trumps up Whitsundays
Tingle is the "Media Man": an Airlie
Beach, Whitsunday based public and media relations
consultant, celebrity property promoter, publicist,
TV presenter, journalist, radio broadcaster, Internet
author, and an all round media entrepreneur.
operating primarily at Balmain, New South Wales,
and a Newport "boy" originally, Greg
relocated to Airlie this past October as part
of his sea change, and it's been pretty smooth
may ponder what brought Greg to the Whitsunday
region. He explains, "Whitsunday, and Queensland
in general, has been on my radar for a few years
now. Airlie Beach property developer identities,
Karen and Craig Lyons, made my acquaintance almost
two years ago regarding the personality management
division of my business, as they we putting together
a huge gala night at Airlie. We really hit it
off, did a deal in unison with my friends, Max
and Brian, at Markson Sparks! and the relationship
just blossomed. I also had to come to Queensland
to organise my Bundaberg based client, "Crocodile"
Mick Pitman's media appearances on Channel Seven
and Nine, and my mother lives in Brisbane. In
addition, I see a wealth of opportunities in Whitsunday,
and I'm ready to ride the boom times".
though Greg has only been in the area "5
minutes" (his own words), he's already made
a positive impact, with the booking of media identity,
Ita Buttrose into the Grant Broadcasters' Conference
coming up at Linderman Island's Club Med, the
development of Internet portal, www.whitsundays.tv
at the major Australian business magazines are
ready to run a series on the business aspects
of Airlie, starting with 'Wealth Creator Magazine'
next month. Greg has also sold the location to
prominent American reality TV identity, Bob Winstead,
creator of 'Entrepreneur$' - The Reality Show,
soon to appear on FOX 50.
colourful career reads blue-collar meets red-blooded
entrepreneur. From truck driver, Sydney Water
Board worker, Optus Vision and ITV Salesperson
& Manager, Telstra Business Manager to property
promoter extraordinaire and founder of Mediaman
) Greg has proved himself as a multi-dimensional
and multi-talented professional.
commercial acumen coupled with his myriad of media
and business skills have seen him achieve results
for a lengthy list of clients - from the who's
who of Australia, to multimillion dollar property
investors and media magnates. These are but one
of many accomplishments which led Greg to establish
reports on matters of public interest and those
that he is passionate about; the community, crime,
the media business, technology and the entertainment
"break" in the media business came about
in an unusual manner - he called John Laws at
2UE in September 2000, as a "call in"
to report on "the inside story" at the
Olympic Village, where he was an Olympic volunteer,
in the technology division. Little did he realise
that this was a "coup" of sorts at the
time. Since that time Greg has been heard and
mentioned on numerous Australian radio stations
such as 2UE, 2GB, ABC, 3AK, 98.5FM, 2CC and Nova
fact, Greg has a history of community participation,
including 3 years in the Australian Army Reserve,
where he attained "Most Improved Recruit";
The Sydney Marathon, Channel 31 Community TV,
2RDJ Community Radio, Maroubra Chamber of Commerce
and The Community Initiatives Group, for which
he achieved significant media coverage.
2002 Greg launched his own news media website,
which is a culmination of his media achievements,
showcased on the web, as well as acting as a portal
to Australian and international media. Today his
website attracts over 380,000 media, entertainment
and lifestyle savvy hits per month, backed up
by tremendous mainstream media support.
has interviewed such illustrious personalities
as long time journalist and broadcaster, Phillip
Adams, Derryn Hinch, Max Markson, Harry M. Miller,
John Stavrou, Bessie Bardot, Kym Jackson, Joy
Hruby, Darren Gray, Ash Long, Steve A'hern, David
Steinhoff, Rebecca Wilson, Dan Kennedy, Danny
Schechter "The Media Dissector", Phil
Tripp, Johnny Valiant, Jake "The Snake"
Roberts, and a host of others.
the legal front, Greg has conducted in-depth interviews
with "legal eagles" like Derrick Wilding
(Communications Law Centre), Lee Tien (Electronic
Frontier Foundation), and prominent entertainment
and property lawyer, Aisha Amjad. He also consulted
with Mick Pitman regarding his case against the
other "crocodile hunter", Steve Irwin,
and is currently acting for Kashif Amjad of Slimtel,
who is involved in a matter of dispute with Optus
SingTel. Greg is quick to point out, "I'm
not a lawyer, but I know what works, and I know
many top line barristers and attorneys who get
the job done".
is a self confessed media and entertainment junkie,
and he spends his spare time on the Internet,
at the pub, and on some of the world's most beautiful
beaches, such as Airlie, Whitehaven, Seal Rocks
expresses his artistic streak via his writing,
and doing business with some of Australia's most
talented creatives including Tony Rafty OAM, Brett
Clements, of 'Aquanauts' and 'Wonder World' fame,
and a number of authors and film makers, some
of which titles are found in book stores and outlets
past year saw Mediaman's property interests
expand, with the representation of La Mercia Developments,
and a gentleman's agreement with the region's
other prominent developer, John Stavrou, who is
set to great business with Ivana Trump in a few
months time. He also booked Slamming" Sam
Kekovich into the Lascorp Developments recent
seminar. Furthermore, he showcased his property
and investments portfolio online, resulting in
even more success, driven from outside investors
flagship project of Greg's is 'Hottest On TV'
) which is an online based rating system for;
you guessed it, the 500 hottest personalities
on Australian television. Greg believes some of
Airlie Beach's lifestyle, travel and consumer
goods operations could benefit tremendously from
'Hottest'. He confidently says, "Think about
it, 'Hottest' attracts over 2.4 million hits per
month by the 17 to 35 bracket who want a say so
about Australian television and the entertainment
sector as a whole. Youth have been turning off
TV's and logging onto the net. Just look at the
amount of Internet cafes at Airlie. We are currently
giving away prizes in a series of competitions,
and sponsorship opportunities still exist. As
if that's not enough, 'Hottest' also attracts
a great deal of mainstream media coverage, most
recently with an appearance in 'The Australian'
(media and marketing). Hello Virgin and Jetstar!"
has also secured a working agreement with the
Coastal News Network, based in the U.S, who are
keen to showcase more "Aussie" news
and content, and prominent lifestyle and media
entrepreneur, and Whitsunday identity, Captain
Dan Van Blarcom sees merit in many of Greg's projects,
particularly Coastal News Network, 'Hottest' and
Dan says of Greg's ambitious plans, "Only
recently some were ready to write off the 'Yummy
Mummies Bare All' calendar initiative, which raises
money for the Whitsunday Kindergarten, and that
project achieved world wide news. Greg helped
it stay in the news via his new media technologies
and his all-important relationships. "I won't
be at all surprised when Greg turns this town
on its ear. There's no doubt that Greg and his
operation are very newsworthy, and I see a lot
enjoys a strong relationships with ABC TV and
radio, having secured "spots" for Steve
"Crusher" Rackman ('Mondo Thingo'),
Anthony Kelly (later including Network Ten's 'Rove
Live!' and sports guru, John Novak.
is delighted with his strategic business arrangement
with Tourism Whitsundays, which facilitated a
virtually seamless relocation and entry into the
Whitsundays thriving business community.
past week saw Mediaman secure his "dream
client" - Bob Winstead's 'Entrepreneur$'
The Reality Show, where Greg enjoys being the
Chief Media Consultant for its worldwide distribution.
'Entrepreneur$' is largely a concept that Greg
thought of some 2 years ago, but didn't have the
resources available at the time to capture it
on video. The program is set to make a debut on
FOX 50 in the U.S, and Greg will see 'Entrepreneur$'
picked up by a major Australian television network.
As Greg explained to Bob Winstead, "The only
thing missing in our operation here down under
is the video cameras". Greg sees 'Entrepreneur$'
perfectly blending in with his client base and
associates and the early media and sponsorship
interest has been phenomenal.
abilities and crusades are nothing short of dogged,
driven and relentless. Greg has been described
by people in the top echelons of the media and
entertainment industry as passionate, personable,
and professional due to his high degree of integrity
and ability. These tags are all qualities Greg
carries with pride. Greg is most grateful to his
mentor of sorts, Max Markson, who instilled the
"Persistence, Enthusiasm and Focus"
style and achievements stretch the realms of any
ordinary imagination. From showbiz to Media Man,
Greg is loud, walking, talking media blitzing
sensation. If you are game enough for the ride,
then you will be game enough to see where this
media man (power!) can take you!
the world is indeed ones oyster, this man has
found his treasure trove at Airlie, and he is
keen to share the riches that await in his latest
sea change chapter. Catch the wave.
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Down Under - 10th December 2004
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