4CRB’s Classical program has been revitalised, with the introduction of Captain Robert Cowley. Captain Rob came to 4CRB from another community station, with a passion for showing listeners, Classical / Pop Crossover Connections.

For Example ‘I’m Always Chasing Rainbows’; but really; – Chopins Fantaisie Impromptu or ‘Bette Midler’s The Rose’ – in reality; Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No 1 – 2nd Movement.

For those who love classical music, and those who haven’t yet discovered its beauty, Captain Rob will take you on a flight of fancy aboard QF893 in classical music.

Previous Programs

18 Feb 2024

18 Feb 2024 Classical Connections

11 Feb 2024

11 Feb 2024 Classical Connections


Captain Robert Cowley

Captain T. R. Cowley – Known fondly as Captain Rob

About Robert:
Joined RAAF Air Cadets at school in 1957, hired by Qantas 1963. Married English girl, moved to UK and later USA, converting Australian; – DCA licence to United States FAA licence Nr 2525211. After command on various Twin propellor and twin Turbine airplanes, became a First Officer on 2 Engine Jets and later Captain on Lockheed 4 Engine Jets; [USA and Europe] retiring as a Trans-Atlantic Check and Training Captain.

Hobbies and Interests:
Interest: – Science of the Universe and Hobbies, Writing! – My first Poem was published when I was 12 and then between 2012 & 2019, I spent 7 years, researching and writing my first Book; a 346 Page work, titled – Why Anything – Why Not Nothing – first published 2019 and in that same year, the World’s largest Library, the United States Library of Congress, approved and assigned it; Control Nr; 2019913640.

Fun Facts:
I am a fun guy!

Hidden Talents:
Took a sabbatical to attend a US Christian University and I am now an ordained ‘Judæo Christian Minister’ & ‘Doctor of Divinity’ HC. From 18, to pay my way through flying studies and build hours, I was successful in Melbourne, acting in TV commercials, etc; – Pat Carroll and I got the contract as the Cadbury’s Kids. She was Olivia Newton-John’s early singing partner – the Pat & Olivia Duo. Pat’s husband John Farrar and myself, both attended Essendon High School in Essendon Vic’. I acted in plays on the ABC and played a lead role in School for Scandal at the then Russell Street Theatre, Melbourne. When I had accumulated enough flying hours, I was hired as a Qantas Cadet. Finally, both before and since retiring, I have given dozens of Key Note Addresses; to; – Corporations, Clubs, Charities, Institutions, Military and Service Organisations, et al.

Favourite Music/Band/Songs:
Music – Classical / Band – The Beatles / Songs – many Opera Arias and Neil Diamond – Judith Durham – Joan Baez and Bob Dylan songs.

What the listeners mean to Robert:
In a WORD – Everything – Their enjoyment is my motivation, I ponder carefully each week, to consider programme balance, learning & teaching segments and Music my listeners, will hopefully enjoy. I know without their support and enjoyment of my programme, I would not be On AIR.