is my name and spinning records is my game.
That is about as close as I can get to the catchy intro phrases used by early DJs up until the late 60s.I was one of them.
Australian radio stations back in the 50's were reluctant to play any rockabilly and like the UK were slow hopping on the R&R Bandwagon so I and other fans of this new music depended on the rare record shop that imported music from the USA. That was where most of my pocket money went.
Later in the mid 60's, during my university years, I was lucky to get an overnight weekend DJ job at a local am station. This gave me access to some record companies and their back catalogues which included rockabilly and early R&R.
After University and a non volunteer 2 year stint in the Army I sought out a career in radio.
Believe me, being a radio announcer in not a lucrative unless you are one of the very few who manage to work for a large market high rating station.
Like poorly paid musicians it was in our blood.
The longer I stayed in the industry the greater my interest in older music grew leaving me with a huge library of music including some 20,000 50's music and a whole bunch of hillbilly tracks.
Most of them have been digitised, a task that has taken years to do. Most of the original pressings are in storage.
Like most DJs we just want people to hear our music
So here I am with Rockabilly Radio all ready to do my thing each Tuesday midday (UK Time) following Peter Scanlon's show