The 9pm Newcastle Rock, Radio, and Coal Chat with Carol Duncan and Nuatali Nelmes

Main photo: Carol Duncan in a city which is not Newcastle, New South Wales. (Supplied) Inset: Nuatali Nelmes, Lord Major of Newcastle (David Cobbin).

In this episode we travel to Newcastle to kick off The 9pm Autumn Series 2021 with special guest Carol Duncan — journalist, multimedia producer and Newcastle City Councillor.

We talk about many, many things including her career in radio both commercial and at the ABC, being cool in your life, social media, family tragedies, cheap chocolate, mangroves, and Australian rock legends including Vanda & Young and Midnight Oil.

We’re also joined by a surprise special guest, the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, the Right Worshipful Nuatali Nelmes. We spoke about all the changes in the city since I was last there in 2013, and about coal. She’s also issued me a personal challenge, which I’m now stuck with.

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CONVERSATION TOPICS: Garth Kidd, Joshua Graham, Reselsnark and one person who chooses to remain anonymous.

THREE TRIGGER WORDS: Byorgen Druffeldroff, Gay Rainbow Anarchist, and one person who chooses to remain anonymous.

ONE TRIGGER WORD: Dan Ilic, Drew Mayo, Joel Michael, John Twyman, Jonathan Ferguson, Joop de Wit, oberonsghost, Paul Williams, Paul Williams, Peter Blakeley, Peter McCrudden, Ramsay Smith, Ric Hayman, Stephen Collins, Syl Mobile, and two people who choose to remain anonymous.

FOOT SOLDIERS FOR MEDIA FREEDOM who gave a SLIGHTLY LESS BASIC TIP: Andrew Kennedy, Ben Moretti, Bob Ogden, David Amesbury, David Heath, Frank Filippone, Garth Kidd, Gavin C, Greg Randolph, Katrina Szetey, Rohan Pearce, Susan Rankin, Syl Mobile, Tim Johns, and three people who choose to remain anonymous.

MEDIA FREEDOM CITIZENS who contributed a BASIC TIP: Bren Carruthers, deejbah, Errol Cavit, Ron Lowry, Sam Spackman, and two people who choose to remain anonymous.

And another five people chose to have no reward, even though some of them were the most generous of all.

And it’s also thanks to Brenton Realph, troublemaker Pete Lawler, and Ross Nye.

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  • Helping you create great content and hold important conversations
  • Podcast & multimedia content producer & digital lead. Newcastle City Councillor. My life has a superb cast but I can't figure out the plot.
  • The simple desire to be surrounded by music led Carol to work for an international record label before starting her radio career in commercial radio in the late 1980s.
  • The Newcastle Flyer was an Australian passenger express train that operated from November 1929 until April 1988 connecting New South Wales' two largest cities, Sydney and Newcastle.
  • The C38 class (occasionally known as the 38 class and nicknamed "Pacifics" by some railwaymen) was a class of steam locomotive built for the New South Wales Government Railways in Australia.
  • The V sets are a class of electric multiple unit operated by NSW TrainLink in New South Wales, Australia. These stainless steel double deck trains operate on Interurban services on the Main Western line to Lithgow and Main Northern line to Newcastle, and are the oldest in the NSW TrainLink fleet.
  • The NSW TrainLink H set, or OSCAR (Outer Suburban CAR), is a class of electric multiple unit built by UGL Rail, Broadmeadow for NSW TrainLink in New South Wales, Australia.
  • Vanda & Young were an Australian songwriting and producing duo composed of Harry Vanda and George Young. They performed as members of 1960s Australian rock group the Easybeats where Vanda was their lead guitarist and backing singer and Young was their rhythm guitarist and backing singer.
  • Produced in the early sixties by the South Australian Housing Trust, "Elizabeth, A Place To Grow" was meant as a calling card for prospective new residents aimed primarily at attracting suitable white English stock.
  • "And The Band Played On (Down Among The Dead Men)" - a 1978 pop song about the sinking of The Titanic by the Australian group "Flash And The Pan". The group included former Easybeats members. The song reached position 54 on the UK Charts in September 1978. "Bonnie Tyler's" 1985 hit "Holding Out For A Hero" bears a strong musical resemblance.
  • Albert Productions, a division of music publishing and recording company Albert Music, is one of Australia's longest established independent record labels to specialise in rock and roll music. The label was founded in 1963 by Ted Albert, whose family owned and operated the Sydney music publishing house J. Albert & Son.
  • The Fairlight CMI (short for Computer Musical Instrument) is a digital synthesizer, sampler, and digital audio workstation introduced in 1979 by Fairlight. It was based on a commercial licence of the Qasar M8 developed by Tony Furse of Creative Strategies in Sydney, Australia. It was one of the earliest music workstations with an embedded digital sampler, and is credited for coining the term sampling in music. It rose to prominence in the early 1980s and competed with the Synclavier from New England Digital.
  • The Bowraville murders is the name given to three deaths that occurred over five months from September 1990 to February 1991 in Bowraville, New South Wales, Australia. All three victims were Aboriginal, and all three victims disappeared after parties in the Aboriginal community in Bowraville, in an area known as The Mission.
  • As flames bore down on Rappville, Carol Duncan took to Twitter to save the lives of her father and his partner. For John Duncan, the horror of bushfires is all too familiar.
  • Caramello Koala is a brand of chocolate treat currently manufactured by Cadbury Australia. It consists of a chocolate cartoon koala (named "George" in certain advertising material) with a caramel centre.
  • The Newcastle (/?nju?k??s?l/ NEW-kah-s?l) metropolitan area is the second most populated area in the Australian state of New South Wales and includes the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie local government areas.[Macquarie, City of Cessnock, City of Maitland and Port Stephens Council.
  • The Newcastle Light Rail is a light rail system in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, running from Newcastle Interchange through the central business district to Pacific Park. Major construction commenced in September 2017 and the line was opened on 17 February 2019. It is operated by Newcastle Transport for Transport for NSW.
  • Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes has served for six years, returned for a second consecutive term as the Lord Mayor of Newcastle following a general election held on 9 September 2017.
  • Nuatali Josephine Nelmes is an Australian politician. She has been the Labor Lord Mayor of Newcastle since 15 November 2014, when she was elected in a by-election. Nelmes is the youngest Lord Mayor of Newcastle.
  • Nuatali is Lord Mayor of @CityNewcastle. She is active in the community & is passionate about creating a better Newcastle!
  • Joyce Anne Cummings, AM (née Plumbe; 23 December 1923 – 1 July 2003) was an Australian politician. She was the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, and Australia's first female Lord Mayor, from 1974 to 1976 and again from 1977 until 1984, when she retired from politics following a severe stroke.
  • RAAF Base Williamtown (IATA: NTL, ICAO: YWLM) is a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) military air base located 8 nautical miles (15 km; 9.2 mi) north of the coastal city of Newcastle (27 km (17 mi) by road) in the local government area of Port Stephens, in New South Wales, Australia.
  • The 1989 Newcastle earthquake occurred in Newcastle, New South Wales on Thursday, 28 December. The shock measured 5.6 on the Richter magnitude scale and was one of Australia's most serious natural disasters, killing 13 people and injuring more than 160. The damage bill has been estimated at A$4 billion (or $8.3 billion in 2019, adjusted for inflation), including an insured loss of about $1 billion (or $2 billion in 2019, adjusted for inflation).
  • Created and curated by former radio broadcaster Carol Duncan (12 August 2012) - let's build a collection of people's photographs of Newcastle through the generations.
  • “This is Hunter Street, nearly two miles long, acidly and perhaps accurately described byMark Twain on his own fleeting visit here as ‘a long street with a graveyard at one endwith no bodies in it, and a gentleman’s club at the other with no…’ “
  • There are 10,000 reasons to work and live in Newcastle. And here’s one more. Apply now and you could receive a $10,000 New Move relocation grant to get your new life started.

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