Just moments before the first radio ratings of 2017 named WSFM as the #1 Sydney FM station, the readers of Take 5 magazine declared Brendan “Jonesy” Jones Australia’s Hottest Radio Hunk.
Jonesy beat more than 40 radio announcers to the prestigious accolade. After over 5,000 votes were cast, Jonesy was surprised on air by his WSFM co-host Amanda Keller and Take 5 editor-in-chief Paul Merrill.
“This is a great honour, possibly the highlight of my career,” Jonesy said. “Thank you to all the Take 5 readers for voting, I’m humbled.” Keller added, “I’m so proud of Jonesy. How lucky am I sitting across the console from Australia’s hunkiest presenter? Very well deserved.”
During the presentation, Kyle Sandilands from KIIS FM next door burst into the WSFM studio live to protest the result. To add insult to injury for Sandilands, he was beaten by regional announcer Josh Buckle from K Rock FM Geelong by a single vote.
Veteran broadcaster Ray Hadley, 62, from 2GB Sydney, was named Runner-Up and Silver Fox winner. Hadley celebrated his victory over radio rival and third-place winner Matty Johns, doing a live cross to The Grill Team on Triple M this morning for some cheeky banter with Johns, Mark Geyer and Gus Worland.
“This competition really has got everyone talking,” said Merrill. “Radio jocks have been debating who deserves to be there and what really makes someone a hunk. It seems that yes, it’s about looks, but Aussie women including Take 5’s 500,000+ readers clearly value a good sense of humour and just being a good bloke.”
Take 5’s Top 10 Radio Hunks
1. Brendan Jones, 48, WSFM Sydney
2. Ray Hadley, 62, 2GB Sydney
3. Matty Johns, 45, Triple M Sydney
4. Mark Soderstrom, 45, MIX FM Adelaide
5. Josh Buckle, 29, K Rock Geelong
6. Kyle Sandilands, 45, KIIS Sydney
7. Elliott Lovejoy, 25, Star FM, Gippsland, Vic
8. Fitzy (Ryan Fitzgerald), 40, Nova 969 Sydney
9. Hamish Blake, 35, Hit Network
10. Dave Hughes, 46, KIIS Network