The man with the most recognisable voice in Perth is “not running for mayor of Perth,” but he is leaving radio.

After 50 years in radio, the legendary Fred Botica has decided to call it a day.

On Thursday, Fred kept his composure but took a moment to break the news to Perth.

“This is not easy for me, I gotta tell ya,” he said as he gathered himself.

Hit PLAY below to listen to his full announcement… 

Fred’s outstanding career began by accident.

A signwriter by trade, Fred turned up to paint a sign aboard Radio Hauraki – a pirate radio station anchored off New Zealand’s North Island – and left with a completely new career.

Since 1968, he has met, interviewed, and become personal friends with some of the biggest names in music across the globe, including Bob Geldof, Sting and The Police, Neil Young, and the late Michael Gudinski.

“I’ve known 96FM’s Managing Director Gary Roberts since 1978 and he’s been a huge part of my career,” Fred recalled.

“He was instrumental in luring me over to Perth with a tempting job on 96FM in 1986. And the fact I got to windsurf each day in one of the best places in the world with the Fremantle Doctor was one of the reasons why I never left.”

Fred admitted there was nothing else behind his decision, only that he was ready to call time.

“I’ve been doing breakfast radio since 1971 and I’m just really looking forward to a sleep in.”


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