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Macca (Ian McNamara)

2007
John Elliott

type C photograph on paper (sheet: 62.0 cm x 50.5 cm, image: 49.8 cm x 33.3 cm)

Ian McNamara AM, radio broadcaster, graduated from Sydney University with an economics degree before leaving the city to become a jackeroo. After performing with Col Joye and the Joy Boys he joined the ABC in 1974. Two years later he became a rural reporter. After a year in television, working on A Big Country and Countrywide, he returned to rural radio in 1980 as a reporter on, and then presenter of, Australia All Over, the program with which he is now universally identified. In 1985 he became executive producer of rural radio programs including Morning Extra, Australia All Over, and Resources. Australia All Over, a mix of music, poetry, anecdotes, book readings and talkback, attracts a weekly listenership of some 2 million. McNamara still performs occasionally, and is also a songwriter and producer. His books include On the Road with Macca (2003) and Why I Live Where I Live (2005); his CD compilations include Macca Tracks (2005), two volumes of Macca by Request (2002, 2004) and The Last Ten Years (2007).

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2007
© John Elliott

Artist and subject

John Elliott (age 56 in 2007)

Ian McNamara AM (age 56 in 2007)

Subject professions

Media and communications

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

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