My name is Lee and I live on the outer Northside of Brisbane ... at Burpengary, Queensland, Australia.
If there is a great place on this earth, it’s here - with a tropical environment and opportunity for everyone. I grew up in Chermside and started work at the tender
age of 15 (after completing year 10 at school). My parents were both Ballroom dancers and had a great love of music. Through them, I grew-up with a fine
appreciation of music in all it’s forms. I fondly remember all those 45rpm 7 inch vinyl singles collected during my early years, many of which I still have today.
My beloved Parents are deceased now, but they both (Lillian & Aubrey) gave me the GIFT of music, which has run in my family for generations. My Grandfather,
Dick Porter, lead “Dick Porter’s Old Time Dance Band” in the 50’s and 60’s, featuring weekly ABC Radio Shows here in Australia. It’s ironic that I’m now following in
his footsteps with my weekly ‘Dance’ flavored Radio Shows here on the Internet.
In the 70’s, funky music progressed from Pop to Soul to (ultimately) Disco ... and this is where I found my niche in life - the 12 Inch Vinyl Single and DISCO music.
I thought I was in heaven when all this wonderful rhythmic music suddenly came to life. I even went to the former Sabcar Model Agency (here in Brisbane) to
master the many Disco Dance Steps associated with music at the time ... “The Hustle”, “The Bump”, and others. WOW, what an amazing era.
At the age of 18, I moved to Sydney in 1979 and literally fell-in to the music/club scene and ended up as a DJ at a few of the grooviest nightspots experienced
here in Australia ... Flo’s Palace, Patches, Fantasy Island, etc. There, I played many of the tracks you now here on Discointernet. When others were getting rid
of their record collections, I’m so glad I kept most of my Vinyl Records throughout the years. I thank my great “Teacher” ... the MASTER of all things Disco (Lee
Reiger) for his Expertise/Training and Friendship during my 70’s and early 80’s days, when (though popular) thought I was a mediocre Nightclub DJ.
In 1982, I came back to Brisbane and worked as DJ at “The Beat” nightclub, where I introduced so many Disco/Dance tunes which had escaped the attention of the
the local music scene. Subsequently, I established Brisbane’s first Import Record Store at Wooloongabba aptly named “Dance Music”.
DJ’s and the public flocked to the store, buying the prolific 12” singles and LP’s of the time. We even the extended the service Pacific-wide via mail order services,
a first for Brisbane. I remember sitting at the Telex machine late into the night ordering Records. Fax machines and the Internet were not even invented then.
I then moved to the Gold Coast and later to Melbourne, where I spend many years engrossed in my Telecommunications career. 18 years ago, I founded
a different Internet (hosted) Radio Show concept and Website. I called it Dancenetradio.com and was fortunate to obtain an ‘APRA’ license which I proudly
maintain today. Rejecting the flawed concept of obtaining music for free (which could destroy our music industry), my prime aim on this site is to encourage people
to BUY all their music and never expect it to be a FREE commodity.
Initially, Dancenetradio was modeled on the former exquisite DanceGrooveRadio Internet Radio Shows from THE indisputable expert on all-things Disco ...
I'll always THANK a great Friend (Darren Merrit) for his patience, friendship, understanding and superb technical abilities. Darren initially assisted me greatly, by helping
turn a former dream into reality with an amazing knowledge of the Internet and technology. If it was not for Darren, I would never have ventured onto the
Internet in the first place and would certainly be not broadcasting today. I often think of Darren and pray he has achieved the reward he deserves in the I.T. field.
In March 2005 I returned to Queensland and bought my amazing home at Burpengary, complete with Chooks and other amazing creatures which warm one's Heart and Spirit.
I thank GOD each day for allowing me to experience, adore and share the Disco / Dance music beat. It’s an unusual rhythmic form of music filled with Love, Energy and Joy !