ● Peter Van with Ian Stewart
                                                                                                                                                  Herald & Weekly Times. They were great and
 with an illustrious member-
 ship including fellows includ-                                                                                                                   exciting days.
 ing Bert Newton, Joff Ellen,                                                                                                                          It could well be argued that all Newton and
 Frank Rich, Norm Spencer,                                                                                                                        his team needed to make a success of the ven-
 Artie Lyster and Doug                                                                                                                            ture was time. Sadly, time was not on our side.
 Elliot.                                                                                                                                               After many changes of ownership 3DB disap-
      Meetings are held twice                                                                                                                     peared, to become 3TT, then in turn vanish onmto
 yearly, and recording indus-                                                                                                                     the FM dial.
 try giant Ron Tudor has re-                                                                                                                           All of this was close to 20 years ago. For the
 cently hands over the reins                                                                                                                      first time in those two decades I caught up with
 as chairman to Bob Horsfall.                                                                                                                     Mickie de Stoop at her sister’s spacious Toorak
 Radio sales executive Bruce                                                                                                                      Road home.
 McKay is the convenor.                                                                                                                                Mickie’s sister, Sandy Crawford-Fish, knows
      Veteran broadcaster Ray                                                                                                                     a bit about the hostilities of the radio and televi-
 Lawrence paid tribute to                                                                                                                         sion industry as her late husband, Geoffrey, was
 Vertigan. He said if 927/930                                                                                                                     a Director of Southern Cross Broadcasting, the
 was the ‘Greater 3UZ”, then          ● Ray Lawrence with Roy Hampson                           ● Tony Charlton with Bruce McKay                  former parent company of 3AW.
 Vertigan deserved the                                                                                                                                 After the shutters came down on 3DB, Michie
 honour of being called the                                    Survivors stories                                                                  headed to New South Wales, and broadcast on
 “greatest”.                                                                                                                                      the ABC. She was also involved in the teaching
      There was much discus-      ■   Ray Lawrence, Chairman of 98.1 Radio East-            ■   John Worthy, who was in the 3UZ newsroom          of media skills to people who needed to learn
 sion about early-day 3UZ         ern, based at Croydon, says his community sta-            of the late 1950s, gives the honour of Australia’s    them.
 personalities inlcuding man-     tion is re-commencing radio plays, which will offer       biggest radio scoop to Keith McGowan, who was              Mickie looked fit and fabulous, and although
 ager Lewis Bennett, produc-      young people the opportunity to appear on ra-             a passenger on the Granville disaster train. Keith    not working in the media, has not lost her thirst
 tion chief John McMahon,         dio.                                                      described the accident on the John Laws pro-          for it. She has dozens of TV and radio deas run-
 and on-air personalities in-                                                               gram from a nearby phone box.                         ning around in her head.
 cluding Allan Lappan, Don        ■ Roy Hampson is appearing with Ray on the                                                                           De Stoop is well remembered for her time at
 Lunn, Don Rainsford and          first Wednesday afternoon of every month.                 ■ Radio enthusiast Clark Sinclair is unwell.          GTV-9, and the program No Man’s Land. Her
 Jim ‘Woody’ Wood.                                                                                                                                photo was even hung in the foyer of the Channel
      Bill Passick, who worked    ■ Tony Charlton told of his father being Gen-             ■ John Hart, who had a varied radio and TV            9 building. You had to be good to achieve that!
 at commercial stations and       eral Manager of the ANC in Melbourne, and his             news career, including a stint on the Monitor              A few hours after our time together Mickie
 the ABC, recounted memo-         own start as a 3AW office boy, and panel opera-           program, told of challenges reporting from the        de Stoop was on a plane and heading back to
 ries of his early radio days.    tor for Doug Elliot.                                      Khyber Pass.                                          New South Wales.
 Many present started in the                                                                                                                           It’s such a shame that there wasn’t some-
 industry as 14-year-old office   ■ Bob Horsfall is regarded as Melbourne’s first           ■ Ian Nicholls, remembered as a Southern              thing to keep her here.
 boys.                            “disc jockey”. He was recruited from 3KZ to 3UZ           Cross radio newsman, is now at KL FM commu-
      Bill Duff, once with Fes-   in the early 1950s. He broadcasts at Golden Days          nity radio at Bendigo-Castlemaine.
 tival Records, told of Friday
 afternoons, taking the art-
                                  Radio every Thursday afternoon.
                                                                                            ■ Paul Jennings is appearing in shows with
                                                                                                                                                           Christmas Parties
 ists to meet 3UZ disc jock-      ■ Des Ford, who worked at 3AW and GTV-9,                  Dorothy Baker and Kevin Trask. Paul also ap-           ■   The Overnighters Christmas Party at
 eys.                             also hosts a program at Golden Days Radio.                peared on Denis Walter’s first show on Monday.         Springvale RSL on Sunday, November 30 is all
                                                                                                                                                   but sold out. The December 7 party at Grovedale
                                                                                                                                                   Hotel only has a few tickets remaining. The Dec.
            r                                                                                                                                      14 event at Shoppingtown Hotel is selling fast.
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 ■   American actress       ■  Don Lane, Tv host          ■  Melbourne Cup              ■  Football identity Jack       ■ US actor Burgess       ■ Media personality Ha-       ■  Radio writer Gwen
 Grace Kelly was born       and singer, is 75. He was     winning trainer Bart          Dyer was born on this           Meredith was born in     zel Phillips was born 79      Meredith (Blue Hills)
 in 1929. She died aged     born in New York.             Cummings is 81.               day in 1913. He died aged       1908. He died aged 88    years ago in England.         was born in NSW in
 52 in 1982.                    US director and pro-          Adam Gilchrist,           89 in 2003.                     in 1997.                     Actor Rock Hudson         1907. She died aged 98
      Canadian singer-      ducer Gary Marshall was       Australian cricketinbg            American actor Ed               Actor Max Gillies    was born in 1925. He died     in 2006.
 songwriter Neil Young      born in The Bronx in 1934     identity, was born in         Asner is 79.                    was born in Melbourne    aged 59.                           Actor David
 was born in Toronto in     (74).                         1971 (37).                        English singer and          in 1941 (67).                Singer Gordon Light-      Hemmings was born
 1945 (63).                     Singer Kamahl                 Prince Charles            actor Petula Clark was              Actor Ken James      foot is 70 today. He was      in England in 1941. He
      Australian tennis     (Kandiah Kamalesvar-          was born at Bucking-          born in England in 1932.        if 60 today.             born in Canada.               died in 2003.
 player Pal McNamee         an) is 74.                    ham Palace, in 1948.              Australian TV sports            Australian come-         Actor and director             Olympic swimmer
 was born in Melb-              Actress Whoopi                Actress Micala            caster Ken Sutcliffe is 61      dian Tim Ferguson is     Danny Devito was born         Matt Welsh is 32 to-
 ourne in 1954 (54).        Goldberg is 53.               Banas is 30 today.            today.                          45.                      in 1944 (64).                 day.
         Thanks to GREG NEWMAN of the Birthday Bulletin for assistance with birthday and anniversary dates.

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