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    I was a TOP British radio dj in America during the 60's British Invasion !




    Some complimentive words from others:



    Dear Mr Martin,

    I'm writing to thank you for your tremendous effort and assistance in filing regular interviews and

    updates on the situation in Japan for 2UE across the weekend, during what must have been a very

    Your initial interview with Stuart Bocking on Friday night blew us away - your insight, considered

    thoughts and evocative descriptions really impressed upon our listeners the gravity and extent of

    I know my colleagues continued to touched base with you across the weekend on the George and

    Paul Show and Weekend Breakfast with John Stanley - and the feedback has been overwhelming.

    A number of people have made a point of saying to me this morning how compelling your interviews

    2UE reallyishalso greatly appreciative

    of the opportunity to hear from someone on the ground in Japan about the severity of the situation

    I will most definitely send you through an air check of your Friday Night interview as soon as possible

    - it will take me a little while to turn the audio around this morning but I just wanted to touch base

    frightening time.

    the situation confronting Japan.

    were, along with the content and experiences you related.

    and extent of impjact.

    first to express my gratitude for your assistance and your time.

    On behalf of my colleagues, please accept our sincere thanks.

    Our thoughts are with you and your family, and the nation of Japan, at this difficult time.

    If there's anything we can do to be of assistance in coming days or weeks, please don't hesitate

    to let me know.

    Warm regards,


    Programing Operations


    Dear Mr. Martin,

    Thank you very much for joining us on The Larry Elder Show on April 9th, 2013. Your knowledge

    of the situation in North Korea was very much appreciated and gave our listeners much needed

    Know that we will be contacting you in the future if/when things heat up even further with North

    insight on what is REALLY going on at ground level.


    Warmest Regards,

    Audrey Antley

    Associate Producer

    The Larry Elder Show

    Talk Radio 790 KABC

    Abc news talk Los Angeles


    Dear Paul,

    Thank you very much for coming on The World Today Weekend with Sean Leslie on April 3rd, 2011.

    Even though you were discussing the tragedy that Japan was going through following the massive

    earthquake and subsequent tsunami, you brought some levity to the situation. You also shed some

    light some issues that our host didn’t even know about, which was wonderful not only for him, but

    You were very informative and allowed people here in Vancouver, BC to feel as though they were

    our listeners as well.

    We would gladly have you on the show again in the future!

    in Japan.


    Devon Taylor

    CKNW News Talk 980

    Producer - The World Today Weekend with Sean Leslie

    Producer - The Weekend Morning News with Jill Bennett

    Producer - Talk To The Experts with Ian Power

    Programming Assistant - CKNW, Rock 101, The Fox, AM730

    Promotions Assistant - CKNW

    To whom it may concern, 5/17/1

    I'm writing on behalf of reporter Paul Martin. Paul provided live reports

    for KGO Newstalk 810 AM radio in San Francisco immediately following the Japan earthquake on

    Paul did an excellent job of describing the initial damage reports, kept our listeners informed about

    the powerful aftershocks that hit while he was broadcasting live with us from his office in Tokyo.

    We appreciate Paul's coverage and would not hesitatet o use him in the future.


    the danger of nuclear fallout, and also described

    News and Social Media Director

    Paul Hosley

    KGO Newstalk 810AM

    San Francisco

    Hi Paul,

    Thank you so much for your time last night. The guys really appreciated having someone in Tokyo

    with as much experience as yourself.

    Keep in touch.



    Luca Gonano

    Producer - 3AW Football

    Media House, Level 7, 655 Collins Street, Docklands VIC 3008 FAIRFAX RADIO NETWORK


    Thank you for our cross today regarding the typhoon in South Korea and your information on the

    We appreciated your time this morning, our listeners across Queensland enjoyed having international

    Sydney riots, amazing timing for our program on both issues.

    news and perspective across the airwaves.

    Looking forward to our future correspondence.


    Katherine Hornbuckle


    Mornings with Greg Cary statewide

    9am to 12pm Monday to Friday


    77 Southgate Avenue, Cannon Hill, Qld 4173

    PO Box 10116 Adelaide Street, Brisbane, Qld 4000

    Hi Paul,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to our Afternoon Show today.

    We really appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedule to talk to us.

    Jane loved the interview and your wealth of knowledge.

    We'd love to chat to you again soon

    Thanks again



    Producer – Afternoons with Jane Marwick

    Producer – Maumill on Sunday 6PR Perth WA


    Hi Paul,

    Thank you for for appearing on 6PR's Weekend Wakeup with Harvey and Sue this morning, talking

    about the North Korean rocket launch.

    It was an excellent cross, entertaining and informative.








    ORGINAL, CREATIVE, ABUNDANCE OF TALENT and EXCITING in every sense of the word, there will never be another era like them!

    What can I say that hasn't already been said ?

    I was a top radio DJ in the uk, Australia and the US at the peak of the British Invasion. I arrived in America by ship from NZ in 65 and went from obscurity and a small station KPLS Santa Rosa, California to WCFL Chicago in 7 months, at 73 I still have more energy than a teenager and boy do I miss those great 60's !

    I had a special view from the inside of show business and the media.
    I was born in Wales immigrated to Australia in the 50's, worked as a Jackaroo (Australian cowboy). milked cows by hand, rounded up horses and sheep with kelpies (Australian sheep dogs they did most of the work better than humans) At 15 I was Australia's youngest reporter in Melbourne, I wrote, produced and directed my first play, a musical, I also acted in several others, I knew showbusiness was where I was born to be in in some way or another, it's an inexplicable inner drive that only performers feel ! At 16 I was the youngest radio DJ in Adalaide. I returned to the uk in 1960 and was a top dancehall dj in London playing to huge crowds at the Lyceum, Locarno and Hammersmith Palais in between band breaks and keeping em dancing. I got hitched (too young) and returned to Australia, later two Australian Sons who I raised alone after a failed marriage. I owned a very popular nightclub in Perth in 64 called the Peppermint Lounge, named after the one in NY where Joe and the Starlighters performed and they made a movie "The Peppermint Twist" Within a year I controlled all the best bands and dances in and around perth. In 65 I went to America and instantly loved everything about the place, I started on a small station KPLS Santa Rosa 50 miles north of San francisco, then worked on Oklahoma's top stations WKY and KOMA (50,000 watts) after that KBOX Dallas, then KXOK St.Louis and later still WCFL Chicago the fantasy of All top jocks. After that WMEX Boston, KJR Seattle, KNEW Spokane, KEED Eugene (University of Oregon town) and later still KGMB tv and radio and KORL Honolulu. In 74 I returned to Australia and published Captain Fantastic comic and had a live shopping mall show and tv show together with my young Sons consisting of magic and marshall arts, my oldest Son could smash 15 roof tiles with one swipe of his hand, use the numchuks and both were escape artists!

    Girls were more decent in the 60's they had self respect and didn't just jump into bed with strangers for one night stands and guys had equal respect for them too ! Entertainers didn't strip and make sexual gyrations when performing and their was no ghetto rap encouraging violence and criminal ctivities like these days.I thought American girls were very attractive and very nice on a whole.
    I lived all over the World, was also a foreign correspondent and broadcaster, still do it ocassionally and contribute to numerous newspapers. I also produced a comic based on our live and tv shows. Out of all the places I lived I liked America best, most folk there were VERY kind to me and I had a lot of doors and opportunities opened.
    I was into classic cars and we had our share of beauties and also did a lot cruising and camping, The people, attire and music of the 60's was and is unimmitable, a lot of new sounds and dances originated there and I was one of the DJ's who launched them over the airwaves and got to introduce most British bands at their American concerts including the Stones !
    I have attached some photographs of my wonderful 60's memories.








    March 29, 2013

    I  enjoyed reading your bio.. I too loved the sixties..not just because of  he fashion, .. the music- Animals, Kinks Yardbirds, Mariane  Faithful.Stones..Beatles/

    tie dye types and Carnaby Cool-- it was a time of Expression  and Experimentation.




    March 28, 2013

      It says it all. and  what a CAR!!!!   Great photo!




    March 27, 2013

    You  were certainly a lucky fella.  I think that you should post some more  memorabilia of your life and times, especially write about how it was to  be a Brit on the American scene;) then.  Great story!




    March 26, 2013

    Good music, good dope, good cars, and good times.




    March 26, 2013

    Great post and images!

    Thanks for sharing.




    March 26, 2013

    Exciting times. You must have some incredible memories.


    I grew up in the New York city area so was raised on some great radio in the 60's.


    Love the cars and especially that VW bus!


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