Gareth Parker is perfectly placed to lead our talk radio format through the next decade with his great style of broadcasting and journalism he has honed in the Mornings slot,” said Emily White, 6PR Content Manager.Together with Oly in Drive and Beauy supercharging our weekends, it makes for a formidable lineup seven days a week and delivers on our promise of the best live and local, news, sport, weather, traffic, information and entertainment.”.Parker joined 6PR four years ago after more than a decade at The West Australian newspaper where he extensively covered WA politics and has brought a strong style of breaking news and insightful interviewing to the station.“We want to set the agenda with the big interviews and the most relevant breaking news, but it’s also about that essential traffic and weather info that helps people navigate the morning, the latest in sport and entertainment while having those great talkback conversations and plenty of fun along the way.”. .
Basil Anthony Zempilas (born 30 July 1971) is an Australian television and radio presenter, sports commentator and politician based in Perth, Western Australia. Zempilas has commentated on the Olympics and several other major sporting events, was formerly with radio station 92.9 in Perth and has previously been a co-host of Weekend Sunrise.In 1996 Zempilas was promoted to weekend sports anchor on Seven News, a position he held until the end of 2001, when Seven lost the rights to broadcast AFL. Zempilas provided rowing and basketball commentary at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and represented Seven News at the 2005 World Aquatics Championships.Zempilas is the senior sport presenter on Seven News Perth, and in the past has provided AFL commentary on radio station 1116 SEN into Melbourne. In September 2019, Zempilas stepped down as regular host of Weekend Sunrise, citing a desire to spend more time with his family, however he still appears on the show intermittently as a summer and fill-in presenter whenever required.In October 2020, it was announced Zempilas and 6PR would part ways at the end of his contract in November, due to 6PR being owned by Nine Entertainment Co..In December 2020, Zempilas finished up at 6PR, but the following week he was announced as host of Triple M Perth’s breakfast program with Jenna Clarke and Xavier Ellis.Zempilas defeated his nearest rival, former Australian Broadcasting Corporation journalist Di Bain, by 284 votes.In 2021, Zempilas was "mentioned as a potential Liberal party option for a Campbell Newman-like tilt at the next [Western Australia] state election in four years.In November 2019, Zempilas used his column in The West Australian to make comments about the homeless situation in Perth, vowing that if elected Lord Mayor of Perth, he would "clean up" the city from rough sleepers, stating, "I make no apologies for this, the homeless need to be moved out of the Hay and Murray street malls and the surrounding areas... Forcibly, if that’s what it takes.In March 2020, Zempilas conducted a television interview with former West Coast Eagles captain Ben Cousins, whose highly publicised post-football life was characterised by struggles with drug addiction and various run-ins with the law. Veteran journalist Caroline Wilson described Zempilas as “beyond grubby” and “beyond demeaning” for his line of questioning of Cousins.Following his appointment as Lord Mayor of Perth, Zempilas has been criticised for having a “very strong conflict of interest” with his ongoing media commitments.In October 2020, less than two weeks after being sworn in as Lord Mayor of Perth, Zempilas made comments on his radio show that some considered transphobic.Zempilas' comments also caused a push to move Western Australia's annual Pride parade, PrideFest, from Perth to the nearby City of Vincent.In March 2021, Zempilas was publicly criticized on Twitter by ABC journalist Emma Wynne for comments he made towards Triple M co-host Jenna Clarke during their breakfast radio show. In the days leading up to the grand final, Zempilas suggested via Twitter that the crowd at the game should stand and applaud for one minute in recognition of the rest of the country's ongoing struggle against the COVID-19 pandemic.Zempilas broke tradition by announcing Christian Petracca’s Norm Smith Medal win himself, rather than allowing presenter and 2006 winner Andrew Embley to do the honours. However, Embley revealed on 3AW's Sportsday, "I said during the week a couple of times when people asked me who’s going to win, I actually said Melbourne and Christian Petracca, so I felt like I was just ready, I wasn’t going to muck this one up...Zempilas also did not allow Simon Goodwin, the coach of the Melbourne Demons, to make a customary victory speech during the post-game ceremony.Goodwin walked onto the stage to receive his Jock McHale Medal from John Worsfold, embraced Demons captain Max Gawn, and looked to make his way to the microphone, but before he could speak, Zempilas invited Garry Lyon to the stage to present the premiership cup to Goodwin and Gawn. Zempilas later apologised for denying Goodwin the chance to make his speech, describing the situation as "regrettable" and "disappointing.In March 2004, a portrait of Zempilas by Perth artist Melinda Mackay was entered in the Archibald Prize, and in the same year he featured in Cleo's 50 Most Eligible Bachelors. .
'Forgot I was mayor': Basil Zempilas apologises for transgender
Just 11 days after being sworn in as Perth’s new lord mayor, 49-year-old media celebrity Basil Zempilas was widely denounced after slurring transgender people on his morning radio show.Advocacy group TransFolk of WA chair Hunter Gurevich labelled Zempilas’ comments as: “repugnant, bigoted, narrow-minded, parochial and fundamentally denying contemporary science”.Meanwhile, Gurevich and Pride WA president Curtis Ward published a letter detailing six ethical principles from the City of Perth’s own code of conduct that had been breached.He offered the excuse that he had “forgotten” he was lord mayor at the time – a job he landed just a fortnight ago after a highly visible election campaign, and which reportedly earns him more than $180,000 a year.The City of Perth and the lord mayor would not answer detailed questions from the Guardian, but by Thursday afternoon a video featuring a contrite Zempilas stated he was wrong and once again begged for forgiveness.Zempilas has controversially chosen to continue his many high-profile gigs that include presenting AFL coverage, reading the sports headlines for Seven News Perth and writing a column in the state’s main newspaper the West Australian.The inquiry listed sham leases, manipulated election processes, misuse of entitlements and conflicts of interest among a litany of inappropriate behaviour and administrate failings by city councillors.But, much like his first weeks in the top job, Zempilas’ campaign was marred by controversy when parts of an editorial he wrote for the West Australian on forcibly removing rough city sleepers were installed a bench seat by a guerrilla artists.In what looks to become a habit, Zempilas was forced to backtrack on his comments, later saying he wanted to turn car parks into safe places for people experiencing homelessness and make the city a more welcoming environment. .
Its focus is on news, talk and sport, and is Perth's only commercial talkback radio station. In October 1939 its first relay station 6TZ came on air at Waterloo, 108 miles from Perth, using overhead landlines.During World War II 6PR set up a triple diversity receiving station at the home of George Moss, its only studio technician at Mount Lawley.George would record this via a landline to the studio on to an acetate disk for replay first on 6PR and then it was taken by bike to 6WF for rebroadcast on the ABC at 9.30pm.After the World War 2, AWA's first Broadcast Transmitter was installed at Collie with 6CI relaying the 6PR programme.In June 1960 6TZ-CI began broadcasting from a Studio built at back the Nicholson's Shop in Bunbury, Local programming was from 6.00 AM until 2:00 PM weekdays and 6PR's programmes for the duration of the weekend.Throughout the 1960s 6PR was consistently the top rating station in Perth with personalities including Garry Meadows, Barry Martin, Gordon O'Byrne and Trevor Smith but lost its dominance in 1972.The image of the station changed from rock n roll to beautiful music with the "Gentle on Your Mind" promotion in 1973.In 1977 an agreement was made with the TAB by the station's owners to broadcast races in conjunction with a personality/sport format.In the early eighties the station commenced a more comprehensive news and current affairs format with the introduction of regular programs by Howard Sattler, Bob Maumill and Graham Mabury, which proved extremely popular with listeners.The 6PR studio remained at 340 Hay Street for 22 years before it was demolished to make way for the expansion of Mercedes College.In 1985 the station relocated to its current premises at 169 Hay Street, East Perth.During the early nineties the station's current affairs/talkback program hosted by Sattler, Maumill, Mabury, Peter Newman, Gary Carvolth and Rob Broadfield achieved considerable success in spite of the ever-increasing level of racing broadcasts on the station.During the nineties 6PR continued its dominance in the talk format arena with personalities such as David Christison & Lee Tate, Howard Sattler, Jenny Seaton & Gary Carvolth, Liam Bartlett, Harvey Deegan and Graham Mabury.Gary Adshead replaced Paul Murray in mornings who was at 6PR on and off from the previous 15 years who later moved to the afternoon slot.Steve Mills was a mainstay in the breakfast slot since arriving at the station in 2004 working with the likes of Tony ‘Mac’ McManus until 2008 when a on-air falling saw McManus moved to another shift, Channel 7 broadcaster Basil Zempilas joined Mills from 2014 after previously working in the time slot in the early 2000’s.Mills and Zempilas combined until 2020 when Zempilas when the station conflicted with his work at 7 while also becoming the Perth Lord Mayor, the popular Mills was moved to the afternoon slot in 2021 when mornings host Gareth Parker replaced the pair in the earlier time slot with 60 Minutes reporter Liam Bartlett replacing Parker after returning to the station following a short stint in 2006.Presenters Gareth Parker and Simon Beaumont in the 6PR Jayco outside broadcasting caravan at the 2019 Have a Go Day.With the departure of Basil Zempilas 6PR announced that its presenters line-up will change after the Christmas New Year ratings break.8am-9am: Life and Technology with Charlie Brown (Saturday), The House of Wellness (Sunday).5pm-7pm: The Twilight Zone with Adam Papalia (Saturday), Healthy Living with Dr Ross Walker (Sunday).Some matches are broadcast on-relay from sister stations 3AW in Melbourne, FIVEaa in Adelaide and AFL Nation from Crocmedia. In 2007 Perth Glory was back in private ownership and 6PR came back on board as the official Radio Broadcast partner of the Perth Glory until 2012 when the station stopped broadcasting due to cricket rights. .
Sunrise: Basil Zempilas was convinced Seven wanted him to
Basil, 49, who quit Weekend Sunrise in 2019 for family reasons, assumed Seven had big plans for him because of the travel required for his job.Not going anywhere: Sadly, Basil's hopes were dashed when network bosses made it clear they were sticking with Kochie (pictured), who signed a new two-year deal in July.Fortunately, Basil has other duties keeping him busy: he hosts 92.9 Triple M's breakfast show in addition to being the Lord Mayor of Perth.High hopes: Basil, who hosted Weekend Sunrise for two years before quitting in 2019, assumed Seven had big plans for him because of the travel required for his job. .
Australian sports announcer — also Lord Mayor — insults trans
As anyone who follows media in this country knows, sports announcers sometimes say horribly offensive things — especially if they’re known for being “edgy” or “unafraid to speak what’s on their mind” or any other euphemism for “loud and uneducated.”.According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Zempilas is currently under fire for making transphobic remarks on his morning radio show that have been termed “repugnant and bigoted.”.A few weeks ago, Zempilas was discussing an LGBTQ boxing tournament in Sydney with on-air partner Steve Mills on Perth’s 6PR radio.Mills attempted to get the program back on the rails by reminding Zempila that there are transgender people in Perth, and that since he was elected Lord Mayor just two weeks’ prior, he would be hearing from some of them shortly.Zempilas responded by offering a $100 voucher to any caller who “has a penis but is a woman.” He also shut down Mills’s protests with a dismissive, “Well, mate, if you want to go softy lefty namby pamby...”.I’ve never listened to Basil Zempilas but from this example, I can state with confidence that he sounds like exactly what would happen if Clay Travis tried to mate with a Jerky Boys cassette. .
Triple M Network
Perth favourite and new Lord Mayor, Basil (Baz) Zempilas, is joining the city’s newest radio station, 92.9 Triple M, to headline an all-new breakfast show in 2021 with co-hosts Xavier Ellis and Jenna Clarke.A native West Australian, Zempilas began his media career at the Seven Network as a sports reporter and has worked as sports anchor at Seven, produced his own AFL show, Basil’s Footy Show, and has been a long time member of Seven’s AFL commentary team.Jenna Clarke, Assistant Editor of The West Australian, rounds out the all-new breakfast lineup for Triple M.Baz combined with Eagles favourite and current 92.9 host Xavier Ellis, plus razor-sharp journalist Jenna Clarke make this a hugely exciting new local show, and we can’t wait to finally give listeners what’s long overdue at breakfast - something fresh and fun to wake up with. .
Basil Zempilas quits 92.9
Tomorrow, the prominent local media identity will broadcast his last show on 92.9 alongside his current co-hosts Lisa Fernandez and Paul Hogan, who are also leaving the station.Zempilas has not commented on the rumours he is moving to 6PR, which is undergoing a big overhaul, to join Steve "Millsy" Mills on its breakfast show as reported this week.He did say however that 92.9 general manager Linda Wayman, who he described as a great boss, friend and role model, did try her best to keep him on at the station and that he was preparing to “tackle the next chapter” of his radio career. .