Ian Braybrook knew radio was his calling before he’d even begun kindergarten. ‘Since I was little, about four years old, when I first heard the wireless.’ 

Ian Braybrook

At 21 he found himself employed as a ‘nervous reader of the news’, never dreaming he would eventually become a popular host of countless programs, let alone establish several radio stations.

For many years, Ian hosted breakfast programs – recalling only fond memories of the time, and no complaints about early starts. ‘Getting up at 4 o’clock in the morning, staggering off to the radio station and starting work before 5… I did that for many years. I realised the early mornings are the best time of the day, because no one’s had a chance to ruin your day for you at that hour of the morning.’ 

During his career Ian has had the honour of interviewing Bob Hawke and Paul Keating, as well as countless musicians, but recalls engaging with locals in his community as a key highlight.

‘I always tried to imagine that seated opposite me is a friend, and I’m speaking directly to that friend.’ This genuine warmth is a clear contributor to his success and popularity in the community. 

‘Through radio, you become friends with people. One of the greatest things about radio is that I’ve made a heap of friends, most I’ve never met. They know more about me than I know about myself!’

In 2005, Ian and his wife Marilyn established Radio 88FM in Castlemaine, a community station created specifically with seniors in mind. Radio 88FM has news and weather services, as well as local broadcast information, but the focus is on music. 

Rock and roll songs from the 50s and 60s are particularly popular with a wide range of age groups – those feelgood songs that make you want to dance have universal appeal. ‘They’re good to sing along to,’ Ian adds. ‘We know some people might have us on in the background but then hear a song they love and turn the volume up.’
An active member of the station, Ian is in the studio most days. And he still loves early mornings: ‘It’s the quiet… you can take a bit of time to reflect on things before the rush of the day.’

Listen to Ian's Radio 88 productions in the 'Music Features' section. 

Vika and Linda Bull - Sunday (The Gospel According to Iso)

 

Vika and Linda Bull speak with presenter Nat Grant about the creation process of their new isolation-inspired album ‘Sunday (The Gospel According To Iso)’ and discuss why they chose to record particular tracks during Melbourne's lockdown restrictions.

For Radio Reimagined Vika and Linda share a selection of gospel tracks from the album and talk about their music and working in isolation.

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Vika and Linda Bull

 


Golden Days Radio

At Golden Days Radio 95.7fm, you experience a music format with a broad appeal crafted with careful curation of music from the 1930s to 1980s. Golden Days Radio's mission is to promote on community radio good, melodic music and information that has broad appeal for people of any age, but in particular the senior members of our community.

Remembering the Wireless the role that radio has played in our lives since the 1930s with a selection of music and excerpts from drama, quiz and comedy series from across the decades.

Music of the 60s travels through the decade of the 1960s featuring the music, popular culture and history of this pivotal period. Hosted by Carol Farman.

Seniors Dance Hall celebrates old time dance favourites. Sit back and listen to or get up and dance along. Hosted by Larry James.

The Great American Songbook celebrates the song and jazz standards from the 20th century performed by some of the greatest singers. Hosted by Peter Thomas.

 


Ajak Kwai and Amadou Suso

 

Ajak Kwai’s music is inspiring and soulful, infused with funky afro-beats representing the depth and richness of her South Sudanese roots. Her performances are filled with vibrant sounds and her distinctive voice has mesmerised audiences nationally and internationally. Amadou Souso comes from Gambia in West Africa and is a descendent of the first Kora master who lived 760 years ago. Amadou has travelled the world and brings to life the depth of Mandinka history and fuses it with contemporary mastery of the African harp. 

The program includes exclusive live performances and original repertoire from both cross-cultural artists. Interviewed by Jessika Ankomah, Amadou and Ajak shared their inspiring musical stories and connection to their rich cultures. Join us on this double grand finale of the Radio Reimagined programs curated in collaboration with MAV.

 


Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier 

 

Singer Deborah Conway and guitarist Willy Zygier met in 1991 and together have released 10 albums and toured throughout Australia. Together they established the Melbourne Shir Madness Jewish Music Festival. Deborah was Artistic Director of the Queensland Music Festival, has been named a Living Legend and in 2020 received an AM in the Australia Day honours. 

Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier perform in isolation at home a selection of songs from their recent 2019 album The Words of Men. They range from songs about relationships, their break down, and the mysteries and joys of ageing, to the strange circumstances we find ourselves in as the 21st century progresses.

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Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier

 


Nela Trifkovic and Saray Iluminado

 

Nela Trifkovic is a Bosnian-Australian musician and performance maker with 15 years of practice in music and theatre. She arrived to Australia in the mid 90s, as a refugee during the war in ex-Yugoslavia. Nela studied music composition, piano, voice and performance making at WAAPA until 2003, and later at VCA where she completed her doctorate in 2013. Nela is the artistic director of a folk-art band Saray Iluminado that specialises in Bosnian and Sephardic Jewish music. She also freelances as a composer and music director, mainly working in independent theatre.

In this special episode of Radio Reimagined she recorded three beautiful pieces exclusively for our audiences. Interviewed by Oscar Jimenez from MAV, Nela shared with us personal stories about her family’s musical heritage and what inspired her to pursue her music career.

 


Elizabeth Drake and Karen Cummings - In Dark Times

 

Elizabeth Drake is a Melbourne based pianist and composer who has worked across music, theatre and film for more than 30 years. 

Karen Cummings is interested in new works for the voice.She has performed works by many Australian composers and has performed with Australia's leading companies. She works with acting and music students at the University of Wollongong.

A song cycle of six songs produced and recorded in the home studios of Elizabeth Drake, pianist/composer and Karen Cummings, singer.  In Dark Times is a contemporary setting or re-mix of songs from the 30’s and early 40’s, pre World War II. 

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Elizabeth Drake and Karen Cummings - In Dark Times

 


 

 

Monica Jasmine Karo - Poetry and music


 Monica Jasmine Karo, a proud Gunai/Kurnai & Gunditjmara woman is a spoken word poet, actor, singer-songwriter, MC and emerging playwright based in Melbourne.
She studied a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre at VCA and has performed her music and poetry around various venues in Melbourne. Monica is a passionate multi-disciplinary artist who draws upon her personal experiences and political perspectives in her artistry.

Jasmine Karo shares three music infused poems and an original song. "We sing, we create, from our experiences, from our resilience and from our connection to land, family, culture and spirit. We are walking in the footsteps of our Elders and our leaders who have come before us. We reclaim our sovereignty as First Nations peoples by sharing our music and stories with the world." Monica Jasmine Karo.

 


Radio 88 FM - Rock and Roll from the 50s and 60s

Remembering the rock and roll music from the 50s and 60s that shaped our lives.

Radio 88fm’s Ian Braybrook charts the journey of the musical geniuses whose songs and performance styles reshaped rock and roll. Featuring 50s and 60s artists, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Bill Haley, Johnny O'Keefe, Richie Valens, The Big Bopper, Chuck Berry, Chubby Checker, Karl Perkins, Cliff Richard, Bobbie Darren, Bobbie Vee, Frankie Valli and Paul Anka and obscure one hit wonders.

 


Radio 88 FM - The Swings Years

The Swing Years explores the early roots of Swing music. Beginning with the first performance by Benny Goodman and his band of the “Sugar Foot Stomp” at the Paloma Ballroom in Los Angeles in 1935 to legends like Duke Ellington and the Dorsey Brothers.

The second instalment takes you back to the days of the big bands when Swing musicians were our pop stars and celebrities. The show includes music from Glenn Miller, Jimmie Lunceford, Bob Crosby, Artie Shaw and Bunny Berigan.

 


Victory In The Pacific 75th Anniversary

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific on the 15th of August, Ian Braybrook presents a program featuring historic audio, interviews and music from World War II.

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Victory In The Pacific 75th Anniversary

 


Aura of the Whitethorn - Love Songs of the Irish

One of Australia's most adventurous sopranos, Deborah Kayser's music practices span the centuries from Ancient Chant, the Baroque, to Contemporary explorations in written and improvised music. Nick Tsiavos is a bassist and composer whose music operates at the intersections of the Modern and the Ancient, explored through the prism of Improvisation. 

The voice and the contrabass combine to create a rich aesthetic experience while embarking on an exploration of the deep emotions that run through this collection of Irish love songs from the last two hundred years.

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Aura of the Whitethorn - Love Songs of the Irish

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Adam Simmons with Komeda, jazz and pierogi

Adam Simmons is one of Australia’s most highly regarded and eclectic musicians, performing with artists as varied as Nigel Kennedy, The Pearly Shells, Australian Art Orchestra and Spiderbait.

In this presentation, Adam discusses his new CD, “Zatoczka – Tribute to Komeda”, inspired by the music and legacy of legendary film and jazz composer, Krzysztof Komeda, as well as his own personal experiences of Polish culture including pierogi, paczki and maybe a little vodka.

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Adam Simmons with Komeda, jazz and pierogi

 


Multicultural Arts Victoria music - Mindy Meng Wang and Vinod Prasanna

Ancient musical instruments Guzheng and Indian Bansuri Flute come together on this exclusive music collaboration for listeners of Radio Reimagined. With instrumentalists and composers Mindy Meng Wang (Australia/China) and Vinod Prasanna (Australia/India), who also be share their music and cultural connections.

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Multicultural Arts Victoria music - Mindy Meng Wang and Vinod Prasanna

 

 


Jessie Lloyd

Originally from the tropics of North Queensland, Jessie Lloyd is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musician who performs a broad collection of Australian Indigenous songs. A musician, producer and creative entrepreneur, Jessie Lloyd is a cultural practitioner of Indigenous music and is dedicated to the continuation of song traditions. Her mission is to produce, perform and progress Australian Indigenous music through innovative concepts, collaborative projects and cultural practice.

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Jessie Lloyd - Mission Songs

 


Bing Crosby and Friends

Bing Crosby and Friends is a music feature series focused on Bing Crosby and the artists who collaborated with him. The series was hosted by Ray Stewart and features many rare records and radio broadcasts.

Produced by Golden Days Radio Hosted by Ray Stewart.



A Night At The Theatre explores the history of the heritage theatres in Melbourne

A Night At The Theatre explores the history of the heritage theatres in Melbourne and celebrates the diversity of live shows from the 1840s to the current day.It features music from many of the musicals staged in the theatres.

Produced by Golden Days Radio
Hosted by Maurice Lockie
Research by Richard Mulvaney

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A Night At The Theatre - Episode 1
A Night At The Theatre - Episode 2
A Night At The Theatre - Episode 3
A Night At The Theatre - Episode 4
A Night At The Theatre - Episode 5
A Night At The Theatre - Episode 6
A Night At The Theatre - Episode 7
A Night At The Theatre - Episode 8
A Night At The Theatre - Episode 9
A Night At The Theatre - Episode 10
A Night At The Theatre - Episode 11
A Night At The Theatre - Episode 12
A Night At The Theatre - Episode 13

 


At The Picture Palace explores the history of the grand cinemas that emerged throughout Victoria in the 1920s

At The Picture Palace explores the history of the grand cinemas that emerged throughout Victoria in the 1920s, some of which have survived until today. The programs incorporate stories and music from films which were screened in the particular picture palaces.

Produced by Golden Days Radio
Hosted by Maurice Lockie
Research by Richard Mulvaney

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At The Picture Palace - Episode 1
At The Picture Palace - Episode 2
At The Picture Palace - Episode 3
At The Picture Palace - Episode 4
At The Picture Palace - Episode 5
At The Picture Palace - Episode 6
At The Picture Palace - Episode 7
At The Picture Palace - Episode 8
At The Picture Palace - Episode 9
At The Picture Palace - Episode 10
At The Picture Palace - Episode 11
At The Picture Palace - Episode 12
At The Picture Palace - Episode 13
At The Picture Palace - Episode 14
At The Picture Palace - Episode 15
At The Picture Palace - Episode 16

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