One of radio’s enduring and much loved Aussie characters, Tony Pilkington better known as ‘Pilko’, has worked in commercial radio for nearly a half a century.
Best known for his part in the iconic on-air team, Bazz & Pilko, Tony commenced his radio career in 1962 at 3YB Warrnambool. In 1969 he moved to 5AD in Adelaide where he met Barry Ion (Baz), who would go on to become his top rating on-air partner for 23 years.
The “ Bazz & Pilko” show became one of the most successful in Australia, relocating to Sydney radio 2UW (now MIX) in 1985 until 1993. After more than two decades together across several radio stations in two states, they aired their final show in 1997 on FIVEaa.
Pilko remained with 5AA and formed a decade long partnership with Keith Conlon. Together they had an unrivalled run of 45 consecutive number one ratings over their last five years together. Pilko presented the breakfast show at FIVEaa until his retirement in 2010 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.