TOP NEW TALENT FOR 2018: 10 Questions with Xavier Ellis

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

From country Victoria to the west coast via the footy field, 2018 saw Xavier Ellis land the gig as one-third of hit92.9’s breakfast show.

No stranger to Perth (he played for the West Coast Eagles in 2013 after all), Xavier cut his teeth in radio with weekend Breakfast before being promoted to the weekday team alongside Heidi Anderson and Ryan Jon.

While he may cop some flack for having the most drawn-out university degree in Swinburne history – 13 years and just passing the halfway mark – it’s his rawness, resilience and often surprising opinions (especially when it comes to his man crush on AFL player Rory Sloane) that make him a fast favourite among listeners.

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Below, Xavier answers Ten Questions from Radio Today.

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

I wouldn’t say inspired, but I have tremendous admiration for Hamish & Andy. Regardless of my day, Hamish & Andy will always bring laughter and enjoyment into my life.

Working with Heidi Anderson last year and again this year has been a great resource as were my great mates Will & Woody.

  • Most memorable on-air moment so far?

Beating the world’s best female soccer player Sam Kerr at a free-kick contest, smashing her prized photo into a thousand pieces.

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

Since finishing my footballing days I have been diagnosed with the inability to say “no thank you” to most foods and all beers. This has led to significant weight gain and plenty of broken chairs mid break.

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

Mastered: Bathroom breaks

Working on: Remembering to turn my headphones on

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

Currently heading into my 13th year of a four-year bachelor degree, it’s fair to say preparation isn’t my greatest strength…

Coffee, snack and a browse of the news.

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

I would like to think I am quite similar. If anything, maybe I am more of a private person off-air.

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

Be yourself.

  • Sum up working in radio in three words.

Fun, fast and tiring.

  • What’s your dream radio job?

Breakfast radio in Perth with hit92.9 … or something covering sport.

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

I have a significant interest in surfing but am scared of sharks and I don’t like getting wet, so probably working in the AFL at some level.

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