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Today's Friday And as nothing really was sacred, here's a three-minute sampling of Ian MacRae and the Hon Nick talking nonsense about ongoing strikes in Australia and Prince Charles's new girlfriend in November Even more nuttiness prevailed when Charles and Di got engaged in Februaryand Macca decided to call Sydney socialite Diana "Bubbles" Fisher on the etiquette of royal weddings, should they be invited.
Program Director John Torv did not sound so amused: Recorded in in honour of Lady Diana's engagement to Prince Charles, it was incomparable in its rhyming elegance, with the chorus: And Lady Di Di Di said "stick it in your eye! The only man I'm gonna marry is Prince Charli.
There are no chooks singing on "The Ballad of Lady Di" By the time of Charles and Diana's wedding in July2SM was already losing ground in the ratings and most of its top personalities had departed for other stations.
Click on the ad for the Plovdiv promotion, which was printed on the back of that week's chart in Mayto see a bigger version. Outrageous for its time, ludicrous, and classic. Long before Sydney Tower was known as such, it was called Centrepoint Tower, and when it opened in Septemberit was a big deal in a city still growing up, literally and figuratively.
Of course Macca gave some focus to it on his show, as evidenced by a silly audio clip that you can hear if you click on the tower on the left.
It was a credit to MacRae that he stuck it out at 2SM as long as he did, finally leaving in Aprilwith a memorable last program, a copy of which I would dearly love. I was in the car driving to university at the time and only heard some of it.
I'm hoping that one day, when he digs through his boxes of archives, he'll find the tape and share it with me. Meanwhile, here are a few of the very last moments of that show: Macca returned to 2SM twice in later decades, but they were brief stints because it was never going to be the same.
And no matter how famous and funny and well-paid some of the s breakfast stars were,there never was another breakfast jock like Ian MacRae. It was too easy to forget, after 2SM was outshone by the new FM stations in the s, and Triple M's Doug Mulray became the most successful breakfast presenter in Australia, just how groundbreaking Ian MacRae was in the s.
Macca's foray into television in the late '70s with Thank God It's Friday at the Zoo was a dismal failure.
Catch Us If You Can in fared somewhat better, but never repeated his radio success. Lukewarm responses to his TV career did little to diminish his legendary status as a radio icon.
In the Australian Women's Weekly ran a nice feature on Macca, which you can read here. Macca moved on to other stations and other adventures including founding and running the Ian MacRae Radio Schoolbut he will always be remembered most fondly for his days ruling the Sydney breakfast airwaves on 2SM.
I caught up with Macca in for a lengthy interview, and he kindly posed for this photo, holding the framed staff photo he was given when he left "More Music 2SM" as it was then called.
Check back soon for the transcript of that great interview, where Ian shares the stories of his lengthy career, especially the glory years as Sydney's best breakfast DJ. This was Bob Rogers' second time at the station, having been one of the original Good Guys in the early to mid s, and having famously toured with the Beatles for 2SM in Bob Rogers' talkback program on 2SM was great listening even though Bob has admitted he hated that period back at 2SM, feeling like a fish out of water.
There were a few days in early when I was glad to be sick at home from school so that I could listen to Rogers followed by Bob Maumill and George Moore in the noon-3pm shift. Gibson and Moore became the pre-eminent celebrity interviewers on radio in the late s in Sydney.
All the overseas stars were lining up to be interviewed by them.
They were an interesting pair; Gibson the ocker Aussie bloke and Moore the mild-mannered straight guy. The combination really worked like magic, and I had to find even more reasons to stay at home from school during the years Gibson and Moore were on air together.
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