The Pigeon Radio Australia Team
Ivan Fonti has over 30 years experience in radio broadcasting. Having produced a number of multicultural programs on
He started back in 1980 involved in producing the Croatian radio program on 3EA Melbourne,which is now known as SBS.
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”
|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 WPF.
VRPU Correspondent – Rod Simmons
|VHA Correspondent – Jesse Egan
Victorian Homing Association
Jesse has been racing for 21 years and
Jesse first became involved with racing pigeons after having Birmingham rollers for a number of years and joined the Rosebud pigeon club in 1993.
The name of Jesse’s lofts is ‘Raintree Lofts’
Pigeon Radio Australia Vet
The Avian Veterinarian
Dr. Rob Marshall is a bird veterinarian with more than 30 years experience in treating birds. He has kept birds since the age of eight. The age he decided to become a bird veterinarian.
Since 1975, Dr. Marshall has been attending to birds as a veterinarian. In 1988, he received his M.A.C.V.Sc. degree in Avian Medicine. He is the author of many books and videos and is regularly presents scientific papers at national and international veterinary conferences. His last presentation can be viewed in the budgerigar section. His last books are: “Eclectus Parrots as Pet and Aviary Birds” (ISBN 0-9750817-0-5), which was published in 2004 by Australian Birdkeeper Publications and Canary Health published in 2006 in the USA. His latest book “The Budgerigar” is 430 pages long with more than 1500 color photographs and has taken more than 13 years to write.
In 1988, Dr. Marshall started developing and refining a range of health products and medicines specifically for the racing pigeon. By 1995, a superlative range of bird medicines and health products had been perfected. It is well known that these are the very best and most advanced products available for birds, catering for the bird owner who follows the motto of “when only the best will do”.
There are many different health programmes.
Peter Matic is a 53 yr old pigeon fancier that was born in Australia of German and Croatian parentage.
Peter said that his neighbor became his mentor and even after all the years that have past can still
In those days the pigeon sport was still very big with nearly everyone in our village keeping pigeons,
Living only 15 klm from the Dutch and Belgium border made it easy to visit many other pigeon
In their first two years of racing Peter said
|ANPA – Fancy and Show Pigeons – Michelle Paine
I 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.
|GMPF Correspondent – Tony McPherson
Greater 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.