Where Are They Now?
Written by Matthew Brokenbrough on 1 May 2018
Long time listeners will know how many voices have taken to the airwaves over the years here at Cumberland Community Radio Inc.
Below we fill you in on where a few familiar presenters are today.
One of the most recognizable names amongst our members is Tim Wong-See. Tim made headlines after running his own pirate radio station from his home in West Pennant Hills when he was just 12 years old. Tim was a presenter here and went on to become a board member. Tim studied the Graduate Diploma of Radio at the Australian Film Television and Radio School while involved at Alive. During his studies, Tim picked up work as an overnight presenter on NOVA 96.9 in Sydney before moving to weekends on KIIS FM. After graduating, Tim moved to Queensland to be NOVA Brisbane’s afternoons presenter.
Tim departed Nova at the end of 2017 and went on to work as a producer during the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast for ABC Radio Gold Coast and did some work with SBS radio.
Today Tim is a producer for the Mornings program on ABC Sunshine Coast.
Dan spent some time presenting at the station whilst pursuing a start to his professional career in radio.
After a long road trip around NSW visiting regional commercial stations, Dan landed his first opportunity as a news reader in Dubbo.
Dan would go on to be a presenter in Canberra and now presents on i98 in Wollongong.
Paul ‘Mechie’ Mech
He could possibly be considered the voice of Alive 90.5 after producing and voicing a number of sponsorship and station promos. Mechie and his wife took an opportunity to move away from the hustle and bustle of Sydney and escape to the country. Mechie now resides in Coffs Harbour and presents his show on their community station.
Mechie’s voice can still be heard, voicing the sponsorship promo for United Auto Service Toongabbie.
Stuart ‘Big Stu’ Brokenbrough
Stuart was a part of our test broadcast team as student before the station received our full time licence in December 1992. Stuart would go on to present ‘Radio Overdrive’, a heavy metal program.
After the program, Stuart remained at the station presenting Saturdays in Style during our time as a Smooth Jazz station.
Stuart left Alive in 1994 to focus on work and starting a family. Stuart returned to Alive 90.5 under the nickname “Big Stu” in 2014 and brought his son Matthew (“MJ”) along to present ‘Planet Country’ – a modern country music program.
Through Planet Country, MJ fell in love with radio and chose to pursue a career in radio, starting with studying at the Australian Film Television and Radio School just like Tim Wong-See.
MJ’s studies meant Planet Country had to relocate to a different station for a more suitable time slot. Stuart then took the opportunity to launch his own spin off program called ‘Big Stu’s Country Universe’.
You can hear Stuart Brokenbrough on Alive 90.5 every Thursday at 6pm with Country Universe.