John Cargher

20 Apr

I happened to catch the 42nd anniversary presentation of John Cargher’s Singers of Renown this morning on Radio National.

With much regret, ABC Radio National announces that the program of 26 April is the final edition of Singers of Renown after 42 years on air.

Recently John Cargher made the difficult decision to retire from broadcasting, because of continuing ill health. John’s commitment to music and to Singers of Renown remains undiminished, but he believes that the time has come to say goodbye to his listeners.

You will be able to hear some landmark editions of the show throughout May and June. These will include some of John’s programs exploring the great operas, and his four-part series ‘A Century of Singers 1901-2000’, first broadcast in 2000.

‘A Century of Singers’ features performers who have contributed to the art of singing over the past 100 years. Each program in the series covers a quarter of a century and showcases ten singers—not always the most famous, but in the tradition of John’s program, each is worthy of renown.

The ABC’s director of Radio & Regional Content Sue Howard has paid tribute to John Cargher’s broadcasting career: ‘For five decades the ABC has been proud to present John’s programs, and we salute his remarkable commitment to broadcasting of the highest quality.

‘He has given his audience countless hours of listening pleasure, and opened our ears to many wonderful voices with his passion, humour and dedication.’

The program started the year I began teaching at Cronulla High. Now that tells you something…

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2 responses to “John Cargher

  1. James Russell

    April 22, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    God, how old must John Cargher be by now? I recall reading a profile of him in 24 Hours in the mid- to late-1990s (long before it turned into Limelight and roughly around the time it kind of stopped being worth reading) and I think it said something about him being over 80 then… unless I’m mistaken, of course.

  2. ninglun

    April 22, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Born 24 January 1919 according to Wikipedia.

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