ABC Adelaide's Local Radio evenings presenter Peter Goers has been awarded an OAM in the 2013 Australia Day Honours list and ABC Cricket caller Jim Maxwell becomes a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).
Jim Maxwell was inspired to join the ABC’s Sport Department after hearing Alan McGilvray’s call of the 1964 cricket test from England. In a profile a few years ago, radioinfo reported that, after leaving school he tried three times to get an ABC cadetship before he was finally successful in 1973.
Cricket on the radio is better than on tv for several reasons according to Maxwell: “It takes listeners where pictures can’t take them, they can use their imaginations to see the play wherever they are and whatever they’re doing. The word is more powerful than the image in this sort of game.”
Maxwell's citation recognises his "significant service to sport, particularly cricket, as a commentator, and to the community."