Barry Ponchard

Every Friday from 12pm until 2pm this fun show hits the airwaves with an interesting mix of Poetry, Prose and Jazz. Cheuny’s poems are deep and thought provoking, while Michelle’s are about the highs and lows of middle- aged romance.

Barry writes everything from social history to children’s stories and is something of an essayist/historian. The family name has been traced back to Normandy in 900AD.

In a busy lifetime, Barry has worn many hats. He has been a research technician while living in the town of Research and a racing cyclist who missed out on the 1956 Olympics.

Barry has taught in U3A and TAFE and was the PR Director of the Work Information Clearance Center (part-time employment for unemployed youth).

He has used up most of his nine lives as a CFA Fireman and has also been a Motor Sports official and competitor. Barry has written about and road tested vintage cars for The Vintage Driver’s Club magazine; this led to photography—the man with the camera was always late!

Barry has loved all forms of JAZZ since he was a teenager. He applied his PR skills and was Stage Manager for The Greater Melbourne and Montsalvat Jazz Festivals. In Eltham he managed the main stage for five years. Barry discovered that Australian musicians are as good, if not better than, the ‘international stars’.

Last time he was in Paris at The Red Mill visiting some Australian chorus girls, they put him to work as the clown’s assistant!

Barry presents Poetry, Prose and Jazz which airs Friday from 12pm.