BLACKERS is one of the most visible and successful personalities in Australian radio and television.
In a show business career spanning over 40 years, he has achieved enormous recognition, due (in no small way) to the 28 years he spent with Daryl Somers in the pivotal role as the voice of Dickie Knee and numerous other characters (including himself) behind Australia's longest running variety show Hey Hey It's Saturday.
John has also appeared on many television shows including: Paul Hogan Show, Holiday Island, Personality Squares, Blankety Blanks, Family Feud, Daryl Somers Show – just to mention a few.
He has also had vast radio experience starting out at 2GN Goulburn back in 1969 and hosting numerous radio shows ever since, including topping the ratings for five years with Bruce Mansfield (AKA Uncle Roy) on 3AW Breakfast from 1981 to 1986.
He has also hosted Breakfast shows on 3AK, 3UZ, MMM in Adelaide and is heard daily on 3GG Warragul.
John has published several books through Pan Macmillan Australia including AUSSIE SLANG DICTIONARY and DON'T COME THE RAW PRAWN, (published in 1992 and 1993 respectively), selling in excess of 50,000 copies Australia wide.
John's fifth book, AUSSIE GAGS - OVER 1400 OF MY FAVOURITE ONE LINERS & JOKES was released through Pan Macmillan in August 1998 and went into its third reprint just 6 weeks after release.
In 2000, John published his sixth book, MORE AUSSIE GAGS – OVER 1000 OF MY FAVOURITE ONE LINERS & JOKES which enjoyed even more success.
Recognised for his versatility as the "master of the one-liner", John is now in constant demand as compere/host for conferences, awards nights and a many formal and social occasions.
His humour is droll, spontaneous, mischievous and laconic but never offensive.
It is his familiarity and excellent rapport with his audiences that have made Blackers one of the most sought after personalities on the Australian corporate and show business scene.