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TOP NEW TALENT FOR 2018: 10 Questions with Danny Lakey

Radio Today has named Danny Lakey as a Top New Talent to Watch in 2018 and beyond.

Thank goodness for podcasts, because a lot of us aren’t “wakey wakey” when Danny goes to air between midnight and 5am. But that hasn’t stopped the 28-year-old from producing some of radio’s most interesting content this year.

Originally from Western Australia and grew up in Perth, Lakey started out doing casual music shifts at hit90.9 Sea FM Gold Coast and has also worked at hit 92.9 Perth and the breakfast shift at Star 106.3 in Townsville.

Last year he was co-hosting breakfast across the Hit Network in Central Queensland alongside Carly Portch, but 2018 has seen Lakey find his feet amid the early starts and the solo show, taking the opportunity to touch on topics no other show would dare touch.

Below, Danny answers Ten Questions from Radio Today.

  • Who/what inspired you to choose a career in radio?

Whoever the hit92.9 daytime jock was back in 2003. I just remember listening in and thinking it’d be amazing. It took me another 12 years to realise that there’s only so many times you can passionately sell an Ed Sheeran song without wanting to stick your hand in a mousetrap, hence chasing the more content heavy gigs.

  • Most memorable on-air moment so far?

Kissing Bill Shorten for Marriage Equality… that was hot.

  • What was the most awkward moment you had in your early years of radio?

Making a drug joke live on air and getting absolute silence from my co-host….then firing off the ads.

  • What’s one radio skill that you’ve mastered, and what’s one radio skill that you’re currently working on?

Putting in a stop chain. Oh wait… still working on that.

  • How do you prepare for your shift on-air?

Three hours of internet, brainstorming and being an idiot with the producer.

  • How does the person you are on air differ from the person you are off air?

I’d say on-air that I’m a 4 out of 10 in the looks department… I’m probably more of a 5.

  • What’s the one piece of advice you were given that you can pass along?

You’re just a background sound in a car… don’t get too excited champ.

  • Sum up working in radio in three words.

Fast-paced. Exciting. Liberating.

  • What’s your dream radio job?

Mid Dawns on a community station in Orange.

  • If you weren’t working in radio, what would you be doing?

Teaching English in third world countries.

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