The idea of “The Byron Cooke Show” came to the host while working on FM breakfast radio during the Melbourne lockdown. Conversations around the pandemic had become increasingly divisive. There was a lot of anger and name calling.
It got to a point where the entire topic went into the too-hard basket. It joined countless other topics that were either too touchy or just too complex to be covered properly by breakfast radio.
Everywhere difficult subjects were being taken on across mainstream media, more often than not they were served up from a source with a pretty clear agenda to one side or the other.
It started to feel like a trap. The only way for Byron to freely tackle the sorts of topics that weren't right for mainstream media was to launch a completely independent production outside of that system.
Enter The Byron Cooke Show!
A host with 20 years experience in mainstream media talking about anything and everything that he wasn't able to before! For as long as he wants to. With whoever he wants to. On a podcast.
The Byron Cooke Show is owned, produced and presented by Byron from his Melbourne apartment he shares with his partner, Alex Battaglia, whose experience as a content creator has assisted in the development of "The Byron Cooke Show" brand.
AND HERE’S A BIT MORE ABOUT BYRON HIMSELF.
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” was the country’s most listened-to radio show according to AC Nielsen figures.
Still obsessed with music radio globally, Byron secures a guest-host role on afternoon drive at Indie 103.1 Los Angeles while still working on Triple M. 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.
As host of the Triple M Network’s broadcast of the historic “Live 8” event, Byron won an Australian Commercial Radio Award winner for “Best Music Special” in 2006.
In that same year he successfully developed and launched his own original U.S commercial radio format. Combining the genres of rock, hip-hop and alternative with a target audience of 18-34 yr old men, the 103.9 Revolution [KMBY-FM] in Monterey/Salinas/Santa Cruz was born. Within a year of launch Monterey County Weekly readers voted it “Local Radio Station of the Year” and the format went to #1 in its target demographic.
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 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.
You can watch more of Byrons work here.
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 the Byron Cooke Show!