JOHN LAWS (1300 564 652)
The Fortress of Irreverent Logic
PO Box 1269
Pyrmont NSW 2009
Office Phone: +61 2 9660 1269
Office Fax: +61 2 9552 2979
So good to have you back John!! My prayers have been answered, the
King of radio is back. Keep well, good luck & God Bless.
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.
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
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