Matthew Vernon Thompson Tilley
4 March 1969
Tilley was raised in Mount Eliza. He completed his secondary school education in 1986 at The Peninsula School in Mount Eliza. He completed a Bachelor of Laws degree from Monash University, taking 11 years to complete the degree, and a Diploma in Not-For-Profit Governance. He began stand-up comedy in 1987. He is married and has three children. He is an avid produce grower, food-waste fighter, and compassionate storyteller.
- FOX FM – Morning Crew
- FOX FM – Vernon All Request
- FOX FM – Hedgeburners
- FOX FM – Tramspotters (1997)
- FOX FM – Tracy & Matt in the Morning (1997–2003) with Tracy Bartram.
- FOX FM – The Matt & Jo Show (2004–2013)
- Triple M – The One Percenters with Joe Hildebrand (2014)
- KIIS 101.1 – Matt & Jane with Jane Hall (2015)
- Nova 100 – Matt Tilley in the Morning (2019)
In early 2005, The Matt and Jo Show introduced a new segment which aired at 7:50 am titled "Matt Tilley's Gotcha Calls". The segment features Tilley making prank phone calls. Triple M in Sydney also featured Tilley on the Grill Team where he presented "gotcha" calls on a regular basis.
Fox FM, in association with Michael Gudinski, released avcompilation album of Tilley's gotcha calls, Cereal Pest: The Gotcha Calls. The album reached number twelve on the ARIA charts and was also nominated for ARIA Award for Best Comedy Release at the 2006 ARIA Awards.
The gotcha calls continued throughout 2006 and eventually spawned a two-disc CD sequel, Cereal Pest: Gotcha Calls – The Double Album, which was released a year later on 21 October 2006. The album reached number four on the ARIA charts.
- Ten Network – The Fugitive (2000)
- Nine Network – The Great Chase (2000)
- Seven Network – The Chat Room (2003)
- Fox Footy – The Greatest (2017)
In 2020, Tilley joined Foodbank Victoria as their Chief Communications Officer.
The sales of Tilley's 2006 and 2007 albums raised a total of A$366,000: $160,000 for the Mercy Hospital for Women, Heidelberg, and $206,600 for the Royal Women's Hospital, Carlton. Proceeds of the third album went to community groups.
An avid runner, in September 2006, Tilley ran continuously on a treadmill for the duration of The Matt and Jo Show. Soliciting per-kilometre sponsorship for the Mental Illness Fellowship of Victoria, he raised $41,000.
In 2008, Tilley sought sponsorship for a run from the new FOX studios in Clarendon street in South Melbourne to Frankston, raising $91,500 for P.A.N.D.A. (the Post- and Antenatal Depression Association).
In 2011, Tilley raised $900 for the Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) through a segment that came about through his constant use of the saying "The thing is...". An avid listener by the stage name of Professor Brent was required to listen between 6 and 9 am for the period of one week to count the number of times Tilley said "The thing is...". For every time Tilley let one slip, he agreed to donate $100 to the RCH.
In 2014, Tilley was involved in a scandal during a segment in the Triple M radio station owned by Southern Cross Austereo. Colombians in Australia through the Colombian consulate asked for a formal apology from Triple M for comments they considered offensive. An investigation was conducted by the Australian Communications and Media Authority which found that "although the stereotype is based on factual elements, the ACMA is satisfied that the segment mildly ridiculed the Colombian people, and that by inviting Colombian callers to comment on whether they had used cocaine, to some extent it encouraged the audience to share these feelings of ridicule." However, the Australian Communications and Media Authority found that "while the presenters explored a stereotype with the listeners, and were at times disrespectful of the Colombian people, any ridicule that was encouraged was not sufficient to reach the high threshold that is contemplated by the Codes." A full record of the investigation can be found in the Australian Communications and Media Authority website.
|Cereal Pest: The Gotcha Calls||
|Cereal Pest: Gotcha Calls – The Double Album||
|Cereal Pest: Gotcha Calls – Three's a Crowd||
|The Gotcha Calls – The Final Call||
Awards and nominations
ARIA Music Awards
The ARIA Music Awards are a set of annual ceremonies presented by Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), which recognise excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of the music of Australia. They commenced in 1987.
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result||Ref.|
|2006||Cereal Pest||Best Comedy Release||Nominated|||
|2008||Cereal Pest: Gotcha Calls – Three's a Crowd||Nominated|
- Femail.com.au. "Femail – Matt Tilley". Retrieved 7 November 2006.
- Reach Out. "Reach Out – Matt Tilley". Archived from the original on 7 October 2006. Retrieved 7 November 2006.
- "my family album". Sunday Herald Sun. HWT Limited. 9 July 2006. p. 100. "...Fox FM breakfast radio co-host with Matt Tilley."
- Matt and Jo Show
- "Foodbank Victoria Team". foodbank.org.au. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
- Lallo, Michael (20 September 2007). "Radio's sly Fox". The Age. Retrieved 21 February 2010.
- Destramusic Website Archived 23 August 2006 at the Wayback Machine
- Matt and Jo Show Homepage
- Mediaweek (12 April 2019). "Nova shakes up daytime radio as Matt Tilley joins in Melbourne". Mediaweek. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
- Brady, Nicole (24 November 2007). "Radio Waves". The Age. Retrieved 21 February 2010.
- Hargreaves, Wendy (8 November 2007). "The good side of gotcha". The Age. Retrieved 21 February 2010.
- "Matt Tilley in Australian Charts". Australian-charts.com. Retrieved 25 February 2010.
- Blueworld Speakers Archived 26 August 2006 at the Wayback Machine
- Thom, Greg (28 November 2007). "Radio stars like Hamish and Andy fail to shine on TV". Herald Sun. Retrieved 21 February 2010.
- "Samsung Melbourne Marathon". Mivoice. Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria (104): 10. 2006. ISSN 0816-7877.
- PANDA Website Archived 13 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine
- "Fox To Frankston – Home". The Matt and Jo Show. Fox 101.9. Retrieved 21 February 2010.
- "Queja de la cancillería por comentarios ofensivos de locutores australianios sobre Colombia – Gobierno – ELTIEMPO.COM". Archived from the original on 1 August 2014.
- "Cancillería envía queja a emisora australiana que relacionó a Colombia con cocaína". wradio.com.co (in Spanish). 24 June 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2019.
- "Petition: 'Triple M, apologise to Colombians'". Radio Today. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2019.
- "2014 radio investigations | ACMA". Archived from the original on 3 July 2014.
- "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2005 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 21 February 2010.
- "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2006 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 21 February 2010.
- "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2007 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 21 February 2010.
- "ARIA Awards Best Comedy Release". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 17 April 2022.