More than fifty people from all walks of life with diverse backgrounds and varied interests volunteer their time to one thing they all have in common - a love of classical music. These are the people you hear when you tune to 4MBS. They are the combined 'voice' of 4MBS with richly varied styles providing a colorful tapestry against which is heard some of the world's greatest music. Some announcers are heard once a fortnight, some are heard more often and a lot of them also contribute to the efficient running of 4MBS in roles such as programming, administration, program guide distribution and many more.
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Currently 4MBS's Broadcasts Manager, Howard has been in broadcasting since 1963 - initially with the ABC in Brisbane then, from 1990, with 4MBS. Howard can be heard during Daybreak Classics every Saturday morning as well as numerous other times including many sponsorship announcements. His very popular Music Lover's Choice has been running since 1967. His many other responsibilities include training of announcers, extensive production work and leader of many of 4MBS's overseas tours. In his 'spare time', Howard is a cricket umpire and a sought after marriage celebrant. One of his more recent marriages was Sebastien & Sayo Lipman.
Noela prepares Spotlight - the regular feature heard each weekday after the 8.00 am news & weather - and is also a volunteer receptionist. A keen opera buff, Noela is seen quite often at European opera festivals while, in other globetrotting adventures, she enjoys visiting historical locations mentioned in Dorothy Dunnett novels of the 15th & 16th centuries. Musically, Noela is an accomplished pianist and enjoys choral singing.
A former French teacher and one of 4MBS's longest serving announcers, Jenny is a founding member of the very popular 4MBS Concertgoers' Group. Her other musical interests have included the piano - both as a teacher and a performer/accompanist. Jenny also enjoys aqua-aerobics and Tai Chi.
Another of 4MBS's published authors, Peter has written on Australia's colonial involvement in Papua New Guinea where he once attended university. He holds two other degrees from Australian seats of learning. A doctor of philosophy, he's also a keen VW beetle enthusiast, Dalmatian enthusiast & orchid collector. Peter ranks squash at the top of the list of his most relaxing pastimes.
Brisbane born & bred, John moved to Darwin and, during some 23 years there, survived cyclone Tracey, a few years in the public service and a few more as a real estate agent & auctioneer, became a corporate sponsor of the Darwin Symphony Orchestra and got a pilot's licence. Then, after a couple of years in Hobart, he returned to Brisbane and eventually ended up with 4MBS where he looks after the Ticketing Service, website maintenance and other things including the mowing and relief announcing when required.
Formerly with the ABC in Rockhampton & Brisbane, Lesley admits to being a 'lapsed pianist with an unreliable ear'. She speaks Italian 'unfluently' and enjoys being a grandmother. Lesley is also passably good in the Chinese art of Tai Chi.
A regular 'boy from the bush' Gordon is a veteran broadcaster with many years of experience with the ABC in Townsville - both radio and television. To add to his many sins, he's also been a member of Federal Parliament (Herbert in north Queensland) and spent ten years as a magistrate in Brisbane. His autobiography, 'A Simple Country Lad' was published in 2007. He's a former member of the Brisbane Chorale and, in retirement, is learning to play the tuba.
John is no stranger to radio with a thirty year background in both commercial & community radio in Tasmania. Since arriving in Brisbane, he's joined BayFM and, of course, 4MBS where he is also one of the station's jazz presenters. A keen photographer, John had his own business in Tasmania specialising in wilderness photography.
A still trying to retire barrister, Anne has been with 4MBS, seemingly, since the days before radio was invented. Her involvement with has been extensive and has included preparing & presenting programs. When not entertaining on air or appearing in court, Anne's quieter moments are spent with crafts and photography.
A volunteer with 4MBS for many years, Bill is one of the few people at the station who go back to the old days of Kelvin Grove, vinyl records and seat of the pants announcing. Musically, he's dabbled in choral work and once looked at a cello. Bill admits to a weakness for the music of John Phillip Sousa and has been known to be partial to the odd bit of Gottschalk. His extensive knowledge of and interest in fine music are reflected in the many programs he's prepared.
After some years as a high school teacher in Melbourne, Robyn moved to Brisbane and 'discovered' 4MBS. Choral singing has been a part of Robyn's life since early student days. Her understanding of youth and music have made her a popular tutor at 4MBS Radio Courses at both the junior and intermediate levels. Robyn has also prepared and broadcast a number of specialty programs.
Geoff is a former financial advisor who's worked in both Australia and Canada. He plays piano but says he's 'not good enough' to play classical music. Away from 4MBS he's a regular golfer (with an enviable handicap), a keen angler and a seasoned traveller. He also has a weakness for good Tasmanian reds.
Jim's been a regularDaybreak Classics announcer from 1980 - originally on Saturdays and now on alternate Sundays.
An original Liverpool lad, John came to Australia at an early age and quickly found fame singing in the St John's Cathedral Choir. A veteran of radio and television with both the ABC and the BBC, he draws on many years of experience as a broadcaster and producer. Many Brisbane listeners will recall John's regular Monday afternoon program on the ABC - Musica Queensland. As well as being a classical announcer, John prepares and presents the popular Sunday program, In Quires & Places. One lesser known facet of John's character is his weakness for the music of the thirties and fourties and that he often supplies material for The Village Music Hour.
Once granted the Freedom of the City of London for his services in the field of international insurance litigation, Ian had moved to London in the 70s where he was also a patron of The Royal Opera House. The son of a ballerina and father of an actor, he's now back in Brisbane and enjoying a relaxed retirement. Ian is a graduate of a 4MBS Adult Radio Course.
From humble beginnings as a cadet announcer with 4GY in Gympie, Max's career moved on to involvement in design and graphic art with the ABC in Townsville and, later, theatre designing for ballet, opera & drama productions, evidence of which may be viewed in The Max Hurley Collection at QPAC's Lyric Theatre. Max once sang and danced in a production of Cabaret but rarely speaks of the experience. As an artist, though, he's been exhibited in collections both nationally and internationally.
Bushwalking and camping are high on the list of outdoor activities enjoyed by Lindsay whose personal email address begins, appropriately, with the word 'nomad'. A native of Brisbane, he's spent time living in America, Europe and Africa. Back home, Lindsay is part of a community network supporting the mentally ill. He also dabbles in world music, percussion and playing the piano and admits to being a closet poet.
Michael is another one of those people who discovered that being retired was a lot more hard work than working full time which he had been doing in the fire insurance industry for nearly four decades. Now he's occupied more than full time with writing (almost finished a collection of short stories) collecting art & antiques, compliing an extensive family history back through the 19th & 18th centuries and presenting afternoon programs on alternate Tuesdays. Michael is also the 'standby' presenter for The Village Music Hour - something he'd love to be able to do more often.
Peter joined 4MBS in 2001 after more than 25 years in commercial radio in Brisbane. He now carries the dual positions of Operations Manager and Sponsorships Manager, the latter bringing in vital income without which there would be no 4MBS. A keen tennis player and goumet cook, he also has an admitted weakness for anything sung by Rod Stewart as well as the music of Saint-Saëns.
As well as regular announcing duties, Mike is also in the front line when it comes to active participation in the 4MBS Adult Radio Courses and presenting music appreciation talks at City Council libraries. He's also often seen spending long hours lurking in corners doing invaluable work cataloging the large numbers of new CDs that flow into the library. In the 'real' working world, he's an expert in the field of human resources.
Philip's early musical training involved both the cello and the double bass - instruments in which he quickly lost interest as they were too bulky. Like Gladys Moncrief, he's originally from Bundaberg. He moved to Brisbane to study at the University of Queensland emerging as a secondary school teacher specialising in English and history which he taught for a year or so in Birmingham in the UK. Back in Brisbane, he's enjoying his teaching career while indulging in the occasional spot of short story writing.
As well as being a popular announcer, Philip is also a regular programmer, often devising the programs he presents. A practising solicitor, Philip specialises in property law and related matters. Some time ago, he took singing lessons but soon decided his money would be of better use invested in more productive enterprises.
Ray spent years in administration in Papua New Guinea before returning to Australia to study to become a teacher-librarian. After working in the Northern Territory and Queensland he retired in 1999 and now volunteers at Newstead House and 4MBS where he is the Volunteer Co-ordinator and an announcer on both classical music programs and The Village Music Hour.
With university studies in London & Reykjavik, diplomatic postings in Africa & Denmark, children born in exotic locations and extensive travel throughout Europe, Rob is no stranger to Frequent Flyer points. He's also been a career public servant in Canberra and Brisbane. Describing himself as 'a recorder player of no merit whatsoever', he also sings with the Stradbroke Island Singers. A published author, he's just finished a work on Vivaldi - one of his admitted passions.
Bevan finds playing music on CD players relatively easy after years of musical disasters involving running out of puff as a bugler at high school, a frustrating flirtation with the clarinet and being told by his piano teacher that he really should take a rest from music. In days gone buy, he was a singer of hey nonnie-no songs with a madrigal group and Gregorian chant in a cathedral choir. When not at 4MBS, Bevan (who also admits to a weakness for big band jazz) is a practicing clinical psychologist.