John West (theatre)
John West (7 March 1924 – 9 July 2008) was an Australian broadcaster and theatre historian remembered for his long-running programmes "Sentimental Journey" and "The Showman" broadcast nationally on ABC Radio.
He was born in Paddington, Sydney, and grew up in Concord, the only child of John and Jean West. He was brought up by his mother and developed an early interest in theatre, which was encouraged by his grandmother, Mary Bell.
He returned to the ABC as an ordinary announcer, pursuing his theatrical interests at every opportunity in his off-duty time until 1964 when he was able to combine his profession and passion in the weekly programme "The Showman". A second program, "Sentimental Journey" in which he resurrected old gramophone records from the ABC's record library, as well as his own and those of fellow enthusiasts, followed in 1978. Both continued after he "officially" retired in 1989.
- Sentimental Journey on Saturday nights (1978–95)
- The Showman (1964–90)
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-04.
- Seaborn, Broughton and Walford newsletter vol 16 issue 5, 2 October 2008 Archived 31 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine. accessed 4 September 2011
John West's extensive collection of Australian theatre ephemera is held by the SBW foundation.