In Memoriam

David Small

David Small

It is with deep regret that we announce the sudden passing of one our valued presenters and friends David Small on Friday 21st July 2017. David has been with 96.5 Inner FM since the beginning and presented the very first Local Theatre programme when we began official transmission in 1990. For many years David presented Morning Magazine on a Thursday morning.

His popular Sunday morning programmes Small Talk and Worship On The Wireless had a wonderful following. Our sympathy is extended to his daughters and all the family. This is a great loss to our radio station.

More tributes to David Small will be in our September newsletter.

Kevin Trask

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A Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of David John Small will be held at the Manningham Uniting Church, 20 Westfield Drive, Doncaster, on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 1pm. A Private Cremation precedes this Service.

Published in the Herald Sun 28/7/17

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Born in England in 1938, a large slice of David's life had been as an actor and director in non-professional theatre. It was this that brought him to 3INR.

David came on board soon after 96.5 Inner FM first went to air. He was asked by Kevin Trask to join a panel of local theatre people in presenting Local Theatre on behalf of Heidelberg Theatre Co.

He was instantly hooked on radio and was soon sharing other programs and covering for other presenters when necessary. Ron Lopes brought him in on his breakfast programs as news reader, and later included news and biogs on Saturday Express. He since produced and presented a variety of programs including Sunday Breakfast In Bed With David Small, This Is The Week That Was and Weekend Magazine. His popular Small Talk program was on air since 1996.

In 2001, as Rev Tom Douglas lay terminally ill, David took over his weekly program The Life Changing Hour, which became styled as Worship On The Wireless.

Elected to the Management Committee, David served as Treasurer for several years during the 1990s, and produced a series of Saturday afternoon magazine-type programs.

As an actor, David faced his first audience at the age of four and, like many thus smitten, was never really the same again. Retired from leading roles, he was a veteran of some 130 dramatic, comedy and musical productions spanning more than 70 years and is the recipient of many prestigious acting awards, including the inaugural VDL Gold Award (Drama) in its inaugural year (1997) and again in 2007.

Among the occasional musical theatre roles he played over the years were those of all three senior male leads in My Fair Lady (Higgins, Pickering and Doolittle) – as yet unchallenged as a world record.

Screen credits include a guest appearance in ABC TVs MDA and a variety of educational and training films and community documentaries.

Directing credits include Easter productions for Moomba (1967) and the Adelaide Festival of Arts (1969). In 1987 he brokered and co-directed the world first full length, non-professional production of the Royal Shakespeare Company commissioned Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby which had 34 performances in Australia and New Zealand.

For Easter 2006 he directed and narrated his fourth consecutive Annual Melbourne Passion Play, performed in Doncaster's Ruffey Lake Park.

David was invited to join the judging panel for the 2009 VDL Annual Awards and continued in the position for four years, and later recruited for more of the same.

David had three daughters and five grandchildren. He lost Joan, his wife of 46 years, to cancer in 2010.