In 1996, Les Heil, the then CEO
of Gold FM sent me a letter asking me to help them get their then new 60's music format up & running.
I happily obliged. Arty Stephens at Gold suggested I put my music knowledge to 'good use' by joining
a community radio station and 88.3 Southern FM was the perfect choice being the one that serviced the
local area where I live.
It gives me a chance to interview
people I greatly admire and ask them questions I've always wondered the answer to. For example, I asked
George Martin why the Beatles didn't record their fantastic version of Soldier Of Love (off the BBC sessions)
at Abbey Road and have him produce it. He answered: "We were so busy in those days, it was just
one that got away".
Over 70 to date.
The Beatle's producer, Sir George
Martin. This was in 1996.
No, not unless I have to. I could
write a book about the plethora of problems I've had with 'live' interviews, so I avoid them whenever
possible. The interview is recorded at a time that is usually determined by the interviewee's availability.
The interviews are normally 45 minutes long. I then edit the music in with the interview so that it has
relevant music or other material interspersed throughout and package it up as a 2-hour special which
is then broadcast in Melbourne on 88.3 Southern FM and often nationally across Australia via the CBAA
I do. I taught myself through trial
and error but did have the advantage of some training "on the fly" when I first started at
Southern FM in 1996.
Our phones calls are recorded using
professional equipment at the studio. I record using two mini-disk decks & one cassette deck. I used
to edit on the same equipment but now I edit on a PC. In the early days however, I used a primitive telephone
pickup device and recorded the interview on a home cassette recorder.
Not normally because I only approach
people whose music I have been listening to for many years, so I tend to know my subject matter, but
I was petrified doing my first interview, especially seeing it was George Martin!
Having done three long interviews
with Sir George Martin opened many doors for me, plus my 'track record' has helped too.
When I approach the publicist of
the person I wish to interview, I send them my press package and then if they're interested, we setup
a date. Sometimes however this is a long drawn-out process. I won't even start to talk about my never-ending
quest to get an interview with Paul McCartney!
The only time I was asked that
was for my first interview, with George Martin.
There are quite a few artists including
Paul McCartney (The Beatles), John Fogerty (CCR), Little Richard and Ray Davies (The Kinks).