Podcast by Western Weekender
On The Record: Bernard Zuel
Bernard Zuel is one of the most respected music writers in Australian journalism, best known for his 25 years with The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper.
But it is Penrith where Bernard learned his craft, especially during a stint with the Penrith Press newspaper in the early 1990s.
In this fascinating chat, Bernard speaks about his career, the music industry, journalism and difficult confrontations with artists.
On The Record: Ross Free
Ross Free has the honour of being the inaugural Member for Lindsay.
He speaks about his time in the Hawke and Keating ministries, about Penrith's growth in the 1980s and 1990s, and about that infamous 1996 election, when he lost the seat.
Ross is a long-time Labor Party member and his life in politics is both intriguing and insightful.
On The Record: Terry Gallaway OAM
Colyton resident Terry Gallaway OAM has been a journalist since 1955.
In this podcast, he details his remarkable career in print, TV and radio and recounts some of the stories that have stuck with him, including the 1989 murder of Lauren Hickson in Emu Plains.
Terry also talks about his time at the now defunct Penrith Star, and reveals why he'll never leave the city he calls home.
On The Record: Peter Lang
Peter Lang has lived in Penrith since the early 1970s.
He's worked with some of the biggest brands in Penrith, including Panthers, Penrith City Council and The Western Weekender.
Peter details plenty of stories about his career in Penrith, reveals his personal demons and talks family, life and footy.
On The Record: Troy Dodds
In a special episode, we've turned the tables and our regular host, Troy Dodds, is in the hot seat as our guest.
Troy speaks about his career in the media, including how he shook up the media scene of the theatre industry.
Troy has guided the Weekender for the past 12 years, and has some interesting stories to tell about the paper and the media in general.
On The Record: John Todd
John Todd is the Executive Officer at the Western Sydney Business Centre.
He joins us to talk about his three decades in the role, his 20 years with Westpac and chats about his time in football, particularly with the Blacktown Spartans.
John is a major player in the Penrith business community, and has worked alongside thousands of businesses in the region over the past three decades.