3pm – 6pm Weekdays
Host: 60’s @ 6
6pm – 7pm Weekdays
Join John Bond ‘Bondi’ from 3pm for all the information you need for the afternoon, including the weather forecast, news headlines and more. Plus more of the great music from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.
60’s @ 6
An hour of all of the 60’s hits you know and love. John loves to add that extra bit of nostalgia by sandwiching the 60’s hits between memorable TV show opening credits and product commercials plus tidbits of historical information. If you lived through the 60’s – or even if you didn’t – It’s a great dose of the decade over one hour, weeknights from 6pm.
I grew up in the Shire and between the Beaches, the Surf, the Bays and the River spent most of my time on, by or under the water. Paddling about in my canoe, scuba diving or water skiing.
I tried a normal job, as a Public Servant with the Department of Education, but quickly found that it was not for me and became a Pro Fisherman diving for Abalone.
And I loved it, flying through such an alien world with so many fascinating, beautiful, amazing creatures. Others grotesque to our eyes and others deadly. The lifestyle was great and the money good, but I always wanted to work on the Radio…. So a lifetime ago (45 years – near enough) I scored my first On Air gig on 2LF in Young.
Since then I have spent most of my life living and working in Western Sydney and the Mountains.
At 2LF I leant the basics of my trade, enough to became part of the crew that established 2KA as the local Radio station for Penrith in 1978. Then to Wollongong to open 2Double O until I joined 2WS in 1981, for most of my time there doing Weekend Breakfast. I took on the job of Promotions and Marketing Manager, but even with its creative challenges I found myself missing the stimulation of being On Air and went back to be a Jock.
Image Left: John Bond for 2WS
Image Right: Attempting the world record for champagne glasses stacked and filled on Bastille Day in the early 80’s for 2WS.
Pictured: (Left to Right) Max Markson, Dave D. Whitcomb, Hans Torv and John Bond
Apart from stints at 2DAY FM and 2KY, I stayed with WS till 2000 when I’d had enough of the extraordinary pressure of Commercial Radio and chucked it in to live by the beach at Umina on the Central Coast.
Thing about Radio is, you miss it when you aren’t doing it, so to keep my hand in, I happily took on Sunday afternoons on Wave FM in Wollongong. I spent a few years living on a property in the Megalong Valley but the commute to anywhere was horrendous, so I moved to the Lower Mountains, along the way winning the American Country Music Associations 2008 International Country Broadcaster Award (presented to me by Taylor Swift) and eventually found myself at Vintage FM. It’s like finding home.
I like having pets. Dogs, the occasional, accidental cat. A Sulphur Crested White Cockatoo that would climb up and perch on my shoulder, watching the world and crapping on my back as it imitated my Grandmothers cough. For entertainment it’d call the local dogs to its cage then bounce up and down on its perch as they fought. There’s been a few horses, a Razor Back Boar called Boris, A Brahman Bull calf that wouldn’t stop getting bigger. China was so gentle, till he discovered Cows… I used to breed Tropical Fish (Cichlids and Catfish), and design and decorate Fish Tanks. Inspired by the time I spent diving. Boris used to help me hunt worms to feed the fish!
Now I’m more into creating illusions with Pot Plants…
I’ve been lucky enough to spend my life doing something I love to do, in effect I’ve never had to go to work, I just got paid to have fun working with extraordinarily creative and talented people.
I still am.