Television and Radio Presenter
Keith Conlon is one of the best-known media personalities in Adelaide, currently appearing on three television programs. He hosts Channel Nine’s long-running magazine program Adelaide Today each weekday morning plus the South Australia travel-based program Postcards on Sunday afternoons. He has also been involved with the business series Directions, which profiles business and economic activity in the state of South Australia.
While still at St Peters College he performed on national television and made recordings with twins Martin and Peter Wesley-Smith, as The Wesley Three. He played drums with the Adelaide University Jazz Band while studying Arts and Law and maintains his interest in music today, playing in Adelaide’s annual Christmas pageant. His career in the media began with a position as researcher on a radio program and developed with a job on the ABC’s This Day Tonight. He became founding manager of community radio station 5UV and returned to television in the mid-eighties as host and reporter on State Affair. He won a Logie award for his work, while the program also won a Logie as the best South Australian show. In 1988 he began presenting the morning show on ABC radio’s local radio station 5AN and also presented ABC television news for four years.
“The Scout’s Oath binds me to record that joining Scouts or Cadets was compulsory at school – but it was all fun and enrichment from there. Gang Shows were just getting off the ground in our parts, and so an innovative Gang Show group was formed at school. The son of a country dancehall drummer, who was trying to master Dave Brubeck rhythms at home, needed to look no further.
“Scouting in an entertainment troupe taught me much about my future profession. It takes a long time to prepare a good ad lib speech, for instance. Our Scoutmaster helped set our sights high. It’s easy to get a laugh doing drunk jokes,” he said, “so try something more demanding.” Those early showbiz opportunities were seminal.
“Scouting was also a sensitive and formative introduction to wilderness, long before it became a popular cause. Camping and trekking expeditions to Alligator Gorge in the Flinders Range and the Kosciuszko National Park gave me a lifelong respect for both the dangers and the joys of our wild Australia.”