Ernie Sigley to retire

After more than 50 years in showbiz, veteran entertainer Ernie Sigley has announced his retirement.

Currently afternoon host on Radio 3AW, Sigley will wind down his workload in early November. He will remain part of the 3AW family in a semi-retirement capacity.

Sigley, who recently celebrated his 70th birthday, began his career in 1952 as a radio panel operator on 3DB and made his first television hosting role on HSV7’s Teenage Mailbag in 1957.

He famously hosted Adelaide Tonight in the 1960s and The Ernie Sigley Show for GTV9 from 1974, including a top-rating live to air broadcast from within Pentridge Prison. As well as a legendary Logies stoush with Don Lane, Sigley was the first host of Wheel of Fortune in Australia and forged a long-standing partnership with Denise Drysdale with whom he co-hosted In Melbourne Today (aka Ernie & Denise).

Sigley joined 3AW in 1996 as afternoon host. As he looks towards retirement, Sigley’s beloved Western Bulldogs are one of four teams competing for the 2008 AFL Grand Final.

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