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Jane Gazzo
  • Name Jane Gazzo
  • Company Triple M
  • Position Morning Weekday Announcer â Triple M Melbourne
  • Interviewed by Social Diary on 22/5/2015
  • Q
    How long have you been in your current role?
    A
    I've just started at Triple M. Prior to that I was a presenter on Foxtel's music channel MAX.
  • Q
    How did you get into Radio?
    A
    By being a precocious teenager. I knew I wanted to be involved in media from an early age so made it my mission to do just that. I rocked up to Melbourne community station 3RRR FM at the age of 16, with these ambitions, which were thankfully recognised. After 4 years of learning the art of radio at 3RRR, I was then poached by Triple J. I've since been lucky enough to work in radio in the UK and am now elated to be back in Melbourne with Triple M.
  • Q
    Describe a typical day:
    A
    No day in radio is ever the same but it always starts off with the same routine - an hour of preparation before going on air and a strong cup of coffee. Once the show starts you strap yourself in for the adventure
  • Q
    What has been the most exciting experience on the job?
    A
    When I was working for London radio station Capital FM, I had to host a show from Buckingham Palace for the Queen's Golden Jubilee. I had a moment when I looked around the grounds of the palace and pinched myself. I was standing in the Queen's backyard with a microphone in my hand, talking to all of London in my Aussie accent and thought, 'this is one of those once-in-a-lifetime' instances.
  • Q
    What's the downside of your job?
    A
    I honestly can't think of one.
  • Q
    Have you dealt with many PRs directly during your career, and if so what has your experience been like?
    A
    I've dealt with many PRs over my 25 year career. Most experiences have been good. They generally want you to push their artist or product, and if it's something you're into, itâs easy to make happen. Sustaining a good relationship with PR people is really important to me. You want them to come to you first with the exclusives or one-off specials.

    The PR people I become wary of are the ones who don't take no for an answer or the ones who restrict access to an artist. I really don't like getting those emails moderating what I can and can't ask in an interview. I understand why they do it but it really puts a dampener on the artist or subject for me.
  • Q
    Do you attend many media events?
    A
    Of course. I love a good reason to dress up, network and drink free champagne!
  • Q
    Do invitations come directly to you, through the network or through your agent - and which do you prefer?
    A
    Either/or. Not fussed.
  • Q
    Where do you see your industry in 5 years?
    A
    Still at the forefront for listeners and advertisers. Radio has the ability to constantly reinvent itself and remain relevant and immediate. For me, it's still the first place I go to for new music. I know young people are all over other mediums like spotify and bandcamp to find their new music but I prefer the recommendations coming from the DJ's I know and trust.
  • Q
    If you weren't on radio, what would you be?
    A
    Probably behind the scenes of radio training young people trying to get into the industry.
  • Q
    Your Twitter is:
    A
    @janegazzo