Reddit, Golden Gaytime bites, sci-fi but no social media: The things that interest KIIS FM’s Will McMahon

Welcome to Quick Q – Monday Media’s weekly Q&A series dedicated to finding out more about the personalities that matter most in the media landscape.

Every week, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age ask key figures across corporate media, business, sport, federal politics, radio, television and culture to answer questions about their lives, careers, hobbies and news habits.

This week’s conversation is with Will McMahon, co-host of KIIS FM National Drive Show, which runs on weekdays from 4pm to 6pm.

Will McMahon (left) and Woody Whitelaw host the KIIS FM drive show.

How did you get your big break?
I wish I had a more glamorous story. But Monash Comedy Law Revue. Sketch comedy show in Richmond. Steve Vizard and my now manager Mark Klemens were in the audience that night. Afterwards, they just walked up to us and said, “you know you boys could do that for a living?” and that’s all she wrote.

What are your daily news media habits?
Too much reddit. I also listen to 7am and (this is a sponsored bit) I trawl The Age feed daily.

Which living person do you most admire?
Wow. Such a tough question. Probably Sam Harris – not for his political leanings!!! – but for turning meditation from a sacred/secret art into an accessible tool which anyone can access. His app “Waking Up” is a masterpiece.

Your guilty streaming pleasure?
Anything fantasy or scifi: GoT, Lord of the Rings, Expanse, Severance, Wheel of Time (to name a few).

Which phrase do you overuse?
“You can’t teach your grandma to suck eggs” – not sure if she was ever any good at it or how one actually sucks an egg. Practically teaching her to suck an egg also seems a bit perverted. But I don’t think anyone knows what it means, so you can use it anywhere.

What did you want to do when you grew up?
Marine biologist.

What was your first job?

Facebook or Instagram?
Neither to be honest. I deleted the apps from my phone a long time ago; awful for my mental health. Occasionally, I’ll log in and post sad poetry or sickeningly cute photos of my daughter on my Instagram page to repulse anyone who actually follows me. PR love me.

Recommend a podcast…
Hardcore History with Dan Carlin. Still my favourite. No one gets as excited as he does about a helmet the 1914 German infantry wore.

What’s one vice you wish you could give up?

The song that’s always on high rotation?
Carry On – Martha Wash (absolute banger).

What are you reading?
I’m trying to write a novel, so haven’t got a lot of time for other people’s writing at the moment. But when I can, Matt Haig – The Midnight Library. I am really enjoying it.

Favourite movie of the past decade?
I am not sure I like the question. No such thing as a “favourite” film for anyone, I don’t think. But one that stays with me is: Incendies – Denis Villeneuve.

Top of your sporting bucket list?
To watch? I would love to go to a soccer World Cup one day. To play? Getting a serve in the actual service box would be big. I’m still donkey dropping (under-arm serving) and it’s heavily frowned upon/my Mum refuses to play with me when I do.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“Most men spend their life fishing, without realising it’s not fish they’re after.”

What are the three things you couldn’t live without?
Stories, music and those Golden Gaytime bites. They are lit.

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