Aussie radio icon calls it quits

John Laws was nicknamed 'Golden Tonsils'

SYDNEY — After more than half a century behind the microphone, Oz’s best known radio announcer, John Laws, announced his retirement on Monday.

Laws started his commercial radio career at Sydney’s 2UE in 1956 and moved to a number of different networks before returning to the station in 1979.

In the decade that followed, Laws became Australia’s highest paid radio star and the most well-known voice in the country, earning him the nickname Golden Tonsils.

The 71-year-old is considered a pioneer of the talkback format Down Under and will make his final broadcast in November.

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