Tag: Countdown

Good Morning, Johnny Farnham

From the late 1960s, teen music star Johnny Farnham (years before he became John) was Australia’s crowned King Of Pop — a title that he won for five consecutive years at the TV Week King Of Pop Awards. In 1970, the 20-year-old made his television hosting debut. For two weeks during the May school holidays, …

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TV names in Australia Day Honours List

Nine Network newsreader Peter Overton (pictured), veteran performer Noeline Brown, transgender actor and activist Georgie Stone and TV presenter Johanna Griggs are among television identities to feature in this year’s Australia Day Honours List: Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO): Ian Healy (AO) — “For distinguished service to cricket at …

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Obituary: Grant Goldman

Grant Goldman, voice over announcer and radio presenter, has died at the age of 69. He had been diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2017. Starting his career at the age of 14, Goldman was a distinctive and familiar voice on radio, working at numerous radio stations including 2UE, 2WS, 2DAY, 2GB, 4IP, 3UZ and 5AD. …

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Rage Retro Month: Countdown, GTK

Rage‘s traditional Retro Month is on again. Every Saturday during January, Rage goes through (what’s left of) the ABC archives and digs out some retro treasures, this week including six Countdown episodes from 1980 through to 1982 and featuring guest hostings by Renee Geyer (pictured), Darryl Cotton and Jon English. This week’s Retro Month playlist …

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Countdown leads Rage retro month

It’s been a big few months for Countdown fans. Last year saw ABC revisit the legendary music show for a 13-episode series of 1970s and 1980s nostalgia. And last weekend, the Countdown Live concert formed a significant portion of ABC’s New Year’s Eve coverage. The telecast’s popularity with viewers and across social media has even …

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The Dream Factory pays tribute to Ripponlea

ABC this week pays tribute to its legendary Ripponlea studios in the documentary The Dream Factory. The studios, based in the Melbourne suburb of Elsternwick and named after the historic homestead which is adjacent to it, were officially opened in May 1958, eighteen months after ABC’s Melbourne channel ABV2 began broadcasting. The studios continued to …

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Countdown returns to ABC

ABC is bringing Countdown back to our screens — and back to its famous Sunday 6.00pm timeslot. Thirty years after Molly Meldrum‘s bald-headed reveal at the Countdown Music And Video Awards marked an end to Countdown‘s 13-year run, the show is returning for a 13-week season. Classic Countdown begins on 17 September, featuring footage that …

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Retro Month returns to Rage

The annual tradition that is Rage‘s Retro Month kicks off again this weekend. As has happened every January for many years now, Retro Month delves into the ABC archive of music and pop culture. The first Saturday night instalment, which actually kicks of 12.05am Sunday 8 January, features five episodes of Countdown: 12:00am COUNTDOWN February …

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TV At 60: ABC begins in Melbourne

The opening night of ABC‘s Melbourne station ABV2 went ahead without anywhere near the problems encountered by its Sydney sister two weeks earlier. The station was officially opened by Minister for Labour and National Service Harold Holt shortly after 7.00pm on Monday, 19 November 1956. Other speakers during the half-hour ceremony included Leader of the …

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TV At 60: Hey Hey tops readers poll

The votes are in and have been counted… and readers of this website have voted Hey Hey It’s Saturday as their favourite program from 60 years of Australian television. Meanwhile, three titles not included in the original top 60 were voted in enough numbers to get into the list — Wheel Of Fortune, Matlock Police …

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