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Welcome to our Correspondents page. Please meet our team!

jkHENRY O'DONOVAN
Sydney, Australia

Where do I start? I am an Irish broadcaster trapped in the greatest country in the world, Australia! I worked with Bob Gallico as a newsreader on the great Radio Nova in Ireland back in the eiighties. I had worked on many stations there until moving to OZ. Over 4 years ago I started doing some voice work for Replay Radio in the UK, an online radio station. Before I knew it I was doing an hourly show for this fabulous station. |

Then I started being more particular, and created BondiTunes Seventies PLUS, all seventies music for an hour, aswell as my usual one hour show with music from many decades. I decided to create a chat show, where I could interview other people around the world. I also decided that they should be able to interview singers and entertainers. We called this BondiTunes CHAT. It was one hour long - but not for long! It was going down so well, Replay Radio allowed me a second hour. Then a third hour. So I recuited more of what I call 'correspondents'.

I also changed the name to BondiTunes Music and Chat. Now we have 22 correspondents all over the world. Our shows air on 10 radio stations, from New Zealand and Australia to The USA, and of course, Europe! I owe all this to Replay Radio who got me off my arse and back into Radio. We are not your typical radio show. We are more "liberal" shall I say? WE ARE FREE RADIO, and by free, I mean bullshit-free. There are too many stations out there tip-toeing over issues, controlled by men in suits, and advertisers. We don't have those restrictions. Our correspondents range from experienced broadcasters to people who have never been in front of a mic before. They are, to use an old-fashioned word, terrific! The show is rich in culture, music, frivolity, and fun! So, enjoy!

LYNSEY DOLAN





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RONAN SEGRAVE
Vancouver, Canada

"I am originally from Ireland and dabbled in pirate radio in its golden area in the 1980s. I moved into the rather different world of healthcare management in the 1990s and lived in England for nearly 20 years. I had assumed I would live out my days commuting in and out of London until....an unexpected job offer in Canada...where I moved, lock, stock and barrel with my wife and daughter in 2013. Based in Vancouver (although often on planes to and from Toronto!), I am proud to be Bondi-Tunes's Canadian correspondent covering not just current affairs but the challenges of a 40 something bloke adapting to life in a new continent.  My interests include trying to keep up with my 7 year old daughter, spending too much time on Facebook and watching hockey."


Carol Cotter
Benalmádena, Spain

From Ireland, living in Andalucía, Spain.
I studied sports massage, anatomy & physiology and art, before widening my interests even further and starting work as a language teacher and translator.

After spending a few years travelling, mostly around South East Asia, I settled in Spain, which was everything I knew it would be and more.

When I am not translating or teaching, I spend my time studying (languages, of course) painting, and going to ballet classes.

I think it's important to be the change you want to see in the world, and that's why I do my best to make sure that neither my word nor my euro supports any injustice or harm: I live a vegan lifestyle and never buy crap I don't need.

I have had the luck to find a wonderful man who is just as rational as I am, and our upcoming plans include a very large vegetable garden.


DAWN DROST
Orlando, Florida, USA

I grew up in Sacramento, CA, where I enjoyed doing theater in high school. I studied Business in college, while also working for The Disney Store. In 2001, I began working with Sacramento Therapeutic Recreation Services, where I was a program coordinator, creating and executing inclusionary programs for adults with disabilities. I also was a coach for the Sacramento Chargers Special Olympics Bowling team and the volunteer coordinator for Eppie's Great Race, the World's Oldest Triathlon, where I was responsible for recruiting and assigning 1,500 volunteers annually.

I was one of six chosen out of ten thousand applicants to open Sacramento's new jetBlue Airways station. I worked as a ground security coordinator, station trainer, and luggage officer. When my Disney Store closed in 2004, I moved to Orlando, FL, where I began working for the Walt Disney Travel Company as a Consumer Travel Industry Sales Leader. I remained in that position until I had my first child in 2007, as she is Autistic and severely epileptic, I resigned my position to stay home and care for her full time. In 2009, I had my son, who is mildly epileptic.

After befriending the enchanting Rachel Brunsden on Facebook, I was given the pleasure of joining her on her radio show, Let's Do Lunch With Rachel. I enjoyed every minute of that experience, and thanks to her referral and the marvelous Henry O'Donovan, I now have the distinct privilege of becoming Bonditunes International's new North American Correspondent. I look forward to working with Bonditunes, informing and entertaining you in the months to come!


CHRISTINE RICKETTS

Sydney, Australia

I have always had a keen interest all things vinous from an early age but it was not until a move to London in the late 1980s when I found work in a wine bar that it was recognised that I had a good if somewhat untrained palate. I was encouraged to learn and on my return to Australia in 1990 I scored a vintage job at Saltram Wines in the Barossa Valley, followed up with work at Charles Melton Wines.

In 1991 I enrolled at the University of Adelaide, Roseworthy Campus in Wine Marketing still continuing to work for Charlie part time as well as at Leasingham Winery in the Clare Valley. Following my graduation I have since worked with Cellarmaster Wines starting in the marketing department but eventually being offered the wine education role to offer a wider scope of wine education to all Cellarmaster Wines employees and was given the freedom to reevaluate the introductory course and then to implement intermediate and advanced levels in training. I also worked closely with Maeve O’Meara from the popular Gourmet Safari’s by matching foods to all the varied cultural restaurants in Sydney.

Today I am still working in what is now known as The Wine Quarter, owned by Woolworths and am also conducting Wine & Spirit Educational Trust Level 2 and Level 3 wine courses Australia wide for both The Wine Quarter staff, BWS and Dan Murphy’s Fine Wine training staff. All in all having a bit of fun enthusing novices to live wine!


RACHEL BRUNSDEN
Melbourne, Australia

asI grew up in a theatrical and musical household and caught the acting bug very early in life. By the time i was 12 I was a professional child actor in theatre and television. I was approached by a commercial radio station in the late 90's to host a 2 hour “chat” show with a fantastic co-host and the show lasted for a fun filled year. I enjoyed the medium as it allowed me to go to work in my PJ’s and look like a train wreck if I so wished… Perhaps that is why I am BACK….behind the mic with my dear friend of many years Henry O’Donovan on the highly successful Bonditunes International Henry has coaxed me to leap out on my own after the success she has gained as part of the Bonditunes team…

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Ling Pang
Leicester, United Kiingdom

I was born in Guangdong, Mainland China, one of 5 brothers and sisters. I spent my early childhood in China and Hong Kong during the 1960s, where I attended schools and learnt about their fascinating customs, traditions and cultures that have had a great influence on me. I subsequently immigrated to the United Kingdom in South Wales with my family in the early 1970s and continued with my education, while my parents were managing a family run business.

I'm a businesswoman and formerly involved in a number of family run businesses in food, arts & crafts, footwear wholesale and distribution between China and UK. I had also worked in my local government department for 2 years at The Leicestershire County Council which involved in training people from the Youth Training Scheme.

I became interested in radio broadcasting since the age of 9, after listening to various interesting radio programmes while still living in Hong Kong. However my life and career path took different directions, much of it being a housewife and a mother of 2 children. It was at a chance meeting with the producers of my local radio station - 103FM THE EYE - one day in November 2013 where my son was hosting a weekly show, when the producers surprised me and invited me to join their radio presenting team and host my own weekly show on Tuesdays which features music mix, miscellaneous topics, interviewing guests from TV personalities, musicians, artists, local businesses and charitable organisations.  I was presented with ‘The Special Services Award for Training New Presenters' on 23 December 2016 by 103FM The Eye.

In 2016, I discovered Bonditunes International on Facebook and friended Henry O'Donovan after becoming impressed by their professional broadcasting network and the opportunity of being interviewed by Henry. Today I am very proud to be the UK Correspondent for Bonditunes International.


Peter W. Herman
Peakhill 89.5FM, NSW, Australia

I was born in Adelaide St Australia in the late 1940's
My late father was a serviceman with the RAAF and he died whilst in uniform. I spent some time in Malaysia,Thailand,Japan and Singapore before coming home in late 1960's I started my radio career at the old 3AK which is now SEN.I was introduced to electronics back in early 1960's,when I built my first crystal set and had an old shortwave radio,most times tuned into Radio Australia. I obtained by BOCP/TVOCP back in the 1960's but these days they mean nothing at all,so I am back at Tech doing my E & C (Electronics & Communications Certificate).

I kicked of Peakhillfm 89.5 as PHFM 88:00fm back on November 3/2017 in the back yard of my home,with two CD machines,an amplifier,two speakers,a 10watt transmitter and a side mount dipole antenna.

In 2019 we then moved to our present location at 1 Fraser Avenue Peak Hill,which is where we are presently located and will be for many years to come. There are many in town that dont like us,BUT we are here and we are hear to stay,so as we say here at Peak Hillfm......tune into Peakhillfm89.5 Your Voice in the Central West'the spin stop with us........

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Claire O'Brien
Sydney, Australia


Hi. My name is Claire. I was born in Galway went to all Irish primary and secondary. I have a great love of history and sports as well. On the rare days off that I have you will find my nose buried either in a good book or in weird and wonderful world of the internet. I love a good yarn or two. I moved to Australia in 2004 and moved to various regions but Sydney will always be home.

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Leigh G. Banks
Valencia, Spain

Howdyado!

It's me Leigh G Banks, I'm an investigative journalist, writer and broadcaster for Bonditunes. I've worked for all the tabloids in the UK – I'm what is called a Tabloid Terror and I'm proud of it! Modern journalism began way back in the mid-19th century with the intention of exposing and lampooning the powerful the rich and the famous, those who abused their elevated positions in society. The difference between us Tabloid Terrors and the Fleet Street Thunders, like The Times and the Telegraph, is that we have a laugh along the way.

Lord Reith said the BBC should inform, educate and entertain and the print media took his lead. But the tabloids decided to make it all entertaining – The Sun on the Falklands crisis … Up Your Junta! The Sun on celebrities … Freddie Starr Ate My Hamster!

The first Tabloid Terror to really make his mark in broadcasting was the grand irascible Derek Jameson – he ranted raged wept and laughed his way across the airwaves for more than a decade!

Now it's my turn to tell the world how shameful, ridiculous and entrancing it really is!

Cheers

Leigh G Banks

 

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