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Bill Keats
28 July 2019 - 7:26pm
For a short time, maybe 40 years back now, Bruce acted as NSW Manager ABC Radio. His office was in the Studio complex in upper Forbes Street Darlinghurst. The area was home to many persons who found themselves at the bottom of society. Prostitution evident almost outside the ABC doors and occasionally, some of the down-and-outs would have “picnics” in the Carpark.
Bruce knew the management at the Mathew Talbot Hostel. Contacts he had made through his career in Politics. Outside his office, he set up a collection station for second hand clothes to be taken to The Talbot. A colleague suggested the idea could be taken a little further. Why not have a simple salary deduction scheme put in place. He thought this was a great idea. I remember his catch phrase “For the price of a packet of cigarettes, you could help someone get a bed for the night.”
Within a month the ABC Care Club was introduced to staff.
To kick the scheme off, Bruce organised an information talk that was held in the canteen of 164 William Street. (A floor or two above the Newsroom) Bruce brought along two of his good mates to help create interest. These being Syd Einfeld and Tedd Noffs. Both larger than life personalities with insightful stories from the area. The CC took a year to get fully operational becoming a registered charity. In fact it was a collection point for charities. The recipients being voted for by the contributors.
Many years later that Care Club morphed into the current Work Place Giving Scheme supporting many charities Australia wide. Thirty years after the Care Clubs inception, ABC staff had raised over $1 Million for charity. All gathered and run by volunteers at no cost to the organisation.
A lot of cigarettes there Bruce old mate…
VALE good friend and colleague
Bruce Webster: Funeral Details and tribute by Alan Marks
Tributes from Facebook
28 July 2019 - 12:47pm
Les Thompson
I remember him from his brief tenure as news director at 2UE. He threw a great party to get to know us at his home on the Northern Beaches. Nice guy!


Robert Kinny
Fond memories of working with Bruce in the late '70s when he was news director at 2UE, in the mid-80s when he was voicing for the ABC in the Reps and Senate booths and at the Barcelona Olympics in '92.


Nick Weare
i was working with Bruce in Canberra for the popes visit. he was describing the pope getting out of the plane and as the pope appeared Bruce said with very trembling and excited vooice...."OOOOHH THE HOLY FATHER"....


Tim Gavel
A great mentor of mine and many others VIP Bruce


Barry Casey
Vale Bruce. Enjoyed very much working with you.


Bruce Webster: Funeral Details and tribute by Alan Marks
SusanneGervay
28 July 2019 - 8:33am
Bruce Webster represents the best in Australian life - thankyou for your service. Vale Bruce Webster: last interview AUDIO
Radio chicky
28 July 2019 - 8:15am
#powercouple
Sound great together on air. Undeniable (breakfast show) chemistry from the start. Obviously their connection translated to on air from the off air connection, but sound amazing individually as well as a team. Great banter. This union is a winning 1. Hope to be invited to the wedding. Love ur show (on radio) and in life! Keep kicking goals u fab duo!!!
Two years onair for Red FM’s Alana and Robbie
dwynter
26 July 2019 - 11:38am
The world has lost a great broadcaster and I have lost a great mate!

When I moved from commercial radio to the ABC in Radio Operations, one of the first people I really “clicked’ with was Bruce Webster. He was so easy to work with – reading National News I would play in the tape (yes tape) inserts. At the end of each bulletin he would always come out to the Control Room and say “Thank You”, which no one else ever did.

He had a great interest in Sport and I often used to panel him on “Sporting Panel” which went for about seven hours on a Saturday. Many times I panelled him on all Networks where he could change his style instinctively to match.

We developed Nicknames for each other (neither of which I am going to repeat here) and started to socialise outside.
We learnt to fly at roughly the same time, another passion we both shared.
We worked together overseas on both Olympic and Commonwealth Games where anything could go wrong and often did. Bruce could just pick up the pieces and run with them, even if he had to ad-lib for ten minutes!
Our outside friendship grew, and we met with great broadcasters such as Alan Marks and Gerry Collins for a long lunch at the Mooney Mooney Club, an event Bruce loved through having been “Broken Bay Coastal Patrol Division Commander”. Any chance for Bruce to be on the water was eagerly snapped up. We emailed each other constantly with jokes and other funnies.

His beloved wife Pat to this day remains probably one of the strongest supporting people I have ever met and she was naturally with Bruce when we lost him.

Vale Bruce Laurence Webster, you made this world a greater place!!!

David Wynter, Chatswood NSW.
Vale Bruce Webster: last interview AUDIO
Al D
26 July 2019 - 12:00am
The plural of forum is fora but maybe Ray, you didn't know that? Hadley faces legal action from former staff member
ruthz
25 July 2019 - 7:56am
a rather partisan view!

In what way and in which direction, Ruth? -Ed.
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Anthony
19 July 2019 - 5:49pm
I agree that there are some methodology issues with the community radio surveys, but you can't argue commercial diaries are un-aided - they list all the stations on the page, assisting recall. Fine Music 102.5 now reaches 638,000 listeners
Somesuch Inanity
19 July 2019 - 5:48pm
1/ This is not industry standard definition of reach. With McN you only have to listen to a station ONCE A MONTH to be counted. With real diary surveys it is once a week, measured in 15 minutes. To reach this stations alleged cume you need to buy roughly 80 spots a day for 30 days.
2/ The other difference is methodology. I got called once from McN and they offered me a list of stations to chose from. It should be unaided and it should be diaries. Otherwise how do you do combination reach for multiple station buys, average freq & TSL etc.
3/ I love Fine Music/MBS. I started in radio there as a volunteer stuffing program guides. I am listening to it now. But if those figures are accurate, buyers would be pumping the station with 30 seconders. A high reach with a low cost = reasonably priced TARPS.
4/ Why does it matter? Because clients are thinking of community radio as an alternative buy to commercial when realistically for station and advertiser it should be more a sponsorship over many months/years priced accordingly. Around $1 a holler.
@radioinfo should clarify

Fine Music 102.5 now reaches 638,000 listeners
Anthony The Koala
18 July 2019 - 6:22am
This is not about Kyle and Jackie O. Rather it is a comment on magazines which report sensational stories about relationships of celebrities, relationships between famous couples and the 'goings on' in any royal family.

The patterns I have observed are the stories have sensational headlines at the front of the magazine, and the stories have no more than two to four columns accompanied by large photos where the large photos may bear no relation to the alleged reported story.

The types of stories are: (i) a celebrity or sporting couple's marriage on the rocks, yet they're happily married, (ii) a story about a tit-for-tat of a member of any Royal Family arguing or making an adverse opinion about another member of any Royal family. Those stories may go on for several months. It may even include the story of a celebrity who changed his/her actual name or altering his/her age making out that the person is bad. So what? Lots of celebrities have a showbiz name, authors have a nom de plume and even well known musicians have changed their names as the authors of particular compositions.

These magazines seem to have lost their moral compass. What ever happened to "thou shalt not bear false witness against God"? Publications purportedly telling stories about famous people and lying about these famous people and readers gossiping about these stories is not healthy.

To put the issue in context, these publications were once reporting the news and goings on of famous people without being sensational or rude. They used to have personal advice columns for readers' own issues. Today it is lying in order to make money.

Furthermore, these magazines are unlike those satirical and sensational publications such as "Weekly World News", formerly hard copy now online and the "Betoota Advocate". With these publications, we know that they are satirical and/or sensational and expect these to be works of fiction.

Thank you,
Anthony of really exciting Belfield
More lies in New Idea. Why do they come up with these lies: Kyle and Jackie

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