1927 - Born June 6th in the Eastern suburbs of
Sydney, and grew up in Waverly.
Worked in the family glass factory at
Studied speech and radio announcing
techniques under Bryson Taylor (year – where?)
Worked in advertising copywriting
under Bruce Courtney and Leo Sholfield.(year what company name ?)
1958 – September 13, son Lawrie
born, named Lawrence
after his grandfather.
Moved to Gunnedah.
1961 - Had his first job in radio at 2MO
1962 – Moved from Gunnedah to
1963 – Transferred to 2TM working
principally in radio copywriting.
1964 – Took over the regular Saturday
morning half hour spots on2 TM of the Country Music
Program “Modern Sounds of Country and Western Music”
1965 – Country music program
changes to “Hoedown” as a half hour show nightly at .Gradually it increases its
airtime to five hours a night due to popularity.
Became associated with the local amateur
club movement (year?)
1969 – January,
staged Tamworth’s first
weekend festival at the Town Hall.
The Country Music Capital title concept
is launched by 2TM and involves the radio stations John Minson,
Max Ellis, Warwick Higginbotham, Eric Scott and Paul Harris.
For three years John had a very
ambitious idea about an annual Country Music Records Award
presentation to the nation.
1970’s – Created the bush ballad
harmonica sound used on records by Slim and many Hadley
1973 – January, The first Golden
Guitar Awards staged in the TamworthTown
all at Johns insistence.He was also an awards judge,
advisor and commercial reader for the sponsors in the radio only
broadcasts of the Golden Guitars.
1975 – Capital news was first published
by 2TM and John was always a part of the editorial staff
contributing factual in depth articles on the country music
industry and people profiles.
1978 – Wins Golden Guitar for the
Country Capital Music Award.
1980 – Radio show went on direct relay
to the Queensland Darling Downs.
1987 – October retires from the Hoedown
broadcasts and was included in the Gallery of Stars at the wax
1988 – Inducted into the Roll of
Renown in Tamworth.
1992 - South Australian Country Music
Festival Awards- Inducted into the Hall of Fame.
1994 – Inducted into the Hands of
Tamworth in which
John was a pioneer.
1998 – January John receives the Order
of Australia in the New Years Honour List for services to C.M
nationally and Tamworth in particular.