Rod has always been a lover of classical music, a trait inherited from his father who had a very large collection of works, all on 78 rpm recordings. Apart from the usual composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin and Brahms, the collection included Elgar’s First Symphony, Dohnanyi’s Variations on a Nursery Tune and Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf”, all of which would have been quite modern in the 1940s.

Rod also has a substantial collection of music on CD, vinyl and minidisks. His favourite composer is Josef Haydn. “Haydn has huge variety of styles as well as the fact that every work is immediately engaging and warm. Rod’s taste in music is reasonably catholic apart from modern atonal works.

Rod would like to see more music of Australia’s Alfred Hill recorded and performed in concerts. He enjoys the music of Ross Edwards and has particular affection for Carl Vine’s Choral Symphony.

In 1998 Rod had two principal aims in mind; working on a preserved railway and participating in community radio. He fulfilled his ambitions by becoming a volunteer with Puffing Billy Railway in Belgrave and works whenever he can as a conductor and booking officer.

A short while later he used his musical knowledge and trained to become a presenter/programmer at 3MBS where he can be heard presenting ‘Divertimento’, every other Wednesday between noon and 1pm, and ‘A Saturday Lunchtime Miscellany’ between noon & 2pm each Saturday.

Rod is also involved in the training of potential MBS presenters and programmers.