About Dads on the Air
Dads On The Air is a successful community radio program based in Sydney, Australia. It has been archived by the National Library of Australia and for researchers represents the most extensive collection of information on the push for family law and child support reform in Australia. It also documents the history of the fatherhood movement nationally and internationally and provides a fascinating insight into mainstream society’s shifting attitudes towards fathers and fatherhood.
The program began with a small group of disgruntled separated fathers in August 2000, and has since gone on to attract a team of people with extensive journalistic, entertainment, academic and internet experience.
Dads On The Air is registered as an Incorporated Association with the NSW Department of Fair Trading. The show played a pivotal role in the debate over family law reform, acting as a conduit for groups and individuals who could not get their voices heard in the mainstream media. As the years have passed, Dads On The Air has widened its focus to cover broader social issues concerning parenthood and gender issues and to promote a positive view of men, boys, fathers and fatherhood.
The program has attracted leading politicians, authors, academics, and lobbyists from Australia and around the world.
Guests have included the Attorney General Phillip Ruddock, Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia Diana Bryant, head of the family law inquiry Kay Hull, head of the Australian Child Support Agency Matt Miller, author of The Myth of Male Power Warren Farrell, UK writer and academic Barry Worrall of Without Authority fame, outspoken academic Stephen Baskerville, researchers from the University of Western Sydney Michael Woods and John MacDonald, and activists including Matt O’Connor, Ray Barry, and Jolly Stansby from Fathers4Justice UK, Sue Price from the Men’s Rights Agency, Warwick Marsh from the Fatherhood Foundation, John Flanagan from the Non-Custodial Parents Party (Equal Parenting), Barry Williams from Lone Fathers Association, Yuri Joakimidis from the Joint Parenting Association and Mark Bourne aka Traks from the Richard Hillman Foundation.
Other guests have included founder of the world’s first women’s refuge Erin Pizzey, author of the book What Men Don’t Talk About Maggie Hamilton, leading expert on parental alienation and author of Parental Alienation Syndrome Dr Ludwig Lowenstein, Senior Researcher for Kids Help Line Ian Thomas, NZ expert on boys’ education and author of He’ll Be OK: Growing Gorgeous Boys Into Good Men Celia Lashlie, author of Adult Children of Parental Alienation Syndrome: Breaking the Ties that Bind Amy JL Baker, author of Shared Parenting and Fathers After Divorce Michael Green, head of Adelaide University’s School of Medicine Professor Gary Wittert, former and current heads of the Shared Parenting Council of Australia Geoffrey Greene, Ed Dabrowski and Warwick Marsh, head of Dads In Distress Tony Miller, Daniel Donahoo author of Idolising Children, academic researcher on the devastating social impacts of the Child Support Agency Christine Cole and former head of the Australian Labor Party Mark Latham.
Others have included father of an alleged terrorist Terry Hicks, 2006 Australian Father of the Year Ron Delezio, Cheryl King - wife of Liam Magill who ran a famous Australian case against the Child Support Agency after discovering children he was paying child support for were not biologically his, Terry Melvin from Mensline Australia, Teri Stoddard from the US organisation Shared Parenting Works, Sanford Braver, author of Divorced Dads: Shattering the Myths, outspoken maverick Liberal MP Alby Schultz, supporter of shared parenting Senator Steve Fielding, authors of Spreading Misandry and Legalizing Misandry Drs Paul Nathanson and Katherine Young, Professor Gordon Finley from Florida International University, Mark Harris author of Family Court Hell, now deceased supporter of social justice for fathers Senator Jeannie Ferris and also deceased and much loved activist Lionel Richards.
Still other guests have included renowned Australian entertainer Andrew Denton, who has established a writer’s grant in his father’s name The Kit Denton Fellowship; Geoffrey Atherden, former President of the Australian Writer’s Guild; Adrienne Burgess, author of Fatherhood Reclaimed; John Baker from the UK group Families Need Fathers; disabled father jailed twice by the CSA Des Cochoran; Professor Ian Hickie, head of the Brain and Mind Research Institute at UNSW; Graeme Cowan, author of book on depression Back From The Brink; outspoken critic of Australia’s family law system Ann Bressington MLC from the South Australian Parliament; Di Underwood from Grandparents Rights Need Support (GRANS); motivational speaker and US fatherhood guru Brian Molitor; Christina Hoff Summers, author of The War Against Boys and Who Stole Feminism?: How Women Have Betrayed Women; Joshua Key, subject of the book The Deserter’s Tale: The Story of an Ordinary Soldier Who Walked Away from the War in Iraq; and Mary Cleary from AMEN in Ireland. International activists Jeremy Swanson from Canada, Ulf Andersson from Sweden, Rainer Sonnenberg from Germany, Joep Zander from the Netherlands, Tony Coe from England and Agustin Serrano and Francisco Zugasti from Spain, Linda Mellor from The British Second Wives Club, and Kris Titus from Fathers4Justice Canada have also been on the show.
Press releases, public notices and other material for broadcast can be sent to us .
The studio for Dads On The Air is located at the offices of 2GLF in Liverpool in western Sydney. 2GLF is one of the oldest community radio stations in Australia. It was amongst the first tranche of four community radio stations established by Gough Whitlam during the 1970s, a time of great social ferment and change in Australia. From the establishment of the first four there are now more than 130 community radio stations around Australia, a unique opportunity for local people to have their say and in international terms a rare instance of democracy at work.
Dads On The Air can be heard on Tuesday mornings 10.30am - 12.00pm on 2GLF FM 89.3 in Sydney Australia and depending on the quality of your radio can be heard from the mountains in the west to the coast in the east. While they’re not all listening, it has a footprint of more than two million people across the demographic heart of Australia’s most populous city. The show is usually up on the website within 24 hours of broadcast in an easily downloadable MP3 format and as a podcast. It can also be heard via live streaming at www.2glf893.com
An entertaining mix of music, news, public information and wide ranging interviews aimed at fathers and those who care about them, the show covers issues concerning fatherhood, the Family Court, the Child Support Agency, legal aid, child welfare, boys’ education, male suicide, men’s health, gender bias and other father, children and family related issues.
The DOTA team, all of whom have volunteered hundreds of hours to the program, consists of:
- John Stapleton, founder and program director (currently on leave)
- Bill Kable, program director
- Peter van de Voorde, aka Rockin Pop, co-presenter, administrator, researcher and co-producer
- Ian Purdie, aka The DJ Impersonator, co-presenter, panel operator, music programmer
- Phil York, co-presenter and our liaison with Dads in Distress
- Lindsay Jackel, news/information sourcing and web site support
- Greg Andresen, researcher and co-presenter.
DOTA would not be the success it is today without the participation and contributions of countless people. In particular we would like to thank Ruth Morrison, station manager for 2GLF, without whose support and guidance we would not be where we are today, Ian Becker, director of morning programming for 2GLF, whose technical assistance has been invaluable, Carol North-Samardzic, whose decency, technical assistance and patience in teaching us all the ropes has been of enormous help, David Burn aka Smiley, who has helped create some of the original music for the show, Bruce Scheider and Tyson Ware, two stalwarts, whose support and technical expertise has often saved the day, and Jeremy Horton, who created this website.
As well, DOTA would also not have become the most successful community radio program in Australia today without the support of numerous figures in lobby groups around the country, including in particular Sue Price from the Men’s Rights Agency, Warwick Marsh from the Fatherhood Foundation, John Flanagan from the Non-Custodial Parents Party (Equal Parenting) and James Adams from Fathers4Equality.
Like all community efforts, over the years many people have come along to play their part, and without their timely efforts DOTA would never have survived. These people include the legendary Uncle Buck aka Rick Torning, creator of our first web site Glen Burns, recorder of the program and active forum participant for many years Mike Taylor, regular on-air voice for quite some time Ray Lentham and the wonderfully high-spirited former president of Dads Australia Rod Hardwick. Many individuals, including the ever-prolific Ross Mitchell from Newcastle and the good-hearted Brian Mahony aka Bom Bom from up past Grafton, have also been foundation stones for our forums.