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Spooling Through

An Irreverent Memoir

Spooling Through by Tim Bowden
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From his schooldays in Tasmania in the 1950s, Tim Bowden wanted to become a journalist. Happily this ambition coincided with the invention of magnetic tape and the portable recorder, which triggered a life-long passion with broadcasting. Cutting his journalist teeth as a cadet reporter on the Hobart Mercury in the days of copy paper and hot metal type, Bowden went on to a distinguished career as a current affairs reporter, foreign correspondent and a producer of radio and television documentaries for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Ever mindful of broadcasting's golden rule, "Thou Shalt Not Bore", Bowden once risked the displeasure of the ABC's General Manager, Talbot Duckmanton, by broadcasting tunes on his teeth on national radio from New York. Always fascinated by good stories, Bowden's rollicking memoir draws on his experiences in broadcasting from Tasmania, London, Asia and the Vietnam War to New York - and in radio and television current affairs in Sydney when he was the first executive producer of "PM" and a producer with ABC-TV's groundbreaking "This Day Tonight".

The book is an insightful account of an adventurous life in journalism - and the author can never be accused of taking himself too seriously.

Allen & Unwin; January 2003
360 pages; ISBN 9781741150919
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Title: Spooling Through
Author: Tim Bowden