Paradise FM announcer Warwick Manning has been in radio for 50 years.
Paradise FM announcer Warwick Manning has been in radio for 50 years. Graham Broadhead

Radio airwaves Warwick’s paradise for 50 years

WARWICK Manning has one of the most recognisable voices in Ballina Shire.

But the Paradise FM announcer didn't tell his listeners that he this year celebrated the 50th anniversary of him starting in radio.

Warwick started his career in 1964 at Sydney radio station 2CH working as an 'office boy'.

He said he decided in his last few years at school that he wanted to work in radio.

"I just had an interest in radio," he said.

At 2CH, Warwick learnt on the job to become a panel operator and then moved into production.

He said the DJs at the time were household names, and he worked with the best of them, spending six years at 2UW from 1965 with Ward 'Pally' Austin who was the number one-rated DJ.

Warwick spent time as musical director at 2GB in the late 1970s, 2WS in the 1980s and 2UE.

In the 1990s, he was back at 2WS as the producer for the Hans and Kayley breakfast show.

He also had an on-air show called Jukebox Saturday Night.

Warwick hung up his commercial radio headphones in 1995 to move out of the 'rat race' and come to Ballina to be a house-husband.

After moving to Ballina, Warwick said it 'wasn't my intention to work in radio' - he operated a mobile disco for a time.

He said he enjoys the 'wonderful working atmosphere' at Paradise FM.

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