Last call for prolific presenter

September 9, 2022 BY

On air: Neil Steinman will continue to present Voice FM’s Saturday morning sports show for as a two-hour segment down from its four-hour timeslot. Photo: SUPPLIED

THE final breakfast has been called for a long-serving morning Voice FM radio host.

Presenter of the station’s regular morning and Saturday morning sports shows Neil Steinman will take a reduced role following his final breakfast appearance last Friday.

Mr Steinman has hosted for the community radio station for 37 years, and said he loved filling the breakfast slot for the last 18 years.

“It’s hard to believe breakfast is over. Not many people would probably remember that when we started, we were the only ones in this area on FM radio,” he said.

“People would ring up and talk about things that were happening at the time, and I always tried to make time for everyone.

“I’ve interviewed all sorts of people too, singers, actors, sportspeople, at the highest level. It showed me that people really are just people.”

A carpenter by trade, Mr Steinman got involved with Voice FM while working as a teacher at Mount Clear Secondary College, where the station was also broadcasting from.

He said his highlights include broadcasting the World Cup cricket match between England and Sri Lanka at Eastern Oval in 1992.

While Mr Steinman will no longer host the daily morning breakfast segment, he will continue to present his Saturday sports show at a reduced timeslot from 7am to 9am.

As a volunteer with the Royal South Street Society and York Street Church of Christ, Mr Steinman said he’ll be looking to fill his mornings with other voluntary opportunities.

He said he’s grateful for the opportunities the breakfast show gave him.

“It’s probably one of the greatest opportunities to have,” he said.

“For those people that listened, I perhaps was the only person they spoke to for those hours in the early waking part of their day.

“That’s a pretty big privilege to have, and I always tried to be helpful with the content. I think I achieved that, in most part, and I got to interview all these different people who make the town tick.”