We are adding some TV clips from Ash Long's media career and personal life.
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Mansfield's Melbourne was a nightly TV program, first aired at 6pm weeknights on Optus LocalVision (Channel 50) from February 24, 1997; and then at 5.30pm weeknights and 5.45pm Saturdays on Channel 31 in 1997-98-99. It led to off-shoot programs in Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide. Hosted by Bruce Mansfield. Created and produced by Ash Long Media.
1997. Monday, February 24, 1997. Ep. 001. First episode. TV-radio pioneer Dan Webb. Melbourne Cup nostalgia. Aussie Soy milk. Radio pioneer Geoff Manion. Diveline (Andy). Perry Bird Picket Fences. Lilydale Regatta (Shane Latham). Collector Rick Milne. Real estate agent Martin Pettit. Claire Halliday with local news.
1997. Thursday, February 27, 1997. Ep 004. Theatrical entrepreneur Kenn Brodziak, Nillumbik Shire profile, gilded eggs with June Wilhelm, political candidate Steve Raskovy, Moonee Valley Festival, collector Rick Milne, real estate agent John Morgan. Claire Halliday with local news.
Suzanne's Wigs (Mim). A For Maths (Julie). St Kilda, 100 years ago. Radio fan Deanna from Portsea (pictured). Philip Webb, real estate agent. Collector Rick Milne. Claire Halliday with local news.
1997. Friday, March 7, 1997. Ep. 010. (Part intro missing). Geoff Willison, Moorooolbark Red Earth Festival. Hairdresser Edward Beale. Keith Fowler, Christmas Decorations. Nillumbik Shire profile, Jason Cameron. Essendon Bridge Club. Nathan Kotler, counsellor. Philip Webb, real estate agent. Claire Halliday with local news.
1997. Monday, March 10, 1997. Ep. 011. News. Anthony Riordan, First Choice Debt Management. Bruce Skeggs. Lula Balck, Templestowe Festival. The Story of the Kelly Gang. Claire Halliday, community news. Martin Pettit, real estate,
1997. Monday, March 17, 1997. Ep 016. Ron Cadee, radio legend. Tamara Milstein from Tamara's Kitchen. John Shellard, Pink Lady Chocolates (chocolate bilby). Peter Butler, pro-am golf. Claire Halliday with local news.
1997. Wednesday, March 19, 1997. Ep. 018. News. Richard Kerridge, Liberty Christian Church, Doncaster. Sean Paine, Danaher's Hardware, Heidelberg. Bob Garnett Real Estate, Frankston. Mal Meikle, comedian. Gordon McKenzie, organist (performance and interview). Mansfield's Memories: 1896 races. Claire Halliday, local news.
1997. Thursday, March 20, 1997. Ep 019. Mike Rogers-Wilson, home brewing. Peter Nolan, Beaut Bins. Phillip Jeans, Accountants Investment Group. Comedian Mal Meikle, organist Gordon McKenzie. Diveline (Andy). Claire Halliday with local news.
1997. Friday, March 21, 1997. Ep 020. Philip Webb, real estate agent. Gordon McKenzie, organist. 'Encore' apearances of interviews with Dan Webb, Bruce Ruxton and Val Jellay. Claire Halliday with local news. Cameo appearance by Simon Owens, 3AW producer, at the end of the show.
1997. Thursday, April 10, 1997. Ep 034. Gil Tucker, actor and provedore. Nathan Kotler, counsellor. Keith Fowler, Christmas decorations. Edward Beale, hairdresser. Myrtle Woods ('Granny Davis'), actor, just before her 97th birthday. Claire Halliday with local news.
1997, Friday, July 11, 1997. Ep 100. Bruce Mansfield is joined by Philip Brady and Bob Clavan. A review of the first 100 programs. Meet Dan Webb, Val Jellay, Bruce Ruxton, Jill Singer, Kenn Brodziak, Lillian Frank, Sophie Lee, Denise Drysdale, John Wod, Jimoein, Darren James, Merv Hughes, Rob Gell, Robert Dipierdomenico, John Blackman, Terry Norris, Julia Blake, Johnny Ladd, Ron Cadee. Horse riding on the Mornington Peninsula, visit wineries in the Goulburn Valley, take a walk on Flinders Pier, and 12-year-old football expert David Ranieri. Plus much more.
1997. Friday, August 15, 1997. Ep 125. News with Bruce Mansfield and Ash Long. Elvis Presley tribute. Community news. David Raineri with football tips.
1997. Friday, August 22, 1997. Ep 130. Michael Cahill, Eagle Ridge Golf Course, Rosebud. Annabel, Sambaru, Flinders. Community Corner. Newsreaders Bruce Mansfield and Ash Long have a tiff. Credits. David Raineri, 'Bruce Daniher', Football Tips.
1997. Friday, August 29, 1997. Ep. 135. Parody: Program billed as 'Mansfield's Sydney'. Val Jellay, 'Keep It Funny'. Dick Wicks, magnetic pain relief. News. David Raineri, football tipster. Ash Long as 'Bruce Danhier', floor manager.
1997. Monday, December 15, 1997. Ep 200. One Hour Episode. Highlights, Crown Melbourne. What's On. Philip Brady. Costel Vision TVC. (Mid-program break). What's On. John Farnham and Human Nature: 'Every Time You Cry'. (Break) What's On. Street Parade. Costel Vision TVC. (Break). What's On. George Wallace.
1997. Tuesday, December 16, 1997. Ep 201. What's On. On The Road To the Mornington Peninsula. Costel Vision TC. (Break). Mansfield's Memories: Marvellous Melbourne, 1931 (courtesy of National Film and Sound Archives). What's On.
1997. Wednesday, December 17, 1997. Ep 202. (Unavailable at this time due to poor audio)
1997. Monday, December 22, 1997. Ep 206. Tony Simpson, Trac Trader. The Causeway Inn On The Mall. IB Australia. Costel Vision TVC. (Break). Ken Parker and Mike Hawkins, Hawkins Commercial Equipment and Angelo Po.
1997. Tuesday, December 23, 1997. Ep. 207. Studio City Mornington: Museum of Media, Parts 1 and 2, with Judy Banks-Phillips. Includes Costel Vision TVC and mid-program break.
1997. Wednesday, December 24, 1997. Ep. 208. 'Christmas Concert'. John Lidgerwood, Julie (Surname?), Mal Meikle, Gordon McKenzie.
1998. Monday, January 19, 1998. Ep 221. Announcement of Nightline magazine. What's On. Costel Vision TVC. (Break). 'The Mansfield's Star Exercise Bike' parody. What's On.
1998. Tuesday, January 20, 1998. Ep 222. Ad for Nightline video ($15 incl p&h). Announcement of Nightline magazine. News. Mansfield's Memories: His Royal Highness: George Wallace. Politician Mahoney. Efftee Film Magazine: Thrings' Nature Series. Costel Vision TVC. (Break). Sheepmates. George Wallace. John Farnham and Human Nature: Every Time You Cry.
1998. Wednesday, January 21, 1998. Ep 223. 'The Mansfield's Star Exercise Bike' parody. News. Australian Marvelogue: Nature's Little Jokes. Costel Vision TVC. (Break). Launch of Nightline magazine. Good Morning Australia segment with Bruce Mansfield, Bert Newton and Rick Milne.
Only one edition of the Nightline magazine was published. It was succeeded by Mansfield's Melbourne Magazine. Nightline was distributed free, through more than 460 newsagents in Melbourne and Geelong and an extra network of advertisers. Printed at Rural Press, Ballarat, it included news paragraphs, listeners' letters, a column by David Mann, Showbiz Spotlight on the Bert Newton family, recipes, nostalgia pieces, photos, puzzles, nostalgia, jokes and classified ads.
1998. Tuesday, April 14, 1998 (Easter Tuesday). Ep. 294. With Darren James, at the Melbourne Convention Centre. Gilmour's Comfort Shoes. Mansfield's Memories: with Ash Long, soft toy collectables. Saba TVC. (Break). Mansfield Star parody. Introduction of the MM Top 100 businesses.
1998. Thursday, April 16, 1998. Ep 296. (Unavailable at this time due to poor audio)
1998. Friday, April 17, 1998. Ep 297. (Unavailable at this stage time to poor audio)
1998. Saturday, April 18, 1998. Ep 298. (Unavailable at this time due to poor audio)
1998. Monday, April 20, 1998. Ep 299. (Unavailable at this time due to poor audio)
1998. Tuesday, April 21, 1998. Ep 300. (Unavailable at this time due to poor audio)
1998. Wednesday, April 22, 1998. Ep 301. (Unavailable at this time due to poor audio)
1998, Thursday, June 4, 1998. Ep 338. What's On. Newsreel, courtesy of National Film and Sound Archives. Mansfield's Melbourne Magazine Ad. Saba Ad. (Break). News Briefs.
1998. Tuesday, June 9, 198. Ep 342. Moonee Ponds Shopping Centre - featuring Danny Doon, Chung On Restaurant; Sash, Spinella's Restaurant; Olga, Pauline Marie Children's Wear; Emmanuel, Emmanuel's Toys. Michael De Battista, Video Games Heaven Chadstone. Mansfield's Melbourne Magazine ad. Saba commercial. (Mid-program break). Mariana, Know Thy Self. Rewind Interview: Denise Drysdale (poor quality video).
1998. Monday, June 22, 1998. Ep 353. Mansfield's Memories, featuring Marvellous Melbourne footage, voiced by Colin Long (no relation), courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archives. Mansfield's Melbourne Magazine ad. Saba commercial. (Mid-program break). News and What's On listings.
1998. Tuesday, June 23, 1998. Ep 354. Rick Milne, collector. What's On Listings. Mansfield's Melbourne Magazine ad. Saba commercial. (Mid-program break). More What's On. (Poor vision during parts of closing credits).
1998. Wednesday, July 22, 1998. Ep 379. (Unavailable at this time due to poor audio) From Sydney. Program also aired on Sat., July 25 and Tues., August 11.
1998. Monday, September 14, 1998. Ep 415. A&M Glass Block Laying. Spring Carnival Pictorial. Sound Start (Malcolm Amos). Marvellous Monbulk.
1998. Monday, September 28, 1998. Ep 425. What's On, with Ash Long. (Mid-program break). What's On. Old cinema ads ('Don't Cry Dear Lady', Black and Decker commercial)
1998. Closing Credits. As aired nightly on Channel 31.
Mansfield's Melbourne TV Program was recorded variously at Optus LocalVision studios, Buckhurst St, South Melbourne; RMIT Studios, Bourke St, Melbourne; Costel Vision, Thomastown; and Local Media, 30 Glen Gully Rd, Eltham; as well as on location. Editing took place variously at Optus; RMIT; Costel Vision; a private residence in Belgrave; Access Video, Johnston St, Abbotsford; and Local Media, Eltham.
Mansfield's Melbourne Magazine was a publication on sale at Victorian newsagents in 1998. Click here to view the TV commercial that went to air on Channel 31.
There were four MMM published, printed at Rural Press, Ballarat; and Enterprise Web, South Yarra.
Yes, we kept a goof reel:
PARODY. Every Friday on the Mansfield's Melbourne TV program, Ash Long and Bruce Mansfield would perform a TV parody. This one took a shot at the 'happy talk' newsreader format (made funnier because Bruce had been Channel 0-10's anchor for Eyewitness News). The faux voice was a deliberate gag.
This was broadcast on Optus Local Vision Channel 50 on Friday, September 9, 1997.
PARODY. Ash Long appears as the obnoxious 'Bruce Daniher', the over-refreshed Floor Manager, on Mansfield's Melbourne TV program. We wanted to add a bit of colour to the footy tips segment with 12-year-old expert David Raineri, which we thought had gone a little flat. I think we achieved it.
VIDEO PARODY. Yes, we know it's crass and juvenile. Ugly and vulgar
too. In 1998, there were TV infomercials galore about exercise bikes, featuring US astronauts. On the nightly
Mansfield's Melbourne TV program, we decided to promote our own 'Mansfield's Star' exercise bicycle. (02:56)
Bruce Mansfield and Ash Long ad lib their way through 3 minutes of 'filler' on Channel 31 Melbourne.
Click here to view.
Mansfield's Memories was a series of 13 x 30-minute programs aired on Optus LocalVision (Channel 50). Hosted by Bruce Mansfield. Created by Ash Long Media. Sponsored by Collectormania newspaper.
1997: Wednesday, July 28, 1997. Ep. 11. Visit to the Collingwood Toy Museum run by Jean Jacques
Mansfield's Memories TV Program was recorded at Optus LocalVision studios, Buckhurst St, South Melbourne. Editing also took place at Optus.
98 years ago, my maternal grandparents Honora and Albert Lawrence, were married at All Saints Anglican Church, Preston. (January 30, 1915).
In September 1969, at age 12, I started as a newsboy with Melbourne's new newspaper, the Sunday Observer. It was to start me on a media career over five decades. Click here to view the TV commercial.
(Thanks to Chris Keating for finding this.)
Ash and Fleur Long were married by the Rev. John Northfield at the historic St John's Anglican Church, Epping, on Friday, February 3, 1978. It was followed by a reception at the Summerhill Hotel, Reservoir. The couple honeymooned at Wilsons Prom., and Mana Island, Fiji. This 8mm home movie was filmed by Noel O'Hehir. Click here to view.
Canberra Weekly newspaper. Classified advertising TV ad, produced at Prime TV studios, ACT, by Canberra Weekly publisher Ash Long. 1995. Click here to view.
Nightly TV program, Optus Local Vision Channel 50 (later Channel 31). Hosted by Bruce Mansfield, written and produced by Ash Long (Ash Long Media).
The brief was simple: say nothing
but be funny. An attempt at visual comedy by this non-actor on national TV.
'A Trip Down Memory Lane'. Hosted by Bert Newton. Weekly spot by Bruce Mansfield, and sight gags by Ash Long. The things you do for publicity! Click here to view.
Ash Long appears as Father Christmas on Bert Newton's Good Morning Australia in a spot with Philip Brady and Bruce Mansfield. Click here to also catch a 1998 glimpse of Sally Cockburn, Rob Mascara, John Foreman, Moira McLean, Ken James, Selina Kayman, Michelle Van Raay, Karen Moregold, Shane Bourne, Leanne Mercer, Ross Crabtree and Eunice McGrath.
Here's one for Aussie radio-TV buffs. TV-radio personality, the late Ron Cadee, interviewed by Bruce Mansfield for Mansfield's Melbourne TV program, Channel 31 (Ash Long Media). Circa 1997-98.
From 1999-2002, Ash Long Media produced advertorial/infomercial progams titled The Sydney Report (Channel 31 Sydney), The Brisbane Report (Briz 31 Brisbane), and The Adelaide Report (community television, Adelaide). These were 30 minute episodes, aired either once or twice weekly.
200 of The Sydney Report included a focus on The Hume Corridor,
places to stay in NSW, and a feature on Palm Cove, Tropical North
Queensland. Click here to see:
The Sydney Report was on air on Channel 31 Sydney in 2002 when Renaissance TV took over its airwaves from 8am-4pm weekdays. Sydney Report producer Ash Long enlisted NSW Premier Bob Carr to join the program as a reporter. Click here to view.
The Brisbane Report
The Brisbane Report went to air on Briz 31 (Channel 31 community TV station)
The Adelaide Report
The Adelaide Report went to air on Channel 6 community TV station.
For a diabetes research project at Melbourne's Eye and Ear Hospital, Ash Long tells his experiences as a Type 2 diabetic. Produced by Fleur Long. May 2002.
Click here to view.
aired on February 3, 2003 - at a celebration dinner held at the Marriott
Melbourne hotel to mark our 25th wedding anniversary ... and Fleur's
birthday. (Pardon the shaky camera work)
Melbourne radio personality Keith McGowan retired from the 3AW Overnighters radio program in July 2011. Nick McCallum presented this special report on Seven News, introduced by Jennifer Keyte. Our Melbourne Observer newspaper was a major sponsor of the Overnighters radio program for a number of years. Click here to view.
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