Australian comedian, television and radio presenter Doug Mulray died of liver cancer today, aged 71.
A legend in Australian radio, Mulray was inducted into the Australian Commercial Radio Hall of Fame in 2019 for his lifetime achievement and contribution to radio.
In a video filmed while Mulray accepted the award, the Aussie comedian opened up about a time he’d split his salary to hire a writer, knowing they could accomplish great things.
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“Rod was quite angry with the idea that I wanted to bring a writer,” Doug explained, noting he wanted to bring over a “genius” he’d met at another radio station.
“He said ‘I don’t employ writers, I employ announcers’.”
Knowing that the pair could accomplish great things, the radio presenter thought of a solution.
“I said, ‘I’ll pay him’, so I took the money that I’d negotiated and gave half to Kenny because I believed that what we could do was create production values again.”
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“As we succeeded and as the idea seemed to be vindicated I’d take whatever monies we built beyond the original base and give 30-50 per cent of that would then go towards more writers and more musicians.”
The star explained that the writers and musicians hired by the radio station heavily contributed to his success.
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“It’d be dumb for me to receive this award without acknowledging those people generally if I can’t mention all the names, genius people,” he said.
“I think that too often when my success is discussed they’re overlooked, and I really couldn’t accept this award without including them in my thank you.”
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