No rehearsals, no sound checks, straight to air!
Hotfoot was always garbed in a black top hat and beard ala Uncle Zeke's. That didn't have much
bearing on the Ranch broadcasts but when it came to promotional, public or concert appearances,
Cactus was a much more conservative dresser - the straight man.
The recorded music content was a mix of overseas and Australian current or new releases.
One of our regular listeners, and critics, in the 50s was the young aspiring Oz Country Music
enthusiasts from Theresa Creek near Casino NSW right in the thick of the transmission area.
That was Eric Watson
, now Selection Records owner and Australian Country Music historian
Eric was not to keen on the pseudo accents of the Ranch's hosts but loved the promotion and
needle time devoted to the Aussies. Always a feature of the Ranch.
By my memory Eric never appeared on the Cactus/Hotfoot days of 2LM's Radio Ranch. Probably wasn't
Where are they now?
PHIL CHARLEY - MOOSE MURPHY
2LM Radio Ranch was begun by Phil & Dick McLaren prior to the first Spurs magazine being published
in May 1952.
Lives in the Sydney region where he's still an active and highly respected musician.
Also trains people at 2RPH - Radio for the print handicapped.
DICK McLAREN - TRIGGER
Retired. Lives near Rotorua New Zealand.
Commutes occasionally to Australia for wreck and recreation.
The Ranch cofounders decided the 9.30 Saturday morning, one hour broadcast needed a club with
membership associated with it to stimulate listening interest.
As the idea caught on Dick & Phil felt the Ranch should have its own magazine,
Sadly Dick passed away 1st May 2004. More >>>