Ugly Phil on rebuilding bridges, career reinventions and why he left the Hot 30

Staff Writer

This week on You’ve Gotta Start Somewhere, Rachel Corbett chats with radio legend, Phil O’Neil.

After taking a bus across the Nullarbor to his first job in South Headland, WA, Phil worked his way up to one of the most high-profile shows of the 1990’s The Hot 30 Countdown.

Phil has proved he’s a true radio survivor, clocking up 39 years in the business and almost as many moves, hosting shows all over the country as well as drive at KIIS FM in London.

These days you can hear Phil on the airwaves at his spiritual home, Triple M where he hosts afternoons and My Generation.

In this episode, Phil talks openly about his past penchant for burning bridges and why he decided to change the way he behaved in the business, the importance of apologising for your mistakes and why after a million career reinventions, he’s exactly where he wants to be.

You’ve Gotta Start Somewhere is a podcast that goes behind the scenes of show business to prove there’s no such thing as an overnight success.

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One of those old radio guys
19 May 2017 - 2:48 pm

I worked with Phil 27 years ago.
He has always been a passionate radio pig.
In my opinion he is the best “music” jock in the country and will go down in radio history as one the best.
Any format,any city,any country….not too many of us can throw that chat.
I never witnessed his so called “difficulties”.
I just saw a guy who loved radio and wanted to be on the air.
Phil still sounds as fresh as ever.
Here’s to another 39 years O’Neil.

Jason McLean
21 May 2017 - 9:47 pm

Incredible interview….gives me a new perpective on alot of things. He’s a survivor Phil, and one of the most honest people I ever knew.


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