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