Peter Goers

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Peter Goers
Peter Goers.jpg
Goers conducting a live public radio broadcast, 2009
Born (1956-07-28) July 28, 1956 (age 62)
Adelaide, South Australia
ShowThe Evening Show
Station(s)891 ABC Adelaide
NetworkAustralian Broadcasting Corporation
Time slot7:00 pm weekdays

Peter Goers OAM is a South Australian amateur actor, director, reviewer and current host of the radio program The Evening Show on 891 ABC Adelaide, which broadcasts throughout South Australia and to the city of Broken Hill.[1] His career has spanned over 40 years in the entertainment industry across a range of different mediums and formats including television, print, radio and theatre, and he is frequently engaged as a guest speaker. In the Australia Day Honours, 2013, Goers was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his "service to the community as a radio broadcaster".[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

Goers was born in Adelaide, raised in Woodville South and educated at both Woodville Primary and Findon High schools. Goers is a fifth-generation Australian of German and Irish descent. An influence in Goers' early life was teacher and former South Adelaide footballer Mick Rivers, who encouraged his interest in acting.[4] Upon completion of his secondary schooling, Goers studied arts at Flinders University for eight years.

On 9 July 1982, both his parents were killed in a plane accident involving Pan Am Flight 759 which crashed shortly after takeoff from New Orleans, USA.[4]


In 1983, Goers started reviewing films for radio host Carole Whitelock on the then-named 5AN for the ABC, which led to commercial contracts, including 5DN and ten years at the Austereo Radio Network.

Goers worked as full-time historian of the Performing Arts Collection of South Australia with the South Australian director Colin Ballantyne. Having debuted as the Artful Dodger in Oliver! at the Woodville Town Hall in 1972, Goers has been involved in many amateur theatre companies in Adelaide as an actor and director, including as Artistic Director of the University of Adelaide Theatre Guild (1982–86), and with Jimmy Zoole Presents, Q Theatre Company and Adelaide Repertory Theatre[5]. He won an "Advertiser" Fringe Award[citation needed], and he is the only director with four plays in Adelaide on one night – in interlocking seasons.[citation needed]

During the same period, Jason Daniel, an arts editor for The Advertiser, had heard Goers' movie reviews and suggested that he also review theatre for the newspaper, which he did from 1985 to 1996. He became known as 'the critic that ate Adelaide'. While with The Advertiser he began writing an opinion column for the associated Sunday Mail in 1991.

Goers also hosted horror movies on Channel Ten Adelaide during the 1980s.[6]

Mid career[edit]

In 1996 Goers left Adelaide and moved to Istanbul in Turkey. There he found work in theatre, working as a producer on local productions, before taking up a post as an English lecturer at a local university. While there he opened a new drama department[citation needed] and became the university's Dean of Drama. He also returned to theatre reviewing, writing English-language reviews for a local paper.[7]

Goers returned to Adelaide in 1998 and to News Limited's Sunday Mail as a regular columnist.[8] The following year saw his return to local radio, with a Monday night slot on the commercial radio station FIVEaa.[9] Two months later he was joined by Rex Jory and Pamela Francis to produce The Good, the Bad and the Ugly as a weekly panel,[10] which soon expanded to a twice-weekly show with the addition of Alex Ward.[11] Nevertheless, the show was to have a short life, and by early November of that year it had ended its run.[12]

The Evening Show[edit]

In 2003, Goers was invited to audition for the ABC.[6] However, on the day when he was due to audition, Goers was requested by the management to fill in for Carole Whitelock, who had taken ill. This led to a return to radio on the ABC when he hosted the evening session for the station over the 2003/2004 summer break.[13] From there he went on to host The Evening Show on a permanent basis.

The Evening Show features on 891 ABC Adelaide from 7:00 pm on weekdays and is presented in a magazine format, with Goers interviewing local, national and international celebrities and academics in addition to a regular call-back segment and a quiz. Goers also has several regular guests, including his Goers' Gals.

At the end of every show, Goers signs off with the line "Goodnight Mrs Calabash, wherever you are" – a line borrowed from Jimmy Durante.[1]

Religious views[edit]

Goers was raised Methodist and has described himself as a Christian[14] and also "a bit of an agnostic as are all reasonable people of reasonable faith. None of us knows if there is a God, but there's always hope."[15] In an article encouraging tolerance between New Atheists and Christians, Goers was extremely critical of atheism.[15] Regarding Islam, Goers has stated "Muslims do not proselytise and some of the best Christians I've ever known are Muslims."[15] Goers was critical of religious arguments against Same Sex Marriage[16] and vocal in support of the "Yes" campaign during the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. [17][18]

Football views[edit]

Goers is a passionate and vocal supporter of the Port Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League. He refers to the Adelaide Football Club derisively as the 'Carrion' team[citation needed].


  1. ^ a b "Peter Goers". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2007. Retrieved 11 September 2009.
  2. ^ "Jim Maxwell and Peter Goers receive Order of Australia awards". RadioInfo. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  3. ^ Williamson, Brett (2013-01-26). "Peter Goers on Australia Day honours list". Retrieved 2018-12-17.
  4. ^ a b Parker, Richard (2006). "The Critic That Ate Adelaide". The Think Tank. p. 22.
  5. ^ "AusStage". Retrieved 2018-12-23.
  6. ^ a b Parker, Richard (2006). "The Critic That Ate Adelaide". The Think Tank. p. 23.
  7. ^ Harris, Samela (3 January 1998). "Where is the critic who ate Adelaide?". The Advertiser. Adelaide. p. A14.
  8. ^ Goers, Peter (15 November 1998). "Home to days of our knives". The Sunday Mail. Adelaide. p. 16.
  9. ^ Yeaman, Simon (6 February 1999). "Time for shock jock". The Advertiser. Adelaide. p. 20.
  10. ^ McDonald, Patrick; Yeaman, Simon (3 April 1999). "You be the judge". The Advertiser. Adelaide. p. 20.
  11. ^ McDonald, Patrick; Yeaman, Simon (2 June 1999). "'Mischief Man' joins the panel". The Advertiser. Adelaide. p. 20.
  12. ^ Leith, Renae (7 November 1999). "Kellie's good medicine". The Sunday Mail. Adelaide. p. 20.
  13. ^ Williams, Nadine (28 October 2003). "ABC radio stints for Goers, Doyle". The Advertiser. Adelaide. p. 20.
  14. ^ "". Retrieved 2019-01-06.
  15. ^ a b c Goers, Peter (21 April 2012). "Goers: Time for tolerance on both sides". The Advertiser. Retrieved 6 May 2012.
  16. ^ "". Retrieved 2019-01-06.
  17. ^ "". Retrieved 2019-01-06.
  18. ^ "". Retrieved 2019-01-06.

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