So nice without Macca....

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I always listen to the ABC..... even on Sundays. Travelling it's nice to have the familiar sounds in the background.

Whenever a replacement fills in for Macca... I realize how nice it is to have a presenter LISTEN to the guests and care about their ideas instead of pushing the same old barrow.

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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 14:11

Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 14:11
Has he gone?

Taken his out of control ego with him?

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Follow Up By: Member - Royce- Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 15:49

Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 15:49
Just for the Olympics I think...
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Reply By: Ross M - Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 14:22

Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 14:22
I sometimes listen to ABC radio but never on a Sunday morning as I just can't stomach the "vallium voiced Macca" as he rudely deals with people.
He seems to be almost turned inside out with his own importance as are some other presenters on the ABC. I think you will know what is meant here.
Apparently someone said he can also sing.
Although the concept of the program is good and informative, I agree it is terrific without him.
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Reply By: rocco2010 - Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 14:36

Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 14:36
Gidday Royce

Thanks for the tip. Might be worth leaving the radio on after the 7 am news.

Cheers

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Reply By: skid - Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 14:37

Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 14:37
Yes I quite agree Macca's ego is way over the top.

Post a comment on the ABC macca site to encourage the stand in presenter/ management.

John
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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 15:33

Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 15:33
Blimey, I thought that I was the only person that couldn't stand Macca.

The concept of the program is maybe OK but the curt monosyllabic expressions from Macca were beyond my tolerance. His "good morning"s were uttered as though he was addressing the Bailiff coming to repossess his home!

Sorry Macca, you are probably a nice bloke, but .............!!

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Follow Up By: Hairy (WA) - Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 15:50

Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 15:50
Yeah, I agree.
I thought I was the only person who couldnt stand his dribble. LOL
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Follow Up By: Member - nick b - Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 07:36

Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 07:36
Totally AGREE ...Dribbling crap ......with the exception for the bird whistles ...best part of the show ...
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Reply By: Member - Royce- Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 15:49

Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 15:49
If maybe he could finish a sentence.... and stop telling people that 'I've got to run'... cutting them off only to go on to blather, and self promotion.

"Summer all Over" when he is in recess is often nice.
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 16:04

Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 16:04
Or keep cutting in to speakers or when reading a letter with his "I reckon."



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Reply By: Peter McG (Member, Melbourne) - Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 16:07

Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 16:07
I agree! It was a real pleasure to listen to the conversations the stand in presenter had with callers. She allowed them to talk without cutting them off. Time for a change!

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Reply By: david s27 - Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 16:52

Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 16:52
he's been so full of himself for so long he' lost touch with the aveage aussie!!!!!!!!
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Reply By: Member - Jack - Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 17:53

Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 17:53
I bailed out on Macca ages ago. There seemed to be no preparation prior to his show, as it seemed he was always filddkingng around in the studio with papers looking for some sort of info or other. Then throwing to 'Kel' to bail him out.

Then he ran that stupid bird call tape for ages for no apparent reason. Perhaps to grab some sleep??? One of the most unprepared and unprofessional program I have ever heard. Good riddance if he has gone.

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Reply By: Member - Roger T (SA) - Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 18:16

Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 18:16
OH NO and i thought it was just me, perhaps i am normal after all and i can stop taking the pills. BUT there is always realality tv that every else seems to love, arr well back to the pills.
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Follow Up By: Ross M - Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 19:01

Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 19:01
Roger, you are a well adjusted Australian, yes, give up the pills, reality isn't ever on TV.
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Reply By: Member - John G- Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 18:18

Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 18:18
Good onya Royce

You have struck a chord here! I have for a long time wondered what Macca's criteria are for whether he chooses to listen to someone or not. He never cuts off Dick Smith.

The long session this morning with Steve Barron (the ABC journalist who had completed a kayak trip down the Hunter) was radio at its best, and what Australia All Over and Macca should aspire to - first and interesting topic, second, callers who could add something to the story, and who were listened to.

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Follow Up By: Member - John G- Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 18:21

Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 18:21
Crikey

I'm still not coping with Hathorn's loss to Geelong - the ABC reporter was Scott Bevan.
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Reply By: Witi Repartee - Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 19:05

Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 19:05
As a former career broadcaster of 20 years, please realise Radio can be repository of many indeterminate talents. I made a sea change a few years back and do not miss the fragile egos and prima donnas I had to deal with daily. On the other hand I made many enduring friendships and had respect for the creativity and dedication of many of my colleagues.
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Reply By: racinrob - Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 19:51

Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 19:51
Sheeeeech, all those comments and not one in favour lol, like a few others I bailed out years ago, he's rude, doesn't listen to what people are saying and should be jailed for taking money under false pretences (of being a radio announcer).

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Reply By: Member - JohnBee (VIC) - Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 20:01

Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 20:01
Gday...

I have listened to Macca and Australia All Over for decades. He was the highlight of the week to me and I would never miss my Sunday morning fix of Macca and the great Aussie characters he attracted.

BUT - over the past four or so years he has not held the same attraction. Have never been able to put my finger on it exactly, but I do think he has got 'so big' and believes his own press releases that he has lost touch with the 'aussie characters' who ring in.

Like the comment earlier about Dick Smith, he gives plenty of time to his 'mates' and not so much to the callers now.

Guess gitten older and gitten grumpier go hand in hand :-(

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Follow Up By: Member - Royce- Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 23:20

Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 23:20
I've hung on to listening for years too John. The basis of the show is the characters of Australia and it's flavour. It should really reflect much of the same things that this site does. It nearly does ... but...

Unfortunately Macca has dominated it to the extent that it's the Macca show. He's really just an opiniated Sydney [slightly] shock jock. When he goes on tour, it's about self promotion rather than showcasing what's good about Oz.

The time that really grates with me is when he asks a question.. doesn't listen to the answer and then expresses his own opinion... like someone had just asked him.

He still bangs on about Daylight Savings.
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Reply By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 20:09

Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 20:09
Ever been camped amongst a heap of bikkie dippers on a Sunday morning? Macca in deca-phonic coming from all directions ..... ;-)

Seriously, I agree with others - cannot stand to listen anymore ... I find him rude at times and arrogant.

And that effing birdsong music ...... aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggghhhh !!!!
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Reply By: garrycol - Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 20:20

Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 20:20
Who is Macca?
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Reply By: Member - willawa - Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 21:12

Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 21:12
Well past his 'use by date"
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Reply By: Member - Gordon T (NSW) - Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 21:18

Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 21:18
This morning's presenter was excellent & the content excellent as well & you are right - she listened & asked questions. I think Macca has made a great contribution to radio & promotion of country issues & information but I reckon it is time for a change. That aside, it is unlikely to happen as he pulls a good audience & that is all that counts in the media - not how good you are but how you rate & the two don't necessarily correlate.
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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 21:24

Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 21:24
Amazing........ 23 responses and not one in favour of Macca. This surely reflects general public opinion and I am surprised that the ABC would not have been aware of it and made a change before now.

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Follow Up By: Member - willawa - Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 21:54

Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 21:54
Just sent a message to the ABC via their ABC Radio website ,maybe some others could do the same and we might just change things !!

Subject: Macka
I began listening to Macka some years ago, the programme then was informative,interesting and generally good to listen to.
Unfortunately I believe the programme has lost it punch. Macka spends too much time talking about himself and how he "hopes to catchup " with whoever, some time,interrupting callers and some times arrogant.
When he is on leave the stand in presenters do a much better job.
I believe he has past his use by date.
If I have my dates correct 25+years is enough.
I don't believe I am alone going by comments on some sites: eg. Exploeoz.com.au.
I think it's about time for him to call it a day and the ABC give us a better Sunday morning.
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 09:03

Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 09:03
I also agree..I think Macca may be yet another victim of "Familiarity Breeds Contempt". The show just seems to be the same old,same old, & nothing lasts forever
if not revised & freshened. The huge improvements in communication have dulled the
wonder of joe blow ringing from the public phone in Kickatinalong to describe the
sunrise. The show has been highly rated for 25 years or more & I give Macca credit
for that, but now it seems to be a lot of Macca & very little else.....oldbaz.
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Follow Up By: Member - John G- Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 17:01

Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 17:01
G'day Willawa

Followed your lead, told them how good the stand-in presenter was, how good the topics and listening were, and suggested it might be a good template for Macca to follow. I accept that 'celebrities' must have big egos but as with most responses to this thread, I agree that he doesn't listen, that too often he dismisses interesting people rudely, and that he has trouble with the English language. The concept of the show remains good however, but Macca should either change, or move on. 30 mins is about enough for me.

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Reply By: Ian & Sue - Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 21:49

Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 21:49
Make that 24. I loved Suzannes' show last week, the one where she spoke about Australias' largest stations. I turned the show on whilst cleaning out our caravan as we have just returned home, it had me so enjoying listening that I just had to stop and pour myself a coffee so that I didn't miss a word. As previously stated it was a pleasure to be listening to someone who didn't "but in" and start going off track. After the show I dropped her a line to say how great she was and how I wished I could hear more of her. Hmmm... maybe we should all be sending a request to OUR ABC asking if she could take over Australia All Over.

Cheers all

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Reply By: ian - Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 23:49

Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 23:49
Make that 25 out of 25!
If I had known he was off-air I would have turned my radio on. Got over his non-sense years ago. The bit I found appalling is when he would push his own song, play it and sing over it in a dull moan that he thought was good. We need fresh ideas and subjective questions for interesting guests without politics.
Until then
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Follow Up By: Ian & Sue - Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 23:54

Sunday, Aug 05, 2012 at 23:54
If you go the the Australia All Over website you can still listen to the show you missed. I aren't sure whether this mornings one is up or if it is still last weeks episode, either way they are both well worth listening too. I for one learned heaps.

cheers
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Reply By: Jack - Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 08:13

Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 08:13
I was disgusted recently when Warren Bonython died and a caller rang in to talk about his great achievement's, treking on foot towing carts across the Simpson Desert and Lake Eyre and his part in opening up the Mawson trail. Warren Bonython was a pioneer and great South Australian. Macca dismissed the caller and went onto talk about kids drinking alcohol, while the caller was still on air!!! This was rude and disrespectful !!
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 08:21

Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 08:21
Couldn't agree more, Royce.

Only listen for the people, if they're given a chance to speak, but he's gotta run, be quick the news is nearly on etc etc.

But i do like the bird calls, that means less of his garbage, "little possums" and his terrible singing over the top of good songs(unless it's his own music)

For a program that is so spontaneous, don't know why they can't delay the news for a bit, so people can finish what they wish to say.

Too bad we missed yesterday's broadcast.

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Follow Up By: Member - Royce- Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 09:58

Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 09:58
What gets to me though Bob is that usually the news ISN'T straight after the person is cut off. There is a fair bit of blather before we get to the news.

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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 12:26

Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 12:26
Noticed that too, Royce. Usually enough time for the caller to quickly finish, rather than be shunted off abruptly.

Pity the program has drifted into its current style, or should that be Macca's style???, because many people would listen only for the stories, Why I live where I live, and traveller's phone calls. Lot of other garbage interspersed with the good stuff now.

Now where did I put that iPod?

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Reply By: pepper2 - Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 10:01

Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 10:01
Well i like it....
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 12:28

Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 12:28
Should've typed in upper case, Pepper, don't think anyone heard you........?

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Follow Up By: Member - Royce- Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 14:58

Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 14:58
Doesn't that work... and then you get dissapointed all over again.

Another promo finishes with 'Get on with it Macca!" but he never really does.
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Follow Up By: Member - Keith P (NSW) - Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 15:35

Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 15:35
There is always one in every crowd ...isnt there?? LOLOL

I (like most on here it seems) used to listen to Sunday morning ABC up until a fair few years ago. I just got sick of the constant dribble and rudeness. I am an avid ABC listener (except Sunday mornings and when that organised thuggery called (loosely) football season is on) mostly because it is available everywhere...and away from the Big Smokes...has some real entertaining and informative presenters.
Now I have found out there is a different presenter on Sundays...gunna switch on next week....and our local community radio station will lose out again.

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Follow Up By: Member - Royce- Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 17:37

Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 17:37
Sorry Keith, but I think Macca is back after the olympics!!
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 17:50

Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 17:50
Not on my radio Royce!

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Reply By: Harry C - Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 10:15

Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 10:15
My best times were when Colin Munro used to take over while Macca was on holidays.
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Follow Up By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 10:28

Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 10:28
Harry agree - Colin was the best (and a cousin of my Dad's). Sadly passed away.

The show seems to be about 25% birdsong, 25% Macca self promotion tapes, 25% Macca listening to his own voice, and about 25% Macca cutting off callers to listen to his own opinion.....
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Follow Up By: Member - Royce- Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 15:00

Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 15:00
"Summer all Over" always demonstrated how well it could have been... I wondered what had happened to Colin... vale.
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Follow Up By: Member - Keith B (QLD) - Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 15:45

Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 15:45
Like almost alll of you - I can't stand Macca either. Listen to ABC always except Sunday morning.
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Reply By: rocco2010 - Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 15:45

Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 15:45
Gidday,

Just had another thought abt how stupid the man is. My Sunday thing for years has been to listen to the 7am ABC news then turn the radio off. Sometimes it would run for a minute or two and we would have the idiotic song abt how people were all up listening to Macca on a sunday morning ... including the farmer in the pub! Well I don't know where the clown comes from but where I live there aren't too many pubs open at that time on a Sunday morning and none of the few farmers I know would be in one anyway!

Cheers

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Reply By: Holden4th - Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 20:18

Monday, Aug 06, 2012 at 20:18
One of my best mates is a former ABC journo and knew Ian McNamarra personally while he was working in Sydney. Words like "over inflated ego" and other ruder epithets that I can't print here were said with some passion by my mate and we're he worked with him over 20 years ago.

He also questioned Ian McNamarra's connection with the bush, saying that he was basically a city boy who traveled around.

So make that 26 and 27 for retiring "Macca"!
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Reply By: anglepole - Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 09:48

Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 09:48
Royce I totally agree. It is a real pain that this program is also on ABC HF radio, cant get away from it even in the most remote places.

I guess that is why radios have tapes and cd facilities.
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 13:18

Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 13:18
classic case of being there way too long (probably permanent staff - in super scheme). the rudeness to some callers and the occasional bagging of the ABC plus expessed support for identities that the ABC would consider 'off' are all indicators, i suggest.
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Reply By: Rick (S.A.) - Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 18:45

Tuesday, Aug 07, 2012 at 18:45
G'day Royce,

Macca is away on holiday while the Olympics are on. Fair enough, everyone deserves holidays.....

I was interviewed last Sunday at about 6.20-6.30 am EST by Suzanne Hill.

A pleasurable interview because she (and her producer Tony) didn't:

Fail to do some research;

Kill the conversation by talking to the greater extent of air time being the host's voice Vs that of the guest (i.e. me);

Tell me about what she was doing, or the Dapto dogs, or what happened last night at Harold Park;

Talk about the music she played; or talk about how she loves railways;

Ignore me. Instead, she listened to me and formulated questions based on my remarks.

I love the concept of Australia All Over & many of the segments & callers. They are truly entertaining and informative.

But Macca needs to reinvent himself and freshen up. It's one of the secrets to being relevant over a long period of time.

Cheers



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