Greg Evans (television host)

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Greg Evans
Born (1953-04-17) 17 April 1953 (age 61)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Residence Bonnie Doon, Victoria, Australia
Employer 3SR FM
Home town Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Greg Evans (born 17 April 1953 in Melbourne, Victoria) is an Australian radio and television presenter, currently based in Shepparton, a regional city in Victoria, Australia. He is also a popular marriage celebrant, continuing on from his hosting of the matchmaking television game show, Perfect Match in the 1980s.[1]

Career[edit]

Radio[edit]

At the beginning of his career he worked on regional radio stations 3CV in Maryborough and 3CS in Colac hosting afternoon and breakfast programs respectively. In the 1970s he was the highly popular host of the drive time slot of radio station 3XY, with his program being the number one rated show in 27 of the 28 ratings surveys taken. He was nominated three times for a Gold Logie award. In 1975 he was awarded Most Popular Radio DJ in Victoria at the TV Week King of Pop Awards, and went on to win the award six times. In 1984 he joined Gold 104.3. from 1994 to 1996 at the station, he hosted Drive (3pm-7pm). 1996–1998 saw him co-host Gold's breakfast program with Dermott Brereton in 1999 he joined 3AK now SEN 1116 and hosted a variety of programs. In 2005, Evans hosted Drive at 3MP. Greg has also worked on Melbourne talk-back radio station 3AW, guest hosting breakfast Sam Newman in 1992.

From 2009 until December 2012, Greg Evans presented Greg and Mandy in the morning, a breakfast radio show on 3SR FM with local personality Mandy Turner in Shepparton. He moved to the Shepparton area to be closer to his 96-year old mother, and in November 2012 announced that he would be leaving 3SR to care for her.[2]

Television[edit]

He moved to television as a regular presenter on The Mike Walsh Show[3] and in 1981 hosted the Network Ten series Together Tonight with Kerry Armstrong, then returned to radio in 1982 hosting a mid-morning show for 3MP for eighteen months. He returned to television as the host of Perfect Match on Network Ten in 1984[4] The series became a surprise hit. In 1985 Evans made a cameo appearance in soap opera Prisoner, playing the role of "Celebrity".

He also hosted the TV Week Logie Awards in 1985.[5]

When Network Ten allowed his contract to expire in oversight in 1986 he was quickly signed by Nine but was warehoused by that network, hosting only mildly successful game shows Say G'Day and Crossfire for the network. After the Nine contract expired after two years he returned to Perfect Match however by this stage its ratings were in decline and it was cancelled in 1989. Evans hosted the show when it was revived in 1991 as Blind Date for Network Ten. He was later a co-host of Network Ten's afternoon talk show Monday To Friday. Evans continues his media duties and makes many guest appearances on various television shows.

TV & Radio work[edit]

Other work[edit]

Evans also works as a Marriage celebrant and is a lifetime Australia Day ambassador. He is also an avid supporter of the Melbourne Football Club.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Match Made by Evans". 
  2. ^ Linton, Darren (13 November 2012). "Evans going off air for mum". Shepparton News. 
  3. ^ "Greg Evans: fast life on the way up". The Age. 14 May 1981. p. 3. 
  4. ^ Atterton, Margot (1984). The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Australian Showbiz (1st edition ed.). Sydney, Australia: Sunshine Books. p. 72. ISBN 0-86777-057-0. 
  5. ^ Bodey, Michael (3 May 2007). "Celebrities behaving badly". The Australian. 
  6. ^ "A chance for dreams of stardom to come true". The Sydney Morning Herald. 29 April 1985. p. 13.