Career decisions can be momentous, and disastrous. Here’s one that turned out to be both.
In September 2014, I decided to leave ABC Far North in Cairns and move to Broome, to run ABC Kimberley. It was a tremendous opportunity for me, but required me to leave the place I’d come to love and head off into the unknown.
As it turned out, a certain Prime Minister may not have been entirely honest about ABC funding, my job was abolished and my 27 years with the national broadcaster was over.
My last day in Cairns was a celebration of a great local radio service, ABC Far North, and the wonderful people I worked with there over 13 years. And it was a celebration of our wonderful listeners, who have been generous in their support of me and a constant source of inspiration. We shared good times, tough times, shared thousands of local stories. My experiences in far north Queensland will stay with me as long as I draw breath.
A celebration such as this demands a grand venue – so we opened up the rarely used Turnbull Room at ABC Far North for an all-singing all-dancing extravaganza.
One of the highlights was the return of our long-running radio play, Bluey Hills.
And here I am reflecting on my time at ABC Far North with my colleague Phil Staley.