Triple M Legend Doug Mulray Passes Away At 71

31 March 2023 | 8:37 am | Mary Varvaris

"He didn’t push the boundaries of radio, he blew them up!"

(Source: Twitter)

Australian radio legend Doug Mulray has passed away at 71. While no cause of death has been confirmed, 9News reports that he was admitted to the hospital to treat a chronic illness last December.

Mulray’s radio career began with country station 2AD in New South Wales before heading to the central coast to join 2Go.

In the mid-70s, Mulray made the trek to Melbourne and headlined 3AW’s Mulray & The Man

From there, he landed a gig at triple j, and by the early 80s, he was helping launch a radio station we now know as Triple M. His breakfast show on the radio station was declared to be the third-best Australian metro FM breakfast show of all time by Radio Today.

As well as his radio success, Mulray also made a dent in the ARIA Albums and Singles Charts. His 1982 and 1983 LPs, What A Rude Album and 2 Rude (with Ken Sterling), landed at #22 and #24 on the Album Chart, respectively.

His third album, 1993’s Nice Legs Shame About The Fez, peaked at #32. Meanwhile, his non-album singles, You Are Soul (1986) and Werewolf (1993), hit #34 and #77 on the Singles Chart.

Today’s Triple M Sydney programming will be dedicated to Doug Mulray.

Triple M Sydney hosts Cat Lynch and Mark Geyer began the day on a sombre note, but when a caller rings in and says, “‘He didn’t push the boundaries of radio, he blew them up!’”, it’s difficult not to smile at his impact on radio and for music lovers in Sydney.

SCA CEO Grant Blackley said about the radio titan (via Media Week): “Our deepest sympathies to the family and friends on the passing of Uncle Doug. He was radio royalty and an absolute legend. He was instrumental in changing the face of radio on Triple M and became a household name. 

“He was deeply opinionated, highly intelligent and one very cheeky bugger. Thank you Dougie for entertaining us and ensuring we never took life too seriously. We will miss you. Vale Doug Mulray.”

2GB breakfast host Ben Fordham added this morning, “If there’s a radio station in heaven, they better get the dump button ready, because Doug Mulray is coming.”

Doug Mulray was affectionately dubbed Uncle Doug by longtime listeners - check out more tributes below.

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