Presented by Mick Paddon
Mick has been a presenter on Eastside Radio since the year of the Sydney Olympics, 2000. Since then he has presented Drive on different nights of the week but he s settled into his current Thursday time slot a few years ago. He interviews people who are trying to make the world a better, fairer or more interesting place. The main focus is on Sydney, but that usually also means thinking and t talking about national, international or global issues. He has interviewed writers, curators, cooks, local activists, film makers ,musicians, fund raisers, researchers. Anyone and everyone who is trying to use their skills, knowledge or experience to make a positive difference.
The music is jazz. Anything which feeds from the spirit of Miles mixed with the sorts of jazz and jazz related music you can hear performed live around Sydney’s clubs, bars and performance spaces. Mick was involved in running one of Australia’s longest standing jazz promotion and performance associations for many years. He has written many reviews and opinion pieces on jazz, most recently for Eastside and for Australiajazznet. When he has time he works on improving his own saxophone technique.
Away from hosting Drive, Mick has been a research consultant based at one of Sydney’s universities and has spent much of his time working on development aid projects in different parts of south east Asia.