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Farewell Peter O’Callaghan

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It is with very heavy hearts that we report Peter O’Callaghan passed away, Wednesday August 10.

A memorial service for Peter will take place at Fawkner Memorial Park in the Cordell Chapel – 1187 Sydney Road, Fawkner.

The service will be held on Monday August 22, commencing at 2.30pm.


Poco was a much admired, respected and dedicated radio announcer. He was a veteran of over 40 years, and presented on Melbourne’s 3KZ, 3MP, 3XY, 3UZ and most recently a highly regarded member of our Magic 1278 family.

He will be remembered for his quick wit, love of music and devotion to his audience. 

His jokes during the Morning program and Elvis Hour on Magic will always make us smile. 

He was 67.

Our love and thoughts are with POC and his family at this very difficult time. 


Allan Peters

REST IN PEACE Peter you will always be remembered and never forgotten, it was a very sad day when you finished at Magic 1278 along with KJ and Rocking Ricky, I will cherish the fond memories of listening to you each and every day. To you family and vast number of friends and fans my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Keep spinning those disks in radio heaven Peter.

Peter Toomey

POC was best man at my wedding and one of best announcers I ever worked with when we were both at 3UL (Warragul) Rest in Peace, mate


Thank you Peter for the hours of enjoyment you have given to your listeners. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Thinking of you all at this very sad time.


Thoughts and prayers to his family in Australia and America. 
Many hours of enjoyment listening to him on radio.
RIP Peter.x

Paul Sparks

May God Bless POCO hopefully he will be keeping an watchfull eye on those Mighty Hawks from above..
RIP Peter


Rest In Peace, Peter.
You were a good man.
You were the first presenter I had ever spoken to on Magic and I will never forget it.
May the joy and passion with which you approached music, the radio and your idol, Elvis Presley, live on through the generations.
You will be missed.

Michael and family

We would like to thank all those listeners who enjoyed the music, the wit and great knowledge Pete presented over the years and for all the wonderful tributes posted. 
We will miss you at our family gatherings and your loving , gentle and caring ways that you showed to us all.
Good bye my little brother and we will always remember your beautiful voice .
Michael ,[Mickey] and much loved sister in law of Joan and very treasured uncle of Mary Louise, Cate , Elizabeth and Clare O’Callaghan. In our hearts forever.

Chris and Fergus Hudson

A cherished friend for 49 years. 


Poco, you were an inspiration to many a great wit, a true professional and a thorough gentleman , one of Melbourne’s radio greats and a legend. RIP mate.

Pete and Lyn

Very sad news. Worked with Pocko at MP and Magic from ’98-2014. Terrific bloke and very professional always. We had a few beers together now and then and a lot of laughs. Gone to join sister Maggie. 

G Man

Sad to hear the passing of Poco.He was truly one of the nice guys of radio who I had the pleasure of working with during his time at 3MP.
RIP Pete & my sympathy to his family.

Mike Lynch, Former 3KZ News Director

I had the pleasure of working with Peter at 3KZ from 1979-1981, first at the station’s studios in the Trades Hall Council building and then in Victoria Street. Peter loved being on the radio, this was evident by his warmth, charm, musical knowledge and wit that became the hallmarks of his broadcasting career. His unceremonious dumping last year by the idiots who run Magic 1278 was unforgivable, but thankfully those of us who worked with Peter will always have our memories a very warm and gentle bloke. Heartfelt condolences to his family


Loved listening to Peter with Richard Stubbs on the XY Zoo back in the 80’s on 3XY. Was always funny and was a great way to start the day. Was sad to hear the news. I met Peter and Richard back in 1987 as a 16 year old doing work experience at 3XY and found Peter to be a very warm, inviting man who brought you into the conversation and made you feel comfortable.
RIP Peter and thanks for the many laughs over the years.


I haven’t known Peter for very long. I found Peter to be a real gentleman great sense of humour & a lovely man . Rest in Peace Peter & thanks for the dances .Love from Roslyn xx


Peter was a joy to listen to with his soft velvety voice. His humour was dry and quick especially in his retorts on Secret Sound! One memory is when he back announced the Seekers song ‘I’ll never find another you’ saying ‘that was devoted to all the lonely sheep out there’!  I’m sure I speak on behalf of all ‘old’ magic listeners who loved hearing Peter’s exuberance in his job.
R.I.P. Peter O’Callaghan

Dino & Melissa Matters

I can’t believe the news that Poco is no longer with us. Poco and I first worked together at 7EX in Launceston….we spent many great hours again at 3MP….and reminisced over many beers about those days and how to fix what the ‘Clowns’ were doing to our great 3MP. Poco ever the Professional, a great way with words and the smoothest delivery ever.
Going to miss you mate….you had so much to give. I know you’ll get a great gig upstairs.

Nigel Carter

It is very sad to hear about the passing of POC. He was a very professional, friendly, witty and talented announcer and was very dedicated and loyal to Magic 1278 and 3MP. Our condolences to the O’Callaghan family in this sad time from all at Southern FM.


A real loss to the radio industry. He was the stand out for me in the previous incarnation of Magic. Great sense of humour and extensive knowledge of music. Listened to him on 3XY, Triple M, 3MP and Magic. RIP Pete.


Rest in peace. Loved listening to your show particularly the Elvis songs. Another angel in peace.

Tony & Gemma

Very sad to hear of the passing of Peter. He was a great radio personality. Condolences to his family.

Margot Dodson

Vale, Peter. One of our favourites from our previous Magic radio station. Miss all of the great announcers that we had, Peter in particular, for his quick-wit, which never failed to make us laugh. ‘Those were the days’, wish they were back. Hope you get to still listen to Elvis whenever you can. One of my favourite Elvis songs for you, ‘Memories’. 

Barb Martyn

In fond memory of Peter O’Callaghan. I will miss his quick wit and knowledge of music, he was a pleasure to listen to. My sincere sympathy goes to Peter’s family. I’ll miss you Peter.


Loved to listen to Peter in the mornings on Magic. A person with great wit and humor, and good music knowledge. Will be sadly missed by all. RIP Peter. My sympathy to his family.


We all admired Peter and his program condolences to his family.

Graeme and Elizabeth Lawrence

Vale Peter O’Callaghan. So sorry to hear about Peter, we used to love listening to him and his voice was just the best. Please convey my sympathy to his family and we will always think of him, the radio is not the same without him. Thank you Peter.

Wendy Matthews

To Peter’s family, friends and work mates, I’m very sorry to hear about his passing. Peter was a joy to listen to and I will miss his sense of humour and his choices of music to play. Rest in peace.

Denis Walter OAM

To Peter’s loved ones, I am sorry to hear of his passing. Peter was a really good workmate from when we first met at 3MP in the late 80’s. Poco was always thoroughly professional in his career and good company to have around. 


I’m so sad to hear this news. We used to have great chats and he will be fondly remembered. Hopefully he can now meet Elvis. He would always talk about the pilgrimage to Graceland. RIP poc 


Very sad. RIP. Will miss him on Magic


Loved listening to peter and his very clever wit. Sad news and rest in peace Peter 


Miss you Peter. Loved your knowledge of the best music ever. You made listening to the radio a fantastic experience. My sympathy to all his family and friends


Dear Peter, thank you for the many hours of happy memories of listening to you on the radio. God Bless 

Maureen Peters

Extremely sad news to hear of the passing of Peter O’Callaghan .
Peter’s bright bubbly nature, wit & general all round good guy attitude, brought much delight and light hearted pleasure into many lives. Listening to the morning program gave his followers a positive kick start to the day ahead! A life taken far too early – Rest Peacefully Peter. Caring thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. 


So sad to hear the passing of Peter O’Callaghan. Deepest Sympathy goes out to the O’Callaghan family 🙁 


A true gentleman ! Always made me relaxed listening to him on the air ways! He’s with the best now in heaven

Joe Visalli

Sorry to hear the passing of Peter 0`Callaghan. He put a lot of joy and happiness in our lives and will be greatly missed. Thank you Peter.  Sincere condolences to his family at their loss 


?I have always loved listening to you mate and my mother before me and we all know you will be up there shaking has with your favourite singer elvis presley. Thanks for the enjoyment over the years R.I.P. mate god bless 


Loved listening to you….always made me chuckle. You truly were a gentleman.  Deepest sympathy to your family xx


Thank you for the many, many laughs Pete and for making me feel welcome when I joined 3XY. It was so good to catch up with you a few years ago. My prayers and thoughts go out to your family, and I feel blessed to have known you. R.I.P. Poco xxx


Will be sadly missed. Thoughts to his family.


Missed Peter O’Callaghan when I moved from Melbourne to NSW, always loved listening to him and the others on ‘3MP’. Love and light go out to his family.