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 RadioSchool
his first on-air job was
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
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
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
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
where he was involved in developing that city’s major country
music festival at the time.