clemdimseyClem Dimsey, best known as a former race caller for the Ten Network, has died at the age of 74.

With a keen interest in horse racing, Dimsey called his first race at the age of 17 over the public address system at a race meeting in the small Victorian town of Quambatook.

His media career started as a turntable operator at Melbourne radio station 3DB, later working with legendary race caller Bill Collins.

By the mid-1970s he was working at Melbourne radio station 3MP and during the 1970s and ’80s was racing commentator for ATV0 (later Ten) in Melbourne.

He called the Melbourne Cup for the Ten Network for a number of years. He also made a cameo as a race caller in the long-running drama series Prisoner.

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Source: Herald Sun. IMDB. The Age, 4 November 1980. The Sunday Observer, 10 October 1976.


3 thoughts on “Obituary: Clem Dimsey

  1. I knew Clem at The Australian newspaper I worked on the same floor in Flinders St. He had an excellent voice for a race caller.He was a genuine bloke with a sense of humor. Clem you will always be remembered by me as a real gentleman.

  2. We knew Clem at ATV0 when he was in the sports/news department. He was a really lovely man and a great character. So long Clem. We will always remember you.

  3. A fine race caller who had the privilege of being the first person to call “The Melbourne Cup” live on television. This being ATV Channel O later to become the O-Ten network in 1978. The following year, Clem was the on the ball when he sadly called “Dulcify has broken down!” The irony here is that the horse that galloped on dulcify (Hyperno) went on to win the cup. This tragic event accured at the 1200 metre mark going out of the straight. Gone where no shadows fall!
    Mr. Peter J. Hannigan.

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