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June 13, 2018 by admin

Jive talkin’: Kevin Attwood came to spin some discs and stayed to manage a radio station. Picture: Gary SissonsKEVIN Attwood could blame it on the disco…or perhaps on his uncle, jazzman Tommy Carter, who persuaded him to come down to Radio Casey to fill in.

Three months later, the former DJ finds himself hosting a three-hour disco and dance music program on Saturday nights – and managing the station.

Not that he’s looking to blame anyone. He says that after a long career in retail, hotels and nightclubs, he couldn’t be happier with his new gig.

“I was really surprised to find another job that made me feel enthusiastic. I feel like a 21 year old who’s just started his first job.”

He comes to the station after a period of some turmoil. Long-term manager Geoff Ablett left in May to return to teaching. Radio veteran Ron Lock, who replaced him, moved on after just a few months.

Attwood says it’s an exciting time for the station. “We’re on the bottom rung of the next level. It’s going to be very interesting to see what happens over the next 12 to 18 months.”

He’s blown away by the diversity at the community-run station, where there are 15 languages spoken, 20 ethnic groups represented and all the presenters are volunteers. He’s got plans, one of which is to get presenters out of the Cranbourne studios onto the road to do more outside broadcasts in their community.

After years of living and working in the city, he’s now living in Baxter, just down the road from the Baxter Tavern, where his uncle Tommy and his mother play in a jazz band of considerable local renown.

A pop music fan and DJ, Attwood was the black sheep of the jazz-loving family. “My mum and I used to fight – she’d say, ‘You DJs are doing us out of a job’.

“I’d say, ‘You play for half an hour then you have a break. You need to work harder’. “

But he’s warmed to jazz as he’s got older. “I love all music: pop, classical, jazz, because it’s in my genes. But my favourite is disco and dance music.”

In his show, he’s been focusing on the 1970s and 1980s, which he regards as a lost era of music.

When he started, he expected to be relegated to a graveyard shift on a week night only to find the prime Saturday night slot from 9pm-midnight was available because no one else wanted it.

“I’ve been working on Saturday nights for so long now it’s part of my inner being. I come on after a young guy called Ryan Cody, so it’s five hours of pretty cool music.”

Saturday night is party night at Casey Radio 97.7FM with Saturday Night Boost (Ryan Cody) from 7-9pm and Night Fever (Kevin Attwood) from 9pm-midnight.


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