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Radio Veteran Retires

Radio Veteran Retires

Farewell Andy

Long-time 2AY broadcaster and newsreader Andy Walker has signed off after a career spanning close to fifty years.

On his final morning with Kylie and Kev, Andy explained how he got his start in radio at 2AY in the mid-1970’s.

“I auditioned with Laurie Henry who was the breakfast announcer and program manager,” Andy explained.

“I bought my tape up, we sat in his office and he listened to it. He looked at me and said ‘right, I think we can work on that, but I see you play football. The Melbourne Football Club have approached you, you played for Prahran in the VFA, Captain of school football for two years running’….so he said ‘you’ve got the job and you’re playing for North Albury this weekend.”

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Andy also reflected on his career highlights, including hosting a Sunday program Swap Shop, where listeners would call in to offer goods for sale.

“I’ve had so much fun with the audience over the years,” Andy said.

“I’ll never forget when Geoffy from Wodonga called in. He said ‘I have two antique tea cups that are about 100 years old.’ I said, ‘wow, exactly what date were they made?’

“He said, ‘I’ll just have a look’ and as he twisted the cup around, you could hear some smashing in the background. When he came back onto the phone, he said “I have one antique tea cup for sale, with a spare saucer.”

Andy received many well-wishes from the 2AY audience, which was noted by Kev.

“There was only one thing that got us more phone calls in this studio this week and that was an earthquake. So you leaving is as big a news story as an earthquake Andy Walker,” said Kev

From all of the team at 2AY and 3NE, we wish Andy well in retirement.

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