You may know Tim from his many years on local radio but who’s the bloke behind the mic?
Tim was born in Sydney and grew up in working class Ryde with his mum, who managed shopping centres, and dad, a clerk and copywriter (who also worked nights as a jazz drummer), and a younger brother and sister.
Tim’s school reports reflected his love of “participating in class discussions” but his true love was music and he spent many happy years working in a record store, enjoying the heady 80s!
He’s no stranger to hard work – from the tender age of 12, Tim was selling chokos door-to-door for pocket money, then had a paper run, was assistant milkman, spent some time behind the pass at Maccas and had a stint of bartending (don’t ask for the Malibu surfboard!).
One of his early jobs was drilling holes in circuit boards for taxi meters but that only lasted a day and his entire wage was spent on two David Bowie cassettes!
Perhaps his most gruelling job was 12 months rising through the ranks at a legal publisher from storeman, to bindery hand, printer’s offsider, then proof reader. One of his strongest memories there was feeling the Newcastle earthquake on the factory floor.
In 1983, a Cox family holiday to tranquil Hobart prompted them to up stumps for a “more accessible, meaningful and humane” way of life. In 1984, they settled in Taroona.
Tim sweet-talked his first radio job as an ad writer at 7HT, alongside the legendary Sue Becker. He hounded ABC Radio into taking him on as music director and assistant producer and, 26 years later, hung up his headphones with an impressive back catalogue. Most recently Tim’s been news director at Tasmanian Broadcasters (7HO-FM), with stints filling in for Brian Carlton on Tasmania Talks.
He was fortunate to have a fulfilling 25+ year radio career and worked hard as a union member and delegate to protect and improve our ABC.
Less well-known is Tim’s support for a wide range of community groups and important causes. Over the decades, he’s donated time, energy and expertise to dozens of organisations, as well as running his own business as a public speaker and host.
Outside the office, Tim’s a dad, husband, music-lover and rugby tragic.
“I learnt what I know through experience, being inquisitive and open minded. I don’t have a string of degrees but I do know, through talking to thousands of Tasmanians in bad times and good, that we all want better; that good ideas come from everyone and, if we put our minds together, we can be a stronger, smarter, fairer community.”
Tim loves Tassie and wants to put his experience, understanding and connection with the community to good use for all Tasmanians.