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J.C. "JIM" ANDERSON (1931-47): He was the first caller for radio station 4BC and therefore the first to be allowed to call races on course. There had been previous race callers who were situated outside the tracks such as Mick Flanigan. Jim also worked a turf writer for the Referee, Truth and Sunday Sun newspapers. He was still working each Saturday well into his 80s. Jim was also the long time handicapper for the Tattersall's Race Club. He died aged 97 in 1998. J.C. Anderson was unrelated to W.J. "Jim" Anderson who was a chief racing writer at The Courier-Mail and The Sunday Mail for 40 years.

RON ANWIN (1947-58): Originally from South Australia, Anwin had called on 2GB in Sydney before joining 4BC on the retirement of Jim Anderson in 1947. He was from a major racing family and his father Jack rode Bravo to win in the 1889 Melbourne Cup beating Carbine. Unfortunately, Anwin, who retired due to ill health in 1959, died of a heart attack in 1960 aged just 51.

VINCE CURRY (1959-83): Originally from Toowoomba Vince was the voice of Brisbane racing for three decades. A great all round broadcaster who also called boxing and Olympic Games, Vince had a rapid fire style allowing him to run through fields several times in the call. He owned several good horses which were trained by his great mate Jim Atkins. The best was Half Scotch who was good enough to win in Sydney. Vince died in 1983 after a short battle with cancer.

WAYNE WILSON (1983-2010): The nephew of legendary trainer Jack Wilson, Wayne Wilson started calling in Gladstone in 1960 when 12. He went on to be regarded as Queensland's greatest caller and had the honour of calling both a Melbourne Cup and Golden Slipper. He joined 4BC in 1969 and worked as a second string race caller and trots caller until Vince Curry died in 1983. Wayne owned many good race horses with the best being Do You Remember and Ranch Heiress who both won the McDougall Stakes in Brisbane.

DAVID FOWLER (1974-Present): David Fowler began his Queensland Broadcasting career under the careful eye of former race calling greats Keith Noud and Vince Curry in the 1970s. His official broadcast was as an 11-year-old at Bundaberg in 1974. Fowler has been Queensland's leading harness racing broadcaster for the past 17 years but has been regularly heard over the past decade at Eagle Farm and Doomben in his role as Wayne Wilson's understudy.

TERRY SPARGO (1978-Present): Terry joined Radio 4BC in 1978 and was appointed the greyhound caller and acted as support caller to Wayne Wilson in harness racing and thoroughbred racing. He spent 16 years as course caller at the Gold Coast before securing a position with the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Now based in Dubai, Terry calls at Meydan for the Emirates Racing Association.


KEITH NOUD (1937-1964): A legend in Brisbane racing, Keith was a member of one of Australia's most famous racing families. He was the on course caller at Brisbane race tracks for 40 years and called for the ABC from the 1930s to 1964 when he switched to 4BK. He was originally a journalist covering courts but later became turf editor of the Brisbane Telegraph Newspaper. On his retirement he was the Brisbane Turf Cub's media officer for several years.

LARRY PRATT (1964-1991): The brother of top trainer Alby Pratt, Larry took over from Keith Noud at the ABC and continued calling there until the commission dropped race coverage in the early 1990s. Larry was an exceptional tipster and his best effort was to tip Spedito to win the Stradbroke and Doomben 10,000 double in 1975 at odds of 14-1 and 25-1 respectively. He also worked for the Brisbane Telegraph for many years before the newspaper closed in 1988. Larry retired after a short stint at The Courier-Mail and now lives on the Gold Coast.


TOM FOLEY (1947-1964): A journalist with Melbourne's Globe he moved to Brisbane in the mid-1930's. He later took up race calling and his first major broadcast was the 1947 QTC St Leger won by Guiding Light who then lost on protest to Wild Buck. Foley called races until 1964 when retired in favour of Keith Noud. Foley continued his radio involvement by partnering Noud on a racing talk back program until he retired in the mid-1970s.

KEITH NOUD (1964-1972): See above.


ALAN THOMAS (1994-Present): A talented all round broadcaster in both radio and television over a 40 years period. He was originally employed at 4BC before a stint as the race caller on 4KQ. Alan spent a decade as a football, boxing and general sports reporter on Channel 9 before being appointed Sky Channel's Brisbane caller in 1993. He holds the record for the longest priced winner tipped in a newspaper tipster poll with 66-1 shot Beau Diable.

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