Star sab­o­tage

Tal­ent that won’t talk is ev­ery pre­sen­ter’s night­mare

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Front Page - ME­GAN MILLER

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.

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