Doug Mulray farewelled by closest mates at wake befitting the great man


They did Doug Mulray proud, offering a send-off match for considered one of Sydney’s favorite sons: the best icon of Sydney FM radio bar none, who handed away a fortnight in the past, aged 71.

On a strictly invitation-only foundation, 150 folks from the broader “Mulray household” – as those that labored most carefully with him confer with themselves – joined his precise household at Doltone Home in Pyrmont on Tuesday afternoon. After his spouse Liz and kids James, Rosie and Tom had privately farewelled him that morning, the broader mob was right here for the wake – to inform tales, sing songs and bid a riotous and teary farewell in equal measure to the person who dominated Sydney’s airwaves for a lot of the ’80s, into the early ’90s, on Triple M.

Doug Mulray, best known for his radio programs, has died aged 71.

Doug Mulray, greatest recognized for his radio applications, has died aged 71.Credit score: Fairfax Photographic

Visitors included Andrew Denton, Jennifer Byrne, Mike Carlton, Reggae Ellis, Reg Prasad, Dave Gibson, Lisa Wilkinson (thanks, I do know), his long-time supervisor Hamish Cameron, Ian Grace, Mikey Robins, Brendan Jones, Rob Duckworth, Ian Rogerson, Trevor Jackson and David White, aka “the mighty Whitey” his long-time newsreader.

Rosie Mulray’s commentary that “Dad’s particular knack was to deliver good folks good collectively,” was borne out even in dying, as company, lots of whom had not seen one another for years, embraced, laughed and cried because the room crammed.

However hark. For now Andrew Denton – kind of found by Mulray, who launched him as “Andrew the Boy Surprise from Indoor Cricket” on Triple M within the late ’80s – referred to as the wake to order and ready to get proceedings below approach.

First although, Denton informed of his personal expertise with Uncle Doug, recounting hilariously and movingly of Mulray’s “marvellously harmful heat” and skill to successfully re-invent the style of FM radio by endlessly experimenting, working fiercely, hiring writers and performers and delivering devastating strains with a talent matched by none.

The audio system had a unified theme: Mulray was a novel expertise, a hard-working, hard-partying, “Catherine-wheel of vitality” who whirled ever-faster because the mob leaned ahead, entranced.

Rod Muir, who owned Triple M and thought he was hiring Sydney’s most prodigious radio expertise in 1982, solely to seek out he was additionally getting a brother-in-law for all times (Doug ran off together with his sister, panel-operator “Miss Lizzie”), talked of the wildness of the Mulray years. He recounted how one morning he seemed out to see a lion on a leash popping out of Triple M’s lifts, solely to poop on the carpet, which cleared the ground. Doug didn’t care. It made nice radio, and that’s all that counted. His brother-in-law was, he stated, “the GOAT; the Best Of All Time” and nobody disagreed.

Ian Grace was Triple M’s program director and spoke of coming back from America to fulfill Mulray on his first day, recording his track U R Soul down on the Bondi sewage works. “Actually he was the icon of Sydney FM radio and nobody has changed him since.”

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