18 April 2007
MONTE DWYER GOES BACK ON THE ROAD
One of Australia's best-loved roving reporters is going back on the road.
Former Channel 9 Today Show weather man Monte Dwyer will spend the next three months travelling around regional Australia in a motorhome in a new role with Macquarie Regional Radioworks' Across Australia program.
The weekday talkback program, hosted by former 60 Minutes reporter Charles Wooley, is networked to 40 radio stations in six states.
"I was talking to Charles recently and out of the blue he asked if I'd like to be the program's roving reporter, saying if anyone could go around the country filing stories for the show it was me," says Monte.
"I wasn't looking to do anything like that and initially I said no, but the more I thought about it the more I realised that this was a wake-up call and that I should go back to doing something creative."
Dwyer says he left the Today Show in 2001 after a decade on the road because he wanted to take a sabbatical.
Since then he's busied himself with some property developments and, most recently, with writing a book - Slapped By An Angel - the true story of his unconventional online romance with Dot-com entrepreneur and former publican Kym Crosbie.
Dwyer's brief for Across Australia is to find human interest stories about the unique people and places that make up the Australian bush.
"I love weaving a good yarn and I reckon this trip will give me material for another book," says Dwyer.
Dwyer says the best reporting comes when you "go with the flow and let stuff happen".
His ability to go with the flow on the road will be aided by his home for the next few months - a comprehensively equipped Hymer motorhome.
The German-built Hymer T-Class Tramp GT has already been dubbed "The Happy Tramper" by the team at Macquarie Regional Radioworks and Dwyer says he's looking forward to getting behind the wheel.
"When I was on the road with Today the accommodation was everything from five-star to no-star," says Dwyer.
"Sometimes I slept on the side of the road with a swag and a satellite dish, so I reckon a $150,000 motorhome will feel pretty luxurious by comparison."
Monte Dwyer hits the road in the Hymer immediately following the completion of the NSW Caravan, Camping, 4WD and Holiday Supershow in Sydney on 22 April.
And in honour of his new home, Monte has already given his new book a working title: Hymer, Charlie and Me.
Roving reporter Monte Dwyer is very pleased with his home for the next few months, the newly launched Hymer Tramp motorhome.