Accidental Weatherman

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Author: Sam Mac

Category: Biography & true stories

Book Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Hachette Australia

ISBN: 9780733645976

RRP: $32.99


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Accidental Weatherman is the story of what happens when a hilarious Adelaide boy who knows nothing about meteorology scores the coveted weatherman gig on the highest rating breakfast TV show in Australia.

As the Sunrise weatherman, Sam Mac has bungee jumped, swum with sharks, got his cat on the cover of Pussweek magazine, taken his mum to the Logies when he was nominated for gold, stripped naked for The Real Full Monty and even recorded a song with The Wiggles. But, ultimately, his job is about people – from primary schoolers to pensioners, Sam’s gift is how he connects with them all. He uses heart and humour in his role on Sunrise to introduce viewers to the true characters of Australia. He prides himself on bringing awareness to causes such as mental health and animal rescue, and on championing underdogs who might need a hand up or a shout out. His genuine nature and open-book approach to social media has won him hundreds of thousands of fans along the way – although even he would admit that many of them only like him for his cat Coco (who is rapidly catching up to him in Instagram followers).

After presenting more than 25 000 minutes of live TV in over 800 different Australian towns, Sam really has seen the absolute best of Australia, and it’s brought out the best in him.

Born in Adelaide, Sam Mac started his career as arguably the worst Black Thunder driver in SAFM’s history. The solution was to get him on-air to avoid any further damage to the vehicles. Sam went on to host breakfast shows, daytime shows, the national Hot30 Countdown from Sydney and later his own breakfast radio show in Perth on Austereo’s Em & Sam Mac Show. But his true passion had always been for TV. While at university, Sam created his own community show titled Sam Mac’s Single Bed, filmed from his one bedroom apartment. That hard work eventually held him in good stead for his big break with Channel Ten’s The Project, where he hosted field segments and eventually the entire show from the desk. Around the same time, Sam co-hosted a comedy soccer show called The B-League on Fox Sports. He juggled this role with radio stints on Triple M and Nova in Sydney. It was 2016 when Sam was offered the TV gig of a lifetime, becoming the Sunrise weatherman. It’s the role he was born for. His combination of humour and heart has seen him gain hundreds of thousands of fans across the country. He’s stripped naked for charity, released a hit song with The Wiggles and has even taken his cat to the Logies when he was nominated for gold. The beauty of Sam Mac is that you can never truly predict what he’s going to do next…

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