EFFINCUE

FAREWELL TO THE FAR NORTH

I'M ROLLING UP MY SWAG AND HEADING WEST
ROLLING UP MY SWAG AND HITTING THE ROAD

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.

 

  • THE EPIC SELFIE AFTER MY LAST SHOW
    THE EPIC SELFIE AFTER MY LAST SHOW
  • Sharnie Kim says goodbye to her neighbour - station mascot C1 Cassowary
  • ichard Dinnen Phil Staley C1 Cassowary ABC Far North
    GONNA MISS MY CUZ PHIL STALEY
  • Richard Dinnen on air for the last time at ABC Far North September 2014
    THE LAST SHOW IS ALWAYS THE LONGEST
  • C 1 CASSOWARY WARMS UP FOR HIS FINAL BROADCAST
  • LIVE FROM THE MALCOM TURNBULL ROOM ABC FAR NORTH
  • TWO GENUINE ORIGINALS - SONYA AND PHIL
  • Gemma Deavin Isaac Eagan Richard Dinnen ABC Far North
    I LEARNED SO MUCH FROM OUR TWO NEWEST RECRUITS
  • C 1 SAYS "RIGHT OFF WE GO THEN"
  • C 1 CASSOWARY LOVES BEING ON THE RADIO
  • A VERY HAPPY FNQ MEMORY - ON THE ROAD TO THE CAPE
  • BEACHED AT CHILI BEACH - ONE OF MY FAVE FNQ PLACES

 

 

 

 

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7 thoughts on “FAREWELL TO THE FAR NORTH

  1. Best of luck if it wasnt for you i would not have heard andy collins i met him on holidays in veitnam your name came strait up thank you

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