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Local identity celebrates 12 years on airwaves

By Louise Errington

Daryl Manzie is celebrating 12 years as a volunteer presenter with Territory FM Daryl Manzie is celebrating 12 years as a volunteer presenter with Territory FM

A veteran radio identity has been recognised for more than a decade of service as a volunteer presenter for Darwin community radio station, Territory FM.

The voice of the station’s Mornings program, Daryl Manzie, has racked up more than 4800 hours in the presenter’s seat, hosted 200 shows each year and chewed the fat with more than 24,000 guests.

Mr Manzie said hosting the talk-back program was just another way he could be active in the Northern Territory community.

“Radio gives me the chance to use the knowledge that I have gained through living and working in the Territory for more than 45 years to address current local issues,” Mr Manzie said.

“I love this place. There are so many opportunities in the NT. The region has so much potential, and there are always plenty of interesting things to talk about on air.

“I am lucky to have a job that involves talking to interesting people about everything from the arts to sport, politics to the environment, and business and entertainment.”

Mr Manzie lists former Australian Prime Ministers Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd and John Howard, and former Opposition Leaders Mark Latham, Simon Crean and Kim Beazley among some of his highest-profile in-studio guests.

He has also interviewed author Bryce Courtney and actor Russel Crowe.

Moving to the Territory in 1968 with his wife, Maureen, Mr Manzie spent more than 15 years as a police officer and 18 years as a politician in numerous portfolios. He held the office of Attorney General for 10 years.

Mr Manzie is actively involved in local sports, including motorsports, dragon boating and soccer. He has represented the NT at numerous national dragon boat competitions, and has donned the Australian colours in international championships in Germany, Poland, Malaysia and China.

In 2010, Mr Manzie was conferred a Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa by Charles Darwin University in recognition of his outstanding commitment and contribution to the advancement of the NT, particularity in the areas of health, education and defence.

He is Chair of the Australia Day Council NT, board member of the Automobile Association of the Northern Territory, and former Chair of the Defence Reserves Support Council. Mr Manzie is also a life member of Dragon Boat NT, Variety NT and the NT Chamber of Commerce.

“I love what I am doing, and have received tremendous support from my family.

“As long as I continue to enjoy my work, I will continue to volunteer at the station.”


The broadcast licence for TFM is held by Charles Darwin University.