Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Hawko Returns Back Home; Radio Veteran Hawkins at Ramornie for an Emotional Return, Good Memories

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Hawko Returns Back Home; Radio Veteran Hawkins at Ramornie for an Emotional Return, Good Memories

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CLARENCE River Jockey Club's July Racing Carnival holds many good memories for former local and Gold Coast race caller Steve Hawkins.

However the 49-year-old will return to Grafton for this year's carnival in a far different capacity than he has in the past. Hawkins was formerly a jack of all trades at Radio 2GF back in the early '90s ... news, music jock, Friday feedback, award-winning race caller and rugby league broadcaster.

Most (racing) people would know Steve as the laconic and talented race caller with Brisbane-based radio station, Radio TAB.

Others might know him from the business side of that operation as the sales manager from Radio TAB or some might even know him for the many sporting functions he hosts as part of his Hawkins Media company.

Massive has been his career thus far too.

Originally from Taree, he started in radio at Gunnedah's 2MO in 1987 when he was the country's youngest broadcaster and it's where he called his first race meeting - at the greyhounds.

It started him not just on his radio career but his race calling. Many regard him as one of the best greyhound race callers they have heard. Fluent, precise and correct without being hurried.

After Gunnedah he had 12 months at 2TM in Tamworth before moving on to Taree before winding up beside the Clarence River.

"I applied for a job at 2GF (Grafton). John Carlton, an icon in the valley, was the caller there but I eventually called the dogs, the horses and the rugby league."

Grafton was a great grounding for callers.

"Terry Spargo and Terry Bailey came through the CRJC broadcasters box. That box holds special place in my heart. I never forget Brian Blackmore's last call of Moss Rocket and Cangronde in the Ramornie.

"Wow, it was so, so influential on my career. The story is too long but unforgettable."

Grafton is where he met and called the football with another lifelong friend in Gary "the Whiz" Chapman. …

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