If you’ve tuned into Koori Radio in the early morning over the past few weeks you would have noticed we have an all new voice on the airwaves, it’s our new Brekky Show host, men’s netball champ, journalism student, Beyonce fan, and all-round ‘Mr Personality’ – Grant Maling.
Where are you from?
Grant: I’m from the La Perouse community, Dharawal Country in the south of Sydney. I grew up around the Maroubra, Mascot area and currently live in Matraville.
How did you get into broadcasting?
Grant: Funny story actually, I applied to be a part of the 2009 pilot ‘How Big Are Your Dreams’ program, which was a yearlong program that helped 12 or so Indigenous youth discover and strive for their career aspirations no matter what it was. I had no clue what I wanted to do, they ran a number of different events and explored different pathways, one of which was Koori Radio, which I fell in love with. I followed up with the radio station after the program’s day trip there and they offered me a volunteer two-hour slot to basically do what I wanted. I did that for about five years before giving it up to focus on studying Journalism at UNSW and I’m now the Brekky Broadcaster.
What do you enjoy most about it?
Grant: I love music firstly, and I love talking as well, I am quite opinionated, so when you combine the two what more could I ask for? I love everything about radio, talking to callers, interviewing people, playing good music, keeping up to date with the new music, chatting about hot topics, literally everything.
What can listeners expect from the Brekky Show?
Grant: The Brekky show looks to give morning listeners a bit of a pick me up for their day, get them out of the sleepy, ‘I don’t want to go to work’ mood and into a positive attitude. I mix Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music with some mainstream music while also giving the news, traffic and weather and talking about funny stories and articles doing the rounds on social media. The odd interview or two about upcoming events is also on the cards some mornings.
Got any funny radio stories?
Grant: I have an embarrassing radio story, I was doing live on the red carpet for the Deadly Awards one year and I was doing an interview with a man named Matthew. For some reason still unknown to me I kept calling him Adam, every time I referenced him I called him Adam and I couldn’t shake it. It was my first time being on the red carpet, I was about 15 years-old, I was sooo scared and it was all so overwhelming. Luckily he forgave me and we are still friends now but gosh it was embarrassing, I felt so bad.
Grant: I honestly love all types of music from love songs to ballads to break-up songs, R’n’B, hip hop, rap, pop music, the list is endless. My ultimate favourite would have to be R’n’B with my favourite artist being none other than Queen B (Beyonce).
When you’re not in the studio what are some of your main interests/hobbies?
Grant: I like playing sport, I’m currently in training for the state men’s under 23’s netball side which will go to the Gold Coast at the end of March for the National Mixed and Men’s Netball Championships. I also study journalism at UNSW and have two other jobs so don’t have much time for other hobbies.
What was the first album you bought?
Grant: This is a hard one, I wasn’t big on albums I was more of a single kind of guy, afraid of commitment. I bought a lot of the ‘So Fresh’ albums but I think it was when my mum and I were driving home from Port Macquarie back before AUX cords and we bought Whitney Houston’s album. Safe to say I lost my voice by the time we got home.
What was the first concert you went to?
Grant: As a kid I was never interested in concerts, the thought of sitting in one of the back rows with a pathetic view of whoever was singing, listening to songs that I could listen to in good quality through my headphones wasn’t appealing. However, last year I went to a Sam Smith concert and it was AMAZING! Yes, I was in the 8th to last row and he was merely a speckle moving around the stage but the atmosphere was intense and I had an absolute blast. These days I would definitely recommend going to concerts.
If you could meet any person, dead or alive, who would it be?
Grant: I think Ricky Martin, just because #goals. He doesn’t care about what people say, he’s a single gay father with two kids who are adorable and he loves life.
Who’s someone who inspires you and why?
Grant: I feel like inspirations are always either a close family member or family friend or a big named celebrity and in my case it’s no different. When I was growing up my nan helped me a lot to really find myself and understand what I want to do and who I am, whereas, these days I really admire the likes of Beyonce and Jessica Mauboy in the sense that they do their own thing. They’re acting, singing, dancing, doing what they want to do and the way they want to do it. They might take suggesstions on what to do but at the end of the day they get the final say.
Grant: My favourite movie of all time, would have to be ‘Titanic’, it gets me every time. ‘The Notebook’ is a close second. My current favourite television show would definitely have to be ‘How To Get Away With Murder’, Viola Davis is fantastic and the entire show keeps you hooked.
Grant: Can you go past a chicken parmy? Chips and gravy… heaven.
What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
Grant: At the risk of sounding like every other adolescent in the world, it would have to be my phone. It legit has everything on it, from my bank details, to important dates, to passwords, phone numbers, photos, everything!
If you could go anywhere in the world right now where would it be?
Grant: Hawaii, I need a vacation where all I have to do is lay on a beach and relax, or go snorkelling, surfing lessons, just chill out for a bit.
Tell us something about you that not many people know…
Grant: In all honestly, I’m a bit of an open book, I don’t tend to keep many secrets and majority of the things I do I post on Facebook so I’ve wracked my brain for this one. I’m colour blind, this is something not many people know because clearly I don’t introduce myself “hey, I’m Grant and I’m colour blind.” I usually don’t tell people either because it usually follows with questions like “what’s this colour?”
Do you have a nickname?
Grant: I never used to but recently a number of friends have been calling me GG, my netball mates also call me Grantula which is from Kevin Durant’s nick name ‘Durantula’ as our limbs are quite long I assume, I’m not quite sure.