Peerless

What’s the deal with old buffers of dubious humourosity peering over shit? If a bloke with a bonce like Garry Shannon doesn’t need to hide behind a piece of paper, then why are Botica and Broadfield so shy? You have to wonder about Botica. This is the half of his face that he shows? The rest must be real horrorshow if it’s worse than the spock ears and the nose that seems to go at 90 degrees. Or is it because he seems to resemble the late George Grljusich?  The bunch are no oil paintings either. You’re on radio and not television for a reason, why rub our faces in it with these posters?

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84 Responses to Peerless

  1. Bento says:

    And check out the website: http://www.mix.com.au/

    He’s hiding the bottom of his face again! I suspect he’s waiting on a new set of falsies from Peter Waltham’s Emergency Denture Repairs, and is simply trying to meet his media commitments in the meantime.

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  2. A media spy just contacted me, and said the bottom half of Botica’s face is like Cthulhu, Tentacles and a mass of entrails. This person is ultra reliable.

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  3. David Cohen says:

    “Both were on the phone to each other”??

    Are you certain only one wasn’t on the phone to each other?

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  4. Shane says:

    Botica has made a habit of not showing his face at all in media shots. From memory he is usually facing away from the camera. I wonder what has changed?

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  5. Snuff says:

    Their ubiquity is worse than Chong’s. You can’t even visit Kyoto these days.

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    • Richarbl says:

      Although I have seen Patti Chong’s name mentioned in this hallowed forum may times I never really understood why she deserved such acrimony, despite her stupid hair.
      Then I saw an ad on TV for Merry’s furniture…..
      Now I understand people, now I understand.

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  6. The General says:

    Wait a minute guys … at least give Botica some credit, he’s hiding his face behind a sign, Broadfield is hiding his face behind a 5pt line … or is it 7pt? I could never tell.

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  7. Richarbl says:

    Is Danielle Blain referring to TWOP?

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  8. Richarbl says:

    What is it about MIX 94.5 and their obsession with music from the eighties? I was forced to listen to it the other day, they played four songs in a row from this mostly dismal decade then the “DJ” announced that they were going to play an “Eighties Double Shot”. This was followed by a five minute ad break and some more shit from INXS and Co. I would nominate this pox ridden radio station for a worst but somehow I don’t I would get much support, more probably a reply outlining how fantastic this music is… blah blah. Nostalgia is to be savoured like an expensive whisky not guzzled like cheap goon for breakfast.

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    • Bento says:

      I was born a cheap goon man, and I’ll die etc.

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    • Frank Calabrese says:

      They’re making up for all the 80’s music they cvouldn’t play on the AM Band when they were an Easy Listening Station – they even did an inhouse edit of Lionel ritchie’s Say You Say Me where they edited out the entire middle “Heavy Guitar” bit, and played an MOR version of Two Strong Hearts by Johnny Mathis and Denice Williams, instead of the farnham original.

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      • Richarbl says:

        My point exactly

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        • ratbag23 says:

          Back circa 1988 when 6KY still had that “Nice ‘n’ Easy” nonsense going on, we used to have to record two alternate versions of a jingle – the normal one for everyone else, and a watered-down, gentler version for KY. Twice the work for half the pay.

          Oh no, now I remember the series of station promo songs we had to record for them..

          “6KY, 6KY,
          Take it nice’n’easy as time goes by,
          6KY, 6KY,
          Stereo 1206”

          …aagh it’s all coming back to me! Make it stop!!!

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          • Frank Calabrese says:

            And do you know what was REALLY a crime, if it wasn’t bad enough for 6PR Giving their vinyl to a primary school fete – 6KY disposed of their vinyl library, which included many rare and delerted recordings, as landfill where the Burswood Casino now stands, while 92.9’s vinyl was given away as competition prize to the most imaginative black entry, which was won by a Dancing School.

            It’s a Fucking Outrage.

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            • ratbag23 says:

              I wonder what became of 6WF’s vinyl library? I remember being shown around it by someone who worked there, and I marvelled at some of the white label Parlophone Beatles promo 45s they had. I was lucky enough that day to stroll away with their (battered & sellotaped) Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane picture sleeve, for which I am eternally grateful.

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              • Frank Calabrese says:

                Everything bar the Classical and Australian recordings were Auctioned off a few years ago. This was at the time when the ABC moved from Adedlaide Terrace to their new studios in fielding St and they didn’t want to move it all over.

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                • Frank Calabrese says:

                  Oh and I forgot to add that the singles have also survived – though in fairness a lot of the vinyl wasn’t well cared for as they were sent around the state for the various programs and seemingly new pressings had scratches and were skipping and backtracking quite early on.

                  In fact in the early 80’s Peter Newman was actually given funds to buy from White Rider records new pressings of 50’s and 60’s RocknRoll and Pop Records and Albums to supplement and replaced worn copies.

                  I also recall David Hawkes complain loudly on air that the recently released Kate Bush “The Whole Story” Best of was already scratched and that there was a click on The Man With The Child In His Eyes.

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        • Frank Calabrese says:

          Actually a couple of odd choices for playlisted tracks on Easy Music 6KY were Sweet 16 by Billy Idol, and MC Hammer”s Have You Seen Her.

          Mind you in 1969 6IX when it was a Horse Racing stations would fade out the Fifth Dimension’s Aquarius when it mergeed into “Let The Sunshine In, because it was “Too raucous”.

          And the aforementioned 3KZ in 1981 did an edit of Cliff Richard’s Wired For Sound in which the line “AM-FM, I Feel So Esctatic Now” – became “Am-Am”, because they were spooked by the introduction of Commercial FM Radio.

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          • Grrr says:

            I’m starting to think you’re old.
            Old, as in, just might recall WW2 not the Boer War.

            Not that I mind.

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            • Frank Calabrese says:

              Well the 6IX Story I heasrd from Radio Historian John Cranfield in the 80’s when he used to present the year in review on the ABC with I think Dave Ellery, or was it during the Greg Marston era.

              And the Biklly Idol and MC Hammer songs I actually heard them being played.

              And more trivia, one of the announcers during the original Beautiful Miusic era besides Jim Beam, was one Adam Joesphs, who in later years became imfamous during his appearance at the CCC with La Chong coining the phrase “The Godfather” at John D’Orazio, under his real name of Adam Spagnolo.

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          • Bento says:

            AM-AM is how I intend to sing that song from now on. It happens surprisingly often, sadly.

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    • ronggly says:

      “What is it about MIX 94.5 and their obsession with music from the eighties?”
      The punters who listen to this station (slowly-ageing bogans), and make up their target audience, love all that ozrock from the 80s: inxs, oils, crawl, barnesie. What I can’t stand about 80s hits are the cheesy keyboards and dodgy effects done to the drum kits. Like those bloody drums in “You’re the Voice”.

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  9. Manofason says:

    Botica has always hidden his face, I thought it was to maintain his appeal to a(ny) younger audience. As his rusted on audience has gentrified perhaps he’s felt more comfortable letting the veil slip.
    Whatever his reasons, the most intriguing aspect to me has always been the unwavering compliance from the rest of Perth’s media in this pathetic affectation. Who else gets that much respect of either their personal or professional reasons for privacy?

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    • David Cohen says:

      I seem to recall The Sunday Times once taking his photo and publishing it. If memory serves he was giving the pap the bird.

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    • Frank Calabrese says:

      Apparently the reason why Fred hides his face in any publicity is because he wants listeners to just judge him on his voice etc and and not shattert any illusions.

      I’ve got a pic of Botica circa 1977 when he was on 3KZ in Melbourne that was published in Wayne ac’s now out of print Don’t Touch That Dial, which I’ll scan in once I move all the crap off my flat bed scanner.

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      • “Apparently the reason why Fred hides his face in any publicity is because he wants listeners to just judge him on his voice”

        That strategy appears not to be working.

        And is it just me, or does everyone immediately mentally add “…of cunts” when they hear the word “bunch”?

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        • Grrr says:

          It’s just you. If I recall before 94.5 was “No Rap, No Hard Rock, No Ridicule” they were “best of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s” and there were no Bunches, Crews Or Zoos.

          Salad says.

          I was once stuck at the Perth Train Station from 5am when Gary Shannon was doing his PMFM breakfast broadcast.
          I had been out, all night, and I wanted a train home.
          But no, some dude decided to hook Gazza’s mic to the PA system.

          It was among the worst hangovers ever.

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          • Frank Calabrese says:

            Ahh, back when they were KYFM (They’d just converted to FM, and I think Eoiun Cameron was doing Breakfast before he ran for Parliament and had recruited Jeff Warden from The Eagle/6IX who were hoping to get the FM licewnce, but got outbid by Bondy and PMFM – Austereo immediately went to an oldies format and sold the station to Radio west,m which was owned by Fank Romano of Chicken Treat Treat dfame and Barry Martin, and underwent many name/format changes until they relaunched as 6IX under an easy listening format, before being bought out by Southern Cross who turned it back to oldies, before selling it to the Captial Radio/Grant Broadcasters consortium – but for all intents and purposes still use Fairfax facilites, technical staff etc – I call it their half sister station.

            Re Shannon at Perth Station – I remember listening to it, and of course Shannon had to mention the Customer Services Assistants, who happened to be Indian.

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            • Grrr says:

              Ahh, back when they were KYFM

              I to recall those days.
              I recall the switch.
              I can recall the stickers…. but I can’t recall them being KYFM.

              That would be hilarious.

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              • Frank Calabrese says:

                From the 94.5fm Wiki page.

                MIX 94.5 (official callsign 6MIX) is a commercial music radio station owned by Austereo in Perth, Western Australia.

                The station originally began as 6KY, beginning broadcasting on October 23, 1941 and would eventually end up at the frequency 1206 kHz. On June 1, 1991, 6KY became one of two Perth radio stations to convert from the AM to FM bands. The station became known upon conversion to FM as 6KYFM, and later as 94.5 KYFM, with the official call sign 6JKY. The on-air identity was later shortened to 94.5FM and then around 1997-1998 adopted the name Mix 94.5. The official call sign is now 6MIX.

                Despite sharing the ‘Mix’ callsign, it has no relation to the Mix stations in other Australian cities. It is targeted to 25-54 year olds, and is Perth’s highest rating radio station. It’s been Perth’s number one station since December 1999[citation needed]. In September 2005, Mix 94.5 changed its logo from the red mix in the blue ball to the one seen on the right on this page.

                The new AUSTEREO building on the corner of Monteath & Roberts Roads, Subiaco.In March 2007 Mix 94.5 and sister station 92.9 moved from premises at 283 Rokeby Road, Subiaco, Western Australia to a new purpose built broadcast centre at 450 Roberts Road, Subiaco.

                The switch between Mix 94.5’s Rokeby Road studios and the new purpose built broadcast centre in Roberts Road took place at 2pm on Monday March 5. Ian Blackley was the first person to broadcast from the new $8 million digital fitout. The first song he played was “Friday on My Mind” by The Easybeats which was #43 in the “Top 294 Songs For Grown Ups” that Mix 94.5 was playing across the long weekend

                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/6MIX

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        • rebalehan says:

          No, it’s not just you, there’s at least two of us…

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  10. shazza says:

    No. 1 daughter tells me the spiky, blonde haired guy looks like the rat in the Harry Potter series.

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  11. Dukes says:

    Reminiscent of Wilson from “Home Improvement”

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    • Paracleet says:

      That reminds me of a tv worst. Some AFL grand final in the 90’s: Sandy Roberts reanimated corpse is busy yapping away during half time in the AFL GF and the seven logo on the set behind him is a skewif: Al from home improvement comes out and mends it with a hammer. Cringeworthy cross promotion. Am I imagining this or does anyone else remember?

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  12. ratbag23 says:

    Having worked with both Broadfield and Bodicka for many years, it amuses me how they are both so coy about their identity. At least *I* know what they look like!

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  13. Bill O'Slatter says:

    The ancien chrome domed an faceless regime still rools Perth comedy. Yooves need step up to the plate an wrestle the crown from these geriatric loosers.

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  14. Frank Calabrese says:

    At last visual proof of Fred Botica without hiding his face.

    From the West TV story on the launch of Digital Radio in Forrest Place.

    http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/index.php?cl=14924666

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  15. Frank Calabrese says:

    And here is the today Tonight story on the Preview of the Digital Radio Launch – notice Fred in his Hat and Sunnies trying to look cool and mysterious :-)

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  16. Alf Morley says:

    Who can blame Fred for wanting to hide his face and also to remain somewhat anonymous. With so many nut cases out there today, it must be extremely difficult for any of them to have any sort of privacy. I listen to the radio for a nice background effect to a sometimes humdrum sort of day. The presenters’ private lives and persona should forever remain theirs alone. And please, keep the disgusting language and expletives to yourselves.

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  17. Alf Morley says:

    There seems to be an awful lot of perverted people read this column, so I’ll have my final word.
    Fred and the 6KY team provide me with enjoyment and relaxation whilst I go about my daily life.
    Thanks Fred.

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  18. skink says:

    6KY? it hasn’t been that since 1991. Twenty years, pops. I said TWENTY years.

    you can now tune your wireless to FM and hear Fred in that newfangled stereophonics.

    now that Fred is in stereo he’s twice the cunt

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  19. Rolly says:

    6KY; six times as slimy and water soluble too.

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  20. The Legend 101 says:

    I prefer 92.9!

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  21. Anonymous says:

    What a fucking sad bunch of losers you are/. If you don’t like a radio station don’t fucking listen to you. Fucking Drongos

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  22. Plus this post is from five years ago you looser.

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