Richard “Moorie” Moore joins an exclusive list of radio announcers who have been broadcasting for more than 50 years. He started as a cadet announcer in January 1971 at Burnie’s 7BU aged just 17 and within 10 month he was a full-time announcer at 7HOFM in Hobart and has been there ever since. He’s now heard on 7HOFM weekends.
Richard “Moorie” Moore joins an exclusive list of radio announcers who have been broadcasting for more than 50 years.
He started as a cadet announcer in January 1971 at Burnie’s 7BU on the North West Coast aged just 17 and within 10 month he was a full-time announcer at 7HOFM in Hobart and has been there ever since.
With 50 years of memories to reflect on, Moorie says the highlight is easily his 21 years doing the Cooke and Moore breakfast show with Bob Cooke on 7HOFM.
“Doing breakfast is a fairly high pressure thing, you’re in each other’s faces but we got on really well and we still do,” Moorie says. “It was basically ad lib, just zinging and zanging off each other.
“We always used to think we were having a conversation and everybody was listening but we included everyone in the conversation.”
Moorie and Bob receiving a rAWARD in the 1990s
Cooke and Moorie had worked together on TV shows for TVT-6 Hobart in the late 70’s, so a radio partnership wasn’t a surprise.
“Bob actually showed me how to operate 7HO’s panel and turntables and all that sort of thing when I started at 7HO, so that’s when the friendship started.” Moorie says.
“But I actually used to listen to him growing up on 7HOFM and that’s probably what sparked my interest in doing radio because I really loved pop music and still do. That’s why I still love this job.”
There were three things Moorie wanted to do when he started. “Obviously I wanted to be on radio, I wanted to be on TV and I wanted to make a record, which Bob and I did as Vinnie and the V8s in the late 70’s,” he says. “So I’ve ticked all the boxes, which is a good thing.”
“There were some times during my career I thought, maybe I should be doing something else,” he admits. “But it’s basically if you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work.”
Tune into 7HOFM Hobart on the weekends to hear Moorie continue his remarkable journey.