The ABC Radio Launch On Air
Giles Street. One Street…Many Stories.
Like the street, the project bent and curved and changed over time. (I don’t think Giles always knew where he was going either!) At our initial meeting we’d talked about the idea of a print publication, the possibility of publishing on line or the potential of the stories for radio.Over time it became clear that the best option was a website that would feature Giles Street stories but also open up the opportunity for many more contributors from present or past residents from this and any other of the many streets in Alice Springs.; an open rather than closed book. What this makes possible is a site that keeps growing with photos, stories, poems, drawings anything that builds a record and history of the town.
Radio then became an ideal media for showcasing the stories from the Giles Street residents and inviting other contributors from the town.
783AM. ABC Alice Springs’ Our Backyard theme in May 2015 took the broadcasting team to Tennant Creek and then to the backyard of the Davis family at 49 Giles Street on Saturday May 30th for the launch of Giles Street, One Street Many stories.
Stewart Brash arrived at the front door of 49 Giles before dawn, lighting his way with a head torch. In the spirit of working in a rural / remote location he manages ABC local, supports staff, develops concepts, is presenter of the Breakfast show 5.30 – 8.30, initiates outdoor broadcasts, drops off the barbie and esky, white bread and tomato sauce, sets up the desk and returns to twirl the knobs and dials of the technology back at ABC headquarters.
Paul Serratore arrived at 49 in time to feed bacon and eggs to the family and to send seductive, inviting aromas into the neighbourhood. By 8.30, presenter Emma Haskins was exploring the backyard garden of Peter Yates and Pamela Bladon at 58 Giles with gardening expert Geoff Miers, discovering giant zucchinis, hanging strawberries, trees bursting with citrus and bees feasting on the abundance.
The launch was underway.