The name’s Le Roy. Andrew Le Roy. But you can call me Andy.
Like all good stories, this one begins well before the first episode or chapter. When I was ten, I used to love mucking about with the cassette recorder I got for my seventh birthday. That was one of the most exciting gifts I ever received, including the Barry Crocker cassette my parents (let’s face it, it was Mum) included with it so I would have something to listen to. But I wanted to record. I had done a mock news interview with my brother a couple of years before, and I really felt there was magic to be made with this much coveted equipment.
I enticed my best friend into my bedroom and there we made magic: I donned the voice of Maxie Mouse and he slipped into the persona of Benson Bear. Our first and most memorable recording was Maxie and Benson in The Case Of The Missing Grave a classic horror narrative with in-house theme music and sound effects (most notably, the chain from the virgo pendant I used to wear at the time).
Our mums loved it.
Other memorable recordings were recreations of game shows, most popular being Sale Of The Century in which there would inevitably be a dumb contestant, whose name was a hybrid of kids who had wronged us at school that week.
Another great triumph was my successful edit to remove the voiceover from the end credits of Petticoat Junction. I had been working on my own stage play version of the classic TV series and needed the theme music. I captured the music using some expert manoeuvres on the stop button on my trusty cassette recorder, justifying the clicks at the edit points as the sounds of the Cannon Ball (look it up, it’s delightful!) chugging down the line to the Shady Rest.
It seems natural, then, that I should finish school and spend the next twenty-odd years in various positions not related at all to producing content. I studied drama and also earned my degree in Communication with a Media major, but taking that leap into a career that involved what was clearly a passion didn’t eventuate until I made the bold move, at thirty seven, to leave my home city of Sydney and relocate to Darwin for the opportunity of a lifetime: I had been offered the position of drive-time host and Music Director for the Top End’s highest rating station. It’s there I met Louise. Remember that name. She’s going to be integral to this story.
She was my boss, and we formed a fabulous working relationship. Ten years my junior, we got on like a house on fire and I quickly rose to the position of Assistant Program Director. Anyhow, life unfolds, events take us places we don’t dare to imagine and I relocated to Adelaide to manage a popular community radio station, after which I returned to various roles that, again, didn’t include my creative passion. Skip forward to 2020 (you remember that happy, care-free year, yeah?). Ten years after Louise and I last worked together. She contacted me one afternoon and asked “do you want to make something together?” I didn’t have to think about that at all. It was a solid yes.
We started by touching base once a week to flesh out ideas for our program. Podcasting as our chosen medium. The more we fleshed out our ideas, the more they grew, until eventually we came to the conclusion that we had a full-blown business idea that sounded pretty good. I figured it was time to put my money where my mouth was, in all kinds of figurative ways, and throw myself into the venture full time. My contract term with the organisation I had been working for was coming to an end, so I decided to give notice that I wouldn’t be seeking a contract extension: I would become self employed.
Hero dance with theme music, please. Not the Petticoat Junction theme. I don’t even know where that tape is now, sadly. It never got used due to Petticoat Junction, the stage play, never seeing the light of day.
So here we are, week one of our exciting new venture: Welcome Change Media!