Ernie Sigley Biography, Wiki, Age, Career, Death, Net Worth | Who is Ernie Sigley? Bio, Wiki

Spread the love

Who was Ernie Sigley?

Ernie Sigley, 2 September 1938 – 15 August 2021, was a Gold Logie-winning Australian host, radio presenter, and singer. Known as a pioneer of Australian television, he was often styled as a “little Aussie battler” with a larrikin sense of humor.

TV, radio star Ernie Sigley dies at the age of 82

Ernie Sigley in 2006. Photo
Ernie Sigley in 2006. Photo

Gold Logie-winning entertainment star Ernie Sigley has died.

Ernie Sigley, who had been living with Alzheimer’s disease for a number of years, died peacefully on Sunday, according to a family statement.

Known widely as the ‘little Aussie battler’, Sigley received 21 Logie Awards and was awarded the Gold Logie in 1975 for most popular personality on Australian television.

In the 1970s, he began his long-term partnership with Denise Drysdale in The Ernie Sigley Show, before becoming the Wheel of Fortune’s first host in the 80s.

He hosted a range of shows on TV after his eponymous show finished in 1976 – from Saturday Night Live to Wheel of Fortune and the morning program In Melbourne Today.

His final stint in media came on the radio, where he hosted the top-rating afternoon program on 3AW from 1996 until he pulled the plug on his career in 2008.

Ernie Sigley Biography, Wiki

Ernie Sigley was born in Footscray, Melbourne, one of seven children of a boilermaker. After completing his education at Williamstown High School, his career began in 1952 as a turntable operator on Danny Webb’s breakfast program at radio station 3DB (Melbourne).

Television started in Australia in 1956 and Sigley made his TV debut as host of Teenage Mailbag on HSV-7 in 1957. Shortly after this, he traveled to London, gaining some work experience at the BBC. But a bigger break was to come with a three-year stint at Radio Luxembourg, where he performed under the name “Ernie Williams”.

Ernie Sigley is remembered for his 1964 association with the Adelaide leg of the Beatles’ tour of Australia. In one press conference, his questioning of the Beatles brought about an enthusiastic response from John Lennon, which led to one of the more notable interviews of the tour.

Three times married and twice divorced, Ernie Sigley was married to Glenys O’Brien, former television personality, for 47 years. They lived in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne and had four children. His son Matthew was a keyboardist for the Australian bands the Earthmen, the Fauves, and Drop City.

Ernie Sigley was a supporter of the Western Bulldogs (formerly known as the Footscray Football Club) in the Australian Football League. He was also a supporter of the South Adelaide Football Club in the South Australian National Football League.

Ernie Sigley’s family announced in October 2016 that he had Alzheimer’s disease. He died on 15 August 2021.

Ernie Sigley Biography
Ernie Sigley
Full Name Ernest William Sigley
Born2 September 1938, Footscray, Victoria, Australia
Died15 August 2021 (aged 82)
Other namesErnie Williams
OccupationRadio personality, television host, singer
Years active1952–2009

Ernie Sigley Radio Career

In 1981, Ernie Sigley returned to 3DB to host the breakfast program. In 1982, he switched to the breakfast shift at the personality-driven News Talk 3UZ, teaming with comedian and mimic Paul Jennings. When 3UZ changed to a music format at the start of 1984, Sigley left the station.

In 1996, Ernie Sigley joined 3AW to host the afternoon program. He hosted the afternoon program for 12 years until his retirement on 7 November 2008.[1] Denis Walter was announced as Sigley’s replacement. He then took on a part-time role at the station where he partnered either Bruce Mansfield or Philip Brady to host Nightline on Friday nights.

In January 2009, Ernie Sigley ended his radio career after a 57-year association with the industry, when it is believed he stormed out of a heated meeting with 3AW management.

Ernie Sigley Television Career

Ernie Sigley was part of the original cast of Sunnyside Up, In the 1960s and early 1970s, he hosted the prime time Adelaide variety show Adelaide Tonight on NWS-9.

Beginning in 1974, he was the host of the national Nine Network variety show The Ernie Sigley Show, featuring notable Australian media personalities such as Denise Drysdale, Noni Hazlehurst, Pete Smith, and Joy Westmore.

The program was abruptly axed after an off-air outburst by Sigley, directed at station owner Kerry Packer and producer Peter Faiman when the network cut short his first show for 1976 to accommodate a network sports awards telecast. Packer flew to Melbourne the next day and dismissed Sigley in person, effective immediately, and replaced him with Don Lane.

After his dismissal in 1976, Sigley moved to ATV-0 and hosted the early evening variety show Ernie and then, in 1978, The Penthouse which became Saturday Night Live on HSV-7 co-hosting with Mary Hardy.

Ernie Sigley was the original host of the Australian version of the popular game show Wheel of Fortune from 1981 to 1984. In 1982, he presented the regional variety program Six Tonight from BTV-6 in Ballarat and the daytime talent show Pot Luck in 1987.

After a break from television, Sigley returned in 1989 with Denise Drysdale, hosting GTV-9’s morning program In Melbourne Today.

Sigley was involved in a stoush with fellow TV star Don Lane at a Logies after-party in 1988 when Sigley allegedly made insulting remarks about Lane’s partner.

Ernie Sigley Singing Career

Ernie Sigley began singing as a choir boy at St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne and went on to be a regular on the local town hall circuit in the 1950s. In 1957 his first record, “Love Is A Golden Ring”, was released by W & G Records.

In 1974, Ernie Sigley, with Denise Drysdale, recorded the popular duet “Hey Paula”, released by Festival Records and produced at Armstrong Studios, Melbourne. The record was produced and arranged by Brian Rangott and engineered by Ian McKenzie and peaked at number 2 in Australia.

Sigley regularly performed around Australia on the club circuit, often with his television partner Denise Drysdale.

Ernie Sigley Awards

Ernie Sigley won the TV Week Gold Logie Award for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television in 1975. He had previously won eleven local Logies for his work in Adelaide.

Ernie Sigley Net Worth

Ernie is one of the richest TV Show Host & is listed as the most popular TV Show Host. According to our analysis, Wikipedia, Forbes & Business Insider, Ernie Sigley’s net worth is approximately $1 Million – $3 Million.

Who was Ernie Sigley?

Ernie Sigley, 2 September 1938 – 15 August 2021, was a Gold Logie-winning Australian host, radio presenter, and singer. Known as a pioneer of Australian television, he was often styled as a “little Aussie battler” with a larrikin sense of humor.

When did Ernie Sigley die?

Ernie Sigley died on 15th August 2021.

What was Ernie Sigley’s age?

Ernie Sigley was 82 years old.

Also Read:


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *