TOP NEW TALENT FOR 2018: 10 Questions with Mitchell Tinley and Michael Ross

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Radio Today has named Mitchell Tinley and Michael Ross as Top New Talent to Watch in 2018 and beyond.

There’s some things you can plan for, and other things can only be left up to fate.

Mitchell and Michael started their show at Murdoch University, “after being picked last to form a group in class… luckily our names sounded good together,” the pair joked with Radio Today. And the rest, as they say, is history.

After trying to sell their show to the FM networks, the fresh faces were given a shot at Perth’s hit92.9, bouncing around various timeslots until they landed on Sunday nights. They were offered the opportunity to host their first breakfast show in Mount Gambier on Limestone Coast hit96.1 at the end of 2017, and jumped at the chance. Their organic friendship translates seamlessly to on-air breaks, and their style of storytelling is perfect for the start of the day.

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Below, Mitchell and Michael answer Ten Questions from Radio Today.

  • Who/what inspired you to choose a career in radio?
We’ve always enjoyed entertaining people and were big podcast fans when we were younger. At the end of high school Michael was looking to find a degree that suited his passions and found that in radio. Mitchell just wanted to avoid getting a real job. We’ve been inspired by the likes of Hamish & Andy, Will & Woody, as well as Pete Curulli and Dean Clairs, but our podcast roots bring names like the Yogpod and Joe Rogan to mind.
  • Most memorable on-air moment so far?
At the end of our first year in radio (hit92.9), we somehow managed to attempt a world record for furthest worm (dance move) in 10 seconds, at Perth Arena during the half time of an NBL game. Mitch got the record, and Guinness rejected it, stating their records must be attempted across a minimum of 30 seconds. We peaked too early.
  • What was the most awkward moment you had in your early years of radio?
When Mitchell accidentally asked a visually impaired child, who makes bracelets, which one was his favourite colour.
  • What’s one radio skill that you’ve mastered, and what’s one radio skill that you’re currently working on?
Mastered: Our chemistry, we share the space really well now and have clear roles on the show. We could talk all day.
Working On: We talk all day.
  • How do you prepare for your shift on-air?
We put in many hours the day before spit balling ideas until someone says “yeah, that sounds alright”. We always try to never be content with our content. We haven’t seen our family in months.
  • How does the person you are on air differ from the person you are off air?
We’re quite similar really, we don’t put on much of a persona. If you can believe it, Michael’s voice has even less energy off air.
  • What’s the one piece of advice you were given that you can pass along?
“It’s easier to ask for forgiveness, than permission” – Head of Content Triple M, Mike FitzpatrickHe said that the first time we met in person.
  • Sum up working in radio in three words.

Coming up next.

  • What’s your dream radio job?
National Drive is our Holy Grail, we hope one day we can find our way there.
  • If you weren’t working in radio, what would you be doing?
Michael would probably still be an audio engineer and Mitch would continue to his stand-up comedy, if that counts as a job.

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