Joe’s radio voice remains immortal

THANK YOU: Joe Goll in the 5YYY studio, where he hosted German, Austrian and English programs.
THANK YOU: Joe Goll in the 5YYY studio, where he hosted German, Austrian and English programs.

A true community man until the end, the voice and actions of Josef Goll will long be remembered by those who knew him in Whyalla.

Joe recently passed away after a long battle with illness, but the way he touched the community will not be forgotten – be it providing quality music shows on 5YYY, raising funds for local groups or leading both Neighbourhood Watch area 173 and the Whyalla German-Speaking Association.

For 30 years Joe would treat the German, Austrian and English listeners of 5YYY to smooth, easy-going music through his International Rendezvous and German-Speaking Association shows.

“I like to know I can give listeners three hours of pleasure,” Joe said in one of the many articles about him published in the Whyalla News.

Joe was one of the founding members of the 5YYY radio station, helping transform a kindergarten into the building that the station resides in today.

One of the most memorable moments for Joe was being selected as one of Whyalla’s Olympic torch bearers as part of the 2000 Olympics.

Though most bearers ran, walking his dog Shan every morning after breakfast and keeping his large home and garden in pristine condition meant Joe was certainly fit enough to walk one kilometre with the torch.

Joe and his wife Hildegard helped out a variety of community groups including the Lions Club, the Yeltana Nursing Home, and the Northern Country Carers.

Joe was rewarded with a huge amount of trophies and certificates for his hard work in the community, including former Premier Mike Rann’s Certificate of Appreciation.

Joe’s last official 5YYY program was held in March, many years after he first stepped into the booth in 1987. “I’ve loved this place and what I’ve been able to do for 30 years”, he said earlier this year.

He is being succeeded by Thea Clark, who remembered him as a ‘very valuable member of 5YYY’ that will be ‘sorely missed’. 

Surely Joe’s voice and beautiful music will remain immortal.