Helen Razer

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Helen Razer
Born (1968-07-06) 6 July 1968 (age 50)
Melbourne, Australia
Station(s)Triple J, Joy FM, 774 ABC

Helen Razer (born Helen Maree Pidd,[1] 6 July 1968) is a Melbourne-born and Canberra-raised radio presenter and writer. She is the author of four non-fiction books and a columnist with the Australian version of The Big Issue, Melbourne newspaper The Age and contributor to the monthly magazine Cherrie and weekly newspaper The Saturday Paper.

Early life[edit]

Razer attended Weston Creek High School (now Stromlo High School) from 1981 to 1984[2][3], and then Narrabundah College.[4]

Media work[edit]

Razer was a prominent radio broadcaster on national Australian youth station Triple J from 1990 to 1998. She was partnered for most of this time with comedian Mikey Robins on the breakfast program. She also appeared on the Ladies Lounge program with Judith Lucy in the afternoons.[5] She left after being targeted by a stalker, who had been active for several years and, convinced he was her husband, managed to get into the studio.[6][7]

In 1999, ABC TV's watchdog program Media Watch lampooned her overuse of long and arcane words.[8]

In 2002 she became a programmer for Joy FM, Melbourne's gay and lesbian community radio station.[9] Razer worked in the role for twelve weeks.[10]

In 2005 Razer was employed as presenter of the Sunday arts program on the 774 ABC Melbourne radio station. In October 2008, the ABC announced that she was to finish in this position before the end of the year as "part of a freshening of program formats".[11] The announcement came two weeks after a controversial interview, on 7 September 2008, with actor Steven Berkoff. On the 15 September 2008 episode of ABC TV's Media Watch program presenter Jonathan Holmes accused Razer of patronising Berkoff in the interview by referring to him as "dear" and asking how good was the play he was on the radio "to flog". She finally called Berkoff a "curmudgeon" and then cut him off.[12]

Razer currently[when?] writes features for The Age.[13] and the Sydney Morning Herald.[14] She is also a regular contributor to the online Crikey news website and was previously an opinion columnist writing for The Australian newspaper.

Razer also writes a column for The Big Issue and has a blog called "Bad Hostess".[15]

In the 2011 Year 12 VCE English examination, the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority instructed over 40,000 students to analyse a supposedly fictional blog article that was, in fact, taken from an opinion piece written by Razer. The article in question was published in Melbourne-based newspaper The Age in 2010. Some of the comments written on the original article were also plagiarised.[16]


Razer has been critical of some approaches to mental health awareness. In 2015, she was critical[17] of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s “Mental As” week offerings.

In October 2017, Razer was quoted in an article on general and especially sexual health for over-40 females. She was said to be 49, and finding that dating as an older woman can be a frustrating experience.[18]


  • Gas Smells Awful: The Mechanics of Being a Nutcase. Australia: Vintage. 2001. ISBN 1-74051-095-X.
  • Everything's Fine: A Beginner's Guide to Thwarting Primary Nihilism. Australia: Random House. 1998. ISBN 0-09-183925-4.
  • In Pursuit of Hygiene. Australia: Random House. 1996. ISBN 0-09-183258-6.
  • co-author with Mikey Robins (1995). Three Beers and a Chinese Meal. Australia: Random House. ISBN 0-09-183072-9.
  • co-author with Bernard Keane (2014). A Short History of Stupid. Australia: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 978-1-76011-054-3.
  • Total Propaganda: Basic Marxist Brainwashing for the Angry and the Young. Australia: Allen & Unwin. 2017. ISBN 978-1-76029-731-2.

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ Llewellyn, Kelly. "Youth Radio Star Guilty Over Drugs". Sun Herald. John Fairfax Group Pty Ltd.
  2. ^ "Weston Creek High School Year Book", 1984.
  3. ^ Razer, Helen (7 December 2004). ""Class of '84"". The Age.
  4. ^ Griffiths, John (6 November 2014). "Celebrating ACT Public School alumni". CityNews.com.au. Archived from the original on 16 April 2016.
  5. ^ Lallo, Michael (4 August 2010). "Misfires and memories as FM turns 30". The Age. Melbourne: Fairfax Media. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
  6. ^ McManus, Bridget (3 October 2008). "Razer sacked from ABC arts program". The Age. Melbourne.
  7. ^ "On the prowl". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. 24 October 2005.
  8. ^ "Stories in 1999". Media Watch. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 1999. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  9. ^ Farouque, Farah (13 June 2002). "Super Nova tips its own decline". The Age. Melbourne.
  10. ^ "Razer moves on". Radioinfo.com.au. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  11. ^ McManus, Bridget (3 October 2008). "Razer sacked from ABC arts program". The Age. Melbourne: Fairfax Media.
  12. ^ "Razer Sharp". Media Watch. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 15 September 2008. Archived from the original on 17 September 2008. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  13. ^ Razer, Helen (19 July 2005). "Stranger than sci-fi". The Age. Melbourne.
  14. ^ "Can't buy no satisfaction". The Sydney Morning Herald. 11 July 2005.
  15. ^ "About". Bad Hostess. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
  16. ^ "Sloppy copy in exam raises ire". The Age. Melbourne. 10 November 2011.
  17. ^ NOT SO NICE: RAZER ON ABC'S GUILELESS MENTAL HEALTH WEEK, Helen Razer, ABC News Online, 2015-10-05
  18. ^ Heart ailments and erectile dysfunction: Life on the dating scene for women over forty, Samantha Selinger-Morris, ABC News Online, 2017-10-04