Tony’s broadcasting pedigree goes back to the 1960s with over 40 years in commercial radio in Victoria, NSW and South Australia -and he’s still helping Adelaideans get up and off to work every weekday morning as co-host of the top rating Adelaide Breakfast show on FIVEaa.
Between 1976 and 1991, prior to moving to Sydney to further his career, Tony was one half of the successful ‘Bazz & Pilko’ team in Adelaide, achieving the highest rating for any radio show in Australia in November 1982, with an audience share of 42.3%. So successful that they produced six comedy albums of the highlights from the show.
He has been broadcast from every Australian capital city as well as London, Los Angeles, New York and, as a world first for a western commercial broadcaster – from Moscow.
Tony’s famous list of interviewees over the years has included Sir Donald Bradman, Mrs Ethel Kennedy (her only ever media interview), the late Ava Gardner, Angie Dickinson, all sorts of politicians and sports stars, the Rolling Stones and so the list goes on.
In the early 70s, Tony even toured as the warm-up act for Bill Cosby.
Tony Pilkington has kept thousands of people amused as professional MC at numerous engagements in Australia as well as entertaining audiences in his guest speaking role on -40 years Without a Real Job-.
In his humorous presentation, he talks about the many wonderful experiences and people from 40 years as a broadcaster both on air and off. He takes the ‘mickey’ out of himself with the mistakes, arguments and consequences of a young announcer trying to gain recognition in his field.
Tony enjoys life to the full with wide ranging interests in sport, politics and through his Rotary involvement – and when he has a few moments to spare, enjoys reading great biographies – and he’s a family man enjoying life with his wife Anne and six children.