Ross Stevenson (radio)
|Born||8 October 1957|
|Occupation||Talkback radio presenter|
Ross Stevenson (born Ross Campbell; 25 August 1957) is an Australia radio presenter on Melbourne station 3AW. The lighthearted breakfast news and gossip show, Breakfast with Ross & John, is one of Australia's most successful radio shows.
Stevenson's initial career was as a lawyer at Melbourne law firm Darvall McCutcheon and then at Slater & Gordon. In 1985, while still a lawyer, Stevenson began his radio career on community station 3RRR where he partnered with fellow lawyer Denis Connell on a show called Lawyers, Guns and Money, a reference from a Warren Zevon song ("Send lawyers, guns and money, the shit has hit the fan"). Denis Connell was known as "Donoghue", and together as "Donoghue & Stevenson", in reference to one of the most famous negligence cases that every legal studies and law student would have heard about in class.
After four years building a cult following at 3RRR Stevenson and Connell were recruited by 3AK and joined by anchorman Dean Banks. In 1990 they crossed to 3AW where they continued to build audience following. Connell was sacked in 1991 by program director Steve Price.
For the following 10 years Stevenson and Banks established themselves and their style as a ratings success. In December 2000, Banks decided to retire; again leaving Stevenson to find a new partner.
From 2001, John Burns joined Stevenson as co-host. Burns had previously been a regular Friday morning contributor to the show as the character, 'Sir Lunchalot', providing humorous restaurant reviews and tips on dining etiquette.
Breakfast with Ross and John is the station's top rating program and Stevenson is a highly regarded radio presenter by the public and by many of his peers. He is believed to be Australia's highest paid breakfast broadcaster and in 2011 signed a lucrative eight-year contract with 3AW.
Stevenson is also known for co-writing the comic television series The Games with John Clarke which starred Clarke, Gina Riley, Bryan Dawe and Nicholas Bell. The Games satirised the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG). They also co-wrote A Royal Commission into the Australian Economy.
- 2011 Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRA) Winner Best On-air Team – Metro AM (joint winner with on-air partner, John Burns)
Stevenson's partner is Sarah Fallshaw and they have a son and a daughter. He has two other sons from a previous relationship.
- Breakfast with Ross and John, 3AW website, Retrieved 19 April 2013.
- Ross and shine | The Age 30 June 2002. Retrieved 19 April 2013
- Caution: cereal entertainers | The Age 14 February 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2013
- The Interview | The Age 22 June 2006. Retrieved 17 April 2013
- Massive deal for Ross Stevenson | The Age 28 March 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2013
- "How television works: a heart-warming story for all the family", ABC website, 11 March 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
- Southern Cross shines bright at radio awards | The Australian 17 October 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2013
- "3AW Breakfast congratulates host Ross Stevenson", Herald Sun, 30 June 2011, Retrieved 19 April 2013.
- Ross Stevenson cleans up at Sandown races | Herald Sun 24 May 2012. Retrieved 19 April 2013
- Celebs racing off to the bank | Herald Sun 8 November 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2013
- The Games
- The Games on John Clarke's official website
- The Royal Commission on John Clarke's official website