Melissa "Mel" Bampton is an Australian radio announcer, best known for her work on the Triple J network. She began at the station in 2000 as producer of the Drive show - with Costa Zouliou, Myf Warhurst, Nicole Fossati and Charlie Pickering at various times. In mid-2002, Fossati left the station, and Bampton took her place as co-host.
In 2004 the station's programming underwent major changes, and Bampton started hosting her own music show Mel in the Mornings. The show replaced the previous Morning Show, which was heavily current affairs and talkback, with a more music oriented show, including interviews and live performances. Mel was the creator of the Like a Version segment of bands playing cover songs, which has spawned eight CDs and continues on the triple j breakfast program with Tom Ballard and Alex Dyson.
Bampton is divorced, and has two children - Jazzy and Tiger - the youngest being born in December 2005.
On 26 January 2007, Mel finished her role as a Triple J presenter. In late 2007 Mel presented and produced the 2nd Producer Series for Triple J, which featured: Steve Albini (Nirvana, PJ Harvey, Joanna Newsom), Michael Beinhorn (Hole, Marlilyn Manson, The Bronx), Trina Shoemaker (Queens Of The Stoneage, Something For Kate), Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian), Tony Cohen (Nick Cave, Beasts of Bourbon), Squeak E Clean (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Ben Lee), Ewan Pearson (The Rapture), Dave Catching (Rancho De La Luna - The Desert Sessions) Tim Whitten (Architecture In Helsinki, The Panics) and John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth, The Living End).
In 2008 Mel produced and presented - The Album Series - for triple j which took a look at four outstanding Australian Albums, by artists: Sarah Blasko, The Living End, Hoodoo Gurus and Regurgitator. The Album Series featured on triple j in late 2008.
Mel produced and presented the third season of The Producer Series, which aired on Triple J in 2009. The third series featured Alan Moulder (Nine Inch Nails, The Killers, Wolfmother), Scott Horscroft (The Panics, Sleepy Jackson), Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev, Sleater Kinney), Harry Vanda (AC/DC, British India, The Angels), Philippe Zdar (Cassius, Phoenix, Cut Copy) and Diplo (MIA, Santigold, Major Lazer).
The Producer Series is set for release in print through Harper Collins in 2012.
Mel is the Music & Books Editor for 'alternative mainstream' women's magazine yen and the Director of a Byron Bay-based media company.
- "triple j's Like A Version Vol 8 | CD | ABC Shop". Shop.abc.net.au. 2012-10-12. Retrieved 2012-10-16.