Sitting around last Tuesday and the phone rings, “hello”, I reply, “it’s Mike Webb”, golly, long story short, as usual, I was reminiscing on the early days of N – E – W as it was 1st called, then it became 105 NEW FM – New for the 90’s, a great FM Classic Rock station, here is the very first few words, featuring Mike and Bruce Steggles
here’s what Mike says
Good to touch base with you, now here is something NOBODY has a copy of or has ever heard since the moment we switched the station on. In the building, the temporary station was housed top floor Nesca building for 12 months till we opened the 2 million dollar plus Darby Street station, was all the staff plus an invited throng of maybe 100 guests and clients for what became the first of three NEWFM opening partys , the first was that one we called the TONE party. That’s the moment we switched off the test tone and started two weeks of test broadcasting playing just music back to back no commercials or joks. Many I have spoken to say that was the best two weeks of radio they had ever listened to. The next party was the moment we played out first commercial for the Newcastle Permanent and the second was a Coke commercial two later and the third was the quarter million dollar party I called SKYNOVA on the foreshore when we brought the Collaroy up from Sydney to become the floating VIP centre whilst the foreshore packed in 100.000 people. I paid a professional team $10 grand to film that event and I have the master video doco end production.
My apologies somehow I have the incorrect date here, I mean covergirl 93′, my attention to detail must be lacking, tut, tut
Makes a surprising change when you find a reasonable sound quality to a rather old aircheck of your own, mind you having listened to this now, hindsight is a useful thing, the Program Director (AKA moir) thinks this bloke needs to rack up more airtime, and I remember sitting on the floor with Peter Mobbs in Greg Clarks office (67 Darby St) because Mobbs wanted some time off so he unsuccessfully tried to sway Clarkey into putting me on brekky, in the rejig I scored the Late night gig awesome bunch of very talented jocks weaved their magic with the Denon Cd cart decks, Studer Reel to Reel and DAT machines in those studios