Celebrating Father Gerard Dowling’s 40 Years on Air
Congratulations to our great friend Father Gerard Dowling OAM DE as he celebrates the huge milestone of reaching 40 years on air! Father Dowling hosts a regular spot on the RSN 927 AM every Sunday from 10pm to 12am called The Family Counsellor.
The Family Counsellor is the longest running show of its kind; established in a time before 24 hour services such as Lifeline. Reporter Chris Evens once credited Father Gerard to have “…saved the lives of hundreds of people and brought comfort to thousands of others.” However, Father Gerard’s humility has remained unchanged, simply stating that “so many people just need somebody to hear them.” He also believes the most valuable skill he has learned from being a counsellor is to be able to say very little.
The longevity of his radio show in an ever changing environment of social networking such as text messaging, Facebook and Twitter is a true testament to Father Gerard understanding the community’s need to turn to a friendly, understanding ear.
Father Gerard says “so often these days we ring a number and we get a pre-recorded message…and you are just desperate to get someone to talk to you as you are.”
Still active as a Priest performing daily Mass, funerals, weddings and baptisms and an avid AFL Kangaroos supporter, he does not appear to be slowing down anytime soon. We are sure The Family Counsellor program with Father Gerard will be around for years to come yet.
As Tobin Brothers Funerals is the proud sponsor of The Family Counselor, we invite you to join in the celebration this Sunday night, September 1st on RSN 927 AM, as we together with many special guests celebrate Father Gerald Dowling’s 40 years on air.
To listen to a podcast of Father Gerard Dowling talking to Michael Lynch about his role as radio’s Family Counsellor, please click on the link below:
Written by James MacLeod - Managing Director, Tobin Brothers Funerals