While most would agree that he has a great face for radio, veteran broadcaster Ray Hadley, 64, is officially Australia’s sexiest radio star.
The 2GB morning host pipped Hit Network funnyman Dave Hughes into second place in the nationwide contest organised by Take 5 magazine.
Reigning champ Brendan Jones came sixth this year, one place below ARN stablemate Kyle Sandilands.
Hadley was presented with his trophy live on The Today Show by Take 5 editor Paul Merrill and says, “This is the greatest accolade of my career. I’m a very worthy winner, and at 64 it was probably my last chance. Hughesy’s got plenty of time left to win.”
There were less than 100 votes separating the pair, and immediately after the announcement, Dave Hughes called for a re-count saying he believed the Russians were involved.
Over 11,500 listeners voted in the poll. Triple M’s Luke Darcy had mounted an extensive on-air campaign to boost his numbers and finished third, just ahead of Nova’s Marty Sheargold, who beat his eighth-placed co-star Tim Blackwell.
ABC Melbourne legend John Faine, who is set to retire in October, was a surprise entry in 9th place after his station posted a photo of him on Twitter and declared that he should win.
Take 5 editor Paul Merrill says: “The top 25 definitely shows that being ‘hot’ isn’t just about physical appearance – it includes voice, sense of humour and personality too. To his listeners, Ray is a guilty crush and every bit as sexy as hunky stars 40 years his junior.”
The top 25 are as follows
- Ray Hadley (2GB)
- Dave Hughes (Hit Network)
- Luke Darcy (Triple M, Melbourne)
- Marty Sheargold (Nova)
- Mick Molloy (Triple M, Melbourne)
- Kyle Sandilands (Kiis FM, Sydney)
- Brendan Jones (WSFM, Sydney)
- Tim Blackwell (Nova)
- Jon Faine (ABC, Melbourne)
- Dylan Alcott (Hit Network)
- Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli (Nova, Sydney)
- Sam Pang (Nova, Melbourne)
- Mark Soderstrom (Mix FM, Adelaide)
- Ryan ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald (Nova, Sydney)
- Ben Fordham (2GB)
- Robbie Klitzing (Red FM, WA)
- Rob Palmer (2GO, Central Coast)
- Moonman (Triple M, Sydney)
- Jay Shipston (Triple M, Whitsundays)
- Dane McGuirk (Hit Network)
- Woody Whitelaw (Kiis FM, Sydney)
- Ed Kavalee (2Day FM, Sydney
- Michael Genovese (6PR, Perth)
- Tom Elliot (3AW, Melbourne)
- Gus Worland (Triple M, Sydney)