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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Listen To Older Voices: Ron Fisher – Part 1



Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves and podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg

listen to older voices: ron fisher – part 1This 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.

Previous Listen To Older Voices Programs can be found in our archive, by clicking on one link or the other

2012 to 2016   

 –  2016 onward 

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[Listen To Older Voices receives funding from the Commonwealth Government 
through the Commonwealth Home Support Program Program]
Rob Greaves
I have been with the Toorak Times since April 2012. I work as Senior Editor of the Toorak Times, but I also think of myself as senior contributor. I've been in the Australian music scene as a musician since 1964, and have worked in radio and TV and newspapers (when they were paper ), serious experience in audio editing, and a lot of video editing experience. Currently I'm working as a radio program producer for a national interview program as well as my work with the Toorak Times