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Vale Peter Staben

3D Band - Tony pics 2We’re deeply saddened by the passing of Peter Staben, aka The Brat, influential and much loved presenter of Technicolour Dreaming and Obscured by… and member of the Brats and Rashamra. Peter passed away Thursday, July 16 surrounded by his family. Rest in peace our friend, you will be sorely missed. The Cat has put together a fantastic bio for you to read below.

Peter’s first band on keyboards (well one that had a name, anyway) was when he was still at high school, Clarke and the Opus 5 (mainly surf covers and hits of the day, with vocals by the lovely 60’s model Christine Cassebohm). The next notable band was Rashamra, where he was the baby of the band at 19 years old, but had a couple of Adelaide Top 5 chart hits with “Antelope” and “Mr Timekeeper” (the b-side of which “Paradise Found (With Apologies to Milton)” was his first real songwriting effort). An album was recorded but the master tape was re-used by their manager before it could be released, lost forever. After Rashamra broke up, he played in the short-lived Hard Rock Theatre (with Jim Keays), then in Queen (with Sue Barker).

After a couple of months living on the beach and surfing at Cactus (he helped build, according to him, the worst constructed grain silo in the country! That’s what you get for employing surfies to pour concrete), it was time to travel the world for a few years, visiting, and living in (in no particular order) Indonesia, Malaysia, Burma, India, Nepal, the Czech Republic (Prague), France (Paris, in a proper artists garret at the top of 5 flights of stairs!), Crete (in a fishing village during the off-season), and then finally London.

It was in London that Peter discovered punk, shaved his beard and cut his hair, lived in squats in some fantastic old buildings, taught remedial students at a local high school, and joined his first punk band, an embryonic version of GBH (the Brat had vivid memories of playing on the back of a truck during a CND rally). His musical outlook changed forever, he travelled back to Australia (via Perth and Darwin) to spread the word.

This is when The Brats were born, a short-lived band who made a huge impact on the Adelaide music scene, with “Life on the Dole” being their only recording that received a proper release (on the 5MMM comp), although it was played on community stations around the country. You may be interested to know that he also wrote the bridge section of the Bad Poets “Crash Sweet Crash” (on the same comp), when the band got stuck with how to link the verse and the chorus!

After the Brats disintegrated, he travelled to Darwin, where he wrote the music column in the daily paper, and which consequently featured lots and lots of stories of the exploits of his latest band, Exhibit A (the first version) – the band shopping at the local supermarket made the front page! Peter said “better to be a big fish in a little pond than never be a fish at all”.

The next move was to Melbourne, where he made friends (in his usual inimitable style) with a host of great musos of the time: Chris, Dave and Claire from The Moodists, Lindy and Grant of the Go-Betweens, Russell of the Crystal Set, Nick and Tracey of the Birthday Party, Stu Spasm, Tex Perkins, Marty and Ploogie of The Church (the latter originally being the drummer for The Brats)…..sorry for all the name dropping. This is when Exhibit A (mk 2) recorded the unreleased single “Confusion”, which was all ready to go when their record label folded.

Rock stardom thwarted yet again, Peter “settled down” to fatherhood, first with Oliver, and then with the birth of Holly. Later moving back to Adelaide, he concentrated on work and being a single-dad to Holly, only playing occasionally and recording with Mary Laslett and Peter Jesser (Rashamra), and doing a couple of gigs with Truck offshoot Devil’s Elbow (with Lynton Cox and Mick Brown).

He eventually found his way to Three D Radio (with Holly in tow, doing her own show on Rock and Roll High School), hosting Breakfast with Lynton, and Obscured By … with Michael Hunter. After Lynton’s untimely death in early 2005, I then joined Wednesday Breakfast and The Cat and the Brat were born.

Not being a morning person, we switched to Wednesday Drive with Technicolour Dreaming (no more 4.30am alarms, yay!) while also entertaining the listeners (as well as ourselves) as the Three Dots on Obscured By…, until our switch later on to the current Tuesday timeslot.

After The Cat and The Brat’s rock’n’roll wedding at the original Jade Monkey in 2007 Peter was keen to re-release Life on the Dole, a dream that was realised a few years later with the shiny black vinyl double-A-side shared with the Molting Vultures.

Since then, apart from the occasional guest spot with the Molties, and playing with the memorable (for all the wrong reasons) Three D Band (we had such good fun singing and playing with Adam, Tim, Dave, Suzy, Mark and Kerry) the Brat has concentrated on radio since retiring from work in 2008, and with our permanent move down south, a lot of his time has been spent in the last few years researching and downloading a ridiculous amount of music from new psychedelic bands from round the world, to play on our show. So much music, and so little time to find and play it all.

Vale George

We are very sad to hear that long time presenter George Gauci has passed away.

Vale George. He is a huge part of Three D history, as he was involved for 20 years, from 1990 until 2010.

Particularly through his work on The Prison Show, George performed a crucial service to the most marginalised and disempowered people in our community. He played the music they requested and provided a powerful line of communication for messages from inside out and outside in. George exemplifies the work of a Community Radio volunteer.

Three D and the SA music community were blessed to have him. He will be missed.

Radiothon 2014 is Upon Us!

Radiothon 2014

Radiothon will be running from August 22-31 this year. Subscribe to Three D Radio during Radiothon and go into the draw for some fantastic prizes.

We’ll be posting more info in the coming weeks, but for now put this in your diaries and start putting money into your coin jar. Radiothon 2014 is upon us!

New Shows!

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Groovin’ with Sister T airs Wednesday afternoons from 1-2pm and covers contemporary jazz and blues.

Episodes In Space airs bright and early on Sundays, 6-8am, and will take you on a journey of Hip Hop sounds. Just what you need on a Sunday morning!

And the winner is… Ride Into The Sun!

Congratulations to Ride Into The Sun! Their self titled EP was the most played new release on Three D Radio in 2013!

Ride Into The Sun winning The Top 100+1

You should check out the full chart, it’s packed with some fantastic local and Australian music, and some international artists as well.

Thanks to everyone who made the day such a great experience! We’ll be updating the website with photos, interviews and other stuff over the coming days. For now though, I

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Top 100+1 For 2013 Is Here

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Tune in Monday, January 27th from 8am  for the Top 100+1 Countdown! We will be counting down the 101 most played new releases of 2013. You can expect some of the best South Australian music, plenty of interviews with the bands and artists who made it into the chart, and lots of fun.

We’ll be updating the chart throughout the day right here!

Radiothon Major Prize Draw

Prizes have been drawn! Is your name on the list?

Individual Prize Draw

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Prize Winner Suburb Subscriber number
A $500 case of wine from McLaren Vale winemakers Alpha Box and Dice Shane Adelaide 21083
An Alpha Box and Dice wine cellar door tour and VIP experience for up to 10 people Hugh Bridgewater 20987
A house concert by new wave revival vintage blues trio The Hushes Mark Plympton 21269
A $250 gift voucher from Haymes Paint, Norwood Jeff Birkenhead 21096
A Northern Sound System Double Gold Pass – a year’s worth of gigs Anita Broadview 21585
A Northern Sound System Double Gold Pass – a year’s worth of gigs Bob Gulfview Heights 20902
A $100 voucher from Vintage Carousel. Three D Discounter Liam Norwood 21597
A $100 dining voucher for the Rising Sun Hotel, Port Wakefield Marina Maylands 21063
A $50 gift basket from Chile Mojo. Three D Discounter Dave Seacombe Gardens 21412
A $50 voucher from Irving Baby. Three D Discounter David Christie Downs 21171
A Set of Guitar Toolbox Method instruction books by Cal Williams Jnr Tammy & Bill Kanmantoo 21300
A CD and poster pack from Adelaide’s roots record label, Stobie Sounds Peter Edwardstown 21047
A CD and poster pack from Adelaide’s roots record label, Stobie Sounds Phil Banksia Park 11
A CD and poster pack from Adelaide’s roots record label, Stobie Sounds Scott Goodwood 21400
A CD and poster pack from Adelaide’s roots record label, Stobie Sounds Andrew Pt Noarlunga South 21317
A CD and poster pack from Adelaide’s roots record label, Stobie Sounds Peter Belair 21219
2 bottles of wine from Patritti Wines. Three D Discounter John Sedan 20893
2 bottles of wine from Patritti Wines. Three D Discounter Tony Seacliff Park 21549
1 bottle of wine and 1 bottle of juice from Patritti Wines. Three D Discounter Ian Brompton 70
An American Folk Anthology 3 vinyl record set from Title Records Hendrika Christie Downs 20815
A pack of teas, pot, timer, and thermometer from The Tea Catcher. Three D Discounter Peter Clapham 20822
$50 worth of blooms from Wild Yucca. Three D Discounter Zabia Rostrevor 21533
A pack of 20 CDs courtesy of Off The Hip Records Anne Springton 21600
A pack of 20 CDs courtesy of Off The Hip Records Darren Port Noarlunga 21233
A shampoo, cut & style courtesy of Hair Machine Unley. Three D Discounter Glenn n/a 20911
The Mark of Cain vinyl version of Songs of the Third and Fifth, courtesy of Title Records Steve Kent Town 21226
A two year Diggers Club membership. Includes a subscription to Diggers Garden Magazine David Glenelg North 20980
A $65 Earth Greetings writing prize packs Vanessa Redwood Park 21117
A $65 Earth Greetings writing prize packs Rob (Willy) Clearview 21561
A Three D Album of the Week pack – a year’s worth of new releases Vicky Heathfield 21374
A Three D Feature of the Week pack – a year’s worth of new, indie, and Australian releases Richard Grange 21342
Hijack The Green Room (Wednesday 5-6:30pm) and program your own music for broadcast Helen Pooraka 30

Band Prize Draw

Prize Winner Subscriber number
An SX lap steel guitar made of USA Ash + gig bag courtesy of Salvi’s Fine Guitars Isomer 21305
A Demo Recording Session (5 hours) courtesy of Northern Sound System iheart 21297
A professional on-location photoshoot courtesy of Ben Searcy Photography King Krill 21311
A Band Rehearsal Session package (5 block x 5 hours) courtesy of Northern Sound System The Molting Vultures 21423
A Band Rehearsal Session package(5 block x 5 hours) courtesy of Northern Sound System Slingshot Dragster 21565
A Music Business Mentoring Session (2 hours) courtesy of Northern Sound System Andy & Marta 21108
A Music Business Mentoring Session (2 hours) courtesy of Northern Sound System Dramaqueens 20992
A Music Business Mentoring Session(2 hours) courtesy of Northern Sound System The Systemaddicts 21205
1 x Disk-Edits Mastering package – 3 hours mastering, Ready for Production Master, Reference Copy Lucky Seven 21247
A pack of 20 CDs courtesy of Off The Hip Records Arky & The Sparrow 21575
A mixed carton of beer courtesy of Brewboys. Three D Discounter Loveless 21129
A mixed carton of beer courtesy of Brewboys. Three D Discounter Passionfruit Fools 21440
2 bottles of wine from Patritti Wines. Three D Discounter Tombstone Hunters Club 21590
2 bottles of wine from Patritti Wines. Three D Discounter Asteroid Belt 21458
1 bottle of wine and 1 bottle of juice from Patritti Wines. Three D Discounter The Monies 21316
3 weeks Local Band Rate promotion on Three D Radio (25 messages per week) The RamBambies 21039
3 weeks Local Band Rate promotion on Three D Radio (25 messages per week) Psychodelicacy 21082
3 weeks Local Band Rate promotion on Three D Radio (25 messages per week) Darts of Pleasure 21203

Thanks once again to everyone who supported us during Radiothon, our prize donors, and everyone who subscribed. Three D Radio could not exist without your support!

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Thanks for supporting Radiothon!

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Thank you for supporting Three D Radio during Radiothon 2013! We had a fantastic and hectic 2 weeks. Three D Radio relies on support from listeners and local businesses to survive, and the support we have received is very humbling.

Thank you to all our prize donors and discounters this year, and for Brenton Manser, The Dunes, and The Reverend Spud McGeek for donating their time on Sunday for our after party. Tune into Four Course Breakfast in a couple of weeks for the major prize draw!

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Radiothon 2013!

It’s nearly that time of year again! Radiothon is almost upon us, and we ask you to support the station and subscribe! Subscribe during Radiothon, running from August 23 to September 1, and you’ll go into the draw for some fantastic prizes!

Three D Radio has now been broadcasting from our new home at 101 Payneham Road, St Peters for six months. We now have a 21st century station broadcasting to the world in FM, digital radio, and online. As a 100% volunteer run organisation, we still operate on a shoestring budget to meet our running costs and recoup the cost of moving. We need your help to continue to present our esoteric mix of local, Australian, and specialist music.

Subscribe during Radiothon 2013! Running Friday August 23 to Sunday September 1!

Your annual subscription is only $60 ($40 concession). Pay your subscription by Friday, September 16 2013 and you’ll go into our major prize draw. You’ll also get some pretty neat perks! So, without further ado, the prize draw!

Individual Prize Draw

Band Prize Draw

As you can see, it’s a pretty amazing set of prizes. We would like to thank all the businesses who donated prizes this year. And of course, we thank you for subscribing and keeping Three D Radio on the air.

A Shiny New Website!

isthisthingonWelcome to our shiny new website!

Have a look around. We’re working on getting all the information from the old website over to the new one. Please be patient if you notice something missing.