The Adelaide Show Podcast putting South Australian passion on centre stage

130: Adelaide Mates – John Schumann & David Minear

John Schumann, David Minear, Steve Davis and Nigel Dobson-Keeffe recording The Adelaide Show Podcast for the Adelaide Fringe
Recording the Adelaide Show live at The Arkaba Hotel, from left, Steve Davis, John Schumann, David Minear, Nigel Dobson-Keeffe

In this episode we ‘swap jokes and company’ as we explore the worlds of two, great, Adelaide mates, David Minear and John Schumann.

In surfing parlance, tonight’s conversation is like a bombora that we surf all the way back safely to shore!

John Schumann discusses Redgum, songwriting, Australia, cars, family, Henry Lawson, attitudes to the nuclear industry, ice cream and PTSD.

David Minear discusses advertising, Young and Rubicam, Mitsubishi, Sigma, Adelaide Fringe, West End advertising, Henry Lawson, Golden North, Kojo, the film industry and being a chairman of different boards.

And despite all those topics, we hardly scratched the surface with these guys. We hope to get them back one day!

IS IT NEWS picked up on the surfing theme, giving David a slight advantage, given his business, Bombora, is a haven for surf music recording in Australia. We didn’t even dip our toes into that water tonight.

Our wine this week is stunning: the 2013 Joker from The Mysterious Mr Black

Max Martin has picked up on David’s take up of long distance running later in life in our Made To Move Minute

Music this week is a song being officially released tomorrow by Reuben Gore

And we have an appeal in the Adelaide Visa Council as well as a sticky situation for the Adelaide Fringe Ambassador, Julian Clary

But we started with David Washington from InDaily with his midweek news wrap, Talk Of The Town

Show notes running sheet by timecode

Looking for something in this episode? We have captured the time marker in the notes below to help you find selected content faster.

00:00:00 Outtake
 Nobody clapped for Redgum
Theme and introduction. Our original theme song in full is here, Adelaidey-hoo.
Talk Of The Town
David Washington, editor of In Daily, gives us a midweek wrap of the news we’ve been talking about in South Australia this week. (this will be added in editing, not live)
00:00:00 Items Without Notice
 No items this week.
00:07:03 SA Drink Of The Week
The Joker 2013 Kalimna Shiraz from The Mysterious Mr Black, Barossa Valley. Tasting notes.
00:12:37 Made To Move Minute

Max Martin from iNform Health and Fitness Solutions, Norwood, present a thoughtful minute for pondering more ways and reasons to get moving and improve your health.

This week: Stupid goals to GET you going – smart processes to KEEP you going.

We are not running sponsors during the Fringe BUT we would like to encourage you to make The Arkaba Hotel a meeting place, a function place, a place of escape. Food is great and the staff have been excellent to us for two years of involvement thus far. Highly recommended.
00:17:51 John Schumann and David Minear

At first glance, it’s counter-intuitive that a man whose legend has been built on songs about social justice and the underdog could be friends with a man whose legend has been built in the world of advertising and consumerism.

But that’s the problem of first glances.

As we spend the evening with John Schumann and David Minear tonight, we’ll see that not only do these caricatures break down almost instantly, we’ll also learn that when you have creative minds around you, you just have to get used to holding seemingly contradictory ideas TOGETHER, in some sort of sweet tension while trusting it will be all right in the long run!

Gentlemen, welcome to the formal part of our podcast.

01:36:35 Is It News?
The news history quiz with Nigel Dobson-Keeffe.
01:45:56 Adelaide Visa Council


KIXX Radio (@KixxAdelaide)    VISA REINSTATED
14/02/2016, 9:37 AM
@TheAdelaideShow @JayBangers we strongly defend our case 😉 not guilty your Honour!


KIXX Radio has since issued this MEDIA RELEASE:


To the Appeal Tribunal

Thank you for bringing to our attention one of our recent tweets which was mis-construed as suggesting that Adelaide may not be the vibrant, exciting and talented city that it is.

This is far from the truth and in fact are strong supporters of the South Australian talent scene with a weeknight segment called #kixxstart where we showcase the best of our local artists. is South Australian and in true South Aussie spirit we offer the the opportunity to stream your weekly podcast on

Well known DJ @JayBangers and local journalist/public figure, Libby Trainor Parker from @bsidemag and @upsidenewsaus have joined the team and we are looking forward to an exciting 2016.

We believe shows such as yours, offers the South Australian public true choice and if can help in any way, then it is a win-win situation.

In closing, we look forward to having our Adelaide Visa re-instated and upgraded to “Ambassador” status.


Kind Regards,
Jay Burnell / Station Manager
[email protected]



Julian Clary from Denton program in 1995. Evidence submitted by an anonymous listener.

When asked what he’d do to someone he disliked, he said he’d send them to Adelaide because he didn’t like it very much here.


01:56:42 Musical Pilgrimage
And our song this week, Live Your Life by Reuben Gore, brought to our attention by friend of the program, Michael Shanahan, and endorsed by our musical curator Adrian Miller, from Radio Adelaide’s Monday night program, Songcatcher. This segment was recorded Monday night.
02:08:35 Outtake
 Powder my nose

Here is this week’s preview video:

Musical Pilgrimage (Reuben Gore has a great video for this week’s song. Thought we’d share it):

The Last Frontier – Redgum

This week’s sponsor

No sponsors during the Fringe.

SFX: Throughout the podcast we use free sfx from for the harp, the visa stamp, the silent movie music, the stylus, the radio signal sfx, the wine pouring and cork pulling sfx, and the swooshes around Siri.

John Schumann and David Minear to appear on The Adelaide Show's first Fringe EventNOTE: The wording below was used to promote this event for The Adelaide Fringe in 2016. At the time of publishing this page we have THREE more live recording shows over the next three Tuesdays. Details all here – please come to at least one. Only 25 seats per show.

Come along to our first Adelaide Fringe live recording on Tuesday night, February 16, 2016, from 7-9pm at The Arkaba Hotel, for an intimate and fun evening of conversation with two great Adelaide mates, John Schumann & David Minear.

When you click through to buy tickets from the Adelaide Fringe website, make sure you choose the right night. And please move quickly because there are only 25 tickets in total.

John Schumann

John Schumann is well known for his work with Redgum, a band that produced the song One More Boring Thursday Night In Adelaide. That song was part of the mix of ideas and motivations that led our podcast into existence; we were sick of people labelling Adelaide as boring.

When that infamous song was produced in 1978, there were some interesting observations about life in Adelaide but the problem with the ongoing meme of Adelaide being boring is that time has moved on and there is a yawning gap between ideas formed in the past and the reality of a city where new ideas and ventures are pulsing through the streets, suburbs and regions. Just look at our 129 previous episodes for evidence.

We’ll discuss this with John, as well as draw out some other South Australian references from his Redgum back catalogue and see which still hold up and which have had to yield to time and change.

But given our podcast is just like a chat among friends over a glass or two of red, so too our first night will conjur up the essences of mateship as we also interview one of John’s best mates, David Minear.

David Minear

David Minear is not only Chair of the Adelaide Fringe, he owns Australia’s only surf music label, Bombora, and is often referred to as ‘the ad man’.

Right on stage during our very hip ‘podcast’ recording, we’ll be keen to learn about his exposure to other ‘multimedia’ growing up (his dad ran a drive-in theatre over the back fence’) and how that shaped his career goals and decisions.

David also held the steering wheel at Y&R, the advertising agency, back in the 80s and 90s, when Adelaide produced Mitsubishis. Perhaps he might end up directing the short, improvised promo video for the episode on the night?

And we’ll explore how friendship happened through life in Adelaide and South Australia through the 60s, 70s and beyond. As well as working out how a vocal critic of rampant consumerism could be friends with someone working on the ‘dark side’ in advertising.

Grab your Fringe tickets now

When you click through to buy tickets from the Adelaide Fringe website, make sure you choose Tuesday, February 16. There are only 25 in total.

On the night, you’ll get a chance to:

  • add your questions to the mix
  • sample the SA Drink Of The Week
  • participate in the IS IT NEWS historical South Australian trivia quiz
  • pass judgement in the Adelaide Visa Council

It should be an enjoyable night of conversation. Make sure you come early to have a meal at The Arkaba so you can relax and get into the mood.

PS As the night gets closer, this page will also become the running sheet, so you’ll get a sneak peek at what we plan before we record a show.

John Schumann David Minear Steve Davis The Adelaide Show


2 Responses

  1. John Schumann, I am a singer/songwriter from North Dakota USA. I am passionate about patriotic songs (Vietnam) and like your song “I was only 19” very much. Have a listen my song “19 years old” It was read on The floor of the US Senate back in July and I am singing it at a ground breaking ceremony for a new Vietnam Wall in Arizona in the spring. If you ever want to write a song together email me.

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