Mick Molloy reveals the sad truth about radio


This article was originally published by news.com.au on 17 May. You can find it here.


Think it’s easy being a breakfast radio host? Think again.

Mick Molloy, who co-hosts The Hot Breakfast with Eddie McGuire and Luke Darcy on Triple M in Melbourne, has revealed how he worries daily that he’ll make a comment on air that will end his career.

Speaking to Craig Bruce on the Game Changers: Radio podcast, the 49-year-old star said there’s way too much scrutiny these days.

“It was like the wild west back in Martin/Molloy days and D-Generation days,” said Molloy.

“You could pretty much say anything ... Honestly, these days you get to the end every show and heave a sigh of relief because of the fact you haven’t ... got the ire of some group who are about to put in a group email and try and get 50,000 signatures to get you off air.

“It’s a sad development but it’s the truth. It’s kind of a shadow everyone works in.”

Molloy is so worried he might offend some listeners with his material that he now seeks the “counsel of my producers more often than I ever did”.

Mick Molloy and Tony Martin_Game Changers: Radio

“In the early days I used to see it as a bit of us (hosts) versus them (producers) ... don’t tell them anything and just do it,” he said.

“Whereas now I realise they’re probably saving my life or my career. I always feel that if I’ve run it by someone else that will come in handy in a court of law.”

Triple M’s Hot Breakfast is currently the number one FM breakfast show in Melbourne but it’s not exactly the first time Molloy’s dominated the ratings.

The Canberra-born star also opened up in the podcast about the legendary program Martin/Molloy which aired from 1995 to 1998.

“The show went on air from 4pm to 6pm but we (Molloy and Tony Martin) were in there every morning at about 9am,” he said.

“We started reading papers and then we started writing sketches and we would start writing our spots. All of our interviews were prerecorded. Immediately after the show at 6pm we would go in and put down the sketches for the following day and then produce them up. Sometimes we would get out of there at 9pm at night, well, most nights.”

With such much work to do, the radio duo isolated themselves from other employees and demanded an office where they wouldn’t be interrupted.

“We just hated the music we were playing, we just used to hate it,” Molloy said.

“We’d be sitting there trying to write comedy and listening to I Should Be So Luckyin every speaker ... People would walk past your office and they could get you at any time. For all those reasons, we made them crane a workman’s cottage up onto the roof. We used to sit up there and we didn’t listen to music.”

The “shed” as it was called, was off limits to pretty much everyone apart from those in the Martin/Molloy team.

Occasionally though they’d have to agree to meet with radio bigwigs in their makeshift office. But if they were going to come into their space, they were going to do it on their terms.

“We went out and bought the smallest chairs we could find,” Molloy said about a meeting with former radio bosses Peter Harvie and Brad March.

“They were from a kids shop. We were just laughing at the two most powerful men in radio sitting on the tiniest chairs. Everyone loses their gravitas, everyone loses their aura when they’re sitting on a tiny chair.”

You can listen to the full interview with Mick Molloy on Game Changers: Radio, a joint production from Craig Bruce Coaching and Bad Producer Productions, on iTunes.