Alan CLEMENT (2013)

Alan Clement

Born in Maffra (country Victoria. Worked on Country Radio stations all over Australia and the music he is most associated with is Country.

As Regional TV didn’t start until Alan was 10, his early and only media entertainment was the local Radio Station, his beloved 3TR (Sale). He followed the station, programs and announcers closely and be early teens had set his heart on becoming a Radio Announcer.

 After obtaining jobs that would help pay his way through 3SA Radio School in Melbourne, his first on-air job was midnight to dawn announcer at 3BA, Ballarat.

 After 6 months, he successfully applied to 3TR, his Radio dream come true. Involving himself on more than just on-air announcing, Alan was soon interviewing, hosting sport, live in-store promotions and even a bit of advertising sales.

 As 2TM (Tamworth) was gaining a reputation for playing Country Music, local radio veteran Neville Pellitt suggested Alan consider broadening his Radio experience and he made a visit to Tamworth in 1970. Hoedown was big, Hadley Records were establishing and he met John Minson, Eric Scott and Geoff Brown. A year later, Alan applied for and gained an announcers job at 2TM. He says this cemented his connection to Country Music. The biggest highlight was to meet, and work alongside John Minson, who Alan still regards as his great mentor. He also hosted the weekly Big T Jubilee program which was distributed to other stations around Australia.

 A long standing involvement with the Capital Country Music Association also started at this time. This included talking tape recorders to a local church hall each week to record members for the Association’s segment on the Hoedown radio show and compering the Jamboree Talent Quest, held on the Australia Day long weekend. Alan retired from this role in January 2012 having compered 42 Jamboree Concerts.

 He was also part of the announcing team at the station when the first Australasian Country Music Awards were staged (even produced a live Teenage singing segment of the first Awards).

A young feature vocalist of that segment was local teenager Deniese Morrison.

 After Tamworth, Alan was appointed to 4GY (Gympie) to establish Country Music programming and develop the station’s local sports coverage. During this time, he hosted a 4GY promotion with The Webb Brothers on their “Thornside” property, from which the idea for the Gympie Muster was born.

Worked at Radio 2TM in the station’s famous country music hey day, including a strong involvement in staging and production of the very first Australasian Country Music Awards (or Golden Guitar Awards) in 1973.

 In 1977 Alan was appointed to build Radio Stations 6NW (Port Headland) and 6KA (Karratha) in W.A. This experience in building and opening stations was then used to establish 5CC (Port Lincoln) and 5CS (Port Pirie). At 5CS, Alan established a nightly Country Music program “This Great Country” which gained a strong following and lead to the establishment of the Northern Country Music Association of South Australia and the annual Port Pirie Festival of Country Music.

 The artists engaged to establish these events were Deniese Morrison and Wayne Horsburgh. In opening 6NW, the first song played was Deniese’s “Hello Out There” from her Fable L.P. and to open 5CC it was Deniese singing “My Hearts On The Radio”

 Since 2003, Alan has been back in his beloved Gippsland area of Victoria as Manager of 3MFM (Inverloch) and now as Station Manager of REG-FM (Bairnsdale, East Gippsland).

 Awarded Country Music Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2009. Other awards for Radio coverage of Country Football and several local Community accolades.

Most recently, and for many years, Alan Clement worked as Manager of 3MFM at Inverloch in Victoria’s Gippsland. He has had a long and illustrious career in broadcasting, and especially country music broadcasting After Tamworth, Alan worked for many years in Port Pirie, South Australia, where he was involved in developing that city’s major country music festival at the time.