In this television interview from 1991, the founder of The Melbourne Jukebox Company, Max Greenaway, shares his story on how his company began in 1960.
Interviewer: Can you tell us why did you first get into the jukebox business?
Max: That’s going back a long time, over thirty years. But if my memory serves me right, the first jukebox I ever clapped eyes on was in a little country town Kyabram and I didn’t own it then. One of the milk bars owned it and it was making more money, double the money, that I was paying the manager in my hotel. So I thought it wasn’t a bad thing to get in.
Interviewer: If you can’t beat them, join them?
Max: That’s right.
Interviewer: So that’s one of the reasons why you got in?
Max: That’s the main reason, yes.
Interviewer: Do you enjoy going out on the job? It’s a very long day for you, getting called out at all hours.
Max: Yes Helen. This applies to everybody. If you do not enjoy your work, what you’re doing. It may be late at night, but you’re on the roads every day.
Interviewer: Is it a problem going out at night to fix a jukebox?
Max: Not for us. No, we love it.
Interviewer: Why is it so important to go then?
Max: Well it’s important because the licensee of the hotel is losing money because if there is no music, his customers go to the next hotel where there is music.
Interviewer: Do the customers get very impatient when the jukeboxes break down?
Max: Very impatient.
Interviewer: Do you know of any examples where there’s been a bit of trouble because it has?
Max: No we don’t really have any trouble and we do the best we can to get the trouble fixed as soon as possible.
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