Summer at home in Daisy Hill

Thursday, January 16, 2014

"WHO'S BEEN SITTING IN MY CHAIR?"

 Today we were very fortunate to be invited for a private tour of the new ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) building. A friend that I used to teach with recently married the chief engineer of the ABC in Queensland and he kindly offered to show us around the new building.
 For many years the ABC in Qld was housed in a cramped old building in Toowong. Many announcers and workers contracted cancer while working there. A new building was needed. After much controversy between the political parties this beautiful building was built on a piece of prime real estate in the city. The architect company was  Richard Kirk Architects.
It is at South Bank between the Conservatory of Music and QPAC (Queensland Perfoming Arts Centre.) The blue building behind the ABC is the Convention Centre.
The G-20 meeting will be held here in the Convention Centre in November. There is still building modification going on behind the white barricade. 

 When I turn around looking from the front of the ABC The CBD is across the river. The Brisbane wheel on the right and QPAC on the left.

The back side of QPAC. I know it looks like a concrete bunker from this angle but it grows on you after a few years.

Now it was time to go inside the ABC building which also houses the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

It was amazing inside. It is described by the architects as a Cross-platform media production centre consisting of radio and TV studios, post-production facilities, online services, orchestra rehearsal hall, music practice studios, open plan office space, communal staff hubs, staff training rooms, boardroom, retail tenancies, loading bay, basement car park, end of trip facilities, and associated plant and equipment rooms
The studio above is for the 612 ABC radio station. It is where my favourite radio announcer, Spencer Howsen sits.






Last year I was lucky enough to meet Spencer at a U3A meeting where he was the guest speaker.

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 Today I sat in his chair........

while TOH tried out the TV news reader's chair. He loved the tour as he used to be an announcer on Radio 4EB (Ethnic Broadcasting) back in the 80's.See here

25 comments:

  1. That is a lovely building Diane.
    I do recall about the staff having health issue, so I am pleased to know about the new building.
    We often hear about the problems, but don't hear sometimes that they may have been solved.

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  2. what a fun thing to do. i like the thing that has purple flowers on it in the first photo of the building. a beautiful new building... bob is watching Tennis this week and it says it is 104 there. is your temp that high?

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  3. how cool to see behind the scenes. :)

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  4. I think there's a new career waiting for you there.

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  5. Like the radio station and the Brisbane Wheel.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  6. Wow---what a gorgeous place... SO glad you all got to tour it... I'm certainly impressed... WOW!!!!

    Great photos.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  7. I really enjoyed seeing the architecture in your part of the world. Love all the glass reflecting the blue sky. Looks like you both could start up new careers as announcers!

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  8. That is great to visit the insight of such a special building!

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  9. What a creative hive that building is..thank you for showing us the inside. p.s. I love the blue reflections in the windows in the first few shots.

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  10. Wow! That is some swanky building - what an interesting tour xxx

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  11. Wow! A very classy ABC building Diane. and sitting in Spencer's chair... that must have been the highlight of your day.

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  12. What a hoot, that must have been so much fun. I loved the building and you sitting in the chair. Have you ever been on the Brisbane Wheel.

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  13. No Denise. Too expensive for views I have seen from other buildings but its good for tourists to see the river winding its way through the city.

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  14. For a modern building, it is nice and open to the street and looks welcoming and it seems to be a great location.

    That the staff stayed in the old building for so long was a disgrace. Lack of evidence? The evidence was the the victims.

    I hope you didn't press any buttons and interrupt a broadcast.

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  15. I think it is neat that you were given a tour of this beautiful, new building. It's a very impressive structure. Brisbane is a very beautiful city.

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  16. Well that was very interesting, I am sure you both enjoyed yourselves immensely.
    Certainly an impressive place - you would definitely require a full understanding of computers to
    work there

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  17. What an interesting tour, but all these new buildings, are not to my taste. In Brussels too with all the European Union stuff they are growing like mushrooms !

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  18. Wow. I remember the old building in Toowong. I have also been to the Ultimo studios in Sydney a couple of times to do radio interviews and their studios were not swish like this.

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  19. You two look right at home in those chairs! :-) I like the picture you took with the reflection of the ferris wheel in the building windows.

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  20. Diane, it is a cool looking building.. What a neat behind the scenes tour! Thanks for sharing, great photos. Have a happy weekend!

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  21. What a fun tour for you ... and nice for Bill with his background in that industry. The building is handsome!

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  22. Sounds like an interesting tour and such lovely pictures

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  23. Looks like you two are in heaven ! I'm envious!!

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  24. Haha! Made me smile Diane, you look good sitting in .. 'the chair' :)

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  25. TOH looks the part of a newsreader... something trustworthy about his face.

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