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So good to have you back John!! My prayers have been answered, the King of radio is back. Keep well, good luck & God Bless.

From Linda

It is great to hear you are back on air I pick you up on the Gympie station when will you be back on the Bundaberg station? I just knew you would be back John.

From Biggenden QLD

Hi John I work at crt Transport yennora with a few mates we listen when we can we love your show. Hey John I still have my John Laws clock you gave me if you can could you say hello to the boys.

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2AD 1134 AM Armidale
2BH 567 AM Broken Hill
2DU 1251 AM Dubbo and 972 AM Cobar
2EL 1089 AM Orange
2GF 1206 AM Grafton and 103.9 FM Clarence Valley
2HC 639 AM Coffs Harbour and 100.5 FM Coffs Coast
2HD 1143 AM Newcastle and 97.5 FM Port Stephens
2LF 1350 AM Young, 107.7 FM Cootamundra and 99.5 FM Cowra
2LM 900 AM Lismore and 104.3 FM Northern Rivers
2MG 1449 AM Mudgee
2MO 1080 AM Gunnedah
2NZ 1188 AM Inverell and 102.9 FM Glen Innes
2PK 1404 AM Parkes
2RE 1557 AM Taree, 100.3 FM Great Lakes and 100.1 FM Gloucester
2SM 1269 AM Sydney and 2SM Digital Radio
2TM 1287 AM Tamworth
2VM 1503 AM Moree, 89.5 FM Goondiwindi, 92.9 FM Lightning Ridge, 103.5 FM Collarenebri, 106.7 FM Walgett and 105.5 FM Mungindi
4GY 558 AM Gympie-Cooloola and 107.1 FM Noosa
4WK 1359 AM Toowoomba, 963 AM Darling Downs, 95.9 FM Dalby and 91.5 FM Stanthorpe
RADIO 531 AM Kempsey and 93.5 FM Port Macquarie
RADIO 97 Tweed Heads, 104.1 FM Gold Coast and 103.5 FM Northern Rivers

 Biography


John Laws has been given the nickname 'Golden Tonsils' and the title 'King of Radio' because he is the trusted voice of 'Dial In Democracy', an Australian legend and to those in and outside the radio industry, John Laws is an icon.

At a dinner to celebrate John's 40th anniversary in radio, Australia's former Prime Minister Paul Keating hailed John Laws as 'the broadcaster of the century'.

John Laws worked as a Jackaroo around country New South Wales, before hitchhiking to central Victoria. He was 18 when he took on the position of general hand at the local radio station of 3BO Bendigo in 1953.

Lawsie's first jobs were to make the tea for the staff and pack away the sixteen-inch long play records of radio serials, like 'Doctor Paul', 'Hagon's Circus' and 'When A Girl Marries'. One of his first on-air shifts was broadcasting via wire recorders from the Bendigo Mayoral Ball and the first commercial Lawsie read on-air was for a haberdashery store called The Beehive.

Lawsie also worked at 4TO Townsville, 2PK Parkes for one night before leaving because they didn't allow him to smoke in the On-Air studio, and 2GZ Orange.

John Laws made his debut in metropolitan radio at 2UE in 1956. The station was Number 1 with a format of Top 40 and the star Disc Jockey line-up started with Gary O'Callaghan, running through the day with John Laws, Howard Craven, Brian Henderson and others. John Laws became a friend of Lee Gordon who moved to Australia from the states and became the top promoter of overseas music artists of the 50's and 60's. Lee delivered the latest singles to Lawsie before anyone else. He flew the biggest acts to Australia from around the world and brought them straight to John Laws.

John struck up friendships with artists like Roger Miller, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Connie Francis, Bill Haley, Neil Sedaka, Tom T. Hall, Roy Orbison, Willie Nelson, Tom Jones and Nat King Cole.

Local Australian artists were just beginning their careers, and John Laws was the Disc Jockey giving them the contact with the biggest listening audience. Again, John made friends with many of our legendary artists, the King of Australian Rock & Roll Johnny O'Keefe, Col Joye and the Joy Boys, Rob E G, Little Patty and many others.

'Talk-Back' was also introduced at 2UE and John Laws adapted his own unique style, which became a hit with the audience.

In 1959 John joined 2SM before moving to the Hunter Valley where he purchased a farm and for several years broadcast a nationally syndicated programme from the nearby Newcastle station 2KO.

In 1962 he moved back to Sydney with 2GB before re-joining 2UE two years later, and remained at 2UE for 5 years.

In 1969 John changed stations to 2UW, where he stayed for a decade. 2UE lured him back in 1979 for another 5 years, before a return to 2GB, where Lawsie was earning a wage that was greater than the Australian Prime Minister's.

John Laws returned to 2UE when the station had plummeted to 8th place in the Sydney ratings, but quickly returned to the top of the ratings.

After Lawsie's shock decision to retire from the radio industry in 2007, John has since been enjoying some quite times. Thankfully it didn't take long tho for the radio bug to bite again with John Laws now emerging from retirement taking on the morning show again... it's been 52 years and finally Lawsie has come home to 2SM and the Super Radio Network.

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