Breakfast Radio Announcer / Hit 103.1 Townsville
Those who know her, understand how Loggy ended up in the radio biz. In a fate common to middle children, Lauren Temuskos was the ‘clown’ , talkative and disruptive with a crazy imagination.
In this day and age it’s rare to meet someone who unintentionally cacks you up, and I’m not talking about a little chuckle cack, I mean the gut churning type. The piss your pants kind of cack that only comes when you meet the real deal. (Side note: Can Lauren be Australia’s answer to a female Robyn Williams? Woah, slow down Kura, it’s unfair to pigeon hole a talent like hers). Sorry I digress.
Lauren, or Loggy as she is affectionately referred to, hails from the Western Suburbs of Victoria but now works and plays in Townsville as the Breakfast host of HIT 103.1. The station is part of the Southern Cross Austereo Network – Yes! The very network that houses some of the greatest radio talent of our time. Loggy fits right in.
Today’s #careerstory is honestly the funniest exchange that I have had on this journey to date. Lauren’s brutal honestly in every area of her life is refreshing. With flair she depicts her time at high school and beyond as if her brain is telepathic. I dare you not to fall in love with this maverick of a woman.
Audacious, Fearless and Funny AF, please meet Lauren…
Lauren, so happy to have you here. Let’s start at the very beginning. Where you grew up and how your experience shaped the person you are, and the career that you are in today?
Well hello to you too! I grew up on a market garden in Werribee South, Victoria with the most beautiful, supportive parents and three siblings. I was a cheeky kid with a lust for learning, having fun and expanding my crazy imagination and Mum and Dad were amazing at accommodating this. I would read anything I could get my hands on and I loved playing music, writing stories and annoying the absolute shit out of people (with the best intentions of course). I guess I fell into the ‘clown’ role as I had a large contingent of loud relatives around me to ‘entertain’. I’m also the middle child, which i’m sure has come as a great shock. I was always described as bubbly and talkative and generally disruptive which just so happens to work really well in the radio industry.
Here’s to the clowns I say! So where did you actually go to High School and how was that experience for you?
I went to Werribee Secondary College. High school was half amazing and half terrifying. I look back and think ‘how did I survive that’ and ‘man, I wish I could go back’ – it’s such a weird mix. The experience was difficult. I vividly remember having a massive melt down prior to going on Year 7 camp. I barely knew anyone and they stuck me a cabin with the ‘cool chicks’. Holy shit! I seriously considered un-looping a horse from it’s holding pole (official equestrian term) and galloping my way out of there! There was no escape, however it was at this time that I discovered the most important survival tools that I would use for years to come – always make people laugh and always take the absolute piss out of yourself.
I enjoyed science and arts subjects and felt pretty confident throughout high school until I hit Years 11 & 12 and that’s when I poo’d my pants a little (not literally… just disgustingly figuratively). How the bloody hell am I supposed to know what I want to be when I’m 40? I want to be a lawyer, I want to save the whales, or become an astronaut – I wanted to be a guest on ‘The Panel’ and hang out with Rob Sitch, Glenn Robbins and Kate Langbroek for gods sake. It was scary and amazing and full of teenage craziness and I’m still amazed I got through it.
Love a lady that references ‘The Panel’. So, did your high school play an important role in helping you choose your further education and future career?
I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to have an education, however I wouldn’t say that high school played a specifically important role in my previous or current career. I remember taking the ‘career test’ and it coming up with…. Interpreter/Translator (i don’t speak another language), Actress (no skills in this area), Police Officer (I am currently still afraid of the dark).
Hahah, Loggy, come on, I have seen your radio skits, you could fall back on acting any day. So, did you complete any internships or work experience placements in high school? Tell us about that experience.
I was a bit of a shit and completed work experience on the family market garden farm (ie: I ate lunch, napped and watched Seinfeld reruns).
Did you go to College, University, Tafe or another equivalent? Take us through the courses that you studied and why you chose them?
I went straight from completing Year 12 to… SAE International Technology College Melbourne (now SAE Institute Australia) to complete my Diploma of Music Industry (Technical Production). This course involved learning about the wonders of sound and music! I was finding out how sound works, how we interpret sounds and how sound can be manipulated. I was recording bands and putting sound to film and having a general all round good time. I chose this course after choosing to follow a love of music during a gap year. After playing the piano my whole life and having an intense connection to music I wanted to explore options in that industry. I had a chat to the SAE team at a career expo and was sold then and there.
Deakin Uni was next for an Arts degree. Ha! Who ever finishes their Arts Degree? I’m sure many people – but I was not one of them. I completed first year studying Psychology, Criminology, Public Relations and Journalism. I chose this because I thought it was the next thing in my life that I ‘had’ to do and thought I would regret it if I didn’t do it. I found it overly stressful and I hated it.
After Deakin I got into the work force for a few years before deciding to apply for a job at the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria. During this traineeship, i completed a Certificate IV in Government (Court Studies) at RMIT. During my Magistrates’ Court career i decided to complete a 10 Week Course at the Melbourne Radio School (now Radio Training Institute). This course and the team at the school lead me to a permanent role in my current career.
Wow, from music, to the arts, to court studies and then radio. I think this might be a Cool Career record. Love it. So Loggy, can you tell us about your career journey so far. Who you have worked for, and explain any highlights.
I suppose I’ve had a ‘finger in all the pies’ type of career journey. As soon as I was 14 and 9 months I was handing around that resume! I started behind the rotisserie chickens at Captain Chook before moving to Lombards the party shop were dreams go to die (i was an emotional teenager). I was then a casual at a call centre before moving onto Tenix/Cerco as a verification’s officer (in a nutshell – I processed the images that are used to issue traffic infringements). After two years as a verification’s officer I decided I wanted to find my ‘career’. I applied for a job at the Magistrates’ Court that I casually found whilst trawling the internet. This was an amazing career and I was so excited to get this job after the gruelling interview process.
I did really struggle in this industry initially because I was thrown in the deep end; you have to liaise with Magistrates, Police and Solicitors whilst running a Court full of people, adhering to correct process and legislation all whilst holding in a bladder full of water and wearing heels and a suit. It takes time but then one day you wake up and realise – ‘I’ve got this’. An absolute highlight was former Chief Magistrate of Victoria Judge Ian L Gray telling me that i was one of the best clerk’s he’d ever worked with. I also worked my way up from Bench Clerk (the chick that makes you take the oath in Court) to Deputy Registrar (the chick who serves your Intervention Orders and does other cool stuff). It was a great industry to be part of but it was too stressful for me and I needed to do something that was better suited to who I am.
I decided to take a years unpaid leave from the Court to chase my radio dream and recorded a demo with the radio school. They helped me into my first role at 3YB/Coast FM in Warrnambool. Initially this was a Copywriters position with occasional on air announcing. I hated the written word, but the prospect of being on air – even for half n hour – was too exciting to turn down. It wasn’t long before I was doing the afternoon shift on Coast FM and then moved onto the Morning shift. A new breakfast show was starting called ‘Monkey & the Big Fella’ and they needed someone to panel the show. I jumped at the opportunity and it was about a week and a half before the bosses decided I should be an integral part of the show – ‘Monkey, Loggy & the Big Fella’ was born. This whole show was a highlight for me. I learnt so many skills from these two boys that I now call family. We worked so well together and I proved to myself that I could work well in a stressful environment.
I did things i never dreamed I’d do (like drive a Monster Truck or raise thousands of dollars for charity for example) and spoke to amazing people (like personal favourites Kitty Flanagan and Peter Combe) and I laughed my arse off daily from 6am in the morning, which is tough for most. Our show was lucky enough to be nominated for multiple ACRA awards (Australian Commercial Radio Awards).
What a trajectory. Wow, what a full on couple of years for you. So how did you get into the job that you are in now?
It all started off with a drunken night at the ACRA awards (Australian Commercial Radio Awards). Kyle & Jacki O were presenting and as a gag they popped up the personal phone numbers of some radio big wigs. I took a snap of the numbers and the next day sent through some of ‘Monkey, Loggy & the Big Fellas’ finest audio as a ‘here’s something to cure your Sunday hangover’ soundtrack. I was lucky enough to start chatting to the regional director of Southern Cross Austereo and chatted about my aspirations. When a job opened up in Townsville I applied, recorded a demo with my now co-host and huzzuh! – I’m now on the Hit 103.1 Townsville breakfast show. Let me tell you – taking that step wasn’t easy. I had to make the decision to pick up my whole life and move to the other side of the country. To leave my friends, family and boyfriend behind and to start in a bigger town on a new show in a place I’d never visited before. I knew no one. I knew nothing. I knew rugby was a thing – but I was an Essendon girl? I’m surprised I did it and have stuck with it. There were a lot of tears and emotional eating.
What is the hardest part of your current job?
I’ve always found it hard to back myself and have that self-confidence. Every day in this role you’re required to put yourself out there creatively and put your personal self out there for everyone to see and comment on. You’re always on the hunt for creative angles in which to do things – and it can be really taxing at times to assess every moment as possible radio content. You know a new location or new job or new experience (good or bad) might be right around the corner, so you have to have one foot in that imaginary suitcase if you want to reach your career goals. I also find it hard to curb certain aspects of myself – for example I love weird French Techno and no one wants to hear about that on their way to work (well limited people do). Also you never get used to getting up at the ungodly hour of 3:45am.
3.45am!!! Crazy, but so worth it right? I am dting to know what a typical business day look like for you. Can you tell us?
There is no typical day in radio – which is rad! A basic rundown would be – the alarm goes off multiple times until i get up at around 3:50am. I get to work around 4:15am and start doing my final prep for that mornings show. I see what’s making news, what’s trending, what’s kooky, what’s interesting and what exciting stuff happened over night. I flick through news websites, twitter, the local paper and the like and organise any last minute interviews or content that might be needed. I meet up with my co-host at 5:30am and we do a final prep of the show. We chat about which content we’re going to lock in, which content we’re going to cut and which content we might have to move to make room for something that’s topical and hot. This includes competitions, personal/topical raves (ie: I went to the hospital last night because I slipped on a banana peel) and talk topics (ie: we want to know – what’s the weirdest way you’ve hurt yourself?).
We then start the show at 6am and it’s pretty full on until we finish at 9am. We go to our separate corners until around 10am when we meet with our content director for our daily ‘air check’ – this is where we go through the show and get feedback on things that were good and not so good and discuss ways we could improve. The rest of the day involves getting content for the show; recording interviews, making funny videos, doing funny skits or pranks, writing competition spots, recording and editing audio and keeping up with the days events. We look for things for tomorrows show, but also things for the next week and even next month. I finish at 1pm and have a nap or indulge in some terrible TV before going about the rest of my day. I try to get out and about and do fun things when i can because you can’t talk about your life on the radio if you have nothing in your life to talk about! In saying that, sometimes I feel like doing nothing at all.
Late afternoon I’m on the hunt for content again – what’s making news, what is everyone talking about, what interesting things are happening locally and in the world. I head to bed around 8:30am after making dinner (or ordering dinner, or more likely eating slices of individual cheese for dinner) then set the alarm for the next day!
Haha, thanks Loggy. Who has been your hero, or greatest inspiration growing up and why?
It would have to be my Mum and Dad; Helen and Con. I could come home and say ‘guys – I’ve decided to dedicate my life to helping famous Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett tune his guitars’ and they would say ‘you go for it!’, and ‘you would be an amazing tuner of guitars!’, and ‘he would be lucky to have you’, and ‘we will support you no matter what’. That’s pretty amazing to have in your formative years let alone now as an adult! Dad is a market gardner and has legitimately never whinged about a day of work in his life – In. His. Life. Not a ‘oh god – what a shit terrible day’, or a ‘I’m getting so drunk this weekend to erase this week from my melon’. Nothing! Mum has forever been a warm beam of positive electricity – anything is possible – the world is your oyster – life is amazing. I truly love and admire those two. In the radio world I grew up listening to what I believe to be the best radio show in history – Martin/Molloy. Hosted by Tony Martin and Mick Molloy these sarcastic and hilariously talented two made me want to do radio. They presented the magic of radio like no one else had – they crossed the line, they pissed into the wind, they made me laugh and feel amazing.
What advice would you give girls who are interested in your career?
GO FOR IT. It’s scary – I know. It might not pay the bills initially, you might have to move away from your friends, family and lovers, your anxiety might hold you back – but just fucking go for it. The worst that can happen is that you find something else that suits you and who you are and what you’re good at. Or maybe by giving it at go you meet someone who inspires you to do something else or learn a new skill. Remember in Primary and High School they give you a shot at multiple activities so you fall into something you’re good at. Maybe it’s sport, or art, or maths or the lead Christmas Koala in the Christmas themed Rock Eisteddfod. I never got to experience radio presenting when I was at school or in my friendship circles – I had to seek those experiences out and I’m so glad that I did, because even though it’s not perfect and I do struggle with it at times it’s an experience that I’m enjoying so much. Find out who you can talk to, enquire about radio courses and people in the know from different stations – and send them an email or a demo! Record a fake show, interview your mates, get involved in community radio and get your foot in the door! Ask for advice and ask for feedback because most people in the industry are more than happy to help people in their radio career, which I think is just magical. I’m no radio doyen by any means – but I’m also happy to help so drop me a line! (Don’t let my big teeth scare you, I’m actually quite friendly after a feeding.)
List your most valuable resources that you turn to constantly for inspiration?
Everyday people. Yes you want to follow all the news and pop culture resources that you can – but i think the best forms of inspiration are those everyday situations. People having the most random or everyday human experience can be so powerful for radio.
- Favourite Blogs or Websites: Every social media platform gets a mention here, but i personally love Pedestrian because of their writing style and the articles they cover. I also really love the occasional golden nuggets you get from the ‘Townsville Question & Answer’ Facebook page (I’m sure every town has one). I also love SoundCloud and Spotify because the music we play doesn’t necessarily feed my appetite for delicious tunes.
- Name an Instagram Account or Snapchat that you can’t go a day without checking: My everyday network of people! You never know what amazing, awkward experience your mate might have just gone through – this is content baby! (As I speak my friend posts ‘Just seen a dude, beat up another dude, with a traffic cone…’. It might not be perfect scripture, but i’m curious as to why this happened. Do you want to know what happened? With a little digging I might be able to tell you tomorrow morning!
- Books: I was a huge reader – now I get a sick pleasure from visiting book stores, buying books and then not reading them. I’m not proud of it.
- People: I adore people like Tony Martin, Tina Fey, Jerry Seinfeld, Amy Poehler, Trey Parker and Matt Stone and everything that they do – and I always have. Their seemingly ‘easy’ but super intelligent, quick and powerful comedic talent is truly something else. I also have a radio mentor that I annoy from week to week – but I don’t think he’s aware that he’s my mentor and I don’t want to give him that satisfaction because he would relish it in.
- Others: I love ABC iview and SBS on Demand. I think ‘You Can’t Ask That’ is such a powerful show. I also enjoy The Real Housewives of Sydney because it’s my terrible guilty pleasure and i’ll hear no negative comments about it!