Monte Dwyer

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Monte Dwyer (born 1958) is an Australian journalist, TV personality, musician and author, best known as the weatherman who pioneered[1] the traveling weatherman blueprint for Channel Nine's Today during the 1990s, also voted Australia's favourite weatherman for over 15 years.

Early & Personal life[edit]

Dwyer was born in Newcastle, Australia on 21 July 1958, and educated in and around Lake Macquarie. After leaving school, he trained as a psychiatric nurse at Morisset Hospital, then began traveling and worked variously as a professional fisherman, fashion model, foreign aid worker abroad and hospitality industry journeyman.

Married to Julie Brooker in 1996 but divorced in 1999. In July 1997, his daughter Lucy was born. In 2014, Monte married high school sweetheart Loloma Roberts (now Dwyer) and currently resides in Lake Macquarie.

Arts and media career[edit]

In the late 1980s, Monte trained in Theatre Arts in Darwin, Northern Territory under Gündüz Kaliç, then began presenting the weather on the local ABC TV station, gaining notoriety for his theatrical presentations which included singing, rapping and race-calling the weather.[2][3][4] During this time, he was a columnist for the NT News and hosted various Darwin ABC Radio programs, including Breakfast, Drive & Afternoons.

In 1991 he moved to Sydney and became the weatherman on Today on Channel Nine.[5] He left in 2002.

In 2007 Dwyer produced content for Charles Wooley's radio program Across Australia while travelling around Australia in a motorhome.[6] In 2008, he was in one season of Postcards From the Bush for Channel Seven's Sunrise.[7]

After leaving the program, Dwyer began to produce video stories and travelogues for clients including Tourism Australia and Australia Network.[8] He also self-publishes/produces books & DVDs under the Red in the Centre brand, and turns out the occasional CD of original music.

Literature[edit]

Dwyer has written seven books:[9]

Plays[edit]

  • I Would've Written, (Australian National Playwright's Conference 1989) [11]
  • Son, (Australian National Playwright's Conference, 1990[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Meacham, Steve (8 January 2004), Seven serves up breakfast battle, Melbourne: The Age, retrieved 31 August 2011 
  2. ^ Tv Tales Weather Presenters, Blouse.com.au, retrieved 31 August 2011 
  3. ^ Garma 'parties' at taxpayer expense, NT News, retrieved 31 August 2011 
  4. ^ Monte back to find 'nuts', NT News, retrieved 31 August 2011 
  5. ^ Today Show (Australia), IMDB, retrieved 23 August 2011 
  6. ^ Monte Goes Back on The Road, Toyota, retrieved 23 August 2011 
  7. ^ Weatherman Monte Dwyer tells why he switched to Sunrise, The Australian, retrieved 23 August 2011 
  8. ^ Lens on Australia, Tourism Australia, retrieved 23 August 2011 
  9. ^ Monte Dwyer Books, National Library of Australia, retrieved 23 August 2011 
  10. ^ Online love: Monte's story, Today Show, retrieved 23 August 2011 
  11. ^ a b Australian National Playwrights Conference, National Library of Australia, retrieved 23 August 2011