Tom McLeod

Brisbane

Tom McLeod

Brisbane

In the early 1970′s I was a regular sight on Sydney’s City Street’s busking for my living. Naturally, I met other Musician’s and played many gig’s in many forgettable Band’s.

Along the way I became part of the Folk Federation and The Sydney Blues Society. Through my Association with the Folk and Blues fraternity in Sydney I joined a Team of like minded people determined to help Music prosper. This team started the Fabled “Elizabeth Hotel Folk & Blues Club.” (The ‘Liz) Which we ran for over 6 years. During that time I also helped run Blues & Folk Festivals in Victoria for both the Folk Federation and Blues Society. I also organised events in other Venues in and around the inner City area of Sydney.

Some of the Artists regularly appearing at “The ‘Liz” were … Tommy & Phil Emmanuel, Alex (Moving Pictures) & Dave Smith, Kirk Lor’ange, Glen Cardier, Dutch Tilders, Al Ward and Dan Johnson, Hokum Ensemble, etc …

Eventually I was drawn to Community Access Radio. It was an exiting time, as Fm was very much still in it’s infancy. Fm was a frequency unknown and unavailable to most people then. It was the during this time Australia first heard Stereophonic Radio.

The Institute of Technology provided me with my training in Radio Presentation and Panel Operation at their newly opened Community access Radio Station 2ser-FM. I also trained as a Journalist with The Sydney Institute of Technology. During this time (Needing to support myself) I went on to write for Ram, Juke, Rolling Stone and dozens of other Street press magazines.

In those days Street Press Magazines were everywhere, because the “Live Music Scene” in Sydney was Rampant ! Most disappeared as fast as they were initiated though, and were generally funded by the University Press. Still, they had to make money and if they didn’t, they disappeared !

During my time at 2ser through sheer persistence, I managed to interview every major International Band coming through Sydney. It was a good time, because music was played by Musician’s not machines. My efforts did not go unnoticed either, just like my colleagues from 2ser, Ian Rogerson, Jon Vidler and Jill Emberson, I came to the attention of 2 Double J! These were the day’s when Double J was an AM Radio Station, and only broadcasting in NSW. It’s insignia of smiling Microphones either side of a turn-table was familiar everywhere. When Double J went to the FM Band, (becoming Triple J) it bega

  • Work
    • Australian Music and Entertainment Scene.
  • Education
    • Hurstville Boys' High School
    • Monash University