Ray Hadley, OAM
In 1981, 2GB broadcaster Ray Hadley stumbled upon what would be the luckiest fare of his life when he picked up a radio news director in his taxi, a moment that would see a Sydney cabbie transformed into Australia's leading mornings broadcaster.
The following year he officially started broadcasting, and in 2012 he celebrates three decades in a career which has made him the voice of the 'Aussie battler'. Ray holds an extensive lead over his nearest competitor and has been the number one mornings announcer for eight years running at 2GB.
Ray joined Macquarie Radio Network's (MRN) 2GB in October 2001, at the request of Australian media icon John Singleton. Soon after, he was presenting 'The Ray Hadley Morning Show' every weekday and continuing the success of the 'Continuous Call Team' on the weekends. His programs are now networked to stations throughout Australia.
Ray’s talents in sports broadcasting have seen him cover dozens of State of Origins, 22 Rugby League Grand Finals, five Olympic Games (1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008), and the Rugby World Cup (1991, 2003 and 2011). He’s led the ever-popular Continuous Call Team on air for more than 25 years.
In 2002, Ray was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for service to rugby league as a broadcaster, and to the community, particularly through fundraising for charitable organisations.
Ray has been named Australia's Best Radio Sports Broadcaster for 10 of the past 14 years and has won 21 ACRA awards. The awards have recognised everything from his sports presenting skills – including NRL Grand Finals and the Olympics – to his ongoing success commenting on news and current affairs to a national audience.
Ray was born on September 27, 1954. He grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney but spent a great deal of time with his grandparents in a small village called Eungai Rail on the NSW Mid-North Coast.
Ray has four children and is married to Suzanne.