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Tony Micallef

Tony Micallef was born in il-Gżira on the 17 July 1952. From an early age Tony was exposed to the local theatrical scene because his father, Joseph, was one of the main actors of the Star Of The Sea, a then leading theatrical company based in Sliema.

In the mid-sixties, while still in his early teens, Tony started participating in various children’s programmes on the local Cable Radio System, better known as Rediffusion. His first regular assignment as a young contributor was Biografija Pop, a short series of programmes, intended for young listeners, covering the biographies of pop groups and pop stars of the sixties. He also was an occasional participant in children’s programmes on the Malta Television Service. In 1971 he severed his contact with the local broadcasting sector, only to be resumed in 1990.

From 1964, his active involvement in the Catholic Action and later on, in other Catholic Lay Religious organizations, provided Tony not only with a Catholic formation, but also these organizations acted as a springboard for several other social activities. While still a student at the Lyceum, Tony became totally absorbed in the organization of song festivals, pageants, producing and presenting audio/video and theatrical productions not only in his parish but even in others. He was also one the first disc-jockeys playing records in parties which were then organized in local Youth Centres for their members. Actually it was in one of these “discos” organized by the Gżira Youth Centre that he met his future wife Mary.

From 1974 to 2012 Tony worked within the local banking sector occupying several senior managerial positions. On 26 May 1990, when Pope St. John Paul II visited Malta, Tony, together with Ms. Bridget Scifo, delivered the welcome address on behalf of the Maltese workers who gathered in Birgu to greet the Pope.

Tony Micallef on (Radju Malta 2007)

A few months later, it was Charles Flores, then Head of Programmes of Radju Malta, who re-introduced Tony to the local broadcasting scene as a regular part-time contributor with the PBS, Public Broadcasting Services. Over a career which spanned for 22 years, Tony presented countless number of programmes, both on Radio and Television. The genre of the programmes varied from Financial to Chat Shows and Short Documentaries, and even several Light Entertainment programmes. For nine consecutive years Tony presented the weekend editions of the breakfast-show on Radju Malta. For an even longer number of years Tony did the radio-commentary for the Eurovision Song Contest.

In 2006 Tony graduated in Theology from the University of Malta and in 2013 he obtained an M.A. (Business Ethics) from the same University.

As from 2013, Tony became a regular contributor with Radju Marija Malta and Radio 3ZZZ of Melbourne, Australia. The programmes he currently presents all deal with Maltese songs. He is also a close collaborator with the Youth Travel Circle, the organizers of the National Song Festival L-Għanja Tal-Poplu.

As from January 2015, Tony returned to the fold of PBS through a live weekly programme on Radju Malta 2. He has also been assigned a weekly 20 minutes slot in the mid-morning show on Net TV's Eli & I. Both of these productions relate to the Maltese music landscape.

Throughout these years Tony has been requested to act as a judge in several National Song Festivals.

Tony has been married to Mary since 1975, and they have five children, and as at 2014, two grandchildren.


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