Welcome to my webpage!
Hi! I'm Michael Costello from South Blackburn in Melbourne, Australia
A lot in my life has changed since I first posted a website to GeoCities all those years ago! In recent times, I have left a few community groups and joined new ones to replace them! Also a lot of details of what I do are on a separate site videbus.com.au - a registered business name I use to conduct various activities.
I am currently a Volunteer Video Camera Operator and A/V Producer for the Prahran Cricket Club, a Premier Cricket club. This level of cricket is one step away from State Level. Here I make videos for online and video scoreboard use, as well as assisting by editing and uploading a weekly radio podcast "Prahran Podcast" hosted by Nick Morrey and Will Pike.
From 1995 to 2004 & 2015 to now, I am a volunteer for Northern Access Television, a Community Television Production Group that broadcasts its shows on Channel 31, where I also volunteered as a Presentation Operator in the live-to-air Control Room in the Video Tape, Graphics and Audio Departments for a period of time. Read more here, but note that the shows mentioned on the last page were never finished and never aired. But I have since resumed working with the group on the "NAT Chat" program since Mid 2015.
My last Community TV Production for broadcast was the 2016 Stonnington Gift Special that I co-produced with David McLauchlan While I don't have a long list of credits as a Producer, I have spent many more hours helping other Northern Access TV producers with their productions. Some shows I worked on include Northern Community News, NAT Chat, Fifteen Fabulous Minutes, Those Too Guys, NAG, Et Cetera and quite a few more including a fair few one-off specials! - Sadly, free to air Community TV will cease in 2016, so all future Community TV shows will need to be on Pay TV.
Apart from the above, I am now enjoying doing videos for online use, not having to stick to the rigid rules of broadcast TV.
For a period of time, I was also a Public Address System operator for Skate Victoria Speed Branch as well, sharing the duties with another member. He now has the duty to himself again.
I worked as a Tram Conductor between 1993 and 1995 at the now demolished South Melbourne Tram Depot in Kingsway. It was one step away from my childhood dream job of Tram Driving. However, my time on the job was not to last, and it was this job (and how and why it ended) that led me to finding out I have Asperger's Syndrome. I have tried to hold down jobs since then, but with little success. Therefore, I am currently a Disability Pensioner and Volunteer. No one on this pension does so by choice - but I do face quite large barriers to getting and keeping a job. I contribute to society in other ways.
I have a wide variety of interests, including Television and the history of Television, Trams and Buses (despite losing my job), Shooting Videos, Driving around Victoria and beyond, and watching (and later filming) Sport.
Thanks for visiting! Enjoy your visit, and don't forget to see more at videbus.com.au !