Talent that won’t talk is every presenter’s nightmare
AJo Stanley FoxFM(6-9am)
‘‘The band Train, who sang of Jupiter. They clearly weren’t interested in the interview because they were rock stars. Legs up on the desk, chewing gum, yes and no answers. I’d spent hours preparing for the interview which went for about 10 minutes, but in the end I edited the whole thing down to 10 seconds of airtime.’’
Marieke Hardy Triple J (6-9am)
FEW seconds of grumpy silence can be a lifetime of dead air on radio when a reluctant star isn’t playing ball during an interview.
Or when too-cool-for-school rockers live up to the sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll stereotype.
We asked some of Melbourne’s radio hosts about their worst on-air celebrity encounter. ‘‘Avril Lavigne. She didn’t make eye contact once, spent the first 10 minutes playing with a CD case in her lap and at one point actually responded to a question by saying ‘I’m sorry, were you talking to me?’ ’’
Dave Williams TripleM(9am-noon)
‘‘Years ago I interviewed two male members of an Aussie rock ’n’ roll band who arrived at the studio so drunk they were barely able to string a sentence together. Not so unusual in the hedonistic world of rock perhaps, but the session really spiralled out of control when they started tongue-kissing each other on air and then began throwing punches because one blurrily noticed that his bandmate had a cold sore. Not one to tell the grandchildren about really.’’
Donna Demaio 3AWentertainment reporter
‘‘Harrison Ford. One of the pitfalls of meeting people you’ve admired for decades is when they turn out to be not as charming and friendly as you’d have liked. I could tell during our interview he was on autocue, just spitting out answers he’d said 1000 times before. He wanted it to be over, couldn’t be bothered and just glared at me a couple of times. I get upset because these stars sign contracts to do the international promo trail for their movie, then don’t deliver. I suggest they put on a performance— that’s what they’re getting paid the big bucks for.’’
Dave O’Neil Vega (6-9am)
‘‘We were chatting to Jermaine Jackson in the studio. He spoke so softly and just stared out the window. Even with the mics turned up high, we couldn’t hear him or work out what he was saying because he wouldn’t make eye contact.’’
You talkin’ to me: Avril Lavigne refused to make eye contact.