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Description: Australian radio and television presenter.

Known For: “Hey Hey Its Saturday”

Location: VIC, Australia

Date Born: 14th July 1947

Location Born: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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John Blackman

An Australian radio and television presenter.

John Blackman (born 14 July 1947 in Melbourne) is an Australian radio and television presenter. He is most widely known for his voice-over work for the Nine Network comedy show Hey Hey It’s Saturday from 1971–99 and then 2009–10.

Blackman grew up in the Victorian suburb of Mount Waverley, where he attended Syndal Primary School until 1959 and Syndal Technical School through year 10 in 1963. On leaving school (and home) at 16, he worked in a succession of occupations: customs clerk, cash van salesman for a cigarette distributor, sales representative for a perfume company, and spruiker in Myer’s Bargain Basement.

At the age of 22, he decided upon a career in radio.

He has worked in radio since 1969 but is probably best known for his 28-year stint as announcer and character voice-over for the Nine Network’s Hey Hey It’s Saturday, Australia’s longest running variety show.

In 1969, he joined 2GN Goulburn as an announcer, newsreader, copy writer, salesman, and record librarian.

In 1970, he joined 2CA Canberra where he worked in a variety of on-air shifts for 18 months until mid-1971, when he joined 3AW in Melbourne.

In 1974, he joined 3AK where he hosted the morning show until 1975, when he moved to Sydney to join 2UE as a “floating” announcer for just three months. At TCN-9 in Sydney, he was a staff continuity announcer and daytime newsreader for National Nine News alongside his work on Hey Hey It’s Saturday, which he would do “down the line” to GTV-9 in Melbourne every Saturday from an announcing booth at TCN-9.

He returned to 3AK Melbourne in 1979 to host the breakfast show until 1981.

From 1987 to 1990, he co-hosted a breakfast show on 3UZ (now Sport 927with Coodabeen Champions member Ian Cover and later, Wilbur Wilde.

In 2004, he joined MMM Adelaide and was co-host of The John Blackman & Jane Reilly Breakfast Show until December 2007.

Blackman has authored several books including Aussie Slang, Aussie Gags (1998) and More Aussie Gags, Don’t Come the Raw Prawn, Best of Aussie Slang, Aussie Slang Dictionary and the Dickie Knee Bumper Comic Book. They are released through Pan Macmillan Australia.

Personal life

Blackman has been married twice. He married his second wife Cecile on 2 December 1972 and they have an adult daughter, Tiffany.

On Christmas Eve 2007, Blackman suffered a seizure brought on by a golf ball size (benign) meningioma brain tumour. After six hours of surgery, it was successfully removed at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne and he had a full recovery.

Television career

Hey Hey It’s Saturday (1971-1999) (Nine Network)
Family Feud – announcer for over 1500 shows (Nine Network)
Daytime newsreader (TCN 9)
Penthouse Club (HSV 7)
Paul Hogan Show (GTV 9)
Daryl & Ossie Show (ATV 10)
Personality Squares (ATV 10)
Daryl Somers Tonight Show (GTV 9)
Blankety Blanks (GTV 9)
Holiday Island (ATV 10)
Prisoner (ATV 10)
Safeway New Faces judge (GTV 9)
World’s Craziest Inventions (GTV 9)


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