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Richard Kingsmill

Richard "The King" Kingsmill is an Australian radio announcer and music journalist.

He is best known for his work at national youth broadcaster triple j. His career at the station started in 1988 as a producer for station presenters George Wayne, Tracee Hutchison and Tim Ritchie. In 1990, new management at the station forced Kingsmill and many others to re-apply for their jobs. Kingsmill failed to regain his producer position, but landed a presenter position instead.

Since then, he has hosted shows that involve an in-depth knowledge of the current state of the alternative music scene, at both a local and international level. These shows have included The J-Files (1995-2003) and the Australian Music Show (1993-2003).

In 1994, he began hosting triple j's New Releases Show. This evolved into 1996, a show dedicated to the latest release music from around the world. (The show has changed its name each year, to reflect the current year.)

In 2003 Kingsmill was promoted to the position of Music Director after the retirement of Arnold Frolows, who had been in the position since Double Jay's inception in 1975. As a result he cut back his on-air shifts and currently presents only the new music show on a Sunday night.

Kingsmill is the author of two books. triple j's Internet Music Guide (co-written with Stuart Coupe in 1998) and The J-Files Compendium (2002). The latter was a collection of his many music interviews, songlists, quizzes and music trivia sourced from The J-Files.

Kingsmill appeared in the Radiohead documentary Meeting People Is Easy (1998).

When Roy and HG left triple j for Triple M, Kingsmill became the station's longest serving presenter.

In 2009, Richard presented the triple j Hottest 100 of All Time on Rage with Zan Rowe. He also hosted an Australian Music night on Rage in 1998.

Richard Kingsmill’s older brother Mark is the drummer in Australian rock band, Hoodoo Gurus.

Over his years at triple j, Richard Kingsmill has interviewed the likes of David Bowie, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ramones, Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Bjork, Lou Reed, Led Zeppelin, Powderfinger, Tori Amos, Neil Young, Jeff Buckley, Elliott Smith, Air, Fatboy Slim, The Strokes, Paul Weller, Kings Of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, Radiohead, White Stripes, Empire Of The Sun, Eels, Blur, MGMT, Happy Mondays, Hole, Massive Attack, Muse, Sinead O'Connor, Pearl Jam, The Prodigy, Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear, Franz Ferdinand, Foo Fighters, Queens Of The Stone Age, Bloc Party, Rage Against The Machine, Brian Eno, Beastie Boys, Pavement, Pixies and more.

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Richard Kingsmill

Richard Kingsmill