A closet radio announcer and musician since childhood, Russell partially realised the musicianship dream in his late teens and early twenties, and more recently, the radio part with 96.5 Inner FM through participation in "Rotary in Action" and "The Supper Club" on alternate Thursdays at 7pm.
Music has always been in his blood. Earliest memories of live music were in the UK where he broke away from his mum’s grip at a county fair and ducked under a tent to pop up next to a drummer playing. The band playing were The Troggs before they became famous and the songs they played were ingrained in the memory bank. The kick drum image also stayed and influenced a short, semi-pro musical career as a self-taught drummer, bassist and guitarist; a highlight of which was Gerry Marsden joining in an impromptu sing along at one live gig in WA.
A career as a cabaret musician was cut short by university studies and the promise of far greater success in business. What is now vintage musical gear was reluctantly sold off to fund a home deposit and now slowing being repurchased.
On the work front, Russell has spent his career in operational and general management helping companies and people become more efficient across three states and two countries. A passion for people, information technology and accounting has always been an advantage.
A calling to give back to the community saw him join the Rotary Club of Doncaster where he has been President and more recently an Assistant Governor of the related Rotary District.
This is where the radio station connection started in 2013 with a desire to help market Rotary via traditional media, thereby complimenting a social media skillset and passion. A guest role set the wheels in motion!
The opportunity to also help host "The Supper Club" was taken with both hands. Wife Shelley takes the calls during the show and helps with requests for the following week. A great team effort.
A quirk of fate has seen his passion for music, Rotary, and generally helping the community, all converge at 96.5 Inner FM.
Just like at his Club, once handed the microphone, it is very hard to give it back …….