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Malcolm T. Elliott

Australian Radio Personality

Malcolm T. Elliott is an Australian radio personality born at, Moreland, in Victoria, on the 13 May 1946.

Early Life

He was as a child besotted with Melbourne Radio personalities Nicky Whita and Graham Kennedy. His other heroes were Norman Swain and later Donn Lunn.

Elliott started out as a printing compositor with Leader Group newspapers in Melbourne, and claims that he hated every minute of his five year "imprisonment".

So much so that he developed his rebelious streak that was later to help him climb the radio ladder as a popular "off the wall" broadcaster.

Radio

He entered radio at the completion of his apprenticeship in February 1967 at 3NE Wangaratta, and after being told that he would never get the Breakfast show, moved after only six months to 3SR Shepparton where he hosted the successful breakfast show. Unlike his predesessor Mike Walsh it grounded him for his future propulsion in Sydney.

After an ill fated eight weeks in Tamworth, he returned south and read Television news Albury at AMV-4 Albury.

In 1970 he was selected to join the 2SM newsroom and became one of the many journalists to cover the first Papal Tour of Australia. After coming to the attention of News Directors around Australia for his never say "die" approach to news gathering he was invited by Michael Schildberger and Rhett Walker to join Melbourne's number one station 3AK as deputy news director.

The call to personality radio beckoned and after a visit to see friends in Adelaide he joined 5AD hosting the 8pm to midnight shift and also put his journalist experience to the fore by launching a halfhour evening News programme Newsday.

He came to fame nationally with a crazy breakfast show on radio 2UW Sydney from 1973-76, 1978-79 and with side-kick Peter Shanahan the pair rated 16.5% the highest ever in that station's history. In 1985 he returned to 2UW and was doing the morning show which lasted a year before leaving the station.

Television

In 1974 he was awarded a Logie for being New South Wales most popular radio personality. In 1974-75 he was one of five nightly panelists on the Nine Network's CELEBRITY SQUARES. His television work also included IN WOLLONGONG TONIGHT on WIN-4 in 1980, as a last minute replacement for Eric Walters (ex-TEN-10) who felt uncomfortable with the propposed format.

He also worked for the ill-fated mellow rock 87-2GB in 1976-1977, 2KY 1980 and 2UE 1988-89 and 1992-2004.

Retirement

In the decade of the 1980s Elliott was Marketing Director of News Limited, Westfield, RCA Records, CMS Computer Enhancements. He hosted 2GB afternoons in 1992-93. From 1993 till 2004 he worked at 2UE-4BC as Sunday morning presenter and night time fill-in for Stan Zemanek. On the 11th June 2004 he underwent quintuple [5] heart by-pass surgery after suffering shortness of breath whilst on holiday at his new Northern Rivers home. He left 2UE to retire to the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales in October 2004.

In April 2006 he filled-in for Charles Wooley across Australia for 2 weeks for the Macquarie bank and broadcast over 50 stations from Hobart.

He currently works as a free-lance fill-in radio presenter around Australia when required. His international date files IT HAPPENED TODAY have been used extensively on 2UE'S and 2GB's Alan Jones breakfast show since 1992, and were also fetaured in WEBSTER'S CD ENCYCLOPEDIA in 1997.

Personal Life

He was married to Brenda Holland from 1975 until 1992 and has one daughter Alicia Elliott (1975). In 2001 he married widow Pamela Miller.

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