Audrey Caley at Ian “Macca” McNamara’s book signing at Dymocks.
Audrey Caley at Ian “Macca” McNamara’s book signing at Dymocks. Mike Knott

Macca turns Bundy fans' week around

THERE is a soundtrack that fills Bundaberg woman Angela Lathouras’s house every Sunday morning.

Along with her breakfast, Ms Lathouras makes sure to tune her radio to Macca’s long-running program, Australia All Over.

And yesterday, she was thrilled to get the chance to meet Ian “Macca” McNamara when he visited Dymocks, in Bourbong Street, to sign copies of his new book, Say G’day.

“My family has been listening to Macca for years,” Ms Lathouras said.

“I just like listening to the people who phone in each week and hearing their stories.”

She said she had trouble picking a favourite caller, but had enjoyed listening to Gilbert, an elderly man who chatted regularly with Macca about his life.

Ms Lathouras said she had grown up listening to Macca’s voice.

“My father always did the same thing – listen to Macca every Sunday morning, so I’ve got that from him,” she said.

Macca has been presenting the popular show for almost 30 years and, during that time, has developed a large fan base.

Bargara woman Barbara Treacey and her friend Jan Menadue were thrilled to have the chance to meet him.

“He takes so many calls and he is great with people,” Mrs Treacey said.

Mrs Menadue said it was not really a Sunday without Macca.

“It’s the first thing I do on a Sunday – switch on the radio,” she said.

Macca said although technology had evolved significantly since he first started the show, it had not changed the reason people tuned in.

“I think it’s important that Australians know what other Australians are doing,” he said.

“We get most of our news from Sydney and Melbourne, but it is still important to have an idea of what is going on in far-flung places.

“I don’t think people have changed much and we are still curious about what others are doing.”

Macca said the show had allowed him to travel to some amazing parts of the country.

“I usually like whatever part of the country I’m in at the time,” he said.

“I’ve got friends all over the place who drop by to say hello and that’s what makes it worth it.”

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