Tony Delroy

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Tony Delroy
Anthony Eric Delroy

1 January 1953 (age 6667) [1]
Show Nightlife (1987-2016)
Station(s) ABC Local Radio
Network Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Country Australia

Anthony Eric Delroy (born 1 January 1953 [1] ) is a retired Australian radio presenter. Delroy hosted ABC Local Radio's late-night talkback show Nightlife from 1987 to 2016 when he retired.


Background and career

Delroy commenced working in news radio on Sydney station 2SM while completing his schooling. He joined the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and worked on-air in Bathurst while studying journalism. After a short stint in Launceston, Delroy was appointed news director of 2UE. In 1987, he joined 702 ABC Sydney and soon took over the Nightlife program, at a period when broadcasts used to end about midnight or 1:00 am. [2] In 1990 the program went national and the ABC replaced the state-based late night programming with the national show, a mix of talkback, current affairs and light entertainment, [3] the highlight for some being a 25-question quiz.

The show's success as ABC Local Radio's highest rating weekday program [4] was bolstered by a team of experts who are featured every week to discuss such topics as motoring, literature, movies, American politics, finance, superannuation and travel destinations. [2] In a minor 2010 incident, Delroy received an official reprimand after he used abusive language at a security guard who asked Delroy to remove his car from the space reserved for Maurice Newman, the chairman of the ABC. [5]

Delroy has a cat named Barbara, who was mentioned during his broadcasts, [6] along with his fondness for football and horse racing.

Delroy retired on 2 September 2016, after 26 years hosting Nightlife and 30 years with the ABC. [7]

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  2. 1 2 McMahon, Neil (5 August 2013). "Tony Delroy is a long-standing favourite with late-evening listeners". The Sydney Morning Herald . Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  3. "About Nightlife". ABC ABC Local Radio . Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  4. Ellingsen, Peter (15 September 2002). "Auntie hero talk of the town". The Age . Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  5. "ABC fellow Tony Delroy not so mellow after all". The Daily Telegraph . Sydney. 29 July 2010. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  6. "Barbara the Pussy Cat". ABC Nightlife. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 26 May 2006. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  7. Woods, Emily (29 July 2016). "ABC Nightlife presenter Tony Delroy will hang up his headphones after 26 years". The Sydney Morning Herald . Retrieved 10 September 2016.