Richard Fidler, 2013
|Born||13 November 1964|
|Medium||television, radio, comedy, books|
|Genres||Radio Interviews, Musical comedy|
|Notable works and roles||Doug Anthony All Stars|
Richard Fidler (born 13 November 1964) is a well-known Australian ABC radio presenter, best known for his hour-long interview program, Conversations with Richard Fidler. The program is ABC Radio's most popular podcast, downloaded more than 1.8 million times per month. It features local and international guests from all walks of life, engaging in in-depth interviews.
He first came to prominence in the 1980s as a member of the Doug Anthony All Stars (DAAS), an Australian musical comedy group also comprising Tim Ferguson and Paul McDermott. The group disbanded in 1994.
In 2006, Fidler took on the newly configured 11am–3pm shift on 612 ABC. The first hour, a long-form interview program known as Conversations, was also heard on 702 ABC Sydney. Since 2012 Richard has focused solely on Conversations. The show is heard each weekday between 1105 and midday, on ABC Local Radio in all Australian states except Victoria. It is replayed on ABC Radio National at midnight. Conversations is the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s most downloaded podcast.
In December 2015, Conversations was named by iTunes Australia as 2015's 'Best Classic Podcast' and 'Most Downloaded Podcast'.
He is the immediate past-President of Brisbane’s Institute of Modern Art (IMA) and a member of its board of directors.
Richard is married to Khym Lam and they have two children. The family has a cat named Buster.
The guitar Richard mainly used during his time with the DAAS was a black Yamaha APX 9-12 tuned to D standard, however he did use a metallic green 6-string acoustic in standard tuning in a couple of songs on Live at the National Theatre (New York) and used a generic electric guitar in a cover of "Anarchy in the UK" on The Big Gig. That guitar was in standard tuning. On DAAS Icon, the bulk of the album was recorded with an electric guitar in standard tuning, however some songs featured the APX 9-12.
- DAAS Book / by the Doug Anthony All Stars (released censored in the UK in 1989, uncensored in Australia in 1992) – co-authored with Tim Ferguson and Paul McDermott
- DAAS Kapital / by the Doug Anthony All Stars (1993) – co-authored with Tim Ferguson and Paul McDermott
- The Insider's guide to power in Australia / by Jack the Insider (2007) – co-authored with Peter Hoysted
- Ghost Empire (2016)