ABC RADIO broadcaster Jon Faine has said farewell for the final time, wrapping his 30-year radio career on Friday.
An at times teary Faine hosted his last Mornings program before a packed Melbourne Town Hall, alongside a plethora of guests, ranging from Premier Daniel Andrews and former premiers Steve Bracks, John Brumby, Ted Baillieu and John Cain to long-time regulars including Barrie Cassidy and Debi Enker. Among the musical performers were Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier.
In his final words, Faine, who has now passed the baton to Virginia Trioli, thanked his audience, adding, “It is an incredible privilege to be trusted, to help you to tell your story.”
Faine reflected on the Black Saturday bushfires and the murder of Jill Meagher – “the horrible events that … undoubtedly left scars”.
Faine said, “I’ve learnt from you, the community of listeners. Every single one of you.”