Listeners let Macca know they love him
BILL Loughnan listens to Australia All Over on ABC Radio every Sunday morning from 5.30am to 10am ? he even postpones going fishing to enjoy the program.
And yesterday Mr Loughnan and his wife Sue were in line at Dymocks Bookshop to meet the program's host, Ian 'Macca' McNamara and get him to sign a copy of the fifth book spawned by the program, Why I Live Where I Live, which includes letters from listeners at Coffs Harbour, Sapphire and Red Rock.
Mr Loughnan, who moved to Toormina from Queanbeyan four months ago, says he lives where he lives because he got sick of Canberra's cold weather and up here he can wear sandals all year round. As one of those involved in Queanbeyan's first greenwaste project, he has also been one of the show's callers as well as a listener.
Also in the queue were Bill and Thea Preston, on holidays at Moonee from their home between Krambach and Gloucester. Mrs Preston, a former Sydneysider, is still trying to get used to the quiet country life, but they both love the radio program, a mix of anecdotes, talkback, songs and book readings.
"You get a lot of people from different backgrounds, it gives you an outlook right around Australia," Mr Preston said.
And that, Ian McNamara said yesterday, was what the program was all about ? Australia talking to itself across the country and across the world, giving and receiving news and making connections between far-flung parts of the national 'family'.
Mr McNamara, who has been presenting the weekly program live for 20 years, said he still enjoyed the show and was concerned that Australians, even within Australia, often did not get a lot of Australian news.
Ian McNamara will be signing books in Angus & Robertson in Grafton at 2pm today and in Ballina and Lismore tomorrow.