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Gary Carvolth

Posted by ken On March - 16 - 2009

Gary Carvolth

Gary Carvolth commenced his career in radio and television whilst still in his early teens.

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Audrey Barnaby, Wynn Maguire, Russell Sage and Gary Carvolth celebrate Gary’s 21st Birthday

Gary, along with David Farr and Audrey Barnaby, were part of Lloyd Lawson’s team presenting the TVW ‘Today’ show, which ran from the 14th of March 1960 to 9th of November 1965. They were later joined by Carolyn Noble.

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Gary Carvolth, Kay Gilkison, Audrey Barnaby and Sam Gilkison demonstrate dance steps

In 1963 and 1964, Gary won the Logie for most popular personality on WA television.

Gary was also contracted to present Channel 7’s popular Club Seventeen program from 1963 to 1964, then presented the popular evening variety show ‘In Perth Tonight’ between 1965 and 1966. He maintained a production role when the show was presented by Garry Meadows and Joan Bruce.

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Club Seventeen with Elizabeth Cater and Gary Carvolth

The first of the Annual TVW Telethons was in 1968 and starred Graham Kennedy, Johnny O’Keefe and Stuart Wagstaff, along with a volunteer cast and crew of hundreds. It ran for 20 hours and was produced by a production team head by Max Bostock, in which both Garry Meadows and Gary Carvolth played important roles, in this historic charity program directed by Keith Mackenzie.

Joan Bruce, Keith Mackenzie, Garry Meadows and Gary Carvolth

In 1976, Gary was the host and Ann Sanders the hostess of one series of $50,000 Letterbox, with contestants coming from both SAS in South Australia and TVW in Western Australia.

Ann Sanders, Professor Cowan and Gary Carvolth

Gary has spent the last 50 years either in front of television cameras or behind a radio microphone.

During the early nineties Gary became known as the voice of sport through his long running sports program, Sports Connection, on Radio 6PR, and for a number of years co-hosted 6PR’s daily afternoon program with Jenny Seaton.

(L to R) 2008 – Jenny Seaton, David Hawkes, John Barnett, Gary Carvolth and Russell Goodrick

Gary also has a background in high level sales, marketing, promotions and spent a number of years as Marketing Manager for the W.A. based bottler, Weaver & Lock, before they were taken over by the New Zealand brewer, Lion Nathan.

In 1990 Gary was one of three people involved in successfully bringing together the Western Australian Football League, the West Coast Eagles and Pepsi Cola in an historic 5 year $1.5m contract.

Gary is one of Perth’s most experienced masters of ceremonies and an excellent motivational speaker, regularly hosting various prestigious functions including the official welcome home for Australia’s Olympic and Paralympic teams for the Atlanta and Barcelona games as well as the official welcome home for the West Coast Eagles following their AFL premiership victories in 1992 and 1994.

The Subiaco Football Club along with East Perth Football Club, the football industry at large together with his many friends and business associates came together to organise a Tribute Luncheon in 2008. Celebrity guests included Sam Newman, Mal Brown, John Todd, Paul Murray, John K Watts, Bob Maumill and Gary’s on air partner for many years, Jenny Seaton. The celebrity MC was Jeff Newman.

2 Responses to “Gary Carvolth”

  1. ray bullock says:

    i will always remember gary. the most professional person in perth. was absolutely hilarious with jenny seaton. why has he disappeared from radio and tv.

  2. Allan Callaway says:

    Great memories of Gary as a wonderful entertainer. I would be great ful if someone could put me in touch with him as we have quite a few old memories.

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