#132 Osher Günsberg: Doctor parents, Realities of hosting The Bachelor + Australian Idol, How network TV operates & manufacturing serendipity!
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Osher Gunsberg is one of the most recognisable media personalities. He first came to attention as the face of Australian Idol and the voice of Australia's largest weekly radio countdown, Take 40 Australia. He continues to be the host of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette on Channel Ten. Until recently, Osher was also part of the Breakfast Team and co-host of Hit105's radio brekky show alongside Abby Coleman and Stav Davidson. Osher is a keen advocate for mental health awareness and climate change. He is also the co-creator and host of Movember Radio for the Movember Foundation, and a director of the board of SANE Australia.
In this episode #132 w Osher Günsberg learn about:
His sunrise in Brisbane, Australia with both parents being doctors. I found his reflections on being a “white immigrant” and being a muso in a sports school really intriguing
We cover how he found clarity for his career early on, manufacturing serendipity and how that’s led to incredible opportunities, not achieving his radio or music dreams, transitioning to network TV, and evolving his identity including a name change.
I was surprised to learn radio is much better to host compared to TV, and really valued Osher’s candour on his battles with addiction, exactly how he prepares for a TV show shoot (make sure to note down the 5 D’s and the 6 P’s). I enjoyed asking Osher about how he balances his public persona with his family role, and what seeded his advocacy for climate change.
I went into this a little unsure, Osher is a pro at interviews but he was candid, vulnerable and this is one of my favourite conversations for sure.
It’s now time to explore your curiosity. Please enjoy!
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04:20 - Where were you born and live now?
04:55 - What was your first job and now?
08:20 - High Flyer in Osher’s life
10:35 - Realities of hosting TV shows
13:05 - Growing up “immigrant” in QLD
15:53 - Influence of doctor parents
19:10 - Music in a sports school
23:28 - A+ in school vs A+ in life
24:50 - Seeking professional career clarity
31:47 - Manufacturing serendipity
36:35 - Not achieving his music or radio dreams
39:50 - World class TV hosting
44:20 - Versatility of Hamish and Andy across Radio, TV, Podcasts etc
46:04 - Evolving his identity
48:00 - Only Australian to have hosted live network TV in US
49:11 - Becoming sober and noticing success
55:31 - Vulnerability on network television
59:30 - Preparation for a live gig, tv, keynote etc
01:06:50 - Balancing the public and personality identity
01:11:40 - Journey to Climate advocacy
01:23:59 - Final Sprint rapid fire