to Mad Mel's Cage
Mel joined C-FUN during the Spring of 1965. Unlike
the station's other DJs who were commonly known as
"The Good Guys", Mel earned a spot as C-FUN's "Bad
Guy." By the Fall of 65 Mel was gone, although he
could still be heard in C-FUN ads for the Bad Boys
Rag Shop, a new trendy clothing enterprise in which
he was involved. Short as his stay with C-FUN was,
it was memorable. Mel later moved to Australia
where he lives to this day.
Few pictures of Mel have turned up and when they do
his features are hidden by huge glasses, or a long
black false beard, sometimes both. Likewise, audio
of Mad Mel on C-FUN is scare. Below are the few and
very brief snippets thus far found.
#1 - Intro (Long)
was the famous intro to Mad Mel's show that
contained the line "OK Mel, you can come out of
your cage now. It's time to start the show."
#2 - Intro (Short)
short intro to Mad Mel's show.
#3 - Mad Mel & Paul
all-too-brief piece is compiled from a number of
short bits, then pieced together. In it Mad Mel is
broadcasting from the C-FUN studio attempting to
play his recent interview with Paul McCartney. But
Mel is having problems queuing the interview and so
calls upon his alter-ego "Granny Scoopshovel" to
get "the machines" working. We hear a brief C-FUN
jingle after which Granny, having solved the
problem, begins playing the tape. We hear the voice
of Roff Johannsen introducing the interview and
then we cut to a part of the interview, which takes
place at an airport. As it turns out, Paul
McCartney is actually interviewing Mad Mel! We also
learn that it's Mel's birthday and he's turned 19.
Not much else is known of the circumstances
surrounding this ocassion.
to Alex Galbraith for the audio and to Larry Morton