America has Casey Kasem. Australia has Barry Bissell.
Australian radio legend Barry Bissell is currently host of 'Barry Bissell's Weekly Countdown' - a three-hour adult contemporary, magazine style music program counting down the nation’s favourite 20 songs every week.
Barry is one of Australian radio's most recognisable voices. For 21 years, he was the voice of Australia's longest running national music show and the biggest syndicated music program, 'Take 40 Australia'. He was an integral part of the show's success, counting down Australia's 40 biggest songs since 1984 to celebrating the 1000th show milestone in 2003.
Over the years, Barry has done all the big interviews, including Paul McCartney, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, Kylie, Cold Chisel, INXS and U2. And he met Michael Jackson in Japan.
Barry began his radio career at 3SH, the station in his hometown of Swan Hill in Victoria. 'The Beatles had just happened and I fell in love with music and the radio,' Barry explains. 'I couldn’t sing or play anything, so radio was the next best option. I hustled my way on to the local station. The station manager lived on the corner of my street.'
Barry started as the mail boy and two days later was the afternoon announcer. Stints in Launceston, Adelaide and Sydney followed, before Barry arrived in Melbourne, spending a year at 3DB, three years at 3XY and an astonishing 20 years at FOX FM.
Barry Bissell travels from Victoria Australia
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