Byron Cooke

Biography

In the early days of his radio career, Byron quickly moved from regional radio to an on-air gig at Western Sydney alternative rock station “9inety6ix.1”.

In 1999 he packed his bags for a two year run as a presenter on the world famous XFM in London, England. Local alternative acts of that time including Coldplay and Muse would secure their early commercial radio airplay on the taste-making radio station.

Eventually returning to his native Australia for an on-air role with Sydney’s no.1 hit music station 2DAY FM, Byron soon jumped to the rock side of the Austereo network to host Triple M’s national music specials and anchor “The Shebang” with Fifi Box & Marty Sheargold.

Broadcast live across Australia weekdays in the afternoon drive slot, “The Shebang” became the country’s most listened-to radio show according to AC Nielsen figures

Still obsessed with music radio globally, Byron secured a guest-host role on afternoon drive at Indie 103.1 Los Angeles while still working on Triple M. In the same year, Indie 103.1 was voted by Rolling Stone Magazine as “the world’s coolest radio station”.

Other worldwide music radio roles for Byron have included exec producer/presenter of the international “Big Day Out” radio program broadcast in USA, UK, Canada & South Africa, host of “Kerrang Radio” across Australia & New Zealand on Triple M & Channel Z, and weekly on-air contributor to the U.S based nationally syndicated “Passport Approved” new music show hosted by international A&R guru Sat Bisla.

Byron returned to Australia after four years based in California for a role on Triple M Sydney as a founding member and anchor of the long running “Grill Team” Breakfast Show.

The best part of the last decade has been spent in Melbourne on a range of projects from anchor of the Hit Network national drive show (with Fifi Box and Jules Lund) through to hosting various national music shows across the Hit and Triple M Networks.

Along the way he has scored several Australian Commercial Radio Awards and was even named “International Radio Personality Of The Year” at the Worldwide Radio Summit in Los Angeles.

Byron has also been a feature of various sports programs on the Seven Network since 2014 including five seasons hosting “Beats By Gameday” talking music with the biggest names in the AFL, as well as covering horse racing events such as the Melbourne Cup Carnival and Magic Millions.

His last commercial FM radio gig ended in 2020 after a 5 year run as co-host of the “Fifi, Fev and Byron” breakfast show on 101.9 Fox FM Melbourne.

Above all else, Byron is Dad to his Los Angeles born 12 year old son Zephyr who now resides with his Mom in New Orleans. Already a budding young broadcaster, don’t be surprised to hear the “Z Man” pop up in a few episodes of his latest venture, The Byron Cooke Show podcast.
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