John Blackman

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John Blackman
Born (1947-07-14) 14 July 1947 (age 67)
Melbourne, Australia
Residence Melbourne, Australia
Occupation Radio and television presenter
Years active Since 1969
Employer Mediaman Productions - self employed
Television Hey Hey It's Saturday 1971–99, 2009–10
Spouse(s) Celia[1]
Children 1[1]
Website
www.blackman.com.au

John Blackman (born 14 July 1947 in Melbourne) is an Australian radio and television presenter. He is most widely known for his voice-over work for the Nine Network comedy show Hey Hey It's Saturday from 1971–99 and then 2009–10.

Biography[edit]

Blackman grew up in the Victorian suburb of Mount Waverley, where he attended Syndal Primary School until 1959 and completed year 10 at Syndal Technical School in 1963. He was an avid supporter of the Fitzroy Football Club, now the Brisbane Lions. On leaving school (and home) at 16, he worked in a succession of occupations: customs clerk, cash van salesman for a cigarette distributor, sales representative for a perfume company, and spruiker in the Myer Bargain Basement. At the age of 22, he decided on a career in radio.

He has worked in radio since 1969 but is probably best known for his 28-year stint as announcer and character voice-over for the Nine Network's Hey Hey It's Saturday, Australia's longest running variety show. One of his best known characters was a head on a stick known as "Dickie Knee".[1]

In 1969, he joined 2GN Goulburn as an announcer, newsreader, copy writer, salesman, and record librarian.[1]

In 1970, he joined 2CA Canberra where he worked in a variety of on-air shifts for 18 months until mid-1971, when he joined 3AW in Melbourne. As evening announcer, Blackman worked with the Reverend Alex Kenworthy for a number of years on "Nightline".

In 1974, he joined 3AK where he hosted the morning show until 1975, when he moved to Sydney to join 2UE as a "floating" announcer for just three months. At TCN-9 in Sydney, he was a staff continuity announcer and daytime newsreader for National Nine News alongside his work on Hey Hey It's Saturday, which he would do "down the line" to GTV-9 in Melbourne every Saturday from an announcing booth at TCN-9.

He returned to 3AK Melbourne in 1979 to host the breakfast show until 1981. Later that year, he joined 3AW to host their breakfast show with Paul Barber. After Barber parted company with 3AW not long afterwards, Blackman was joined by former ATV-0 newsreader and staff announcer, Bruce Mansfield. This collaboration became one of the most successful combinations in Australian radio history, with 3AW breakfast topping the ratings for 5 consecutive years until 1986.

After leaving 3AW in controversial circumstances on 30 April 1986, Blackman became part of the short-lived, ill-fated CBC Network (2UE/3AK) experiment and, in December of that year, his contract was not renewed.

From 1987 to 1990, he co-hosted a breakfast show on 3UZ (now Sport 927) with Coodabeen Champions member Ian Cover and later, Wilbur Wilde.

In 1997, after a 7-year hiatus from radio Blackman was employed as the co-host of the 3AK breakfast show with Anna "Pinky" Pinkus and Denis Donoghue (Lawyers, Guns & Money) until 2000.

In 2004, he joined Triple M Adelaide and was co-host of The John Blackman & Jane Reilly Breakfast Show until December 2007.

Other television shows Blackman has appeared on and announced for include Blankety Blanks, Personality Squares, The Paul Hogan Show, The Daryl Somers Tonight Show, Holiday Island, Family Feud and many others. Blackman was interviewed on ABC's Talking Heads in 2006.

In 2009 Blackman returned as part of the Hey Hey It's Saturday reunion specials to revive his voice-over role. Despite respectable ratings, the show's contract was not renewed for 2011.

He can now be heard on radio each weekday morning with the "John Blackman Experience" between 9.00 am and 10.00 am on 531 3GG with co-host Andrew "Deaksy" Deak with a program that consists of light hearted banter, show business gossip and Gippsland and the Valley's Widest Variety of Music".[2]

Blackman is also a regular guest and fill-in host on 3AW's Nightline program.

Corporate work[edit]

Blackman is a corporate host and compere for a variety of business award nights, conferences and social occasions.[3] He also regularly voices radio and television advertisements.[4]

Writing[edit]

Blackman has authored several books including Aussie Slang, Aussie Gags (1998) and More Aussie Gags, Don't Come the Raw Prawn, Best of Aussie Slang, Aussie Slang Dictionary and the Dickie Knee Bumper Comic Book. They are released through Pan Macmillan Australia.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Blackman has been married twice.[1] He married his second wife Cecile on 2 December 1972[6] and they have an adult daughter, Tiffany.[1]

On Christmas Eve 2007, Blackman suffered a seizure brought on by a golf ball size (benign) meningioma brain tumour. After six hours of surgery, it was successfully removed at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne and he had a full recovery.[6]

Community/charity work[edit]

Blackman is a member of the Patrons Council of the Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria.[7] and an active Australia Day (Victoria) ambassador.[8] He is also a past committee member and past vice-chairman of Variety – the Children's Charity, currently an honorary member.

Famous characters[edit]

  • Dickie Knee – a polystyrene head with black hair and a blue cap on a stick
  • Alfred Desk Mike
  • The Angel – a small angelic creature made from an old Barbie doll and super-imposed on the screen
  • Doctor Ben Dover
  • Charlie Who – a Chinese character
  • The Giant
  • The Man from Jupiter
  • Mrs Macgillicuddy – a hideous old hag with a raspy voice
  • Norman Neumann – a boom microphone with a moustache, which is in fact a Sennheiser MKH-816-P48
  • Sammy Sanhiser – replacement for Norman
  • Baby Kangaroos – sounds a bit like the Angel

Radio career[edit]

  • 2GN Morning Show (1969)
  • 2CA Morning Show (1970)
  • 3AW Evening Show (1972)
  • 3AK Breakfast Show (1975)
  • 2UE Night Show (1977)
  • 2GB Breakfast (1977 – one week)
  • 3AK Breakfast Show (1979)
  • 3AW Breakfast Show (1981–1986)
  • 3AK/2UE CBC Network Breakfast Show (1986–1987)
  • 3UZ Breakfast Show (1987–1990)
  • 3AK Breakfast Show (1997–2000)
  • Triple M Adelaide Breakfast Show (2005–2007)
  • 3GG Mornings (2009 on)
  • 3AW Afternoon replacement for Denis Walter (2011)
  • 3AW fill-in host on 3AW's Nightline program (2012 on)

Television career[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Thompson, Peter (2 October 2006). "Talking Heads: John Blackman". ABC website. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "John Blackman". 531 3GG. Resonate Broadcasting Pty Ltd. 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Master of Ceremonies John Blackman". Rotary. Rotary. 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Sample advertisements". Mediaman Productions. Mediaman Productions. 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "John Blackman". ninemsn. ninemsn. 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "John Blackman's miracle survival". Woman's Day. ninemsn. 8 February 2008. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Partners & Supporters". Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria. Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria. 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "John Blackman". Australia Day Victoria. Department of Premier and Cabinet Victoria. 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 

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