I once suggested to Neil Diamond during an interview to write "A romantic Aussie song! ...
Peter has been a popular Melbourne radio presenter since he worked at 3XY in the 1980’s. He has an easy-to-listen-to style, matched to a superb knowledge of popular music. He also has quite a quirky sense of humour.
As a young boy growing up in Essendon, I never thought I would be in my early 60's and have spent two thirds of my life doing what I love - Radio.
Plus I am working with some of my best friends with whom I have worked before - Peter Van 1972, Kevin John 1980 & 1983 and Jane Holmes mid 80's and 2000.
What was your first job?
In the late 60's I worked as a trainee at a Port Melbourne Dairy making Yoghurt - and I still love it.
What is your favourite on air moment thus far?
One of my favourite moments was interviewing Neil Diamond about twenty years ago.
I said "You love Australia, why don't you write a song about us?"
Neil said "What did you have in mind?'
I suggested "A romantic Aussie song! How about 'I love a Kangaroo"
Mr D said "I'll think about it!". He still hasn't written it!!
What is your most embarrassing on air moment?
My first station was 4WK in Warwick, Qld. I chased a dog away from the front door which then closed behind me.
I had to run outside, climb up a light pole and crawl in through the open studio window.
Almost out of breath, I turned on the microphone and tried to talk. Not a good idea!
If you could interview anyone (living or dead) who would it be?
I would have loved to have interviewed John Lennon. I believe he was the genius behind The Beatles, and a man who cared about others but had a great sense of humour.
I recently saw a photo of John and Yoko in New York around 1980. He was wearing a badge that said - "Not Insane".