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www.Overnighters.com.au                                                                                                                  Melbourne Observer - Wednesday, July 5, 2006 - Page 15




                                                                 MELBOURNE has its own culture that lives in the ‘wee small hours’ between Midnight and Dawn. Our Melbourne Observer
                                                            Overnighters section includes some of the people and their interests, many of which are reflected in the top-rating 3AW ‘Overnighters’
                                                                                             radio program, 12 Midnight-5.30am, hosted by Keith McGowan.
                                                                                        Overnighters No 62                            www.overnighters.com.au

Best wishes Tess
■ Trish Rose of Mill Park ex-
tends her best wishes to an Over-
nighters favourite, Tess of South
                                         Keith McGowan salutes Brian Blackmore
Melbourne, who is now out of hos-
pital. Both share an Irish heritage.                                                                                              Merv Benton      Young Talent
‘Rose’ lived in Sandymount,
Dublin, Ireland.
                                                                                                                                  returns to Aust. ■ One ofweek2 on the Overnighters
                                                                                                                                                   the past
                                                                                                                                                            the O’Clock specials over
                                                                                                                                  ■ With temperatures of             radio program was a recording by
                                                                                                                                  110°F, Merv Benton spoke           Johnny Young and the Young Talent
Author on air                                                                                                                     with Keith McGowan from            Time team.
                                                                                                                                  Phoenix, Arizona, on Monday           Some of the tracks included He’s
                                                                                                                                  morning.                           A Rebel (Debbie Byrne), and Impos-
                                                                                                                                     Merv has been in Arizona        sible Dream (Denis Walter). Others
                                                                                                                                  for 15 years, as a childcare       to appear on the 1974 recording were
                                                                                                                                  centre consultant, but will re-    Derek Redfern, Julie Riles, Greg
                                                                                                                                  turn to Australia on Saturday,     Mills, Philip Gould, Jane Scali and
                                                                                                                                  August 12, for a special con-      judge Evie Hayes.
                                                                                                                                  cert at Moorabbin Town Hall
                                                                                                                                  (Kingston City Hall). Merv will
                                                                                                                                  celebrate his 64th birthday on     Quotable quote
                                                                                                                                  the night,                         ■ Overnighter, Joanne of Black-
                                                                                                                                     Merv said that he had seen      burn, says she knew she would be
                                           Impressed                                                                              the cover of Wayne Mac’s
                                                                                                                                  book, Don’t Touch That Dial,
                                                                                                                                                                     quoted on this page, when she said,
                                                                                                                                                                     on air: “I sleep with the blankets over
                                           by potter Zac                                  ● Brian Blackmore                       which features a front-cover       my head.” She was correct.
                                           ■ Pictured above: Potter Zac            ■ Overnighters radio host Keith                photo of Merv and Keith at
                                           Chalmers meets Angela                   McGowan says he is deeply sad-                 6PR in the 1960s.
                                           McGowan at the Valley Plains            dened by the passing of racing caller             Greg Lynch, who sent cop-
                                           Pottery, off Nicholas Rd, be-           Brian Blackmore, at the age of 67.             ies of the Melbourne Ob-
                                           tween Koonawarra and                        The pair worked together at 3DB,           server coverage of the book
                                           Inverloch. Zac works in the tra-        when Keith co-ordinated the after-             to Merv, can be contacted on
                                           ditional manner, using a wood           noon racing broadcasts. Brian                  9759 5818.
                                           fired kiln. Angela particularly liked   Blackmore was known as “the caller
               ● Guy Sigley                the deposits of wood ash that           of the people”, and was an under-
■ There has been been excellent            makes each item so individual.          study to Bill Collins.
listener response to the interview              tnz@vic.australis.com.au               Brian had a love of harness rac-
between Keith McGowan and Guy                                                      ing, and the pair enjoyed great times
                                                                                   on race tracks. Keith and Brian had
Sigley. Guy wrote One Man’s
Journey, the story of the opening          Howler ...                              a regular association, as Keith pro-
up of Central Australia.                   ■ An elderly woman rfeturned            vided the station co-ordination duties
                                           home from an evening at church          between race meetings around the
                                           to discover an intruder robbing her     nation.
Around the World                           house. She yelled “Stop! Acts               Steve Cairns, Sport 927 col-
■ The Overnighters radio pro-              2:38!” (Repent and be baptised          league, said of Brian: “He wasn’t one                ● Merv Benton                     ● Joanne of Blackburn
gram has had an international feel         in the name of Jesus Christ so          for the limelight, just a real down-to-
over the past fortnight, with World        that your sins may be forgiven.)        earth bloke.                                   International                      High St service
Cup soccer reports from Jay                The burglar stopped. The woman              “He had no airs and graces. Greg           ■ Amongst the international        ■ The address for the High Street
Mueller and Ross Stevenson,                called the police and explained         Miles and John Tapp both said that             calls to the Overnighters ra-      China Finding Service, mentioned
and even a call from Jaime of              the situation. The officer asked the    he had great delivery.”                        dio program have been motor-       on the Antiques and Collectables
Alaska who gave details of the             burglar “Why did you stand there?           Racecaller John Russell said: “He          ing correspondent Chris de         Show, is 1008 High St,
longest day (19½ hours) on June            All the old lady did was yell scrip-    was an excellent caller in all fields.”        Fraga (from Paris, but now         Armadale.Phone: 9509 6337.
21.                                        ture at you.” “Scripture?” said the         Friend Rick McIntosh said: “He             back in Australia); and John
   Jaime said official sun-up time         burglar. “She said she had an axe       liked a smoke, a bet and a drink. I            Howie from Lexington, Vir-
was 4.20am, with sunset at                 and two 38s!”                           can’t speak highly enough of the guy.”
                                                                                                                                  ginia, USA on his ‘Sights of
                                                                                                                                  America By Day, Sounds of
                                                                                                                                                                     Naxos Musicals
11.42pm. The shortest day in An-                                                       Colleagues laugh that Blackmore            America By Night’ tour.            ■ Keith McGowan has launched
chorage in Deceember will be 5½
hours daylight. It is effectively all      Get well wishes                         was sacked from the Penthouse
                                                                                   Club TV program when he expressed,
                                                                                                                                                                     the Naxos Musicals CD featuring
                                                                                                                                                                     Rodgers and Hammerstein compo-
daylight from May 10 to August 2.          ■ Ian Armstrong has been on             on-air, a dislike for Courage beer.            Pitchy Ritchy                      sitions including The King and I, with
   “How do you put the kids to             the sick list and unable to be a        There was one problem: Courage                 ■ Overnighters have traced         the original 1951 Broadway cast in-
sleep?” asked Keith McGowan.               panel member for recent episodes        was the sponsor for the Channel 7              the origin of the name of the      cluding Gertrude Lawrence and Yul
   Jaime lives in the town of Bar-         of the Antiques and Coillect-           Saturday night program.                        Pitchy Ritchy Pass in South        Brynner. The CD is available from
row, which has a population of             ables Show, 12.05am Fridays.                Brian Blackmore is survived by             Australia. it means a mild in-     Discurio, 113 Hardware St, City.
4500.                                                                              his wife Marilyn and five children.            toxicant by chewing leaves.        Phone: 9600 1488.

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Wednesday,                    Thursday,                      Friday,                     Saturday,                       Sunday,                   Monday,                        Tuesday,
July 5                        July 6                         July 7                      July 8                          July 9                    July 10                        July 11
■ Brian James, Aus-           ■ Nancy Reagan (Anne           ■ Australian country        ■ Composer Percy                ■ The late Bon Scott      ■ Australian cricketer         ■ Australian politician
tralian actor, is 83 to-      Robbins) is 85 today. She      signer Reg Lindsay          Grainger was born on this       (Ronald Scott) of AC-     Keith Stackpole was            Gough Whitlam is 90
day. His film credits in-     is former American First       was born in 1932 (74).      day in 1882. He died            DC was born on this       born in Collingwood in         today. He was dis-
clude On The Beach            Lady.                          His biggest hit single      aged 78 in 1961.                day in Scotland in        1940. He is 66.                missed as Prime Min-
(1959) and The                    Australian actress         was Armstrong in               Paul Cronin, stand-in        1946. He died aged           Digger Revell (Gary         ister on November 11,
Fourth Wish (1976).           Ruth Cracknell was born        1971.                       host for 3AW, was born in       33 in 1980.               Hildred), singer, was born     1975.
   Mary Kostakidis,           on this day at Maitland,          Brisbane Lions           Jamestown, SA, in                  Actor Tom Hanks is     in Dubbo NSW in 1943.             Sydney radio and TV
newsreader, was born          NSW. She died aged 76.         footballer Michael          1938. He is 68. His most        50 today. He was born     In 2001 he was jailed for      presenter Ron Casey
on this day in 1954.              Irish comedian Dave        Voss is 31. He was co-      famous role was as Dave         in Concord, California.   three years for producing      is 77. ‘Won’ was born
   Stephanie McIn-            Allen (David O’Mahon-          winner of the Brown-        Sullivan in the Nine Net-       He won Oscars for         cannabis. He was previ-        in Lismore, and
tosh, Sky in Neigh-           ey) was born 1936, died        low Medal with James        work/Crawford produc-           Forrest Gump and          ously jailed for four years    worked on 2KY and
bours, is 21 today.           2005.                          Hird in 1996.               tion, 1976-82.                  Philadelphia.             on drug charges.               2GB.

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