The Next Generation - FM Radio's Top 20 hot new talent

A few weeks ago I listed my Top 30 FM Stars of All Time. We received loads of comments and suggestions, many of them publishable!

And now, as promised, here is my Top 20 list of Hot New Talent. These are the outstanding up and coming talent – the superstars of the future.

They include regional and metro on air talent - plus a few names which haven't found a home on FM radio just yet.

Great talent can come from anywhere, so regardless of whether theyʼre already high profile, or whether you havenʼt yet heard of them … keep a close eye on these names – theyʼre the ones to watch out for.

Here they are in alphabetical order…

Abby Coleman B105 Brisbane Breakfast
Angus O'Loughlin Sea FM Sunshine Coast Breakfast
Banksy & Brad Sea FM Rockhampton Breakfast
Ben Erbsland Hot FM Mackay Breakfast
Charli Robinson Sea FM Gold Coast Breakfast
Dan Debuf Nova Adelaide Breakfast



Danny & Beau


David Christopher Hot Tomato Gold Coast nights
Dean Thomas Nova network late nights
Heath & Normy Star FM Breakfast Albury
Josh Thomas 'My Generation', Network TEN
Kathleen Curry Edge 96.1 news, Sydney
Magdalena Roze 'Breakfast', Network TEN
Nick Gill Hot FM Cairns Breakfast
Paul Hogan 92.9 Perth Breakfast
Sam Mac Ex 92.9 Perth Breakfast, and 'the Project ' Network Ten
Sarah Levett (watch) New FM Newcastle Breakfast
Tom Ballard Triple J Breakfast
Tommy & Dave Slapbang Radio podcast
Will & Woody Today Network weekend mornings



No doubt you'll hear more of these names over the next few years. Weʼd love to hear your feedback and any names that should join the list.

Let us know your comments below.


Brad March



Published on Wednesday, 04 April 2012 08:00

Drex(9:17am 04 Apr 2012)
How can you classify David Christopher as 'Hot new Talent'? he's been around for ages, and he's always been talented! but he isn't new.
sjp(9:18am 04 Apr 2012)
Is Ed Kavalee too long in the tooth now for "new FM talent"?
Anonymous(11:05am 04 Apr 2012)
Great list! Great to see Dave Thornton, Dean Thomas, Sam Mac, and Will & Woody recognized. All are super talented, creative guys. I hope we see big things from all of them!
Pete Langard(5:36am 05 Apr 2012)
Kudos to Angus! I was in Toowoomba and loved his crazy calls, now in Townsville and still get to enjoy them. Much better then Paul Gale
Bianca Dye(7:51am 05 Apr 2012)
Sarah Levett worked with me at Nova 969 & she rocks!! so happy to see her on here :)
Sharon(7:55am 05 Apr 2012)
a past colleague of mine Andrew Reynolds is now with Hill FM breakfast.... I wish he could get some traction with metro stations, he's very radio, dare I say it, intelligent too.
Bar Rat(12:13pm 05 Apr 2012)
Angus is a champ - hard worker, has a vision and is always looking at ways to improve.
Anonymous(15:11pm 05 Apr 2012)
Some really great new talent there . And isn't it wonderful to see so many women on the list. Seven females to listen out for. Rock on girls !
Anonymous(15:29pm 05 Apr 2012)
Am I getting older or are these guys just getting younger ? Enjoyed your list Brad and d suggest that those on your Top 30 list had better watch out for these guys snapping at their heals. Good to see a refreshing list of new faces.
Alan(19:50pm 05 Apr 2012)
Excellent list again Brad
Sean Craig Murphy(3:06am 06 Apr 2012)
Great to see Ben Erbsland on there. He's a freakin superstar. Watch this space. SCM.
Anonymous(9:33am 06 Apr 2012)
To put this list together would have taken Programmers and consultants quite a while in the past .Now all done for us right here on Radio Today. So thanks guys. To find talent of this calibre
listed here on the site is a bonus. Hope they all achieve great success in the future. If Brad says they will then Im sure they will .
Brad(11:22am 06 Apr 2012)
Thanks for all your comments on The Next Generation Top 20. Theres lots of other names that could easily be on here too.
For all of you on the list and any other new talent reading this - Get the ' content ' right first and work on defining your ' role and character ' Then its up to you to market the hell out of yourself.
You are a politician. Kiss babies and shake hands. Eriks put it brilliantly in his social media article on Radio Today.
" No excuses -a presenter can no longer resort to blaming a poor survey result on their show not being promoted.
Your marketing is in your hands. You're paid to have 3-4 hours of airtime every day (which any consumer brand would die for) to build your own "content-community" of listeners,
Talk to them off-air daily, find out what makes them laugh, their interests, concerns, entertainment choices - feed back on-air. "Active" listeners will also influence their friends and build your network.
And you could make it on to Brad's Next Generation list :) "

Thanks Eriks and also thanks to Dan , Scott and Greg for their help putting this one together.

Ellen Carpenter(17:04pm 15 Apr 2012)
What a great list thanks Brad!
Extremely excited to see up and coming women on this list as well :-)
Radio is definately a package deal these days you need to be as good off air as you are on, and after looking/listening to some other recent posts from the Seafm team on the SC I see alot of potential in Angus O'Loughlin.
Haven't ever met the guy watching him interact with the girl "directioners" in your recent posted video was fantastic! And then again he nailed the on-air and video aspect of the car drop and was extremely entertaining on both!
It also doesn't hurt he is very good looking if not a little young for me ;-)
Great top 20 of potential multi platform announcers
Tim(19:45pm 06 Jun 2012)
Finally catching up on some reading on Radio Today Thought this list of new talent was awesome Maybe you guys should do your own radio awards next year Great way to promote new talent Brad and give regional talent much needed exposure
Anonymous(7:30am 07 Jun 2012)
Good to see Angus on your list Brad. And Dan from Adelaide too. Rising stars for sure.
Anonymous(16:04pm 07 Jun 2012)
Dan Debuf is comedy genius, very underrated!
Mike(8:40am 12 Jun 2012)
Dan's good but don't forget Maz Compton. love her.
AJ(10:07am 14 Jun 2012)
I Would Have Put Shayne Sinclair In That Top 30 Now Working At Nova Fm,& From The Years Gone By Sea, Hot Fm & Sa Fm

& Lui William Zacher Star Fm Griffith, New South Wales
Al(13:00pm 21 Jun 2012)
another name that should be on your list is Craig Annis from Adelaide. He's excellent.
Peter Stich(4:20am 25 Jun 2012)
Looks like ill give my tunein app a good run to listen in to all these rising stars!
Living in Brissy I turned on 91.9 seafm and got a listen to Angus. Guy runs a very tight ship in the brekkie show, nice voice, flow and energy plus i felt like he could.would be a mate.
Listened also to Banksy and Brad while on the road for work, very blokey show but very funny! Had some genuine belly laughs at the boys.
Will keep moving the dial around to keep listening :-)
Anonymous(18:39pm 12 Sep 2012)
Good to see Canberra ignored again. 104.7 with 12 survey wins in a row as of today driven by Scotty and Nige in breakfast. Certainly not newcomers but as others have pointed out neither is or Ed :)

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