Richard Kingsmill leaves ABC and triple j after 35 years

Richard Kingsmill is departing ABC and triple j after a 35-year stint with the national broadcaster, during which time he was vital in shaping the sound and style of the youth station.

Kingsmill started at triple j in 1988, the year before the station went national. Soon he landed an on-air role, and became the station’s music director in 2003.

Kingsmill stepped into the group music director role in 2017, overseeing triple j, triple j Unearthed, Double J, ABC Local, and ABC Country.

“I started with a lot of passion, but pretty modest skills to be honest,” Kingsmill said of his career.

“I’m incredibly grateful in how the ABC kept encouraging me to grow and gave me time to develop. I’ve worked with so many amazing and talented people, you can’t help but learn and be inspired every single day. I started with two main loves – music and radio. Those have been constants for me across all these years.

“When the triple j team works together, at Splendour In The Grass or on a Hottest 100, it’s the greatest feeling ever. We drive each other, we all pull our weight, and we think about the audience, and what they expect and want from us.

“The dedication to what we do is something I’ll never forget. It’s such an important thing for all of us because we know the difference we make.

“I’ve given my heart and soul to everything I’ve done here. The best feeling now, at the end of all that, is knowing how much I’ve still got left in the tank in continuing to contribute to the Australian music industry.”



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