This is Part 1 of a 3-Part program originally aired in October of 2009 and is being replayed due to COVID restrictions on conducting new interviews.
The then 79-year-old Ron was living in the outer Melbourne suburb of Beaconsfield Upper and his recollections take us back to around 1934, when he was four years of age.
Ron explains that while he loved school he was not a good scholar. However it was while still attending school as a teen that he decided that he wanted to work in radio broadcasting. This was in the 1940’s when radio was the main media outlet.
In fact along with a friend, he visited every radio station in Melbourne looking for a job. Eventually he is successful and lands a position with radio 3AW, but as Ron explains, that only lasted for a week. However, soon after he found regular work, having been given a part in a regular radio play, broadcast on 3DB at the age of 16.
Sadly for him, within 12 months he had to resign to work in his fathers shoe business – but radio was never far out of his mind. It is here in his story that explains how he left the shoe business to find work with what was then, the Department of the Post Master General – as a telephone technician, which in turn lead. him to being accepted into the ABC.
Click to hear – Ron Fisher – Part 1
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