Chaos At the Crossroads: The Birth of Dads On the Air

Chaos At the Crossroads: The Birth of Dads On the Air

by William John Stapleton
     
 
Dads On The Air, often shortened to DOTA, is a community radio program which began in western Sydney in August of 2000 with a small group of extremely disgruntled separated men who had no experience of radio and no resources. The author of Chaos at the Crossroads: The Birth of Dads On The Air, William John Stapleton, worked as a mainstream journalist and was the only

Overview

Dads On The Air, often shortened to DOTA, is a community radio program which began in western Sydney in August of 2000 with a small group of extremely disgruntled separated men who had no experience of radio and no resources. The author of Chaos at the Crossroads: The Birth of Dads On The Air, William John Stapleton, worked as a mainstream journalist and was the only one with any media experience.

The series of short books in the Chaos at the Crossroads series tell the story of the long struggle for family law reform in Australia, not just by separated fathers, their supporters and their lobby groups, but by grandparents and other family members cut out of children's lives by the discriminatory and destructive sole-custody model purveyed by the court.

Chaos also tells the story of how, from the humble beginnings of a disheveled group of disgruntled separated fathers, Dads On The Air became the world's most famous radio program dedicated to fatherhood issues.

The program evolved with the information revolution. The technology which would allow a small group of people with few resources to make available a weekly 90 minute radio program and give it the penetration and power it went on to achieve simply had not existed five years before. Dads On The Air has over time interviewed almost all the world's leading national and international activists, advocates, academics and authors.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016547084
Publisher:
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Publication date:
04/08/2013
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Pages:
86
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Meet the Author

After majoring in philosophy and anthropology at university John Stapleton did his post-graduate thesis for a Diploma in Social Sciences on the subject of gay bars. As a young man he travelled widely as a result of free air fares through his father's job as a Qantas captain.

He wrote for a wide variety of Australian publications on a freelance basis, including The Bulletin and The Financial Review, before joining the staff of The Sydney Morning Herald in the mid 1980s, following the publication of his first front page story while working as a casual. At that time the SMH was regarded as one of the world's top 20 newspapers.

While writing since childhood, he experienced his first success in 1972 as co-winner of the Adelaide Arts Festival's Short Story Competition. His play The Police Commissioner's Grandmother was also performed in that city.

As a general news reporter in Sydney John Stapleton covered literally thousands of stories, from the funerals of bikies, children and dignitaries to fires, floods, droughts, from the demonstrations of inner-city worthies concerned over the plight of refugees to the sad and pointless deaths of youth in the city's poverty stricken housing estates.
He spent the last 15 years of his journalistic career, until 2009, working as a general news reporter on the country's national newspaper The Australian.

John Stapleton is the very proud father of two successful young adults.

His articles and fiction have also appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies over the years, including the books Men Love Sex, Australian Politics and Writers in the Park.

His book about Sydney life in the 1980s The Lure Of The Illicit, previously only given narrow distribution, will be re-published shortly.

In 2000 he joined a group of small group of separated dads at the community radio station 2GLF in western Sydney as a volunteer, thereby helping to found Dads On The Air, now the world's longest running and most famous radio program dedicated to issues concerning fathers. The fact the show continues to prosper without him and has attracted a talented team of contributors is one of his proudest achievements.

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