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Observers and Volunteers
Meteorology on Television
Broadcasting From the Weather Room
Direct Radio Broadcasts of Weather Information
Weather on Commercial Television in Melbourne
Meteorology in the Television Programme
TV Weather Adelaide
TV Weather Brisbane
TV Weather Hobart
TV Weather Melbourne
TV Weather Report
TV Weather Sydney
Public AppreciationTV Weather Services
BureauMedia Workshops in Melbourne and Perth
'Meet the Met' on Video
'Meet the Met' on VideoNo. 261 September 1982, Item 3330
Bob Crowder, in addition to his role as Assistant Director Services, is known throughout the Bureau for several other attributesraconteur, golfer, avid Carlton supporter, gardener (retired), to name a few.
It had its origins in Meteorology Policy Committee discussions, as a result of which one of the MPC members, Mr Graham White, the ABC's Asst. General Manager (TV), offered the use of the Canberra studios to produce the program.
Bob Crowder wrote a lively script, and with SRTR John Mottram in a co-starring role, a pilot was produced in the CTS. Despite some scenes best described as hilarious, the pilot was pronounced good enough for the professional production to proceed.
The program features John and Bob discussing a variety of weather elements and forecasting aidstemperature, rain-fall, hail, cyclones, weather charts, satellite imageryand shows how they can be presented to TV viewers in an entertaining and instructive fashion.
P.S. "Meet the Met" should be compulsory viewing for a former ABC newsreader in Perth. According to a local press report, the announcer, who was noted for his individual approach, reduced the weather forecasts one night to: "It will be hot at the top, warm in the middle and cool at the bottom". The ex-newsreader is reported to have subsequently left for Greece to take up a writing career.
People in Bright Sparcs - Crowder, Robert Bernard
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