1927 - Born June 6.
Eastern suburbs of Sydney, Grew up in
Worked in the family glass factory at Paddington.
Studied speech and radio announcing techniques under Bryson
Worked in advertising copywriting in
under Bruce Courtney and Leo Sholfield.(year what company name ?)
1958 – September 13, son Lawrie born,
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
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.
1969 - January, staged Tamworth’s
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 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
1978 – Wins Golden Guitar for the Country Capital Music Award.
1980 – Radio show went on direct relay to the Queensland Darling
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
1992 - South Australian Country Music Festival Awards- Inducted
into the Hall of Fame.
1994 – Inducted into the Hands of Fame
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