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YJA 2016 Junior Honourable Mention: The Golden Voice with the Golden Heart

Ben Jansseen  |  18 August 2016

It’s a cold Thursday night and I’m anxiously waiting for the phone to ring. My Dad had contacted 3AW to ask if I could interview Phillip Brady.  Unfortunately, he wasn’t available but his producer said that he might call back. A short time later the phone rang and greeting me was a friendly and calm voice. “Hi Ben, it’s Phillip Brady. How are you today buddy?”  “Hello Mr Brady,” I replied, “can I interview you for my article?” “Go ahead Ben, you can call me Phillip if you prefer.”

Phillip Brady graduated from Xavier College in 1957. He received a Commonwealth scholarship for university but wanted to work in radio instead. He initially received several knock backs but not wanting to give up, Phillip attended a voice coach to learn to become an announcer.  “Luckily for me,” explained Phillip, “this was just when television was starting.” Within two weeks he was offered a job on Graham Kennedy’s In Melbourne Tonight show. “I got to work with the King of Australian Television, Graham Kennedy, for 13 years. This time had a great impression on me and set me up for the rest of my career.”

During our conversation, I came to realise how humble Phillip is. When asked what he was most proud of in his career he instantly answered, “I am most proud of the last 25-26 years working with Bruce Mansfield on evening radio. We started out clowning around and having a lot of fun. But pretty soon the show became more serious. We started to bring comfort to the sad and a friendly voice to the lonely. In a way we saw our role similar to ministers of a church.” He even said there had been occasions when they had talked people out of committing suicide.

Asked what career, apart from media, he may have chosen Phillip answered, “I have always loved animals and have two golden retrievers and a lorikeet. If I hadn’t worked in the media, I would have liked to have been a vet.” Luckily for us, nearly 60 years on, Phillip’s media career is still going strong.

 

 

Topic tags: heroesandrolemodels, vocationsandlifechoices

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