Macca a big hit
Monday, 3rd March, 2008
More than 200 people descended on the local ABC Station yesterday to catch Macca in action.
Ian McNamara hosts the Australia All Over program and as part of his Say G'day tour around regional Queensland, NSW, South Australia and Victoria he spent the past three days in the Silver City. The doors at the ABC were thrown open yesterday and the public invited to join Macca on air. He spent a fair portion of his program talking to local people about themselves, their interests and living in the bush.
In order to accommodate the huge number of people, the main studio doors were thrown open so avid Macca listeners could have the opportunity to see him up close.
Regional Program Manager of ABC Radio Andrew Schmidt said it was all done to enable people to meet the man. "We thought instead of having people standing outside let's open the place up so our listeners could not only meet Macca but see him up close." And Macca enjoyed his time in Broken Hill.
"It has been some years since I was last here and it is great to come back and hear that the city has turned the corner and it seems a very vibrant place."
It was not just locals that had the chance to chat with Macca, many interstate visitors and truck drivers called in as word spread that the icon of Sunday morning radio was in town. For many years Shayne Olsen has been travelling from Maroochydore in Queensland to work as a volunteer in the St Pats Race Club office. When she heard Macca was in town she did not hesitate. "I have listen to him every Sunday morning and when I turned on the radio and heard he was in Broken Hill I was in the car like a flash."
As the show went to air members of the Lions Club had the sausages sizzling. "It was great to be part of Macca's program," said Club President Barry Hancock. "We stoked up the barbie and provided tea, coffee and orange juice. We raised a few dollars and had a good time doing it."