The far reaching Ripples of Reality Rally reach over the ocean,to Australia.

Ben Waterworth & My Survivor Dream

Back in the year 2000 like a large portion of the world's TV audience, I got hooked on a little TV show called Survivor. This thing called 'reality tv' and it's interesting  dynamics of realism, characters and competition amazed me and drew me in to  something that almost seemed like sport without the sport. I was enthralled and never  looked back. Over the 11 year history of the show, I never missed a single episode,  fell in love with characters and despised others, and continued conversations with  friends, family and even strangers about this amazing show. And although the show  may have waned slightly from it's initial booming popularity at the turn of the  century, my passion and love for it never did and I remained as hooked on it as I was  right back during season 1. And as somebody in the media, it was a deep felt dream  for me to somehow get involved in the world of Survivor and make an effort to hear  stories from the people who make the show so memorable: the castaways. I had one  thing standing in my way: the Pacific Ocean. As somebody living on 'the other side of the World' in Australia, it remained difficult to trully become connected with these  people all the way in the United States.

And despite my long wanting need to really  connect with these people, I never got round to pursuing an interview of any sort with  the castways until a chance meeting with a trully gifted and passionate castaway  changed my luck. Season 17 cast off Gillian Larson, who embodies all things  passionate and glorius about the show that helped make a name for herslef, contacted  me in regards to doing an interview with her about her time on the show and the  magnificent Reality Rally competition that she organises. Well this was an  opportunity too good to let go! After some initial hiccups in organising a time, we  finally had our chat, and it was one of the best intereview I had ever managed to do!  For close to 30 minutes I sat enthralled with the real world stories of Survivor and  stuff that I never thought I would find out and never would've had I not had this  chance. And Gillian being pretty much the coolest 'grandma' figure on the planet  made the interview all the more great, not only for myself but for the millions of  Survivor fans down under who only ever get to see what they show on TV. And from  then on in it's been a snowball effect into great interviews and a weekly segment on  my Friday morning breakfast show The Brink. In an Australian Radio exclusive we  have heard from 16 castaways and counting, including three different winners and  some of the most well known characters the show has ever produced. And it keeps  expanding, with the segment eventuating into it's own spin-off show starting very  very soon. This will allow me a whole hour a week to air interviews, the latest news  from the show as well as looking back at classic moments that have made Survivor  one of the biggest TV shows in the history of TV. And it's all thanks to one lady who  seemingly has a knack for helping others and creating events that are for the greater  good with no personal gain involved for herself. So I can easily say get behind Reality  Rally and everything it stands for, as Gillian Larson certainly is a magnificent  individual who is on the path for even greater things. She may not have left Survivor  with $1 million, but she certainly has left a long standing impact on the hearts and  minds of many people right around the world.

 Ben Waterworth

President - Hobart Organising Group for Major Events (H.O.G.M.E)

Host/Journalist - Edge Radio 99.3FM

The Brink - Fridays from 7am/BO Saturdays 1pm

The Qualifying Lap - Mondays from 2pm/Sundays from 9am

Survivor Oz - Tuesdays 2pm/Sundays from 8am

Edge Radio 99.3FM

0417 626 265

Ben Waterworth
Australian Radio Host

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