Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Radio Stars on Top of the World

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Radio Stars on Top of the World

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Chris Calcino

APN Newsdesk

CHATTING with Australia's most popular radio duo feels like umpiring a verbal tug-of-war, the dialogue shifting with unexpected ease from tales of a flatulent Barry Manilow to the complexity of hitch-hiking with a slightly deformed thumb.

Brendan "Jonesy" Jones and Amanda Keller have become household names since starting their breakfast talkback gig on WSFM a decade ago.

Last year, they were crowned the country's best on-air team at the Australian Commercial Radio Awards, and their back-catalogue of television appearances and cameos is continually growing.

While they have built their careers on never missing a beat, both had reason to take a pause last year - Jonesy more so than Amanda.

The quick-riffing disc jockey rides his Harley-Davidson to work every day and has vowed to continue doing so, even though he had already had nine spills of varying degrees of seriousness by April last year.

But then Jonesy notched up his 10th motorbike crash - and this time it was serious.

He has since recovered after breaking his spine and shoulder in an excruciating accident when his bike lost grip of the road while coming down a hill.

"That's Jonesy's 10th bike accident. It's got people over Christmas saying to me, 'Tell him to stop riding'," Amanda said.

Not likely.

"It's a nice head-clearer, riding a bike, it's good," Jonesy said.

"The falling off bit, that's bad, and I don't want to do that anymore because it just hurts."

Amanda's own health scare became headline news even though it turned out to be nothing.

"I had a motorcycle accident and broke my back and my shoulder, and Amanda had a little bit of indigestion at a movie, but seemed to get more press," Jonesy explained with a degree of jealousy.

The double act was at a movie premiere when Amanda started to feel unwell and decided to head home. …

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