The Pigeon Radio Australia Team

Ivan Fonti



Ivan Fonti has over 30 years experience in radio broadcasting. Having produced a number of multicultural programs on
various community radio stations in Australia.

He started back in 1980 involved in producing the Croatian radio program on 3EA Melbourne,which is now known as SBS.
He then went on to produce the Croatian radio program on 3ZZZ 92.3FM.

He was involved in producing many multicultural programs. at many stations,88.3 Southern FM,979FM Melton 97.9FM,3CR,3BBB 99.9FM Ballarat,WYNFM 88.9FM and Canberra Multicultural Service Community Radio 91.1FM.

In the 1990’s, Ivan was the producer of “Croatian Television Vukovar”
on community television station Channel 31 Melbourne.

He produced a short stint of the Pigeon Radio program on 97.9FM Melton,in 2005.
he then left the sport of Pigeon racing for ten years and when returning to the sport in
2014 was immediately approached by his club to become secretary of the club and produce and present the Pigeon
Radio Program in 2014 on 3NRG 99.3FM Sunbury. In 2016 Pigeon Radio Australia has found its home at WYN FM Werribee.,choosing to relocate to that station as it was a better signal and was up to date,better equipped with state of the art broadcasting equipment and radio professionalism.Ivan has many years of experience in pigeon racing starting out as a young boy in the VHA in Melbourne. After his marriage, he joined the Ballarat East Homing club in Ballarat and then went on to fly with the WPF when he relocated to Melton due to work commitments at the time.Ivan now flies with the VPO, transferring to that fed in 2016, as he was looking for a club and federation,where the members were forward thinkers and were serious about taking pigeon racing into the 21st century in Melbourne Australia,


 VRPU CorrespondentRod Simmons

rodsimmonsVictorian Racing
Pigeon Union
Rod Simmons
Rod Simmons a successful flyer with the Victorian Racing Pigeon Union brings over 20 years of racing experience to the program.Known too many as Winners1 through his on line sales of pigeon products, as well as one of the highest quality racing pigeon studs in Australia, with his family they race under R & M Simmons and Sons.Although Rod has won many races, he has high respect of his fellow V.R.P.U flyers; he believes many would be very successful in any federation in Australia.
Through pigeon racing, Rod and his family often travel abroad to interview flyers to film them and their lofts. Besides making many friends, this has widened his knowledge of the sport and believes you can always improve and learn something new.One thing that is conclusive in all top lofts overseas, Australia and in his own loft; all have excellent stock birds to start with.


VPO Correspondent – John Judde

Victorian Pigeon Orginisation
johnjuddeJohn Judde
I started racing in 1988. I joined the St. Albans club with the wpf. Then later Sunshine club.We moved to Gisborne in1999, I joined the Sunbury club still with wpf.Sunbury joined the vrpu from 2001 to 2005. After that sunbury joined Melton pigeon club and have flown with the Vpo with Melton club for the last 4 years.My highlights at wpf was winning the 1st fed 600 miles, second day smash race at 12.40 pm north east track. Same bird 31st fed 500 miles on the day. 21st fed 400 miles and 4 Fed 150 miles.
My second best bird I have had was in the young bird series. 1st fed young bird derby. Winning my half an hour. 240 miles same bird 1st fed 150 miles and 5th fed 100 milesI have enjoyed flying with all the different federations. Making great friends from different clubs and federations.

John Judde


VHA Correspondent – Jesse Egan

Victorian Homing Association

jesse_eganJesse has been racing for 21 years and
started off in the Rosebud club before joining GMPF in 2005, then joined the VHA in 2011 to now.
Won 31 first Feds (record in Aust)
Inc 3 x 1st National wins 3 x 600ml Fed wins
8 Fed Aggregate wins

Jesse first became involved with racing pigeons after having Birmingham rollers for a number of years and joined the Rosebud pigeon club in 1993.
Jesse was a member of the GMPF and vice secretary from 2007-2010 and he has been the United club delegate in the VHA from 2011 to present.

The name of Jesse’s lofts is ‘Raintree Lofts’


ANPA – Fancy and Show Pigeons – Michelle Paine

michellepaineI have only been in to pigeons for as long as I have known my fiancé Mark Paine which is going on 4yrs in March 2016. It took him a few weeks to tell me he had pigeons and when he did I just feel in love with the feathery birds and then realised you could get different breeds.
So I started off owning a pair of Fantails then went on to own Lahore Pigeons and just fell in love with everything to do with them and have owned red, yellow, black and silver coloured Lahore’s and I have also owned Ice Pigeons, Swallows and British Show Racers for a little while but decided to concentrate on just silver coloured Lahore’s after moving house and now I am just concentrating on getting there markings and size and feathers on their feet to ANPA Standards for showing.
I have only won one award and that was at Dandenong Pigeon Fancy Pigeons 40thAnniverary Show in 2015, I took home Best Young Lahore with one of my silver Lahore’s.
I have been with Dandenong Fancy Pigeon Society Inc as a member for roughly 2 years and in that time i have help out with many shows and other things around the club and have also held the position of assistant Treasurer/Secretary and have been voted Clubman of the Year for 2014 and have just been voted in as New President for the club for the Year of 2015.
I also support Mark with his racing and hope to spend many more years owning and breeding Pigeons in my lifetime and have kids and get them involved in it to.
And because both of our name’s start with M we have named our lofts M&M Lofts.


GMPF Correspondent – Tony McPherson
tonymacphersonGreater Melbourne Pigeon Federation Hi My name is Tony McPherson AKA the Roadrunner, I started racing pigeons in 1963 in a country town called Kyneton . In between I also competed on the Professional running circuit, won quite a few 400 meter races and a
couple of Gifts over 120 meters, I made over 100 finals in my career., then back into racing pigeons in the VHA in 1983 racing in 1985 with Southern Cross Edithvale where
I later became Secretary, then moved up to the Dandenongs and raced pigeons in Sassafras and was the Secretary of Mountain Districts Homing Club, later moved to Wantirna
where I raced with the Knox Homing Club before making the change to the Greater Melbourne Pigeon Federation where I have been secretary of the Croydon Homing Club and
also the Treasurer of the GMPF. I was one of the committee that ran the very successful GMPF Breeders Plate up until last year, and now I am involved in the Croydon Classic
Gold Ring Race. I have and am still involved in fundraising for charity events , be it Breast Cancer or the Royal Childrens Hospital appeal or
” The Gift ” in Kyabram, I love working and helping others. Pigeons and the people involved give me great enjoyment.

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