Amanda Keller



Amanda Keller talks about her career on You've Gotta Start Somewhere

Amanda Keller

Welcome to episode twenty-six of You’ve Gotta Start Somewhere (#YGSS).

In this episode, TV and radio host, Amanda Keller talks about the power of radio and the connection you make with your audience, what it was like being on air the morning after the September 11 attacks, how it’s taken her a long time to get comfortable with how she looks on television and why she couldn’t do radio with anyone else, other than Brendan Jones.

See below for a full rundown of the episode…

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  • Great 1-on-1 interviews
    August 30, 2018 by jdpkart18 from Australia

    This show is all about the backgrounds of various celebrities, comedians, and journalists, and how they came to be in their current position. Rachel does a great job of pouring through the interviewees backgrounds and showing the audience just how tough it can be to get where these people are. Great advice is always offered to everyone listening as to how to get into the various businesses that these people are in. If you are interested in getting into journalism, radio, or TV, or just want to find out the backgrounds of some famous people, then this is definitely worth listening to.

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    Just listened to the Meshel Laurie episode and loved it!! She is one of my idols so loved the chat with her, Rachel you and her gelled so well and loved the similarities you shared with both your paths to where you are now, made for a fantastic interview!

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    July 28, 2018 by KelliH27 from Australia

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    Rachel Corbett, you rule. Love listening to you and your chats with people. Suggestions- all of the Sunrise team. Melissa Doyle, your fellow Mamamia Outloud host, Holly Wainwright, Lisa Wilkinson, Carrie Bradshaw.

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    Fascinating interview. The journalists are amazing and show the hard work needed. I would love to listen to some shows about some behind the scenes people including producers and writers - someone like Michael Lucas. Even a composer etc.

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    One of my favourite podcasts, always interesting and always funny. Rachel has such a infectious laugh.

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    Love this podcast. Good Aussie stories. Rachel is a great host. Asks fabulous questions. Comes across natural and gets the most out of her guests!!

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    This podcast is full of stories from familiar faces and voice of Australian media, telling how they "got lucky" through hard work, determination and being willing to start at the bottom to make it in their profession.. Rachel seems to have the trust of her peers in a way that makes them quite happy to let down their guard and discuss their own mistakes, failures, successes and strengths with honesty and humility.

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    May 17, 2018 by Benlux1 from Australia

    Been following Rach since the triple m days and as always this is another nugget of gold. Great job Rach????

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    It’s so awesome finding out more about the famous faces I’ve been watching on my TV all these years. It’s made me like them even more!!!

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    Why are some of these podcasts not working??? They suddenly stop half way and don’t continue

  • Great Listening
    May 2, 2018 by Tommy Ruff from Australia

    This is a fascinating podcast. Like many celebrity interviews sometimes the listener is delighted and sometimes nauseated. When Merrick Watts waxes lyrical about his amazing talent and destiny in radio it was hard not to snigger at the ego required to blurt this stuff out. Oh dear what a boofhead. But other guests are fabulous and the interviewer does a good job

  • Love your work
    April 29, 2018 by Mini-Kb from Australia

    Have listened to all of your podcasts in You've gotta start somewhere. Love them all and so so pleased you're back for another series Rachel. I listen to you on the Out Louders and know you're very busy but please keep this series running...it's fantastic.

  • Love this podcast
    April 28, 2018 by Deanna Elle from Australia

    You are nailing this podcast Rachel. A fabulous interviewer with fabulous guests. You are interesting, well spoken and a pleasure to listen to. Love this podcast!

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    Just found your awesome podcast - enjoying bingeing away to my hearts content. Love the relaxed style and the many many laughs. Thanks for the hours of fun.

  • You Gotta Start Somewhere
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    Rachel Corbett - great interview style. Love the rapport you create; puts your subjects at complete ease. Your choice of rabbit-warren to go down with subjects always yields rewards. Go on, try to get Malcolm Turnbull.

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    April 10, 2018 by queenbatman from Australia

    Funny, intriguing and entertaining! Please interview Carrie Bickmore!!

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    As a TV comedy writer, this podcast has been fantastic. It's great to have the most elusive figures in entertainment in your ears for an hour.

  • Great show. I enjoy the Radio focussed guests most!
    February 1, 2018 by AE618 from Australia

    A really enjoyable show, with a strong host and great guests. The radio guests are the most enjoyable for me, as they're funnier and seem more comfortable in the Podcast format. Hoping to hear more from the Radio community in future episodes.

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  • This is great listening!
    October 19, 2017 by France the Chef from Australia

    Rachel's conversational style of interviewing makes for easy and entertaining listening. The guests come from all walks of lives and all offer some inspiration as well as insight into what makes them tick. Suggestions for guests: Gotye Jet Will Anderson Scott Pape Eddie McGuire Waleed Aly

  • Love it
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    Funny, intriguing and entertaining!

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    September 30, 2017 by walking nic from Australia

    Rachel’s interviews are insightful, and I have enjoyed listening to such a different variety of people. Would like to hear from more women in the industry

  • Great Aussie Content
    September 27, 2017 by Skybeejazz from Australia

    Love checking in on this every week to hear how household names started out. Can't wait to hear Julia Morris one day!

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    September 19, 2017 by GLEE 688 from Australia

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  • Such good listening
    September 17, 2017 by Zena from Australia

    Fab listening to all the chats with a wide range of well known Aussies. Such great stories from interesting individuals. Look forward to every episode!

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    September 16, 2017 by Shawn of SA from Australia

    If you are only just learning of this fascinating deep dive into some fantastic guests history go right back to Rachel's first episode and enjoy the entire back catalogue; as this is what I've just finished doing and I can only say, wow. Rachel has a rough plan for each interview but enjoys the winding path her guests take her on through their own stories to how they got to where they are today. Highly recommended it to anyone who enjoys some great conversation as well as those who are interested in the Australian media business. Keep up the great work Rachel!

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    September 13, 2017 by JKontheradio from Australia

    Hey Rachel, just wanted to take a minute to let you know I LOVE the podcast. Having spent 11 years working on the radio and occasionally getting jaded, listening to the stories from others in the industry always gives me a dose of reality & also inspiration to keep grinding! Loving it, cheers Jack

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    5 star podcast all the way! It is so great to hear week after week!! A real insight into what it takes + Rach is a great host!! Would love to hear from Mark Ferguson, Jackie O, Tim Blackwell, Matt Okine ???? & Amanda Keller ?

  • Brilliant podcast - please keep them coming
    September 4, 2017 by DanielIzzo from Australia

    Rachel - it's an delight hearing such natural conversations. You have a great ability to ask intriguing questions whilst at the same time letting the guest take the lead. One question - where's Tommy Little? I heard the teaser for him and the podcast never came through! Hopefully we get access to this soon. Would also love to hear any of the following guests: - Any of the Working Dog boys - Jane Kennedy - Kate Langbroek - Grant Denyer Keep up the great work!

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    August 31, 2017 by ethicalmilk from Australia

    This is a great podcast and I've been working my way through all the episodes as I travel to and from work. It's such easy listening and I'm learning so much interesting facts abd bits about people I see and hear on TV, radio and through the media. Rachel is a natural interviewer and knows how to get the most out of her subjects. Fascinating stories are shared and it's great to learn how people worked their way up to the point they are now. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to find out how to get started in showbiz!

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    August 30, 2017 by Clinton Maynard from Australia

    An outstanding listen for anyone interested in how the Australian media actually works. Rachel is very easy to listen to, never bores and you actually hear how big names got their start. If you want to work in media this is must listen.

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    August 23, 2017 by JudithHS from Australia

    Just listened to my first episode which was Leigh Sales and was delighted and entertained the entire time. I had my son, who is a wannabe actor, in the car listening and I just kept thinking " I hope you are taking in what Leigh is saying about never say no"! Have come back to subscribe and download earlier interviews. People are fascinating.

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    August 19, 2017 by Zoe-96 from Australia

    I'm loving all of these eps, even those featuring people I don't know anything about. Rach's (yes, I feel like we're on nickname basis now) interviewing style makes it feel as though you are part of a casual catch up with mates. Looking forward to more!

  • Fantastic insight into media industry.
    August 6, 2017 by Firstclassmale from United Kingdom

    If you watch/listen to media people and you think "i can do that" well listen to this podcast. Although this podcast is Australian. It is possable you may have heard of some of the personalities on the shows. Rachel Corbett is great as the host. Having worked on TV and radio for many years she understands the in's and outs of the industry. Please give it a go.

  • Quoll-e-tea
    July 29, 2017 by Magoo88 from Australia

    Great podcast with great insights. But most importantly, I've attained a newfound respect for a lot of your guests. You only hear so much from mainstream media outlets, but when these people are telling their stories, you garner so much more. So thank you for that and apologies to those in the industry who have to put up with constant prejudging but still put on a brace face. I know the majority of the population couldn't do it. But we forget they're normal human beings just like us. Ps. Rachel, have you ever gone blonde? You should try blonde. I think you'll suit blonde. Worth a shot

  • Sensational podcast
    July 27, 2017 by Benlux1 from Australia

    Been following Rach since the triple m days and as always this is another nugget of gold. Great job????

  • Where them chicks at?
    July 25, 2017 by Londush from Australia

    It's a great podcast but I'm starting to think you need a penis to start somewhere.

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    I've just discovered this podcast and I'm already a huge fan. Rachel is a great interviewer and her guests are interesting. I'm looking forward to hearing more.

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    July 19, 2017 by Me.BAROSS from Australia

    Awesome Podcast with some really interesting people!!

  • I'm binging....
    July 9, 2017 by Scott Kilmartin from Australia

    The backstories of the people we read, watch and listen to each day in Aus. Rachel has a relaxed interview style, doesn't try to be the focus and yet is both well researched and funny af. The Waleed Aly and Leigh Sales eps are my favs so far.

  • What a show!
    July 3, 2017 by Dingoboy2 from United States

    A great show to "pull back the curtain" & to find out what it takes to get to get in & ahead in the media industry.

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    June 30, 2017 by _boots from Australia

    Loving the podcast. Such great conversation and calibre of guests. Would love you to interview Shaun Micallef. ⚡️⚡️

  • Thoroughly enjoying!
    June 29, 2017 by Abbie_Allen from Australia

    I'm thoroughly enjoying these podcasts. I'm not in media but I run multiple businesses and try to put myself out there. I so love hearing the "behind the scenes" and the 'real' stories from people who so often just seem so put together when in reality they're just like me! 😉 Thank you Rachel - keep the episodes coming!

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    June 26, 2017 by lizabethkate from Australia

    Such an engaging enjoyable podcast.

  • Something for everyone
    June 22, 2017 by Hardcore Troubadour from Australia

    Informative & insightful if you're interested in the media. Very entertaining if your interest is the guests. Rachel is a delightful host who brings out the best in those she talks to.

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    June 10, 2017 by tarabman from Australia

    A great insight into the hardships of the industry. Throughly enjoy listening to the stories each week - brilliant, honest and so many laughs along the way.

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    June 9, 2017 by Nyonkin from Australia

    Two episodes in and I'm hooked. Really interesting hearing the stories. Especially enjoyed the Ugly Phil episode. I too had Fox FM on in the shower as a teenager. Good times listening to the Hot 30 back then and was fascinating to hear his journey.

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    June 8, 2017 by Morgs_PM from Australia

    It can always been harder to find really good Australian stories and This Podcast is so refreshing to listen to! It keeps getting better!

  • A great and always entertaining podcast!
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    I have been a big fan of Rachel Corbett for some time so its great to see her produce another great podcast! While all episodes are great, I really enjoyed the Paul Murray episode. It resonated with me a lot!! Good job Rachel, I cant wait to hear more!

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    Akin to Radio Game Changers, this podcast is a brilliantly produced series of yarns with some big names who staked everything to succeed.

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    In a world of Insta-Happiness, its refreshing to hear some of the painful peak experiences that further fuel the passion of these success stories. #iloveajourney

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    April 18, 2017 by RAMA497 from Australia

    I love hearing all the stories from the interviewees. They all have been very interesting to listen to. Thank you.

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    Love the show. Great to hear her and friends again

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    March 29, 2017 by Jess Campo from Australia

    Rachel has a lovely style, funny, refreshing, a brilliant story teller. I love the insight into how eveyone made it, her guests lifting back the curtain. There's no such thing as an overnight success!

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    Rachel is a natural host - can't wait for more!

  • Genuine stories with a lot of fun thrown in
    March 25, 2017 by Trevor Long from Australia

    Outstanding Rach, loved the two Ive heard and will be right on every one from now on. Great to hear genuine before they were famous type stories...

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    March 24, 2017 by Lissylips from Australia

    I love hearing about how some humans ended up where they are ! There's always a story and this podcast topic is brilliant, Rach Like always captures it and enlightens us with humour

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    Great podcast and lessons really really enjoy it.

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    A really enjoyable listen. Rachel has such an easy rapport with her guests and each has a great story to share. Good fun.

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    March 24, 2017 by Tim Wong See from Australia

    V. relateable Rach, great presenting style and mix of fun and serious. Great listen, keep them coming!

  • I listened to her before she was cool...
    March 24, 2017 by Matt Rutley from Australia

    A fun yet grounded and honest little poddy.

  • A peak under the hood
    March 24, 2017 by Gcreate from Australia

    If I know Corbett and I think I do - she doesn't dissappoint with this new entertaining poddy full of Corbett style relatability and humour you struggle to get elsewhere. Gotta Start Somewhere is the fly on the wall that gives you a peak behind the curtain/under the hood/mirror mirror of well known faces, before they were faces/voices. Jolly good.

  • Amazing
    March 24, 2017 by Rob Loewenthal from Australia

    Hilarious, informative and really well produced !!!

  • 10
    March 24, 2017 by Biggest fan 01 from Australia

    Big fan of pretty much everything Rachel's done - and these are no exception!

  • Solid Gold get around it
    March 22, 2017 by DaZeE80 from Australia

    Absolutely love this podcast! Been a massive fan of Rach since Highway Patrol and Paul and Rach. Love hearing her intelligent and funny self. Dead set sign of awesomeness there to get People so chilled and honest! Love ya work Rach ??

  • Love it!!! Highly recommend
    March 18, 2017 by Ceejaytee41 from Australia

    Awesome interviews and insights into what it takes to make it in showbiz. Can't wait for the next episode!!

  • A great insightful honest yarn
    March 17, 2017 by G-Laing from Australia

    Rachel Corbett shows once again that she is the essential down to earth presenter who naturally comes across as the kind of person you want to interview the people you've seen and heard on Aussie radios and TVs. No egos, just a good honest chit chat.

  • Insightful and fun
    March 12, 2017 by Loadmann from Australia

    Ok. I got the sample pack ,thanks. I would like to order one of everything thanks ? . Excellent stuff. Rach, I think your continued fearlessness revealing your true thoughts in a jovial fashion will make your interviewees comfortable enough to do the same. Your Podcast skills and you broad array of showbiz contacts leads me to anticipate a daily podcast 🙂 ?…..well most weeks would be nice. I just want to say good luck, we are all counting on you.

  • Awesome podcast!
    March 12, 2017 by Robbie nice from Australia

    Funny AND educational! Gives great insight into the stories of the well known faces in the industry! Worth the listen! ?

  • Such a great insight into what it takes
    March 10, 2017 by Melleemade from Australia

    Can't wait to hear more episodes ... such a great conversational style and super interesting stories that really reveal what it takes to achieve success!

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Show Rundown

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In this episode, TV and radio host, Amanda Keller talks about…

00:53 … being in the business for over three decades

01:55 … how stepping through an open door is the key to a successful career

03:42 … what she wanted to be when she was little

04:36 … the weird things you see and do in media

05:32 … studying Communications at Charles Sturt University

06:50 … the connection you make with people at uni

06:28 … how times have changed in media

07:18 … her desire to be a writer

07:50 …. getting a job as a researcher in TV

08:12 … working on Simon Townsend’s Wonderworld

08:42 … the changes in the way people consume media

09:32 … being intimidated working on a big show

10:26 … how timing is everything

11:12 … legendary auditions for Simon Townsend’s Wonderworld

11:21 … the comment that haunted her for years

12:52 … quitting Wonderworld

13:12 … the importance of starting as a producer

13:36 … not being a pushy ambitious person

13:49 … why Ray Martin is the reason she’s on TV

14:19 … the dangers of pushiness

15:02 … envying people’s confidence

16:02 … starting a production company and freelancing for Good Morning Australia

16:33 … doing production for film clips

16:46 … why she had to apologise to Jimmy Barnes

18:15 … how she started working on The Midday Show

18:38 … why she loves Ray Martin

20:35 … the ‘incredible’ stories she covered

21:19 … going to England to cover Andrew and Fergie’s wedding

21:41 … writing herself into Wonderworld stories

22:53 … being anxious about her first piece to camera with Beyond 2000

24:03 … not allowing herself to appreciate what was happening

25:01 … getting a job at Extra Dimensions

27:52 … having an epiphany on a ropes course

26:58 … being out of your depth

32:36 … how she ended up on Beyond 2000

33:07 … the importance of embracing change

33:56 … getting a hosting gig on Beyond 2000

35:05 … how her profile changed after Beyond 2000

35:54 … the shooting schedule for Beyond 2000

36:56 … being comfortable with how you look on camera

38:21 … why she doesn’t think she learns from her mistakes

39:56 … sky diving with a camel toe

41:07 … how they put together Beyond 2000 stories

42:06 … the show she learned the most on

42:22 … moving to the Andrew Denton Show

42:52  Andrew convincing her she was funny

43:40 … convincing herself and the public she was funny

44:53 … developing her radio brain

47:23 … making the transition from TV to radio

48:54 … the importance of good working relationships

50:51 … the battle of the sexes

51:11 … being a part of a bunch of iconic programs

51:55 … being on air the morning after September 11

53:01 … the privilege of being a part of people’s lives

55:41 … Jonesy begging her to join him at WSFM

57:26 … why she couldn’t do her show with anyone else

58:50 … the joy of breakfast radio

59:46 … how radio makes you good in television

01:00:22 … having the perfect mix of TV and radio

01:00:56 … why radio makes you impatient

01:01:31 … the best and the worst things about the business

The final five…

01:03:15 … her biggest regret

01:04:23 … her dream gig

01:06:31 … why she’s going to wait till she finishes radio to execute any ideas

01:07:17 … what would she’d be doing if she wasn’t doing this

01:09:03 … advice to people who want to get into the business


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