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Radio DJs give their 1967 hit predictions

19 September 2020

Australian radio stations of the ’50s and ’60s often assembled their brightest music minds, or whichever announcers were available at the time, to review the latest singles. Back in the late ’60s, Gippsland station 3TR was one of them.

Four of the 1240 Music Men at 3TR in 1967 were George “Groover” Wayne, Sam Galea, Keith Wells and Laurie Miller (aka 3XY’s Joe Miller), all of whom went on to successful careers at capital city stations. They are joined in the audio clip below by 3TR sports announcer Kevin Dagg for Jukebox Jury in which they played and discussed some new record releases.

With the benefit of hindsight we know that the 1240 Music Men nailed it by saying ‘yes’ to Green Tambourine by The Lemon Pipers. However sports guy Kevin said ‘no’. He then went on to say ‘yes’ to PP Arnold’s (If You Think You’re) Groovy, again off the mark. Apparently Kevin was better at picking winners on the track, than on the turntable.

Enjoy this edited recording by Joe Miller for a taste of 1967 radio in Gippsland, from 3TR’s studios in Stawell Street, Sale.

Photo of 50s/60s 3TR building by Ken Guy

The song in full: GREEN TAMBOURINE – The Lemon Pipers

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What once was 3TR is now two separate stations on FM and AM: TRFM and Gippsland’s Gold 1242. There is more about 3TR and Gippsland’s radio history here: Gippsland’s 90 years of radio.

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