TonyfromOz Talkback Radio Gig On Wind Generation

Posted on Wed 01/25/2023 by


By Anton Lang ~

Recently, I participated in a talkback radio segment talking about wind power generation. It’s something I have never done before, and as you listen to the audio below, you’ll probably notice that.

The call came out of the blue really, as I wasn’t expecting anything like this at all.

I have been attempting to show how small a contribution there really is to the power grid from renewable power, (and wind power as part of that) and that relates back to the Post I made in September of last year where I showed those two all important graphs comparing renewable power to all the generated and consumed power, and that is the two most important graphs at the following Post, and those two graphs are right at the bottom of the Post. I have added images of both graphs at right, and I have left them small to fit the page, but if you click on each of the images, they will open on a new page and at the much larger size so you can better see the detail, as with the image below as well.

Electrical Power Data In Pictures – Supply And Consumption And Renewables

I am in a large group of people who share emails about the parlous state of power generation here in Australia, and I included the graphs and some text in an email in response to one of those emails late in December.

A week or so later, I received a call from Alan Benn, a radio announcer, asking if I would do some talkback on one of his programs, and he would get back to me in the new year. The radio station he works at is Cairns 89.1FM, and it’s a Community radio station in Cairns in Far North Queensland, in fact the first FM  radio station to operate in Cairns, and they have been in operation since 1985.

Now here’s the thing about that, and to show you this, I have included the map at right to show you something here. I live at Beenleigh, and that is now a Southern suburb of Brisbane, the State Capital city of my State, Queensland, and that is situated in the South East corner of this State. The radio station I spoke on is in Cairns, and that is in Far North Queensland, and here, keep in mind, this is still in the same State of Queensland. As you can see from the image, the distance between me in Beenleigh, and Cairns, where the radio broadcast went to air, well that is 1085 miles, and for some perspective, that’s approximately the same distance between our home site here in Harrisburg In Pennsylvania and Miami in Florida.

When Alan contacted me, he arranged the talk ‘session’, and all of it was done over the telephone. The early part of the interview is about the Mt. Emerald Wind Plant, and that is situated on the Atherton Tablelands and that is the mountain range directly behind Cairns, and that Industrial Wind plant is only 50 miles (by road) from Cairns. This is one of the things that Alan talks about regularly on his program, how the wind plant delivers very little power.

As you are doing the actual speaking for the program, you don’t really get much of an idea of how long you are actually talking, and at the conclusion of the talk, I would have estimated it to be around ten to twelve minutes, tops, so when Alan sent me a copy of the audio, I was surprised that it went for eighteen and a half minutes. I’m still not used to hearing my recorded voice, as it sounds so different to the way I actually hear myself speak, and that recorded voice on tape here is how everyone hears me speak, totally different to way I hear myself speak. It was explained to me by an audiologist that you hear yourself differently to how others hear you, and it’s part of the hearing process that comes from ‘bone conduction’, as well as hearing directly via the ears themselves.

I have included an image of the Mt Emerald Wind Plant below.

Okay then, here’s the audio of my talkback radio session. Just press the start button at left.

Anton Lang uses the screen name of TonyfromOz, and he writes at this site, PA Pundits International on topics related to electrical power generation, from all sources, concentrating mainly on Renewable Power, and how the two most favoured methods of renewable power generation, Wind Power and all versions of Solar Power, fail comprehensively to deliver levels of power required to replace traditional power generation. His Bio is at this link.