Jonathan “Jono” Coleman, radio and television presenter, dead at 65 after cancer battle
He presented radio shows on youth network 2JJ (which became Triple J), ââTriple M, the BBC, Virgin Radio, Heart 106.2, the Australian Radio Network, WSFM and community radio.
Coleman’s entertainment career started on television, as a presenter on children’s program Simon Townsend’s Wonder World. He continued to appear on the screen and stage as his radio career blossomed, including stints on Sunrise, Hey hey it’s saturday, Channel 7 program Have a Go, and Channel 9’s Wavelength.
He also narrated children’s television show The Koala Brothers and released four singles and a comedy album.
Tributes posted to social media on Saturday described Coleman as a media legend and a television institution who excelled at entertaining people and making them laugh.
Ian Rogerson, who presented the Jono & Dano radio show with Coleman and worked with him on television, described Coleman as his âdear mate and partner in crimeâ.
âWe had a million laughs and I know whenever I think of him I will smile. We will raise a glass or 12 to him tonight. See you on the other side mate, âRogerson wrote.
Sydney Morning Herald columnist Peter FitzSimons said Coleman was âthe most eternally effervescent man I ever metâ, while weatherman Tim Bailey said his friend Jono was âa walking grin factoryâ with âan enormous spirit that brightened us allâ.
Studio 10 posted a variety of photos of a grinning Coleman, including dressed as an elf and wearing an old-fashioned wig, alongside a statement which said the program is âutterly heartbroken about the passing of our beloved Jono Colemanâ.
âWe will pay tribute to him on Monday in the best way we know how. Our thoughts are with his family, â Studio 10 said.
The broadcaster’s son Oscar, who also works in radio, wrote on Twitter: âI love you dad. Rest in peace. â
Coleman was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2015 for service to the broadcast media industry and the community.
His community work included radio station 2RPH (Radio for the Print Handicapped), where newspapers are read out loud on air, and contributions to the School for the Deaf and Blind, Schizophrenia Research Institute, Variety Clubs Australia, Carers Australia, the Australia Day Council , and the Movember Foundation.
âThe family would like to thank [St Vincentâs Hospital oncologist] Professor Anthony Joshua and all the doctors and nurses who have lovingly cared for Jonathan, âthe family said in a statement.
âIn lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Garvan Institute of Medical Research or the Movember foundation.â