Amanda Keller

The ra­dio per­son­al­ity re­veals the a-lis­ters who made her job chal­leng­ing

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FROM JAMIE LEE CUR­TIS TO JODIE Foster, Amanda Keller has in­ter­viewed some of the world’s most talked about celebri­ties on the hit WSFM101.7 break­fast show pre­sen­ter Jonesy ad­mits & Amanda. chat­ting And to Hol­ly­wood while the roy­alty is ex­hil­a­rat­ing, draw­ing in­for­ma­tion out of some can be un­be­liev­ably dif­fi­cult.

“The hard­est peo­ple to in­ter­view are often ac­tors who come out for movies,” she told Pete Timbs on the WHO’S pop­u­lar pod­cast Who Are You. “Har­ri­son Ford was so bored that he brought a book into the in­ter­view! Or Tobey Maguire from Spi­der-man. I could pre­tend to be Spi­der-Man and give a bet­ter in­ter­view. I know that some­times they are shy, but how hard is it to talk up a good movie?” De­spite the chal­lenges that come with chat­ting to A-lis­ters, Keller, who also hosts the hit TV show The Liv­ing Room, says what frus­trates her most is when stars favour tele­vi­sion in­ter­views over ra­dio. “I get an­noyed when peo­ple don’t give ra­dio its due. They will go on a tele­vi­sion show and chat, chat, chat,” Keller, 56, says. “We have more lis­ten­ers often than those tele­vi­sion shows have view­ers and yet they won’t make the same ef­fort with us. “I don’t think they ap­pre­ci­ate the reach that a three-minute in­ter­view on ra­dio can do.” De­spite her love of ra­dio, the mu­mof-two – who was hon­oured with the Medal of the Or­der of Aus­tralia in 2016 – re­cently signed on to host the Net­work 10 se­ries Danc­ing with the Stars along­side Grant Denyer. “I run ev­ery­thing past the fam­ily at home be­fore I say yes to things,” she says, speak­ing of her hus­band Har­ley Oliver and sons Liam and Jack. “And I couldn’t say no to that. I am ner­vous and overly ex­cited about that and do­ing live TV. “The fam­ily has ac­cepted that there will be one night a week I won’t be home, but they like that I like my job.” •

Maguire Keller at the 2018 Ten Upfronts on Nov. 9, 2017.

Keller and her ra­dio co-host Bren­dan “Jonesy” Jones. Lis­ten to this week’s episode of Who Are You for more on Amanda Keller.

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