Ray Hadley hits back at Tony Martin over charity CD

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Ray Hadley has used his first show back in 2019 to respond to comments on Twitter by comedian and Nova 100 regular Tony Martin.

Martin, who gained radio fame with on legendary FM drive show Martin Molloy in the ’90s, questioned the nature of Hadley’s contribution to a Christmas album after a follower sent him a photo of the CD.

“He’s not singing them [the songs],” he tweeted. “Does he throw to them? On an album?

“Maybe after a short rant about immigration? Is his only contribution… that photo of him smiling?”

Ray responded to the comments on his show today, pointing out that the CDs were in fact selling for charity.

“I hope that some decency prevails here when he understands that I’ve never made a cent out of the sales of the CDs,” he said.

“Despite the fact that he doesn’t know me but despises me, perhaps he’ll turn things around and encourage whatever people may follow him on social media to go out and buy the CD, because it’s for a particularly good cause.”

Hear Ray’s response below:

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Shane Couch
21 Jan 2019 - 4:39 pm

Maybe Ray should call into Sizzletown and take it up further.

21 Jan 2019 - 6:37 pm

these shock jocks dish anything out but as soon as it comes back to them they suddenly have the most fragile glass jaws. who are the snowflakes now

besides, a tweet by Tony Martin gave this CD a plug to thousands of followers. Mr Hadley should be thankful for the free advertising because let’s face it how many sales was it going to clock up in Melbourne anyway

22 Jan 2019 - 8:07 am

So let me get this right. Hadley releases a CD for CHARITY.
Does not make a cent out of it.
But it’s OK to criticise him for that because he’s a “shock jock” and doesn’t have the same political beliefs as you.
I bet if it was someone from the “left” doing the same thing there would be praise, not criticism and rightly so.

22 Jan 2019 - 11:22 am

Michael, there’s a 3 pack of CDs waiting for you in the “Alan Jones Recommends” stand at the local Wild Bean Cafe – next to the nut butter.

You’ve missed the point. It’s not about any charity – Tone was making humorous remarks about Hadley himself – his right-winged shock-jock persona – looking cheesy on the cover of a holiday themed album. Nothing is mentioned about a ‘charity’ on the image.

Seems Hadley’s right-sided fans and friends can dish, but can’t take.

What’s it gonna beeeee?

Gunner (The Wasp)
22 Jan 2019 - 12:11 pm

if you put them together – you’d get Ray Martin, and that’s a Siamese high noon shoot out id be willing to go home and watch on the telly… at…. midday…

22 Jan 2019 - 12:53 pm

Dion, I don’t know where to start.
A 3 second google search will show you the front cover of Hadley’s Christmas album.
Rather than post a link, here is the blurb on THE FRONT COVER!
“Ray Hadley’s Proceeds Help Support Research Into Motor Neurone Disease”. You can’t miss it. Whatever image you or Tony were looking at may have been doctored. It’s the only explanation I can give as it’s so obvious.
Please don’t call me one of Hadley’s right sided fans. You don’t know me. Please stick to the subject without using insults. I actually don’t like him. I’ve been a huge fan of Tony’s since the D-Gen’s 80’s days but even he can make mistakes.
I just don’t like seeing people (even Hadley) trying to do some good but being made fun of because of their reputation.

22 Jan 2019 - 2:43 pm


The image that Tony was sent and twittered about is the one posted in the article. It was not ‘doctored’ as you suggest, and this is not the ‘only’ explanation.

If you look at the image the blurb you are referring to is at the bottom of the CD cover, and it is obscured by the JB Hi Fi shelving. You only see a small piece of it in the clipped CD cover next to main focus of the image.

Pretty poor album cover design to bury the lede at the bottom of the cover rather than place it at the top.

22 Jan 2019 - 2:52 pm

Michael: “Whatever image you or Tony were looking at may have been doctored. It’s the only explanation I can give as it’s so obvious.”

Look at the image embedded in the tweet in this article, that was sent to Tony. No reference to any charity in THAT image. That’s all he was going off by. How is it obvious?

You have missed the point that Tony was poking fun at Ray, and Ray only. He’s an AM shock jock. A public profile. He can take it. If not, he should be out of the career.

I never directly called you a “Ray Hadley right-sided fan” – my comment was a general remark at some of his right-sided fan base.

Of course I don’t know you, and you don’t know me. But mate, there were no insults. If you call yourself a big Tony Martin fan – in which you do, as you have said “I have been a big fan of Tony’s”, you would’ve gotten every reference in the first sentence of my original post – and laughed because they were all meta-references. A 3 second Google search will show you Tony Martin and his podcast.

Veerrrry thin ice…!!

22 Jan 2019 - 3:36 pm

One last comment. I don’t want to spend any more time on this.
All any of you had to do was a very quick search to check if the CD was in fact linked to a charity. VERY easy. No-one seems to have bothered, it seems.
I know Tony was having a dig, I just don’t think this is the correct subject matter. There’s plenty of things Hadley has done that deserve to have the p*ss taken, but this isn’t one of them.
Don’t worry, I know all of the references. Just to prove it, how about some of these old gems?
Thugs in the scallop industry.
How come?
The girl’s happy, she’s got no money….
Blimpy the lactose intolerant cat.
Blast FM (bloody hilarious)
How about all the way back when Tony dressed as Vanetta Fields in a D-Gen skit? That wouldn’t be allowed these days.

I’m glad we at least have an admiration of Tony’s talents in common.
I’ll leave it there.

22 Jan 2019 - 3:41 pm


The image that Tony was referring to isn’t ‘doctored’ and a doctored image is the only explanation.

Looking at the image, the blurb explaining the charity is obscured by the JB shelf display. Which is poor album cover design if that is the most important aspect of the cover. It should be at the top of the cover so it can be plainly seen.

22 Jan 2019 - 3:43 pm

Apologies, looks like I will be double posting, as the first took forever to load, and they are direct at Dion and not Michael. It appears that Dion, has already covered my point.

Michael Coles
23 Jan 2019 - 12:22 pm

Ray Hadley is not even heard in Melbourne. And he is also saying that Tony is the “unfunny” one. Martin/Molloy worked because of the different types of humour that it brought to FM Radio.

Also Tony Martin’s fans are different because they can understand intelligent humour, and well written comedic sketches and topics, and different from the norm. Get This was a prime example of well-written humour, that was different and engaging!

Jack Bray
7 Feb 2021 - 6:37 pm

Shock jocks are by their nature evil people. Stirring up hatred on radio for ratings is simply dishonorable and nasty. There is nothing inherently good about doing that for a living. Hadley deserves the critisim he gets.


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