My first Radio experience was hearing Bruce Mansfield’s & Phillip Brady’s Nightline on 3AW when I was about 7 years old.
I remember being so fascinated & intrigued about Radio and all it’s possibilities, being amazed about how they could have a conversation with a whole city.
So most school nights I used to pinch my mums old flip phone and call in to the show. I probably was the only one under 50 that called them.
Sadly Bruce passed away in 2016. I was luckily enough to be invited into the studio by Simon Owens last year.
Flash forward a few years into my early teens and I was an avid consumer of guess who? ‘Hamish & Andy’ dare I need to say anymore. They are hilarious dudes & massive inspirations. Top 40 pop has never really been my cup of tea but I endured it for there amazing content.
A few years further down the line and there was one show I particularly remember from them. It was Radio like i’d never heard it before. A crossover show. Hamish & Andy and a breakfast show in the UK. Two shows in two different countries at once, blew my mind it did and it wasn’t untill my nerdy self wondered what it sounded like from the UK’s perspective that I then uncovered a gem of a show.
The Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show on Absolute Radio. I podcast’ed the show here and listened to it every morning on my way to work, on the other side of the world. Christian and his sidekick Richie Firth and the news team. Extremely funny and nothing like any breakfast show I heard here previously. It made even the worst work days bearable.
Never would I have thought in a million years Christian would have started a show here in Melbourne at Gold 104.3 where I’d be able listen live in my breakfast time.
During the time before I had never really thought about attempting Radio myself, but because of that show. It had all started to click and makes sense and I decided to have a crack at breakfast radio myself and jumped onto the airwaves hosting Get Cereal in the latter part of 2016 and fell in love with it.
My interview with Rove McManus on Get Cereal:
Since Get Cereal, I started my own seasonal music show called ‘Rockology’ where I played my favourite Rock artists everything from the 60’s till present day rock. Following that I started a comedy Podcast called ‘What The News’ with friend & talented comedian Brent Watkinson. Where we chatted & joked about bizarre and just plain weird news stories. Sadly the show is in a long hiatus as Brent moved interstate – props to him for picking up a commercial gig. So for now it probably won’t return.
Excerpt from What The News:
I also recently completed a Radio Broadcast course at AFTRS in Sydney. So i’m hopeful you’ll hear me back behind a mic very soon! I’m so glad that this wonderful organisation called SYN has given me the opportunity & resources to hopefully begin the foundations of a career at this amazing thing I love called ‘Radio’. (Update! You can currently hear me live on Get Cereal on Wednesday’s 6-9am)
Here’s a documentary I was featured in about the ‘Future of Radio’ created by Victoria University students in 2017.
You can find more of my audio clips on my SoundCloud