Macca says G'day to Gympie
LORRAINE from Kia Ora turned up with a bag of homegrown tomatoes. “I heard him talking on the wireless,” she said, “And he was saying tomatoes aren’t tomatoes anymore, so I thought I’d bring him some of our vine ripened tomatoes.”
Lorraine was one of about 50 “Macca” fans who came along to the Collins Bookstore at Gympie’s Centro Shopping Centre to meet Australian radio presenter Ian McNamara.
The host of the ABC radio program Australia All Over, Ian was visiting Gympie on a book signing tour, promoting his latest offering Say G’Day, and chatting with locals about all sorts of subjects, including tomatoes.
Happy to chat and sing off the cuff, it’s that feeling of familiarity that is, perhaps, the reason people enjoy tuning in to Ian’s radio program.
”He’s good company,” said Gympie’s Reg Lawler.
“I’ve listened to him for a long time.”
Whether it’s happening in Wangaratta, Wagga Wagga or Woolooga, Macca’s there to link us all up.
“He’s very down to earth and he’s very honest,” Reg said.
“There’s no pretence and it comes over that he’s interested in people and in the little things. He brings out the best in the people he talks to and he lets everybody have their say - he’s about community."
Ian agrees that it’s the program’s sense of community that appeals to people and with an audience of around two million listeners, it seems to be hitting the right spot. “It’s reassuring,” Ian says.
“It links communities together – we like to hear each other, it’s nice to hear what people all around Australia are thinking and what they’re doing.
“You bump into all sorts of people, and I’ve got an ear for a good story.”
Say G’Day captures the best moments of Ian’s Australian tour.
The book also includes a bonus cd of interviews.