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Tony Gillett

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Background: Tony was born and bred in Orange before joining the regular army in 1961, at the age of 18. As an infantryman in the 1st Battalion, he did his part during a one year tour of duty in Vietnam, with some of that time also spent in the army engineers and in catering roles. After more than ten years serving his country, Tony left the army and moved to Griffith with his wife in 1973. He worked a variety of jobs in Griffith before settling in to a longterm position at Griffith Highschool. Throughout the 1980's Tony was also a disco DJ, and eventually took part in the very first test broadcast of 2MIA FM in 1988, within the old Post Office in the Pioneer Park Museum. Tony has been with the radio station ever since, presenting his mix of swing and rock 'n' roll classics from the 1940's to the 80's.

Music Interests: Tony grew up enjoying the music of Buddy Holly, Bill Haley and the Comets, Little Richard, The Rolling Stones, Elvis, The Platters and many more. He recollected purchasing his first ever record, Blue Berry Hill by Fats Domino, and listening to it on his brothers record player. Influenced by a family member, Tony also took up accoustic guitar for a time. Tony very much enjoyed listening to his rock 'n' roll favourates. "Listening to the old music makes me want to go back and do it all again. But even though I can't dance like I used to anymore, I still like to bop along with the music."  

Tony Gillett passed away in 2017. He was a lifetime member of 2MIA FM and presenter of the Golden Era of Music for 27 years. His contributions to community radio and his unique and friendly radio personality will not be forgotten by those who worked with him. Thank you Tony.

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