Thursday, December 14, 2006

Denis Walter





In 1970 a shy, young vocalist with an unusually low pitched voice made his first appearance on Young Talent Time (Australia) as a contestant. Apart from being given an honourable mention he lost, but went through to the finals. It’s an Australian thing and lost again! Denis Walter obviously touched a chord with the viewers because a year later, he won New Faces outright. The producers of Young Talent Time recognised his talent and invited Denis to return to the show. "Young Talent Time" ran for 18 years (1000 episodes) and launched many stars including Tina Arena, Debra Byrne and Danni Minogue (Kylie’s sister). The program ran from 1971 until 1988 and proved to be an evergreen of Australian television.



Anchorman, Johnny Young was a natural choice because he had been a pop star, travelled the world, and had an effervescent and infectious personality.



Denis was one of the young hopefuls in the show and proved a popular choice. His music career progressed throughout the eighties and he became a popular cabaret singer who traveled the world. Later Denis expanded his career to become a television news presenter in regional Victoria, and a popular disc jockey on Melbourne’s 1278 3AW. These days he's part of the 3AW team, Melbourne's leader in news and current affairs. Television news has also become part of the Denis Walter career having been weatherman for National Nine News and now presenting WIN News to a million viewers through regional Victoria and Southern New South Wales. Denis is a great supporter of young talent and keen to develop self confidence in children. He formed the Denis Walter National Youth Choir of Australia to encourage young people to become involved in music. Many of the choir members have won awards for theatre performances after gaining the confidence to sing in public. Busy throughout the year Denis become more so at Christmas time when he hosts Air Radiators, Denis Walter Carols by the Bay. This is held annually at Corio Bay and the Waterfront Geelong.



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