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Welcome to Living in the Land of Oz

The Radio Show

Upcoming interviews on the show:
February 2nd: Elaine Crombie
TBA: Matt Thomas (Video Video/ex-Mavis's)

"Living In The Land Of Oz" is an all-Australian music, news and interviews radio show that airs Monday's 2-5pm on community radio station 979fm. The station is based in Melton, a suburb in Melbourne's western suburbs. 979fm (97.9MhZ) broadcast to Melbourne's western suburbs and can be picked up in most of Melbourne except the south & south-eastern suburbs. You can also listen on-line at and the TuneIn app.

"Living In The Land Of Oz" started life as "Support Your Local Rock-Gods" a late night Australian independent music program, with interviews and live performances. The aired on Thursday nights from Easter 2001 to March 11th 2004. Bands I played on the show include Jet, The Waifs, The John Butler Trio, Missy Higgins, Cog, Karnivool, Sarah Blasko, The Datsuns and many other acts who have gone on to have success. After 3 years I needed a change and didn't want to be confined to just playing unsigned and indie bands, so the show evolved into "Living In The Land Of Oz" which covers all eras of Australian music from established major label acts to up-and-coming indie bands.

If you want your band to be played on the show send your CD and bio to:
Living In The Land Of Oz
C/- 979fm
PO Box 979
Victoria 3337

Click here to listen to 979fm on-line  

Logo of my old all-Australian show
"Support Your Local Rock-Gods".
Logo designed by David Levy

Who I've Interviewed

Below is a list on everyone I have interviewed on radio from 2000 up until now
# indicates an interview download/stream is available from the Interviews page of this website
^ indicates a performance download/stream is available from the Interviews page of this website

a ghost devotion (played live)
Abbe May #
Adalita (Magic Dirt) #
Aerial Maps, the: Adam Gibson #
Aimee Francis (played live) #
Aislinn Sharp #
Alistair Newstead (Al's Music Rant) #
All At Once (played live)
Amali Ward #
Amanda Palmer #
AMRAP: Nadia Onus #
Andy Bull #
Andy White #
Angels, the: John Brewster #
Angie Hart (Frente!/Splendid) #
Angry Anderson #
Animal Hands: Danielle Whalebone #
Animaux: Adam Engel #
Antiskeptic: Andrew Kitchen #
Ape, the: Tex Perkins #
Appleonia: Jessica Chapnik Kahn (2014) #
Area-7: Chuck #
Art, the: Azaria Byrne #
Ascelin "Flash" Gordon (Brown Hornet/Geronimo Collective)
Ash Grunwald #
Astro Flava (played live)
Attack of the Mannequins: Jackson Freud #
Audreys, the: Taasha Coates #
Augie March: Adam Donovan #
Aurora Jane (aka Jane Hole) #
Axe Girl: Addison Axe #
Baby Animals: Suze DeMarchi #
Band Camp (played live)
Barry Morgan #
Basics, the: Kris Schroeder #
Beards, the: Nathaniel Beard #
Bedroom Philosopher, the (aka Justin Heazlewood) #
Behind Crimson Eyes: Josh Stuart #
Beki T (Beki & the Bullets) (ex-Mavis's/Junkatique) #
Bellusira: Crystal Ignite #
Ben Birchall (ex-Klinger) #
Ben Salter #
Bertie Blackman #
Better Than The Wizards: Peter Aumann (2014) #
Billy Birmingham (aka The 12th Man) #
Blackchords: Nick Milwright #
Black Seeds, the: Mike Fabulous #
Blanche DuBois: Adriana Begovich #
Bleeding Knees Club: Jordan Malane #
Blue King Brown: Carlo Santone #
Blue King Brown: Natalie Pa'apa'a #
Father Bob McGuire
Bohemian Honey (now Honeymaker) (played live)
Bob "Bongo" Starkie (ex-Skyhooks) #
Bombing Angels: Mac #
Bon Scotts, the: Robert Zimmerman #
Bonjah: Dave Morgan #
Boomtime (played live)
Bordello: Josh Johnstone #
Break, the: Jim Moginie (ex-Midnight Oil) #
Breakaway: Sam Biland #
Brian Nankervis (TV's RocKwiz) #
Bright Knights: Nick Russo #
Brilliant Fanzine: Ed Reed #
Broderick Smith (ex-The Dingoes/Carson) #
Bustamento: Nicky Bomba #
Butterfly Boucher #
Caitlin Park #
Caleb Garfinkel (played live)
Calling All Cars: Haydn Ing #
Carbie Warbie (rock photographer) #
Carter Rollins: Justin Carter and Johnny Rollins #
Carus Thompson #
Casanovas, the: Tommy Boyce #
Cash Savage (Cash Savage & The Last Drinks)
Cass Eager #
Catherine Meeson #
Celadore: David Noordhoff #
Channel 31: Campbell Manderson (2009) #
Channel 31: Jim Wright (2010) #
Chase The Sun: Jon “Howler” Howell #
Check Your Smile #
Chelsea Wheatley (AKA Chela) #
Children Collide: Johnny Mackay #
Children Overboard: Kelly Gibbs & Jonny Hunt #
Chocolate Starfish: Adam Thompson #
Christopher Coleman (Christopher Coleman Collective) #
Chub 57
City Riots: Ricky Kradolfer #
Clare Bowditch #
Clare Moore (The Dames, Dave Graney & The Mistly, Harry Howard & The NDE) #
Cog: Lucius Borich & Luke Gower #
College Fall: Jodie Lee Bartlett #
Colorblind (played live)
Corrina Steel #
Courtney Barnett #
Craig Johnston aka Delsinki Records #
Craig McDonald
Crooked Saint: Tim Wheatley #
Curious Few, the (played live)
Dallas Crane: Dave Larkin #
Dallas Frasca (played live) # ^
Dan Kelly #
Dan Sultan #
Dancing Heals: James Lovie & Jon-Lee Farrell #
Daniel Champagne #
Darryl Cotton #
Daryl Braithwaite #
Daryl Roberts (Hey Gringo, Spectrum, Madder Lake) #
Dash & Will: Charlotte "Charlie" Thorpe #
Dave Graney #
Dave Rogers ( #
Davey Lane #
Dead Daisies, the: Jon Stevens #
Deborah Conway #
Deborah Hocking
Deep End, the: Dale Schober #
Defryme: Quinn & Grant #
Delsinki Records (Craig Johnston) #
Diesel/Mark Lizotte #
Digger & The Pussycats: Sam Agostino #
Dingoes, the: Kerryn Tolhurst #
Dogwood Crossing: Tim Earle #
DollSquad: Julie Paschke #
DollSquad: Joey Backseat #
Dom Mariani (The Stems, The Someloves, DM3) #
Doug Hawkins (former Footscray & Fitzroy footballer)
Duckdive: Marisa Brown #
Dr. Finbar Trio (played live)
Drones, the: Gareth Liddiard #
DZ Deathrays: Shane Parsons #
Elements, the: Jenni James
Emma Donovan #
Emma Heeney #
Emma Ireland (booker for The Palais in Hepburn Springs) #
Emma Wall
Emperors: Adam James #
EMPRA: Sanny Veloo #
Eskimo Joe: Joel Quartermain #
Evening Cast, the: Paul Cooper and Joel Cooper #
Fallen, the (played live)
Fallopian Tube: Wayne & Stuart
Falls, the: Melinda Kirwin #
Far From Over
Farren Jones #
Fauves, the: Andrew Cox #
Fearless Vampire Killers, the: Jacob McGuffie #
Felix Riebl (The Cat Empire) #
Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire!: David Williams #
Fixators, the: Matt Lidbetter and Tim Clark #
Flap!: Jess Guille #
Flathead (played live)
Flavour Of The Month: Natalie D-Napoleon
Floors, the: Luke Dux #
Four Hours Sleep: Bill McDonald #
Franky Walnut #
Freight (played live)
Friendly Yen: Jeff Hann #
Frente!: Angie Hart #
Frost (played live)
Fumes, the: Joel Battersby #
Gabriel Lynch (played live)
Galvatrons, the: Johnny Galvatron #
Gasoline Inc. (now called Veludo): Gabriel O'Brien #
Gavin (played live)
Georgia Fair: Jordan Wilson #
Georgia Fields #
Geronimo Collective (played live)
Gil Matthews (Aztec Music) (ex-Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs) #
Gin Wigmore #
Gingers, the: Nellie Jackson #
Girl Vs Ghost (played live)
Glenn Richards (Augie March) #
Go Besty
Go-Go Sapien: Will Hindmarsh #
Good Heavens: Sarah Kelly #
Grates, the: Alana Skyring (2009) #
Grates, the: John Patterson (2011) #
Grates, the: Patience Hodgson (2014) #
Greenthief: Julian Schweitzer #
Greg Macainsh (Skyhooks) #
Gretchen Lewis: Jason Nehill #
Grover Jones And The Art Of Siegecraft (played live)
Guitar Gods And Masterpieces (TV Show) #
Gum: Jay Watson #
Happy Endings, the: Adrian (aka Donk) #
Happy Endings, the: Josh Johnstone #
Harlequin League: Miles Lisman #
Harry Hookey #
Harts (aka Darren Hart) #
Hat Fitz & Cara: Cara Robinson #
Haunting August: Katalin Orr #
Hello Morning, the: Steve Clifford #
Hello Satellites, Eva Popov #
Henry Wagons #
Her Majesty's Finest: Mav & Fingers (played live) #
HEROiNE: Jess McAvoy #
Hey Gringo (played live) #
Holy Sea, the: Henry F. Skerritt #
Hoodoo Gurus: Dave Faulkner #
Hot Little Hands: James Harvey #
Howling Bells: Joel Stein (2011) #
Howling Bells: Juanita Stein (2014) #
Hunting Grounds: John Crawford #
I, A Man: Ash Hunter #
Inventions: William Dowle #
INXS: Tim Farriss #
Jacinta Parsons (3RRR/The Story So Far) #
Jack On Fire: Dave Thirkettle-Watts #
James Balck (RocKwiz, Mondo Rock, Black Sorrows) #
Jaime Robbie Reyne #
James Reyne #
Jane Austen Argument, the (played live) # ^
Jane vs World (played live) #
Jasmine Young #
Jason "Evo" Evans (Community Cup) #
Jeff Apter (author of "Shirl: The Life Of Legendary Larrikin Graeme Shirley Strachan") #
Jeff Jenkins (music journalist) #
Jeff Lang #
Jericco: Fetah Sabawi #
Jess McAvoy (played live) #
Jessica Paige (played live) #
Jezabels, the: Heather Shannon #
Jim Keays (The Masters Apprentices) #
Jimmy Barnes #
Joe Robinson #
John O'Donnell (co-author of “The 100 Best Australian Albums”) #
John Tait (author of the book “Vanda and Young: Inside Australia's Hit Factory”)
Jon English #
Jon Stevens #
Jordie Lane #
Juan Alban #
Jupiter Zeus: Simon Staltari #
Kate Ceberano #
Kate Miller-Heidke #
Kate Vigo #
Kath Orgovani (Kathematics/ex-KTV)
Katie Noonan #
Kevin Borich #
Keystone (played live)
Kill TV: Kat Orgovany #
Killing Heidi #
Kim Salmon #
Kingfisha: Anthony Forrest #
Kingswood: Fergus Linacre #
Kira Puru & The Bruise (performed live) #
Kitchen Knife Wife: Dave Mudie #
Klinger: Dave Rogers (2000)
Klinger: Ben Birchall (2014)
Knives Of Neptune, the (played live)
Kristy Lewis (Kristy Lewis And The Wretched) (played live) #
Kylie Auldist (MegaBias)
Lamplight: Mijo Biscan #
Laneous & The Family Yah: James "Laneous" Lane #
Lanie Lane #
Laura Imbruglia #
Lazy 8 (played live)
Leanne Kingwell #
Len Lane Line
Lester The Fierce aka Anita Lester #
Levi McGrath (played live)
Liam Finn #
Liminal (played live)
Lisa Mitchell #
Little Bastard: Johnny Took #
Little Birdy: Scott "Barney" O'Donoghue #
Little Stevies, the: Josh Barber (2009) #
Little Stevies, the: Bethany Stephen (2011) #
Little Stevies, the: Sibylla Stephen (2014) #
Livingstone Daisies: Van Walker #
Liz Stringer #
Lizanne Richards #
Lois (played live)
Louise MacGregor (played live) #
Louisville Sluggers, the: Miss Velvet Vass
Love Connection: Kobi Simpson #
Luis (Lessons With Luis) #
Luke Escombe #
Lunatics On Pogosticks: Calum Newton #
Lydia Lassila (Olympic freestyle skier gold medalist)
Lyke Giants: Luke Thomson #
Magic Dirt: Adalita (2011) #
Magic Dirt: Dean Turner (2005) #
Major Tom & The Atoms: Adam Swoboda #
Mama Kin: Danielle Caruana #
Mandy Kane #
Mar Haze: Dean Mitchell #
Marcia Hines #
Mark Of Cain, the: John Scott #
Mark Seymour #
Mat Dynon
Melanie Horsnell
Melody Pool #
Mental As Anything: Greedy Smith #
Mercy Kills, the: Mark Entwistle #
Mia Dyson #
Mic Conway (Mic Conway's national Junk band/ex-Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band) #
Michael Browning (author of "Dog Eat Dog"/ex manager of Billy Thorpe, AC/DC, and Noiseworks) #
Michael Gudinski (Mushroom Records founder) #
Michelle Hines (played live) #
Mijo Biscan (played live) #
Mime Set, the (played live) #
Motor Vehicle Sundown: Sarah Hardiman #
Monique Brumby #
N'fa Jones (ex 1200 Techniques) #
Namesake, the (played live)
Nat Col And The Kings: Nathan Cavaleri #
Natalie van den Dungen (director of "Persecution Blues: The Battle For The Tote") #
Natasha Hurst #
Neil Wedd (Indie Initiative)
New Gods: Sam Raines #
Ngaiire #
Nicholas Allbrook #
Nicholas Roy #
Nicky Bomba (Bomba/The Truth) #
Nova & The Experience: James Buckingham #
Orianthi Panagaris #
Owl Eyes (aka Brooke Addamo) #
Paris Wells #
Patrick Donovan (Music Victoria CEO) #
Paul Greene #
Paul Reid #
Paul Woseen (The Screaming Jets) #
Penny Ikinger #
Pete Gare (played live)
Peter Green (Skyhooks & Split Enz fanclub)
Petronella (played live)
Phil Judd #
Phoebe's Dream (played live)
Pierce Brothers, the: Pat Pierce #
Pidd (played live)
Pinky Beecroft (The White Russians/ex-Machine Gun Fellatio) #
Platform Six: Andy Irvine
Pramsnatcher (played live)
Prawns With Horns: Marty "Prawn" Hellman
Princess One Point Five: Sarah-Jane Wentzki #
Pseudo Echo: Brian Canham #
Pure Pop Records: Dave Stevens #
Quincy McLean (SLAM Rally) #
Rachel Collis #
Raelene Bruinsma (played live)
Red Paintings, the: Trash McSweeney #
Remake Remodel: Sarah & Alex
Resignators, the: Francis #
Resignators, the: Naff #
Return To Youth: Matt Hallett and Alan McTaggart #
Richard Clapton #
Riki And The Rants: Riki B Lindsey #
Roddy Scarr (Music Mob/Creech)
Rollerskates: Jordy J
Romy Hoffman (A Gender/Macromantics/Romy/Heavy Mental) #
Ron S. Peno (Ron S Peno and The Superstitions/ex-Died Pretty/Darling Downs) #
Rose Wintergreen #
Ross Wilson #
Rubber Bullet (played live)
Rushcutter: Jaime Robbie Reyne #
Russ Kellett (Channel 31's "Russ Kellett's Melbourne")
Russell Crawford #
Russell Morris #
San Cisco: Josh Biondillo #
Sarah Blasko #
Sarah McLeod #
Sarah Sarah (played live)
Saskwatch: Liam McGorry #
Saskwatch: Rob Muinos #
Screaming Jets, the: Dave Gleeson #
Scott Alderson (Red Hot Green Black)
Scott Thurling (Popboomerang Records) #
Second Hand Heart: Jess Carroll #
Shades Of Red: Crimson
Shane Howard (ex-Goanna) #
Sharaya: Shay Liza #
Shelley Segal # ^
Shine, the #
Shotgun Funk #
Simon Imrei
Simon Hunt (aka Pauline Pantsdown & Little Johnny)
Sin City: Tommy Gunn #
Skipping Girl Vinegar (played live) #
SLAM Rally: Quincy McLean #
Solla Sollew: Dave Long #
Sons Of Rico: Alex MacRae #
Sophie Koh #
Sparks Fly: Elizabeth Stewart (played live)
Spazzys: Ally Spazzy #
Spencer P. Jones (The Johnnys/The Beasts of Bourbon) #
Spit Syndicate: Nick Lupi #
Squeaker: Georgii Staben #
Stacey Piggott (author of "Blow Your Own Trumpet") #
Stan "The Man" Longinidis (8 time World Kickboxing Champion)
Stephen Cummings #
Steve Balbi #
Steve Lucas (X/Bigger Than Jesus) #
Steve Romig (played live) #
Steve Towson
Stevie Paige (played live) #
Stevie Wright #
Stone Parade: Greg Byrne #
Stonefield # ^
Strange Tenants: Bruce Hearn #
Strangers From Now On: Aidan Kelly #
Stu Thomas (The Stu Thomas Paradox) #
Sugar Army: Patrick McLaughlain #
Super Massive: Glenn Abbott #
Surrogate Turnip: Ben Loveridge
Swallow (played live)
Swift, the: Phil Rodgers (played live)
Sydonia: Dana Roskvist #
Symbiosis: Fraser #
Syndicate: Greg Agar #
Tachism (played live)
Thirsty Merc: Phil Stack #
Thirsty Merc: Rai Thistlethwayte #
Thunderstag: Julian James #
Tim Hulsman #
Tinpan Orange: Emily Lubitz #
Tokenview: Ed Prescott #
Toots Sweet (played live)
Tran~Aqua Groove: Luke Hart
Upbeat Big Band, the (played live)
Valentiine (played live) #
Veludo (then called Gasoline Inc): Gabriel O'Brien #
Velvet City: Craig Heath #
Vanessa Amorosi #
Vanessa Raine (played live)
Vaudeville Smash, the: Marc Lucchesi #
Vessel (played live)
Verses, the: Jesse Hooper (2009) #
Verses, the: Ella Hooper (2010) #
Vida Cain: Josh Johnstone #
Vika And Linda: Linda Bull #
Wagons: Henry Wagons #
Waifs, the: Josh Cunningham #
Ward "C": Dr. Apollo & Matron X
Warren "Pig" Morgan (Chain/The Aztecs) #
Wellingtons, the (played live) #
Wendy Stapleton #
Whitaker: Ryan Meeking #
Whtsqr: Guy Morton #
William Street Strikers: Andrew Matters #
Windsor Knox (General Manager of the Melbourne Aces baseball team)
Women In Docs: Roz Pappalardo #
WrestleRock: Julian James #
Xavier Rudd #
Young Heretics: Kitty Hart #
Zoophyte: Cam Lee #

All About Me

An article about me from the 979fm newsletter "Sound Effects"

Leigh "Lee-Roy" Stancliffe
Growing up in Bacchus Marsh Lee-Roy first got interested in radio when Bacchus Marsh Community Access radio (now Apple fm) were doing test broadcast. He also listened to the commercial stations and was influenced by Richard Stubbs, Mobs & Fletch, Richard Kingsmill, Merrick & Rosso and many others

He was also interested in music from a young age and listened to a lot of his parent's records. Some of his favorite acts include Pink Floyd, Led Zepelin, The Beatles, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns n' Roses, AC/DC, Split Enz, and Dave Graney's many bands. His favorite album of all time is Pink Floyd's "Dark Side Of The Moon"

After finishing school at Footscray City College he wanted to become involved in Community Radio. Apple fm were still getting up and running so in the middle of 2000 he joined 979fm after being encouraged to do so by 979fm announcers (and family friends) Roy Gabb and Mark Ryan.

Lee-Roy presented Australian Independent music show "Support Your Local Rock-Gods" from 2001 to 2004. This show featured many artists who have since made it to the mainstream and some have even won ARIAs. This show then morphed into his current Monday afternoon show "Living In The Land Of Oz" which covers all eras of Australian rock.

He is also a member of Saturday afternoon sports show "The Benchwarmers" (Lee-Roy is a long suffering supporter of the Richmond Tigers and the Bacchus Marsh Cobras) and presented "The Classic Album Show" for two years

Lee-Roy is also a keen musician. He has suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome since he was 12. Rather than watching the daytime TV line-up of soap operas and Oprah he took up playing guitar to help pass the time at home. He later took up bass guitar, singing and also dabbles in other instruments. He studied music at Footscray City, has played in bands Kathematics and Busker 7, and reached the grand final in Melton Idol 2006. He has also been involved with Not Your Average Production Company. He played a talking tree and an emerald salesman in "The Wizard Of Oz" (2001) and, after deciding he preferred to in the pit rather then on stage, played rhythm guitar in "Jesus Christ Superstar" (2004).

Lee-Roy has won the following awards at 979fm:
Announcer Of The Year: 2008 & 2011
Judges Award: 2011, 2013 & 2014
Program Of The Year: 2008, 2010 & 2012 (Living In The Land Of Oz)
President’s Award: 2004 & 2011
Community Program Of The Year: 2007 & 2011 (Living In The Land Of Oz)
Community Program Of The Year: 2004 & 2005 (The Benchwarmers)
Most Improved Announcer: 2001

Me receiving an Above And Beyond Award by Member
for Lalor (and Prime Minister of Australia) Julia Gillard for
my volunteer work at 979fm, Apple FM and Not Your
Average Production Company

An article from Inpress Magazine's Howzat! column 20/1/2010.
By Jeff Jenkins

As the name suggests, "Living In The Land Of Oz" is all-Australian, and it's one of Howzat!'s favourite radio shows. It's on 979fm from 2 to 4pm on Mondays (streaming live at Host Lee-Roy Stancliffe started the show in 2001, when he borrowed the name from The Shine - "Support Your Local Rock-Gods". The latest name references Ross Wilson's first solo single. The first radio interview Lee-Roy did was with Dave Rogers, who was then with Klinger. Since then, Lee-Roy's chatted with many of his rock heroes, including Angry Anderson, Phil Judd, Greg Macainsh and Dave Graney. "I sometimes have 'holy crap, I'm talking to …' moments," Lee-Roy smiles. "Having Defryme, one of my favourite 90s bands, announce they had reformed on my show was special." You can hear Lee-Roy's interviews at His site even comes with some drummer jokes: What's the last thing a drummer says in a band? "Hey guys, why don't we try one of my songs?"

Toughest interview?
"I interviewed a band called Ward C, who didn't tell me they were going to be 'in character'. Their premise was that they were in a mental asylum. When asked how they formed, they said the aliens had told them to start a band. It was a rocky start, but it ended up being an okay interview."

What was your 2009 album of the year?
"Sarah Blasko's As Day Follows Night. I first saw Sarah perform many years ago at the Town Hall Hotel supporting Petronella. It's great to see how far she's come."

Your 2010 musical hopes?
"The broadcasting authority to ban Nickelback from the airwaves."

Aussie act you'd most like to interview?
"I'm a big Split Enz fan (they're Australian, right?) and I'd love to interview Tim Finn, Neil Finn and Noel Crombie. I got to interview Phil Judd, which was a highlight."

What are the major challenges facing Australian music as we enter the 2010s?
"Aussie music seems to be in a good place at the moment, but obviously illegal downloading is still affecting the music business. Having the major labels merging and downsizing doesn't help either. I think we need a record company that really promotes Aussie music like Mushroom Records did, and a TV show along the lines of Countdown or Recovery to put these bands in the public's eye. It's good that Hey Hey is returning, as they were great at showing local talent."

An article from the Melton Express Telegraph 29/6/2010.
Story by Meg Sobey, photo by Shawn Smits

Oz rock: Leigh Stancliffe with some of the Australian music he plays on his radio program

As Melton's community radio station 979FM celebrates its 30th anniversary, reporter MEG SOBEY talks to some of the presenters about their programs.

AS a bedridden teenager, Australian music was Leigh Stancliffe's main form of entertainment. Since the Bacchus Marsh resident was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome at age 12, radio has become an important part of his life. "I started listening when I was unwell rather than watching daytime television," he says.

Ten years ago, Stancliffe started at 979FM, and since 2004 "Lee-Roy" has been hosting his show, Living In The Land Of Oz. "It's all Australian music, and a bit from New Zealand acts we claim as our own," he says. He plays everything from Johnny O'Keefe to the Whitlams, with the obligatory AC/DC in the mix.

"Growing up in the late '80s and '90s, there was lots of great Australian music," Stancliffe says. "There's still a great scene here - local bands who could make it big overseas but choose to play in this county." Each week has does an interview with an unsigned band or well-known names such as Angry Anderson or Vanessa Amorosi. But he most likes supporting up-and-coming musicians starting out on the path to fame. "I saw Sarah Blasko at a gig before she was famous. I contacted her and we did an interview. A year later she was nominated for an ARIA. And someone gave me John Butler's music when he has just released his first EP, so I played that."

One of his favourite all-time bands is Split Enz, the Kiwi outfit that has been claimed as local. "They cross so many genres. Neil and Tim Finn are brilliant songwriters." He is always discovering new music, which he also plays on his show on Bacchus Marsh's Apple FM. "I like to think I educate people about our country's music. I try to play a broad range. On commercial radio they tell you what to play. I like the freedom of community radio."

Stancliffe is a musician himself, playing guitar, bass and singing, and was a member of former local pop-punk band Kathematics. He also recently made it to the finals of Melton Idol. He regularly tries to get to gigs in the city but sometimes, with his condition, is unable to. "I like going to see a local band in a small venue, not at the back of a stadium. I like to try have a chat with them after."

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