Monday, October 21, 2013

Ian Doyle Inducted as Rural Media Icon (Oct 2013)

One of the most popular and productive members of South Australia's rural media sector was recently indicted as a "Rural Media Icon".

Ian Doyle received this honour at a Rural Media South Australia luncheon held at the Adelaide Showground on 18th October.

The contribution to rural media in this state and nationally by Ian Doyle has been massive. Described by many as gregarious, sometimes outrageous and generally the epitome of what rural media is all about, Ian Doyle stands alone as the person who has kept the local industry cohesive and united.

Ian began his career in the rural media sector 33 years ago as a raw ABC rural radio recruit from North Queensland. His first posting in 1981 was at ABC 5CK 639 in Port Pirie as the rural officer for ABC North & West. In 1983 he shifted to ABC Rural Radio in Adelaide and this was followed by stints as Country Hour presenter, ABC Rural Executive Producer, ABC Television Landline and Countrywide, Australia All Over national radio and acting roles as national head of ABC Rural.

Ian left the ABC in 1997 for greener pastures, establishing Doyle Media Services, providing a diversity of rural media, communications training and event management services.

Rural Media South Australia is particularly indebted to Ian Doyle, as he has served the Association as its President since 1987 - a period of 27 years.

Ian Doyle being inducted as a Rural Media Icon, with RMSA Vice President & National Head of ABC Rural, Leigh Radford and RMSA Life Member, Dale Manson