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Rock Arena

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This on-again-off-again Aussie live music show, produced in Perth and broadcast on the ABC on Tuesday nights, was originally hosted by Peter Holland, a longtime host of a successful rock show on Perth radio.

By the middle of 1983, the show was being hosted by Andrew Peters.

Glenn Shorrock from Little River Band also appeared as guest host for a while in 1984 before former 2JJJ presenter Suzanne Dowling (pictured above) took over with a mandate to update and modernise the content. She stayed with the show for 4½ years. Her departure ultimately spelt the end of the show.

Rock Arena concentrated on exposing a working band live, looking much as they would in a pub or concert situation – in contrast to the established music shows like Countdown and Sounds.

Peter Holland
Andrew Peters
Glenn Shorrock
Suzanne Dowling