#1235 A Few of Our Favourite Things

All the Best casts its curious eye back on 2012 and shares a few of our favourite stories from the year. A former drug dealer and addict comes back from the brink; a surfer girl dares to be different in the 1970s, and a mother dancing on an old family video forms a lasting memory for her daughter.

Tony Hoang
From the south-western Sydney suburb of Cabrammatta, Tony Hoang tells us his story: it’s about drugs, power and redemption. This story was produced through the Become a Radio Pro training project with support from the Community Media Training Organisation. The  project was devised by Jesse Cox and Brigitte Dagg with Nicola Joseph.

Produced by Thuy Nguyen
Supervising Producer: Gina McKeon.

That Summer of ’75
Forget the TV series and the book: the real Puberty Blues started in the summer of 1975. Shé Hawkes was 14, and had begun doing something absolutely outrageous on the beach. Shé- a girl- had started to surf. It wasn’t something that the other surfers were going to let her get away with.

These days, Shé is a writer and academic: read her piece about women breaking into the surf culture of 1970s Australia, and a fictionalised version of her summer of ’75.

Interview, recording: Kate Montague
Edited by Belinda Lopez
Music credits: Room with a view (Jahzzar) / CC BY-SA 3.0; Instrumental – Restoration (Dan Warren) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0; Instrumental – The Buddha (Dan Warren) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

Remembering Mum
How to you get to know someone when they’re not around? Before social media, it was through sheer detective work – asking questions, looking at old photographs, reading anything they’ve written or left behind. In the case of her mother, Madelyne Cummings’ own search led her to discoveries she could treasure forever.

Written and read by Madelyne Cummings.
Produced by Que Minh Luu.
Original music by Jamieson Shaw.
Technical production by Antonia Gauci.

Presenter: Georgia Moodie
Features Executive Producer: Belinda Lopez
Executive Producers: Giordana Caputo and Eliza Sarlos
Production Manager: Carly Anne Kenneally

Photo: ‘Raindrops on Roses’ by Jon Bragg

#1219 New Kids on the Block

All the Best presents New Kids on the Block: No, not the 1990s-era boy band. We’re sharing stories about the unexpected fights and friendships that happen when new people come into a neighbourhood. The arrival of a new priest splits a tight parish community in Redfern, and a couple moving to Sydney’s fringes get more than what they bargained for.

St Vincent’s
Producer: Gina McKeon

St Vincent de Paul Church in Redfern was formerly the parish of social activist and beloved priest Father Ted Kennedy. But the arrival of a new kid on the block- a new parish priest- has fueled a bitter dispute over power and theology. Many of the local community have left out of protest or defeat.  This story was first broadcast as part of The Block.  Gina McKeon won a Walkley for the piece as part of the Young Australian Journalist of the Year awards.

The Ponds
Producer: Adam Zwi

There are plenty of shiny new residential developments popping up all over the edges of Sydney, including The Ponds, in Sydney’s northeast. After ruling out the pricy suburbs closer to the city, one young couple decided to move out there- and found an authentic lifestyle beyond the newly-built facades. This story was first broadcast as part of the episode The Edge of Nowhere.

This week we welcome our new Features Executive Producer Belinda Lopez to the team.

Presenter: Georgia Moodie
Features Executive Producer: Belinda Lopez
Executive Producers: Jesse Cox, Brigitte Dagg, Eliza Sarlos 

Picture Credit: Lauren Carroll Harris




#1218 By the Moon

For everyone who has been on radio hosting a series of Allnighter of Mid Dawns is a rite of passage.  This week to begin our show about the moon Georgia and her cousin Harry White reminisce about those nights on the air.

Ramadan and the Moon
Producers: Nancy Notzon & Katerina Lebedev
Sound Design: Andrew McLellan
Supervising Producer: Giordana Caputo

Over the past few weeks, you might’ve noticed some people not having lunch or tea or coffee with you any more. In the day that is. While some of us relax and start to wind down as it gets dark, others are just getting started. Ramadan – that holy month in the Islamic lunar calendar when people fast by day and feast by night – makes quite a stir. The moon comes out and friends and families get together for prayer, socialising and of course, lots and lots of eating. It’s a vibrant time to be out on the streets in Auburn in Western Sydney.

Darwin by Night
Produced by Mike Kermode
Co-ordinating Producer: Grace Dalton

Earlier in the year All the Best’s Mike Kermode moved North to Darwin, we asked him to describe what the city looked like at night.  Mike tells us about his first Territory Day.

Hospital Under A Full Moon
Produced by Gina McKeon

Midwife and Nurse Sophie Lewis talks with Gina McKeon about how the moon affects births and why they try to avoid shifts when the moon is full.

Presenter: Georgia Moodie
Features Executive Producer: Jesse Cox

Picture Credit: Peter Cagnacci

Gina McKeon wins a Walkley for ATB!

Gina won her Walkley Award for Young Australian Journalist of the Year (Radio) and was Highly Commended, Young Journalist of the Year.

Gina was among three finalists shortlisted from over 100 entries and the Walkely Award recognises excellence for her story on “The St Vincent’s Church in Redfern” that was broadcast as part of episode The Block (which she was also the Supervising Producer for). The Walkleys recognise the best of a new generation of journalists in the television, online, radio, photography and print categories.

FBi Radio’s President Cass Wilkinson said of Gina’s award “On behalf of everyone at FBi Radio, we would like to congratulate Gina on her outstanding achievement. In the field of Australian journalism, it doesn’t get much better than winning a Walkley and it recognizes Gina’s incredible talent and community radio’s ability to produce and promote emerging talent. In today’s environment there aren’t many places where young reporters can get training and gain experience. FBi Radio was established to provide opportunities for young broadcasters and our hearts are bursting with pride watching them grow up so beautifully.”

Good on you Gina!

#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 


#1207 The Block (repeat)

On this week’s show we re-played you one of our favourite episodes to date – ‘The Block’.

The Block in Redfern has a well-documented history of drugs, violence, and riots. Perhaps you’ve never heard otherwise. Maybe you’ve avoided knowing much about it at all, having never stepped foot on Eveleigh Street and it’s surrounds.

On All The Best, you’ll walk the streets of this community. Filled with stories of family and passing travellers, of death, loss of faith and redemption – we take you right into the heart of Redfern, to one of Australia’s most talked about addresses.

Check out a photo essay on The Block by Lauren Carrol-Harris at our Facebook page.

Produced by Kath Lim

Yvonne Phillips
Produced by Madeleine James

Shane and Lionel
Produced by Kath Lim

Redfern Gym
Produced by Jesse Cox

St Vincent De Paul Catholic Church
by Gina McKeon

Mick Mundine
Produced by Jesse Cox

Presenter: Eliza Sarlos
Supervising Producer Gina McKeon
Features Executive Producer: Jesse Cox
Technical Producers: Antonia Gauci & Damian Enemark (repeat)
Executive Producers: Jesse Cox, Brigitte Dagg, Eliza Sarlos 

The Twilight Zone

Not Reading Twilight
Produced by Zacha Rosen

Anahí explains why she never read Twilight, despite her best intentions. When she first tried to read it, she was twelve. She’s sixteen now. It’s probably not going to happen. She’s a young woman of conviction.

Insomnia the Cat
Produced by Katerina Lebedev
Technical Production by Antonia Gauci

For most of us, night time is usually reserved for sleeping. But what about if you just couldn’t sleep during the twilight hours? The bedroom could become a place you start to dread.  In this story, young theatre-maker Fleur Kilpatrick talks to Katerina Lebedev about how she deals with extreme insomnia and the stigma attached to her inability to sleep.

Can a full moon make you crazy?
Produced by Gina McKeon

Have you ever had a friend, your mum, or even just a stranger, give you that look after you witness some strange behaviour and they say: “Must be a full moon, eh?” Sounds like a whole lotta hocus pocus, right? Well, this story, walks the line between exactly what’s fact and what’s fiction with a little help from local registered nurse Sophie Lewis.

A new life through dementia
Produced by Nancy Notzon

There are many stages of life that we pass through: birth; childhood; the dreaded teen years; your 20s and 30s; retirement; even death. Each phase kind of blossoms and then passes through a twilight to give way to the next. This is the story of one woman as she moves through a stage in her life that is marked by the intrusive grip of dementia.It is told by her daughter, Sharon Snir who explains how she lost and found her mother again, through dementia.

Presenter: Eliza Sarlos
Show Producer: Julia Wylie
Features Executive Producer: Jesse Cox
Executive Producers: Jesse Cox, Brigitte Dagg, Eliza Sarlos

Picture credit: Miles Martignoni



What will I be when I grow up?
Produced by Simon Anicich

Meet Chris, Stu and Gus – what did they want to be when they grew up? Simon Anicich meet with these three chaps to find out if their childhood dreams were realised.

How I Got To Sydney
Produced by Nick Hose

Nick Hose recounts making that big choice to finally make the move from his hometown of Melbourne, all the way to Sydney.

Saving My Surfspots
Produced by Simon Anicich

Luke Marshall was just like any other kid who’d grown up by the beach: surfed everyday and spent most of his time either on the sand or in the water. Then one day, Luke sat down to watch a film that changed his life forever.

Written and read by Vanessa Berry

Ever wondered why so many you speak to know someone living in Berlin or have been to Berlin?

One Day At Work
Produced by Madeliene James

Everyone has moments at work when their attention lapses, even if it’s just for a second. Luke Mitchell had a moment like this at work on a film set which resulted in the loss of certain bodyparts…

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