Ward, Thanks for the Memories

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As requested: Ward and Gary's farewell on-air chat

Ward like you've never seen him before!

Video Written/Directed/Produced by Bronja Everaardt. Bronjaeveraardt@hotmail.com

Please send Ward your warm wishes for his retirement below.

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MORE ON WARD:

Ward first became excited about radio while working in the same building as 3AW whilst working for Muzak - background music systems (what you hear in lifts and foyers etc).  Eager to break into the industry, Ward took the advice of an announcer and joined Clark Sinclair's Radio School.

After getting his foot in the door, Ward began making his mark on radio. His "cultured" voice was just right for 3AK's 'Beautiful Music' format. The format and Ward were made for each other and the 3AK association lasted 10 years with Ward in either the Afternoon or Drive time slot (and usually rating number one).

Ward was soon snapped up by Magic 1278 and has enjoyed the morning shift for a number of years now and it is here that he feels really right at home!

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What was your first job?

My first job was reading late night news at BCV 8 Television in Bendigo but I wasn't quite up to scratch and I got my marching orders after three months.  However, my demo tape sounded good to 3BO Radio and they put me on air and again I was on my way.

What is your favourite on air moment thus far?

All of them! I've had a wonderful run and at three major radio stations in Melbourne and 1278 The new Magic comes out tops. I appreciate the music I play now more than ever.

What is your most embarrassing on air moment?

At my first job in Melbourne radio at mid-dawn on 3XY, I fell asleep only to be awakened by police banging on the front door and asking "is everything OK?" (I never did it again).

If you could interview anyone (living or dead) who would it be?

Carl Sagan (Astrophysicist) who explained the Universe, and painted vast "mind pictures" in such an understandable and mind-boggling manner. I treasure his Cosmos Series TV Shows.

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55 comments so far

  • Ward we are going to miss you its like say farwell to a family memeber, you will ease in slowly with retirement.
    By the way we are getting digital radio in Garfeild{ which are not suppose to} need a aerial and the trusty old wire coat hanger does the job latest tech still needs the know how of the old ways.
    greetings from the folks and they wish you all the best for the future ,they hear you on the radio when they come into our shop in garfield vic.
    Take care Margie & Colin .

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    margie
    Date and time
    July 27, 2011, 6:37PM
    • TO WARD WE HAVE KNOIWN YOU
      AND LYN FOR QUITE A FEW YEARS
      NOW THANKS FOR GREAT RADIO
      AND MEMORIES KEEP IN TOUCH
      BEST WISHES FROM
      JOHN AND CHRISTINE EISMONTAS

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      JOHN EISMONTAS
      Date and time
      July 27, 2011, 7:19PM
      • Ward,
        Growing up on the classic music of the 60's and in turn becoming a huge loyal Elvis fan I found it difficult to find a radio station to listen to. Until I cam across Magic. I have been listening to your program every day at work and whilst at 28 most people in the office look at me strange when I hear your voice come on I know i'm in for a treat. All the best for the future and again Thank you for the tunes and the laughs.
        Sarah.

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        Sarah McFadyen
        Date and time
        July 28, 2011, 8:10AM
        • From 3AK to 3MP to Magic 693/1278 - you have spent years giving us hours of great conversation and brilliant music. We will miss you but hope that you and Lynn enjoy your retirement. Thank you

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          Terri C
          Date and time
          July 28, 2011, 9:27AM
          • Good Luck Ward in your retirement, My husband will be joining you at the end of the year and we are looking forward to that very much, as you and Lyn are no doubt looking forward to tomorrow and the rest of your life together.
            Best Wishes and thanks for the memories,
            Valerie Gillard

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            Valerie Gillard
            Date and time
            July 28, 2011, 9:28AM
            • Dear Ward,
              Have loved having you in my kitchen chatting away to me.
              I wish you all the best and I know you'll enjoy every minute.
              Regards from Pauline
              Geelong

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              pauline
              Date and time
              July 28, 2011, 9:48AM
              • Ward. We have listened to you for many, many years. You will sadly missed by us and all your regular listeners.

                Enjoy all those coffee's and movies

                BEST WISHES AND GOOD LUCK.

                Margaret and David Wright of Viewbank

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                David Wright
                Date and time
                July 28, 2011, 9:58AM
                • Happy retirement Ward. You are doing the right thing even though we will all miss you.Ward and Lyn on the magic highway to who knows where,but it will be a wonderful journey togetherl.
                  Keep safe and enjoy.

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                  IIrene Short
                  Date and time
                  July 28, 2011, 10:27AM
                  • Hi Ward
                    will miss listening to you on magic I have listened to you for over 20 years i remember hearing you on 3mp when i was younger and have grown up listening to you and will miss hearing your voice i am now 32 and been a loyal magic listener since magic started and loved hearing about your life and family and what you do outside work you make us feel we're part of your life too and you'l be missed, all the very best wishes for the future ward and thanks for the memories and the wonderful music you've played for us

                    Commenter
                    Damian
                    Date and time
                    July 28, 2011, 10:50AM
                    • Hi Ward, I would like to join the many other listeners in wishing you lots of happy moments in your life after radio. I really enjoyed your varied comments, especially the ones about the Cosmos etc.
                      Happy riding and best wishes,
                      Jo

                      Commenter
                      Jo
                      Date and time
                      July 28, 2011, 11:50AM

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