The DeCean’s have left the building

Staff Writer

For the first time in the history of Austereo and Southern Cross Austereo, as of 5pm today, there will no longer be a DeCean on the payroll.

Des DeCean was a founding member of the ‘Adelaide Stereo FM’ team in 1980 that established the then 5SSA FM. The company later became Austereo as it spread its wings outside of Adelaide, and the station became SAFM.

Des DeCean was the very first employee of the company in 1980 – “subject to the approval of the yet to be appointed Manager”. That manager was Paul Thompson, and so began the journey of Australia’s most formidable Radio network,

Des DeCean retired in 2009 from his role of Director of Technology for the Austereo Network. During that time Shane DeCean joined the Austereo network in 1998 and has been part of the Adelaide Technology team for the last 18 years.

Shane now moves on to a new family owned network, joining Grant Broadcasters as the Senior Technician for their Murray Bridge Radio stations. Shane will also cover off other Grant markets in regional South Australia.

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