Tune into There Goes that Song Again throughout February to hear presenter Brian Crabbe continue his series on “Music presenters in Sydney Radio in the 1940s, 50s and 60s”. Brian talks to local resident Phil Haldeman. Phil reminisces about his long career in radio, which began in 1954 and extended for over 60 years. Many listeners will remember “funny Phil’s” high rating breakfast programs in the 1960s as one of the 2SM “Good Guys”, as one of the “Snob Mob” on 2CH in the early 1970s, and on “Weekend World” on 2KY in the early 1980s. In more recent years, he was a presenter here on 2RRR and on the Chatswood community station, of the music that was really his first love: jazz.
Along the way he had a television program on Channel 7 called “Showbiz” with interviews with many famous people, including James Bond’s Sean Connery. He was the familiar voice of Cinesound newsreels, Channel 9 voice-overs, and countless commercials. And on 2UE in the 1980s and 1990s, he shared the highest rating weekend radio program with gardening gurus Don Burke and then Shirley Stackhouse.
Phil is still as funny as ever. You’ll hear lots of excerpts from his broadcasts over the years as well as music from the various eras. That’s coming up as Brian’s “Special” over three weeks on Tuesday, 6th, 13th and 20th February at 3pm and repeated on Fridays 9th, 16th and 23rd February at 11am. And it coincides with Phil’s 80th birthday in mid-February.