TRIPLE J’S DIAL TONE RINGS ON

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV -

Ra­dio is full of blokey, jokey dou­ble acts. But Jonathan Cole­man is proud to have shone in the for­mat, as one half of Jono & Dano (above) on ABC’s Triple J.

He is one of many past and present hosts and pro­duc­ers fea­tured in a tele­vi­sion spe­cial to cel­e­brate the youth sta­tion’s 40th an­niver­sary.

“It was 1980, I was do­ing Si­mon Townsend’s Won­der World dur­ing the day as a kids’ TV re­porter, and started Off the Record on Satur­day nights,” he says.

“I met this guy Ian ‘Dano’ Roger­son, who was sup­posed to be a pan­eller.

“We just started chat­ting, and by record No.3 Jono and Dano were on the ra­dio. Two boof­heads, tak­ing the piss.”

In 1974, 2JJ, or Dou­ble J was born in Syd­ney, play­ing al­ter­na­tive and Aus­tralian mu­sic.

It quickly nabbed 20 per cent of the 18-30 de­mo­graphic from com­mer­cial sta­tions.

Later, it went na­tional and be­came Triple J, a sta­tion Cole­man still lis­tens to (“but the kids tell me to turn it down”).

“Triple J is, and al­ways has been, a great place to ex­per­i­ment and a great place to work,” he says. “Al­ways dis­cov­er­ing new tal­ent.”

Cole­man fondly re­mem­bers his time in the ABC stu­dio as a re­volv­ing door of up-and­com­ing artists.

“Cyndi Lau­per came in and did one of her first in­ter­views when she was pro­mot­ing Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.”

In fact, so many as­pir­ing artists came through, Cole­man strug­gles to re­mem­ber them all.

“A few years ago in Eng­land, Hugh Lau­rie and Stephen Fry re­minded me that they had ac­tu­ally come on the ra­dio show. I said, ‘What, you’re kid­ding me?’ They were here for a live show, with Emma Thomp­son, called Ra­dioac­tive.

‘‘They said no one was brave enough to put them on the air.

‘‘Imag­ine that com­bi­na­tion now – you’d never get them.”

Jono & Dano on Dou­ble Jra­dio around 1980.

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