Lawrence Mooney replaces Dave Hughes as host of tonight’s Siren Awards in Sydney

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Tonight’s Siren Awards will no longer be hosted by 2DayFM Breakfast’s Dave ‘Hughesy’ Hughes.

Hughes had been announced as host last month for the Sydney-based event, however Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) has revealed the hot seat will now be filled by SCA stablemate and host of Triple M Breakfast in Sydney, Lawrence Mooney.

Radio Today asked whether Melbourne’s lockdowns were preventing Hughes from attending and hosting the event but was told by an SCA spokesperson he “has another commitment”.

Mooney hosted the 2019 event complete with his Malcolm Turnbull impersonations, and also fronted 2020’s virtual event. CRA said Mooney will also do a small stand-up set tonight.

The awards, now in their 17th year, aim to recognise the best radio ad or campaign of the year.

The award winners are selected by the Siren Creative Council, made up of a panel of advertising agency and radio industry experts.

As well as the Gold Siren, three Silver Sirens will be awarded for the best radio ads across three categories: single, campaign and craft. A Siren Award of $1,000 cash will also be presented to the writers of the ad voted the best by a panel of clients.

Joan Warner, CEO of Commercial Radio Australia (CRA), said of the finalists: “In a year of adversity the nominated finalists have found new and inventive ways to capture attention and encourage people to rethink their behaviours. Their work helped clients to stand out in the market in areas as diverse as retail, food, health, the environment and domestic violence. We look forward to a great night where we can showcase some outstanding creativity.”

You can read about the finalists here, and Radio Today will bring you the winners tomorrow.

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3 Jun 2021 - 5:03 pm

Both Dave Hughes and Ed Kavalee pledged that they were moving to Sydney for this show, neither have. It’s been 6 months. Feel bad for Erin who is actually having a crack. Another massive fail from 2DayFM allowing them to take the piss like this.

Karen from Blacktown
3 Jun 2021 - 5:23 pm

This would make a great edition of “Hughesy We Have A Problem”

A problem that could have been solved if he lived in Sydney, like he told the media he would

3 Jun 2021 - 6:25 pm

If Hughesy moved to Sydney as he promised to do 2dayfm breakfast, he would still be able to do the awards. Bad form lying to the press and the industry. I would do them ( for a fat fee )

4 Jun 2021 - 12:52 am

What a bummer he double booked and only realised on the actual day. His manager should go and buy a diary at office works.

Anyone seen any publicity for the other gig he was doing?

Or is it that SCA rolled the dice and again lost? He’s still in Melbourne in lockdown. It’s not hard to spot who is where in the online content from the station and their personal accounts.

4 Jun 2021 - 11:02 am

I think Hughesy is like a lot of people at SCA.

They are all just happy to hold on for now and take the big bucks for as long as they can because they all know the ship is going down soon

Mick Blue
4 Jun 2021 - 1:18 pm

Imagine the mighty Austereo of yesteryear allowing an ageing Melbourne comedian to phone in a lazy performance down an ISDN line for Sydney breakfast. Sad.

4 Jun 2021 - 8:08 pm

@Mick Blue – weren’t Austereo doing exactly that back in the 90’s with Peter Moon?

Maybe not ‘a lazy performance’ given how successful the show was, but he definitely wasn’t in a studio in Sydney everyday.


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