Radio’s Australia Day award recipients

Jonathan Coleman, Gareth McCray and Tony McGinn are among those on the Australia Day honours list receiving an OAM – Medal of the Order of Australia.

Jonathan Coleman has received his for “service to the broadcast media industry, and to the community.”

Although he’s had an impressive television career, it’s in radio where he’s truly shone.

Radio Presenter, FM Sydney and Melbourne, The Jono and Dano Show, 2009.

Radio Presenter, 2MMM FM Radio, 1984 – 1988.

Writer/Producer, Radio 2WS, since 1978.

Radio Presenter, Triple J, Off the Record, with Ian ‘Dano’ Rogerson, several years.

Radio Presenter, Virgin Radio, United Kingdom, 1993 – 1998.

Radio Presenter, Heart 106.2, 1998-2005.

Radio Presenter, BBC London 94.9, 2005-2006.

Involved in community environmental projects, Ku-Ring-Gai Municipal Council’s Residential Strategy, e.g., preservation of Blue Gum Forest, current.

Supporter, Radio for the Print Handicapped, circa 1990s and since 2013.

Supporter, The School for the Deaf and Blind, St Edmunds School.

Spark of Genius, Schizophrenia Research Institute, since 2011.

Presenter/ Master of Ceremonies, Variety Clubs Australia, 1982 – 2010.

Ambassador, Carers Australia, 2009.

Ambassador, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia, since 2008; Supporter, NordoffRobbins Music Therapy United Kingdom, prior to 2008.

Supporter, Wayside Chapel and Life Education Centre, since the 1980s.

Ambassador, Australia Day Council, 5 times since 2005.

Member, The Lowe Syndrome, United Kingdom, current.

Supporter of the Heart Foundation (Australia and United Kingdom); the National Trust (Australia and United Kingdom); National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (United Kingdom); and the Princes Trust (United Kingdom).


Gareth McCray, who for many years was the Director, Radio Department, Australian Film Television and Radio School received his for “service to the community, to radio broadcasting, and to education.”

The Hills Shire Council: Inaugural Chairman, Christmas in the Hills (Christmas Carols event attracting over 8000 people and raising funds for local children’s charities including Tallowood School, Lifestart), since 2012.

Member, Australia Day Committee, 2009-2013.

Australia Day Ambassador, 1994-2011.

Member, Orange Festival Committee, 2006-2010.

Centenary of Federation Ambassador, 2001.

Voluntary Master of Ceremonies :

Hills Relay for Life, The Cancer Council of New South Wales; Committee member; since 2000.

Run for the Hills, Reach for a Rainbow, 2013.

Performing Arts Events, Castle Hill High School, 8 years.

Charity Event Coordinator (raising funds for victims of the Bundaberg Floods and for

Salvation Army Blue Mountains Bushfire Appeal), 2013.

Director, Keep Australia Beautiful, 2006.

Choirmaster, St James and St Andrews, Cronulla, 8 years.

Member, Appeals Committee, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, many years.

Presenter and Program Manager, Macquarie Radio Network, since 1980.

Compere, Host and Commentator, ANZAC Day Ceremonies, Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

Citation, Media Peace Awards, United Nations, 1998.

National Radio Publicist, Papal Tour (Pope John Paul II, during the Beatification of Mary Mackillop), 1995.

Radio and Audio Director, Catholic Communications, 1993-1995.

Author, Reflections of 2KY- 75 Years of Broadcasting’, 2000.

Volunteer Presenter Leadership Seminars, McKellar Girls High School, since 2009.

Media Effectiveness Training, 1993-2001.

Lecturer, English and Media Australian Catholic University, 1992-1994.

University of Sydney, many years.

Tony McGinn, who founded MCM (now Authentic Entertainment) along with Take 40 Australia got his for “service to the community, particularly through fundraising events.”

Magian is Deputy Chair, Children’s Cancer Centre Foundation, current; The Foundation funds programs at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Monash Children’s Hospital and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.

Chairman, Kids Oncology and Leukaemia Action Foundation (KOALA Foundation), 2005- 2012; Actively involved since 1995.

Founding Chairman, Million Dollar Lunch Committee, since 2005; The Lunch raises funds forthe Children’s Cancer Centre Foundation.

See our separate story about 7THE Technical and Training Officer James Parish, who’s been awarded the Order of Australia for his services to the Community through Community Broadcasting.


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