Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Throwback Tuesday: Radio Announcer Keith Glover

KEITH GLOVER. WHO REMEMBERS THIS RADIO AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCER?

Anyone who was listening to shortwave radio from the late 1940s to 1980  should remember the Radio Australia mailbag programme hosted by Keith Glover.

Glover joined the ABC in Queensland in 1947 and later when he moved to Melbourne he joined Radio Australia, broadcasting from studios in the old cottage at the rear of Broadcast House, the 'biscuit factory' in Lonsdale Street, and finally from the new complex at East Burwood.

As presenter of Radio Australia's "Listeners' Mailbag" he was an interactive broadcaster well before the term was popularised and received a number of awards for international broadcasting.

I certainly remember him. I was listening from my grandmother's home in Arkansas in the summer of 1969. I submitted a reception report for this broadcast, and Keith in turn read my letter on air and followed up not only with a QSL card but a written transcript of  his broadcast.

Keith Glover’s voice was also well known on ‘home service’ radio, presenting a wide range of programmes including news bulletins, sporting panels, Anzac Day marches and Royal Tours. He was seen regularly on ABC Channel 2 and presented a ballroom dancing programme for a number of years.

In later years he moved into management, working as supervisor of  Radio Australia's English Language programming and finally as supervisor of radio presentation in Victoria.

Keith Glover retired from the ABC in 1985. He passed away in 2006.

Source: Radio Australia News

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