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John MINSON AM (1994)

John Minson

1927 - Born June 6th in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney, and grew up in Waverly.

Worked in the family glass factory at Paddington.

Studied speech and radio announcing techniques under Bryson Taylor (year – where?)

Worked in advertising copywriting in Sydney 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 Gunnedah.

1962 – Moved from Gunnedah to Tamworth.

1963 – Transferred to 2TM working principally in radio copywriting.

1964 – Took over the regular Saturday morning half hour spots on  2 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 7.30pm.  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 Australia 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 recording sessions.

1973 – January, The first Golden Guitar Awards staged in the Tamworth Town 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 museum.

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 Fame in 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.