Fairlie Hamilton column, July 17 2017

I love change.

When there’s change, it’s like a breath of fresh air. New energy. New potential.

I guess the reason people don’t like change is because often it means an upheaval, or a grieving. Loss is definitely something to mourn and be fearful of, but change brings new beginnings, and that’s brilliant.

Throughout my adult life I’ve had plenty of change; working in radio it’s to be expected. I moved from Sydney when I was 22 to Inverell, a town so small it didn’t even have any traffic lights. Just three pubs and a dusty old radio station where my dream career would commence.

From Inverell I moved to Shepparton in Victoria, then the Central Coast, then I fortuitously landed a job working for WIN, at C91.3fm in Campbelltown, then my beloved i98fm.

I finished up at i98fm last week. I spent an amazing decade of number-one ratings working at i98, the job not only landed me in an amazing region that I now-and-forever call home, but I have worked with some brilliant people. You know them…Marty Haynes, Maje Saba, Crammy, and many more both on and off-air.

I’m excited for my next chapter. I am joining the ABC Illawarra, working as a producer for the local Morning Show presented by Nick Rheinberger, an amazing broadcaster who has been right in the thick of the community for a decade. 

So, another change! And I can’t wait. It will be great working for Aunty, plus I get to stay local and be just as involved in the community as I have been for the past ten years at i98.

This will be my last column for the Illawarra Mercury, and I have loved sharing my thoughts and opinions with you over the past year. Thank you so much to Mercury editor Julian O’Brien and the Mercury team, and I’ll hear you over at 97.3.

EDITOR’S NOTE: And thank you to Fairlie and good luck.