#1211 Radio Pro

Today we bring you some stories produced as part of our Radio Pro training project paring up All the Best producers with young people who have never made radio before.  We’ve played some stories before on our program 2011 Christmas Special and Reinvention.

Tony Hoang
Produced by Thuy Nguyen
Radio Pro Mentor: Gina McKeon

The Lone Trumpeter
Produced by Ammy Sing
Radio Pro Mentor: Gina McKeon

Tily’s Initiation
Produced by Alex Pittaway
Radio Pro Mentor: Jesse Cox

The Radio Pro Training project was devised by Jesse Cox and Brigitte Dagg with Nicola Joseph and run by the Community Media Training Organisation in association with All the Best.

Presenter: Georgia Moodie
Radio Pro Mentos: Jesse Cox, Brigitte Dagg, Gina McKeon, Julia Thomas, Adam Zwi 


#1208 Reinvention

This week on All the Best it’s all about reinventing the wheel. We bring you stories about reinventing yourself for online dating, we travel to Vanuatu and back and hear a fictional story about dying birds who get turned into… robots!

My Mum Dating
Produced by Brigitte Dagg

The Last Ones
Written and read by Sonja Dechian.
Origina composition and sound Design by Shane Choi
Recorded at 3RRR by

The Imaki Project
Produced by Carly Kenneally
Produced as part of Radio Pro
Radio Pro mentor: Brigitte Dagg

Presenter: Eliza Sarlos
Features Executive Producer: Jesse Cox
Technical Producer: Damian Enemark
Executive Producers: Jesse Cox, Brigitte Dagg, Eliza Sarlos 

Picture credit: Peter Cagnacci

Sydney Writers Festival Live

For those who missed it earlier in the year, we’re re-playing our first live show, recorded at the Sydney Writers’ Festival.

As part of the Sydney Writers’ Festival All the Best produced a live version of its radio show to a packed room at the Festival Club stage, exploring the theme of power in Sydney through the ages.

Special guests include Wendy Bacon, Sarah Haghdoosti, Anna Krien and Mandy Sayer plus a whole host of All the Best contributors, with live music from Sydney’s Fergus Brown.

Presenter: Eliza Sarlos
Features Executive Producer: Jesse Cox
Live recording: Kate Ryan
Production assistance: David Sheridan
Visuals: Que Minh Luu
Produced by Executive Producers: Jesse Cox, Brigitte Dagg, Eliza Sarlos



Dear ATB Listener,

How are you?! We’re pretty good. Saturdays are always hectic.

As we type this letter, we have just aired this week’s show on FBi Radio. We started off by hearing from a sweet CWA lady – Kathleen T. Gable – whom Mel Braun homaged for her letter writing during WW2. It was “splendid”.

Our morning then took a less innocent turn, as a newer contributors, Mike Kermode, retold his friend’s hilarious customer complaint story regarding a pepper grinder… a very distinctly non-refillable pepper grinder.

The giggles then got a bit aggressive as a column by Sydney journalist Richard Glover – which was supposed to be satirical – took a turn for the worse. Many thanks to Sarah McVeigh for producing this story about the 1000s of hate mail letters he received in response to this article.

One of our own then broke in to narrative, with Brigitte Dagg talking about the letters she wrote home whilst travelling. We have a whole book of them – fifty pages worth – in our possession (blackmail potential!!) which Zacha Rosen found the best bits of Imogen Semmler to chat around.

As we type this letter, it reminds us that we rarely write hard copy letters anymore – and nothing was a starker reminder of this than a less convention penpal piece by Lucie Bell featuring vision impaired women Coral and her Japanese friend.

Braille machines and cassette tapes were then juxtaposed with something a little more commercial: a letter to Santa. Yes, ATB wrote our own letter, and he better bloody well respond when we send it off to him in the snail mail.

Speak soon! See you next week! Sayonara!
All The Best xxx
P.S. This week we farewell Imogen Semmler, thanks for all the fantastic fill in presenting.

Presenter: Imogen Semmler
Supervising Producer: Emilia Terzon
Features Executive Producer: Jesse Cox
Executive Producers: Jesse Cox, Brigitte Dagg, Eliza Sarlos


Heroes and Villians

Scott Mcleod
Produced by Nancy Notzon

A few months ago at the Graphic festival, we met Scott McLeod. Scott has been in the comic book industry for over 25 years now, and in that time has written and drawn his own comic book series, written for the Superman series and also published a number of books. Nancy Notzon spoke to Scott recently and this begun our show on Heroes & Villains this morning on All The Best.

Big Kids
Produced by Brigitte Dagg

Danny Chifley is a 34 year old Sydney Sider who is still actively engaged in the purchasing of and playing with toys. He still considers himself very much a ‘big kid.’ In this story, Danny talks about his holidays to New York spending hours in toy stores, and confesses Star Wars still plays a big part in his life.

Produced by Kath Lim

The Witch is the quintessential villain. For centuries people blamed everything on witches, from failed crops, to disease, death & famine, often resulting in the witches paying a high price for these accusations, most of the time, this was death. In this story, Kath Lim talks with three Sydney wiccans, David Gardiner, Jane Meredith and Glenys Livingstone.

Anthony Reilly
Written by Eddie Sharp
Narrated by Luke Rodley

Super villains don’t really exist, do they? In this tale written by Eddie Sharp, he tells the story of a real life villain so swift, so stealth-like, and so down-right genius, that anyone who knew about him was sworn to secrecy. It is the story of Anthony Reilly, a cinema thief from Sydney.

Presenter: Imogen Semmler
Supervising Producer: Kath Lim
Features Executive Producer: Jesse Cox
Executive Producers: Jesse Cox, Brigitte Dagg, Eliza Sarlos