Pats keeps it real


Patrina Jones thrives on adrenaline. Up at 3am, she’s already hard at work while the rest of Melbourne sleeps, diving into another day as part of the top rating Christian O’Connell Show on Gold 104.3.

A newsreader for decades, Pats – as she’s affectionately known – is no stranger to the demands of breakfast radio. But when Christian O’Connell landed in town four years ago to take over the Gold 104.3 breakfast show and recruited Pats to be part of the journey, it reinvigorated her career.

Traditionally, breakfast shows can take time to ‘bed down’ and co-hosts don’t always gel, but with their relaxed, easy banter, listeners have remarked that Christian, Jack Post and Pats sound like they’ve known each other for ages.

Patrina tells Radio Today there was a natural chemistry right from day one:

“It’s always been organic and genuine.  All 3 of us feel as though the planets aligned when we began as a team.  You know it’s something special when you come back from a survey break and there’s no finding our feet on air again.  The rapport just takes off from the last show we did.”

It gets hectic behind the scenes. Aside from her involvement on the show, Patrina writes, produces and presents her own news and sport. It’s multi-tasking with a capital M, and all part of the adventure.

“I love raw, live radio and Christian’s style of show  suits my experience well,” she says.

It’s clear Pats resonates with listeners, because – as a suburban wife and mum trying to navigate life’s endless ‘To Do List’ – they can relate to her.

Those who know Pats well know that she is the same on air as off – down to earth, funny, fiercely loyal and generous to a fault. And those who don’t know her could imagine having coffee with her.

In a sometimes shallow industry where egos abound, she keeps things refreshingly real.

“I’ve always made the decision to be authentic.  To bring my WHOLE self to the show – even the ugly bits, sharing my infertility struggle and cancer recovery.  Simply put, I AM the listener.”

“I’ve never pretended to be what I’m not and I never will.”

Pats credits her hubby Chris – known to listeners as The Love God – as her rock and her number one ticket holder in life.

“He has endless faith in me and is constantly challenging me to chase my dreams, which is an amazing example to our daughter Audrey.”

Away from radio, family time is everything. Pats adores motherhood and creating memories.

“I love the way we grow as individuals and as a family when we travel. We’re yet to tackle Europe, so that’s definitely in our future.”

Closer to home, the family loves live theatre and music and seeking out all the fabulous food haunts Melbourne has to offer, with Yum Cha a particular favourite.

“Right now, we’re counting down the days to Easter along the Surf Coast.”

And when she returns on-air, she’ll keep on keeping it real.

“You know that saying – be yourself because everyone else is taken?  It’s the best gift you can give yourself as a presenter. To let go of inhibitions and reservations. That in turn opens the door for listeners to do the same and give you the best of them.  It’s a relationship of trust. And faith. And mutual respect.”

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Sammy D
23 Mar 2022 - 11:12 am

One of a kind! Love listening to Patsy, such a breath of fresh air

Come on!
23 Mar 2022 - 12:21 pm

Go Pats you are an absolute star!! The thing that doesn’t sit well with me, and don’t get me wrong…. Christian is a freaking rockstar. But in terms of profile and progression, these two segue Christian, give him content to naturally bounce off, they allow him to be a star. It’s selfless and it’s their role and they obviously love doing it. But at what point does Christian say, you know what, I’m going to throw these two a bone so they have a little more profile, to launch their own commercial deals outside of the show to give them a few extra bucks. X Even if it’s the Christian O’Donnell show with ………

Anyway just my two cents. I think Jack and Pats are two incredibly talented broadcasters along with Christian. But it’s kind of like someone’s writing a book, uses your content to create a best seller but you ain’t on the credits.

23 Mar 2022 - 1:50 pm

Great newsreader and even better to hear her shine on Christine’s show too, well done Pats

23 Mar 2022 - 2:15 pm

One of the best in the business. Pats keeps it real on and off the mic. A real inspiration.

Robbie K
23 Mar 2022 - 11:13 pm

Pats is the best, great story teller!!

24 Mar 2022 - 6:21 am

Pats is brilliant and Jack is awesome. Christian is very lucky to have them.
Both have terrific careers ahead of them.

Terrence Esfahani
10 Apr 2022 - 3:37 pm

These programs tend to be a little bit more talky and a little bit more informational. Many people are attracted to these types of shows because they are not as dry and informative. Generally, the best free Internet radio to try is one that has both audio and video components.


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