When ‘Radio Wars’ were ‘MAD’

Back in the days of ’90s radioland, where a bunch of comedians were vying for your attention for your breakfast, morning tea and your drive home… nothing much has changed really.

In 1997, MAD Magazine Australia published a 4 page illustration by artists Chris Wahl and Jason Davis covering the perils of commercial radio – mainly Sydney and Melbourne based.

Imagery of Triple M’s Andrew Denton, Amanda Keller, Dave Gibson, Doug Mulray, Triple J’s Paul McDermott, Mikey Robins, The Sandman, Helen Razor, Judith Lucy, Dr Karl, Michael Tunn, 2UE’s John Laws, 2DAY’s Mick Molloy, Tony Martin, Pete Smith, and Ugly Phil O’Neil are all lampooned in high quality MAD humour.

Take a step back in time and don’t crease the fold-in.

Dovetail: It’s not the first time Martin/Molloy were turned into cartoons. Example here.

HYBPA Returning May 3, 2021

Park your bott-bott on the couch as Australia’s favourite news quiz show hosted by Tom Gleisner returns for Season Nine on Monday May 3, 2021 on Channel 10.

Along with regular panel players Ed Kavalee and Sam Pang, the Logie Award winning comedy show will entertain Australian audiences with news and punchlines galore with rotating guests and special quizmasters.

Have You Been Paying Attention? – returns Monday May 3rd, 2021 on Channel 10.

While you wait, feel free to listen to our interview with Tommy G from 2014, when HYBPA? was only a couple of seasons young. Skip to 2 minutes in if you wish.

Have You Been Paying Attention?  – Official Facebook page.

Turns out – Judith Lucy is Fine

A new item for your electronic device or bookshelf – depending on which one you prefer.

The Late Show Season 2, Crackerjack and Bad Eggs star Judith Lucy had a new book arriving April 7, 2021.

”Turns Out, I’m Fine – How Not To Fall Apart” is a new entry into Lucy’s life, based on love, hope and lack of family.

Judith Lucy was just Great!

Sure, the last remaining member of her immediate family had died, she was menopausal, she suspected her career was in the shitter and it seemed like the world was going to hell in a handbasket – but she was about to move in with the love of her life! Everything would work out because SHE HAD A MAN.

Then, in the space of twenty-four hours, her relationship came apart and so did she. A broken heart became the catalyst for a complete existential melt down. She was nearly fifty, suddenly alone and unsure about every aspect of her life.

How had this happened? Should she blame one of her four parents? What part had the comedy world played and was her disastrous history with men about more than just bad taste?

In her most candid and insightful book yet, Judith figures out what went wrong and then turns her attention to finding out what her life might look like if it went right. She tries everything from dating a tree to getting a portrait of her vulva done to swimming with a whale shark. Thanks to a series of revelations and a slight drowning experience, Judith slowly starts to realise that her life is still full of possibilities and despite death, heartache and a dry vagina it turns out … she’s fine.

Available in Paper, eBook and Audio through Booktopia and other retailers.

Now on Your Streaming Service

Too lazy to put your DVD into the player to watch a movie? Let a streaming service do it for you.

Some of your favourite films are now available to stream on Netflix and Stan (and earn the creators a few coffees in royalty cheques).

Some of these links are Netflix below because Stan won’t allow linkage if you’re not signed up, so just search for them if you’re a subscriber.

Crackerjack (2002)

Bad Eggs (2003)

Boy Town (2006)

Also on OzFlix – which is an individual rental service:

But as always – buy the DVDs. The streaming services don’t store these things forever.

Martin and Molloy Sizzle

If you were tuning in to Mick Molloy‘s radio show Molloy on the Triple M Network, you may have noticed a familiar voice pop-up.

Molloy’s ol’ sparring partner Tony Martin.

It’s finally happened… in a way.

As part of a standard promotional thingy that Martin’s SIZZLETOWN podcast has returned with new episodes (and a new sponsor), Molloy listeners copped a taste of the sizzle, that is.

If you want to hear it, click this link and skip to 56 minutes and 20 seconds in.

Do yourself a favour too, sign up to the SIZZLETOWN newsletter and grab yourself some coffee beans.

A friendly reminder:

 

Kennedy/Molloy now minus Kennedy

Jane Kennedy – one half of the named Triple M drive show Kennedy/Molloy with Mick Molloy, has stepped away from the microphone, in lead up to the return of the show in 2021.

According to radio industry news site RadioInfo, Kennedy is stepping away from her drive-time duties to concentrate on her family, with her teenage children growing up ever so quickly in front of her eyes, while juggling a national drive show.

To partially quote Kennedy:

“This year marks my third VCE/HSC student in a row and I think most parents will understand what that means, particularly during a COVID lockdown bubble. I tried to make both work but it’s just become too hard to keep that balance in check so I’m waving the white flag.”

Which means Molloy is now flying “solo” (alongside show anchor ‘Dangerous’ Dave Williams,  and the ideas-shower / blue-sky session has now come up with the new drive title: Molloy.

Molloy will be on Triple M drive from 4pm weekdays – depending on which Triple M station you listen to nationwide.

National Anthem comes full circle

First of all, Happy New Year! May 2021 be a great one for you.

Second of all, January 1st, 2021 also marks a milestone, where the Australian National Anthem has been altered. You can read the full story here.

Third of all, it’s given us an excuse to dust off a 1992 segment of The Late Show street interview with Mick and Tony asking the general public if they knew the lyrics to the national anthem.

One day the flag of a bum with a fist coming out of it will become a reality… as well as wearing tight Lee jeans.

Martin/Molloy in NFSA’s “Sounds of Australia”

Mick Molloy (R) and Tony Martin (L)

A big congratulations to Tony Martin and Mick Molloy becoming more embedded into Australian culture than ever before, thanks to the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, and the reporting from RadioInfo.

Back in 2013, Martin donated his Martin/Molloy collection for preservation for generations to come. Fast forward to 2020, the iconic drive time radio show that ran on SCA’s (formerly Austereo) Today Network from 1995 to 1998 has now become part of the NFSA’s “Sounds of Australia” collection.

The example snippet provided is Mick’s “Celebrity Corner”, with Martin impersonating then Prime Minister John Howard, talking to Molloy and comparing the show with John Laws’ programme.

What’s even more amusing with being an entrant to the “Sounds of Australia“, is they sit along side with Silverchair – a constant running joke that Martin/Molloy had with the Newcastle band.

Check out the “Sounds of Australia” collection here.

 

‘Lolly Scramble’ Now in Audiobook

It’s the audiobook 15 years in the making.

Everyone’s favourite D-Generate NZ comedian Tony Martin has finally converted his 2005 autobiography Lolly Scramble into audiobook form.

Need a refresher? Here’s a Pan MacMillan blurb below:

Comedian Tony Martin has strip-mined his often unremarkable life to tell sixteen small tales fraught with laughter and detail. Choosing to ignore his many dubious achievements in the world of Australian show business (Martin/Molloy, The Late Show, a short-lived but torrid affair with Sharon on Kath & Kim), New Zealand-born Martin instead recalls dozens of tiny life-changing moments that, frankly, could have happened to anybody.

In a damning personal testimony spanning nearly forty years on both sides of the Tasman, Martin wreaks havoc as an apprentice props man in amateur theatre, attempts to corrupt his school’s ‘weird religious kid’, tries vainly to seduce an unwilling babysitter, turns an entire tour bus against him, battles an addiction to Donkey Kong, seeks to master the art of ‘kerning’ under the tutelage of a tyrannical Geordie, and is forced to donate an unfeasible amount of blood in an attempt to save his own life.

Lolly Scramble is a light but flavoursome assortment from a man who appears to have learnt very little from his many mistakes. Tuck right in, but don’t eat them all at once or you’ll spoil your dinner.

All 7 hours and 53 minutes of Lolly Scramble the audio book produced by Pots N Pans Productions is available to purchase via Apple Books now, with Audible and Amazon coming soon.

From our archives, here’s a 2005 interview with Tony, chatting to Mikey Robins and Ian “Dano” Rogerson on Radio2, talking about Lolly Scramble.

Martin and Molloy Help Celebrate 40 Years of FOX FM

Celebrating their 40 year birthday, Melbourne’s FOX FM has been re-uniting past announcers and personalities across it’s broadcast history and dive deep into nostalgic territory of the radio station.

Launching 1st August 1980, many names have walked in and out the rotating door that is radio, including Tony Martin and Mick Molloy – aka Martin/Molloy, between the years of 1995 and 1998.

Skip to 24:41 to the Martin/Molloy throwback with Tony and Mick sharing their memories.

Take a step back further with the first episode below from April 17, 1995. (Note, the audio is from 2DAY FM, but Martin/Molloy broadcast from FOX FM studios).