A day in the life of smooth 95.3 Breakfast presenter and newsreader Glenn Daniel

Staff Writer

Clocking up more than 30 years in the journalism and broadcast industry, smoothfm Sydney Breakfast co-host and newsreader Glenn Daniel is one of the most respected figures in radio.

An award-winning news journalist that earlier in the year released his autobiography, News Time – A Life In Radio, Glenn embodies a wealth of knowledge and experience within the industry.

Glenn is a three-time winner of CRA’s Best News Presenter and has worked for the likes of WSFM, 2SM, 2DayFM and Triple M.

With a day that begins at 1:00am and a whole newsroom to run, how does Glenn fit it all in 24 hours?


Here’s what a day in the life of Glenn Daniel looks like:

  • 1:00am – Wake up, long shower, cold blast to finish!
  • 1:45am – Arrive at smooth 95.3 studios
  • 2:00am – Check all news sources domestic and international, emails, newspapers, compile story menu
  • 2:15am – Begin writing, editing copy and audio, breakfast on-the-go (yoghurt, nuts, fruit, salad and water)
  • 3:00am – Second (and sometimes third) versions of key stories, chasing and editing further audio
  • 4:00am  – Final check and edit of all copy and audio, assign stories to scheduled bulletins from 5:30am to 9:00am
  • 4:30am – Check all news sources again, update existing stories if necessary, write and edit fresh news stories
  • 5:00am – Assign all new content to scheduled bulletins, finalise weather, finance and sport copy
  • 5:15am – Liaise with co-presenter Bogart Torelli (who’s 2 floors below in a separate studio) on story menu, breaking news etc, write first traffic update
  • 5:30am – First news bulletin
  • 5:30am-9:00am – Live show, four-minute news bulletins top/bottom of the hour, traffic every quarter, chat content each quarter, chasing new story angles, reaction, updating copy and audio
  • 9:15am – Post show debrief, prep for the next day
  • 9:45am – Leave studios
  • 10:00am-6:00pm – Show prep, other work commitments, lunch, sleep, walk, read, life!
  • 6:00pm-8:00pm – TV News, Current Affairs, scan social media, know what’s making news now so you’re not repeating it the following morning
  • 8:30pm-9:00pm – Bed – prepare to do it all again

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Big fan
6 Aug 2018 - 2:32 pm

When I did mid dawns at Nova Sydney, Glenn would roll in, in the dead of night. Truly dedicated to his craft and just an awesome guy who cares about people. Keep it up Glenn

Patrina Jones
8 Aug 2018 - 4:55 pm

An utter doyen of all that radio journalism and presenting encapsulates.

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