Three Radio Talk hosts feature in Honours List

2GB’s Susie Elelman, FIVaa’s Jane Reilly and 3AW’s Denis Walter are recipients of Order of Australia awards in the Queen’s Birthday honours list announced this morning.

Those and others with a connection to radio are listed below.




Mr William Richard ARMSTRONG, St Kilda Vic

For significant service to the commercial music recording industry through pioneering roles, and to the broadcast media sector.

Founder, Armstrong Studios, 1965

Managing Director, Bilarm Music Pty Ltd, since 1989.

Contracted to provide technical facilities and staff to 3EA and 2EA (now SBS Radio), 1978- 1989.

Vice-Chairman, Australian Broadcasting Tribunal, 1986-1988.

Managing Director, EON FM Radio (now 3MMM), 1980-1986 (First commercial FM station in Australia).

Manager, Telefil Sound Recording Studios, 1961-1965. Manager, 3DB Custom Recording Services, 1960. Recording Engineer, 3UZ, 1954.

Recording Engineer, W&G Records, 1956-1961.

Music Producer, Melbourne ABC Radio (3LO and 3AR), 1953-1954.

Member, Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Member, Australian Performing Rights Association (APRA).

Recognition includes:

Recipient, Cochrane-Smith Sound Heritage Award, National Film and Sound Archive, 2011. Recipient, Ted Albert Award, Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA), 2006 (For outstanding services to Australian music).

Recipient, Special Achievement Award, Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA), 1999 (For lifetime contribution to the Australian Music Industry).

Recipient, Advance Australia Award, 1995.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame, Melbourne Music Festival, 1995.

Miss Susie ELELMAN, Broadway NSW

For significant service to the not-for-profit sector through major fundraising roles with a range of organisations, and to the broadcast media industry.

Charitable service includes:

Master of Ceremonies and Fundraiser, various awareness campaigns and launches spanning more than 40 years, Cerebral Palsy Alliance, (formerly The Spastic Centre) since 1973; Entrant, Miss Australia Quest, 1973 (crowned Miss NSW in 1973); Ambassador, Cerebral Palsy Week; Recipient, Ball & Chain Award, ‘for her lifetime of dedication’, 2005.

National Ambassador, Better Hearing Australia, since 2013; Regular speaker and Master of Ceremonies, various conferences, presentations and events for numerous charities, ongoing.

Coordinator and Co-Host, Carols by Candlelight Wollongong, WIN Television, over 10 years and Coordinator and Co-Host, various telethons in Wollongong, WIN Television, 1975-1987. Fundraiser, Bandage Bear Wollongong, 2000-2003.

Regular segments and entire programs dedicated to charities on her daily national television program ‘SUSIE’, WIN/9 television network, 2007-2009.

Master of Ceremonies and Fundraiser:

Bandage Bear, Wollongong, 2000-2003 and Pink Finss, 2011-2012.

Australia Day Ambassador, since 1998.

Recorded ‘The Ode of Remembrance’, Returned and Services Club Association, 2013. Member, Course Advisory Industry Sub-Committee, Associate Degree in Creative Industries, University of Western Sydney, since 2010.


Talkback Radio Host, Radio 2GB, current.

Social Commentator, ‘The Morning Show’ 7 Network, since 2010.

Host and Executive Producer, daily national television program ‘SUSIE’, WIN/9 Network, 2006-2008.

Co-host and Co-producer, daily national television program ‘Daily’, WIN/9 Network, 2008- 2010.

Reporter, ‘Postcards of Australia’, WIN/9 Network, 2009.

Newsreader and Reporter WIN Television, including ‘WIN Nightly News’. Host, ‘Susie @ 11’, WIN Television, 2007-2009.

Presenter, Reporter, Segment Producer and Researcher, ‘Good Morning Australia’, Network 10, 1992-2000 and Panellist; ‘Beauty and the Beast’, Network 10 and Foxtel.

Presenter, Reporter, Producer and Researcher, various television programs on The Seven Network, including ‘Newsworld’; ’11AM’; ‘Seven Nightly News’; ‘Hinch’; ‘Showbeat’, 1987- 1990.

Newsreader, ‘Prime Nightly News’, Wollongong, Prime Television, 1990.

Announcer, Reporter and Producer, various radio stations in New South Wales including Radio 2GB; 2UE, ABC2WN; WS-FM and ‘Stan Zemanak Show’.

Author, ‘Half My Size – The Thinking Person’s Diet’, (New Holland Publisher), 2005


Adjunct Professor John Charles HAMILTON, Brighton Vic

For significant service to the print media as a leading journalist and editor, as an author and educator, and to the veteran community.


Adjunct Professor, Journalism Leadership, Swinburne University, since 2011.


Associate Editor, Herald Sun Newspaper, 1994-2011.

Broadcaster, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 1988-1990.

Associate Editor, The West Australian, 1985-1988; Journalist, 1959-1962.

Group Roving Editor, The Herald and Weekly Times Group, 1982-1985; European Editor and Bureau Chief, London, 1979-1982; White House Correspondent, 1975-1979.

Journalist, The Age, 1962-1970.


‘The Price of Valour: the triumph and tragedy of a Gallipoli hero’, Pan Macmillan Australia, 2012.

‘Gallipoli Sniper: the life of Billy Sling’, Pan Macmillan Australia, 2008.

‘Goodbye Cobber, God Bless You: the fatal charge of the Light Horse’, Pan Macmillan, 2004. ‘Burkie: a biography of Brian Burke’, St George Books, 1988.

Community service includes:

Past Member, ANZAC Day Commemoration Council, Melbourne.

Member, National Advisory Committee on Ageing, Australian Government, 2000-2004. Australia Day Ambassador, Victoria, 2001; Life Ambassador, since 2006.

Member, Science Centre Advisory Committee, Monash University, late 1990s.

Recognition includes:

Quill Lifetime Achievement Award, Melbourne Press Club, 2011. Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance Medal, 2009.

Walkley Award for Journalism, 1967 and 1968.

Past Recipient, National Press Club Canadian Award of Journalistic Merit.



Mr James Bernard MOONEY, O’Connor ACT

For service to the broadcast media as a radio presenter, and to the community.

Radio Presenter, ArtSound FM, since 1990s; Arts Liaison Officer, current; Board member, early 2000s.

Member, Friends of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, many years.

Member, Friends of the Australian National University School of Music, many years.

Involved in the establishment of the International Chopin Piano Competition, Friends of Chopin Australia, 2010-2012.

A number of executive positions in a range of community organisations, including: Vice-President, Theatre Organ Society;

Committee Member and Public Officer, Canberra City Opera;

Committee Member, Art Song Canberra (Formerly ACT Lieder Society);

Member, Management Committee, Griffin Centre; and Founding Member, Clavier Society.


Ms Jane Laura REILLY, Norwood SA

For service to the broadcast media, and to charitable groups.

Broadcast Media:

Breakfast Radio Announcer, FIVEaa Radio, Adelaide, since 2013.

News and Weather Presenter/Producer, Channel Ten Adelaide, 1996-2013; Weekend Weather and Guest Presenter, 1994-1996; Children’s Program Presenter, 1975-1984. Weather Presenter and Feature News Reporter, ABC TV Adelaide, 1986-1994.

Host, Morning Zoo Breakfast Program, SAFM, 1982-1984.

Recipient, Most Popular Female Personality, TV Week Logie Awards, 1984.

Community service includes:

Ambassador, Royal Society for the Blind, current; Supporter, since 2006. South Australian Ambassador, Variety, the Children’s Charity, since 2006. Ambassador, Port Power, since 2013.

Media Ambassador, UNICEF South Australia Children’s Week, since 2000. Supporter, St John Ambulance.

Supporter, The Children’s Hospital.

Supporter, Royal Adelaide Show.

Supporter, Mary Potter Hospice, since 2010.

Inaugural Advocate, Neighbourhood Watch, 2000.


Mr Denis WALTER, Geelong Vic

For service to the performing arts as a singer and entertainer, and to the broadcast media.

Singer, entertainer, and recording artist, 45 years; 5 gold records.

Broadcast media:

Radio Host, Radio 3AW 693, since 1999 and host of the Afternoon Show, since 2008. Chief News Reader, Win Television Network, 16 years.

Presenter/Host, The Nine Network, 1990-2001.

Community service includes:

Performer, Carols by Candlelight, Nine Network, over 30 years.

Supporter and guest, Carols by the Bay, City Council of Geelong, 17 years.

Supporter, Bob MaGuire Foundation, current.

Supporter, Twins Plus Festival, ‘no dates’.

Ambassador, The Austin Hospital, ‘for 8 years’.

Ambassador, Rivers Gift (SIDS organisation), ‘no dates’.

Patron, Samoyed Club of Victoria, ‘no dates’.

Patron, Wish Ball, Portland, ‘no dates’.

Ambassador, Make A Wish Foundation, ‘no dates’.

Has opened his home garden for a range of charitable organisations, ‘for 8 years’.

Patron, Cystic Fibrosis Victoria, 20 years.

Ambassador, Geelong’s Barwon Health Foundation, current.

Guest speaker, a range of organisations, including Department of Neurology, Royal Melbourne Hospital, many years.

Ambassador, Neighbourhood Watch-Victoria, current.