IT’S a good thing Ron Camplin’s first 16 jobs didn’t work out, because he’s certainly found his niche in radio.
The Bathurst Broadcasters owner was joined by staff at 2BS Gold and B-Rock on Monday to mark his 70 years in the commercial radio industry – a monumental effort that, he says, has felt like a breeze compared with the year that preceded it.
Mr Camplin said he had a challenging period before finding himself in radio, trying his hand at a number of jobs (at one, he washed the manager’s car and took all the paint off) before he found his calling.
“And the last 70 years have just gone like that,” he said.
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When Mr Camplin came to Bathurst in 1969, the city had 16,000 residents and the Mitchell College of Advanced Education (later to become Charles Sturt University) had yet to open its doors.
A lot has happened in the meantime – not least Mr Camplin’s close association with the university.
He was presented with a gift from CSU on Monday to recognise the mentoring and work experience he has provided generations of the uni’s students and his long involvement with the Charles Sturt University Foundation.
One of those who celebrated with Mr Camplin on Monday was presenter Kerry Peck – who had been at the Bathurst station for about 12 months when Mr Camplin arrived in 1969.