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Hosted by Bob Byrne, former radio personality on Radio 5DN from 1983 to 2004 (previously heard on 5KA and 5AD), now a regular columnist with the Advertiser and Adelaide Now.
What started out as a bit of fun, sharing on Facebook some of my memories of Adelaide and of growing up from the 50’s to the 80’s, has developed into a fun obsession! In just over 16 months we have almost 20,000 fans on the Facebook website/page, thousands of people viewing and sharing the daily posts, hundreds joining in with comments and their own memories plus many thousands of likes for the individual posts.
When I started to get a big following on the page I began to worry that I would soon run out of ideas and memories to post, but then I was reminded of something I learned from all my years on radio, “one programme at a time”. By that I mean that each day something will present itself as a reminder of the years gone by. Somebody will write a comment on the page, there’ll be something in the paper, a friend or colleague will say something which in turn will start the old memory juices flowing and before you know, there’s a memory from the past to write about.
When I was 16 I formed a band which never made made it to the stage but it did rekindle my interest in radio and at age 20 I landed a job at 5AU in Port Augusta. Within 2 years I got my first taste of city radio at 5KA in Adelaide doing midnight to dawn.
After a few years in marketing and finance I commenced work at the Advertiser, firstly in sales but now I’m probably known for my regular column in the weekly Boomer magazine, mainly aimed at the baby boomer market.