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 former auctioneer turned Sydney cabbie transformed into Australia's leading mornings broadcaster.
The following year he officially started broadcasting on February 28, 1982.
Ray joined Macquarie Radio Network's (MRN) 2GB in December 2001, at the request of Australian media icon John Singleton. Soon after, he started presenting the breakfast program until Alan Jones arrived in March of 2002.
He then embarked on 'The Ray Hadley Morning Show' every weekday while continuing the phenomenal success of the 'Continuous Call Team' on the weekends.
The Ray Hadley Morning Show is now on air from Monday to Friday. Ray has rated number one in Sydney since 2004, and is heard on 4BC in Brisbane and dozens of network stations right across Australia. On Saturdays, during the NRL season, his Continuous Call Team remains unbeaten since 1992, and has continued to dominate the ratings since joining 2GB in 2002.
Ray's talents in sports broadcasting have seen him cover 70 State of Origins, 27 Rugby League Grand Finals, six Olympic Games (1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012) and the Rugby World Cup (1991, 2003 and 2011). He's led the ever-popular Continuous Call Team on air for 30 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 won 26 ACRA awards, recognising 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. It's been confirmed Ray is the most awarded broadcaster in the history of the ACRAS.
Ray has four children and lives in Sydney's north-west.