WHEN Ray Terrill's voice was first heard on radio, man hadn't stepped foot on the moon.
That came three months later in 1969.
A fresh faced 18 year-old, Ray begun at Wangaratta's 3NE on April 14, 1969.
The studio included two tape recorders and four turntables.
"I almost died when they started building radio studios without turntables," Terrill said.
Fifty years later and Terrill still can't get enough of what he describes as something that comes naturally - talking.
"Obviously I can talk under water, there is no secret about that," he said.
"When I started 3NE was part of The Age and we did our own national news broadcast on the hour.
"Which back then was pretty incredible.
"When something big broke in Melbourne they used to have this light system, and we used to just brush it off but I do remember when they touched down on the moon, that was a pretty memorable day for sure."
Other major events Terrill remembers include the 1970 Westgate Bridge collapse and the Vietnam War.
"When we couldn't pronounce names or places in Vietnam we used to just read over them really quickly and place our hand over our mouth," Terrill said.
"Just a little trick of the trade to get through those live reads.
"Broadcasters now don't know the fun of live reads, in particular live advertisement reads."
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In the digital era Terrill said this is what he misses the most.
"There is no room to put your personality into it anymore," he said.
"It is all pre-recorded and mostly automated now, but back then we had a lot of fun reading the ads out live.
"But you didn't get it wrong twice after getting a stern chatting to from your boss. That is where your income came from after all."
Terrill has done two stints with both 3NE and 2AY before taking up his current post doing Saturday morning breakfast on ABC Goulburn Murray.
"There were a few times during all that time when I gave it away," Terrill said.
"When my daughters were born I focused on family and I started driving buses before buying the business.
"I did try to retire once but quickly learnt the relaxed lifestyle is not for me."
Despite Terrill describing himself as "a very lazy man" he said he couldn't keep away from the radio business.
"Saturday mornings suit me perfectly - it gets it out of my system," he said.
"But my wizard of a producer Shane Goldsworthy definitely makes me look good.
When asked if retirement from the airwaves are in the near future, Terrill said he has "a long way to go".
"There is a radio broadcaster in Australia who is 92 and still announcing so I have a long way to go yet," he said.
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