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Radio journo loves BH

Monday, 20th January, 2014

Julie Clift has scored an opportunity to return to the city she fell in love with; as ABC Radio’s Outback Outlook host. Julie Clift has scored an opportunity to return to the city she fell in love with; as ABC Radio’s Outback Outlook host.

By Erica Visser

Once Sydneysider Julie Clift was a late starter into radio, but she’s definitely made up for that now.

The 41-year-old spent years working as a primary school teacher, yet she always had an inkling that she belonged in the media industry.

A visit to Sydney Radio School confirmed she was right.

“Basically, I’ve always wanted to study communications and be a journalist, and many years later I’ve finally got there,” Ms Clift said.

A producer at the Radio School told her she was natural, and would “go far”, despite having had no training.

Ms Clift quickly got to work and started part-time with AIR News, where she recorded pieces for national radio from home, while continuing her day job in teaching.

“I was doing the travel segment which goes out around Australia; I wrote the script and presented it,” she said.

“I’d record it from home and then upload it.

“Six months later, I got my first full-time gig.”

That gig was at 2BH in Broken Hill, where she accepted a job after flying to the city to meet with staff.

“I had never been to Broken Hill before so I wasn’t sure what to expect,” she told the BDT.

“So I came out here for a three day visit to look around and I fell in love with the place. 

“The people here are just so friendly and warm.”

She worked as an on-air presenter for 2BH from September 2012, to July 2013; when locals might recall listening to “Jules” over breakfast.

Ms Clift was then awarded a promotion within a branch of the company, at 2NZ in Inverell.

She moved on but secretly wished for an avenue to return to the city she had become so attached to.

“When the position as ABC’s Outback Outlook presenter came up I thought it would be the perfect opportunity,” Ms Clift said.

“I loved being here so it was a combination of wanting to work here and a great job coming up.”

The news she was the successful applicant to take over from former host Chris Jeremy was a welcomed early Christmas present. 

Now, Ms Clift is ready to begin her segment with the local ABC Radio, 999 ABC Broken Hill, from 8.30am on Monday.

“Of course I’m nervous but that’s normal ... it’s a steep learning curve and I’m excited, basically, to work with such an experienced team where I can receive lots of support and training,” she said.

Ms Clift is also looking forward to trips from her friends and family who didn’t have a chance to make the trip during her first stint in Broken Hill.

“They were so excited because they know I love it out here ... things have just kind of taken off.

“I plan to stay here for a while, there’s so many stories here.”

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