Denis Handlin surprises Alan Jones for final week on 2GB breakfast
Controversial but legendary broadcaster Alan Jones will end his top-rating radio show on Sydney station 2GB tomorrow, after a 35-year run, following doctors’ orders.
His final week on-air has included a number of high profile interviews with prominent figures from the world of politics and entertainment, including a surprise call from Denis Handlin.
Sony Music Australia’s commander in chief joined Jones for a chat on Wednesday’s show, thanking the shock jock for his contribution to Australian music and his local roster.
“I definitely had to check in with you this week and just really wanted to thank you for all the support you’ve given us, all the artists from our company over so long,” said Handlin.
The famed music executive, who celebrated his 50th anniversary with the music major earlier this month, reminded Jones of their first meeting 36 years ago.
“It’s been an amazing friendship built on loyalty, trust and respect,” said Haldin, who also praised the radio and television host for his “behind the scenes support” of the Sony Foundation.
“You’ve always been there for these artists in the good times, and even more so in the hard times, you’ve been a voice of reason for them.
Photo: Mark Vincent at 2GB on Wednesday. Source: 2gb.com.
“There’s a long list of artists Alan Jones, who owe so much fo their success in this country to you, because of your amazing passion and support,” he said.
Handlin named Human Nature, Jessica Mauboy, Delta Goodrem, Guy Sebastian, Mark Vincent, Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennet among the acts whom Jones has championed.
“We’ve got a couple of surprises for you today,” the Sony Music boss revealed, leading to a recorded message from boy band Human Nature and an in-studio performance from Vincent.
“As many of your listeners know, you were the first person to introduce me to Human Nature way back in 1995, that’s a classic story,” said Handlin.
Shortly after his on-air resignation, Nine confirmed drive host Ben Fordham would replace Jones on 2GB breakfast, with Fordham labelling the new gig “a huge responsibility”.
Nine are yet to confirm a replacement for the drive shift.