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Alan Jones is a graduate of Queensland and Oxford Universities, with majors in English and French Language and Literature, Politics and Education. He is the former speech writer and senior adviser to the then Prime Minister, Right Honourable Malcolm Fraser.

Alan was elected Australian rugby union coach in 1984 and coached Australia, until early 1988, to 89 victories in 102 matches. His teams won 23 Tests out of 30, and four of those losses were by only a point. In 1984, he coached the Wallabies to their now-famous Grand Slam with victories over England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland and a Barbarian side made up of the best players of those countries and France. In 1986, Alan coached the Wallabies to Australia's now famous Bledisloe Cup victory in New Zealand, the first time such a victory had been achieved in 39 years. The 1986 Wallabies remain only the second team in rugby history to win a series against New Zealand on their home ground.

On Australia Day in 1988, Alan Jones was appointed a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to rugby union Football. In June 2005 Alan was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the Queen's Birthday Honours for service to the community as a supporter of and fundraiser for a wide range of not-for-profit organisations, to the media, and to sports administration. Besides Rugby, Alan has had a distinguished career in other sports both as an athlete and as a coach.

In March 1985, Alan Jones joined Radio 2UE as their morning radio host and in 1998, he moved to the breakfast shift, soon winning the largest breakfast audience and the largest radio audience in Australia. In 2001, Alan joined the Macquarie Radio Network on Radio 2GB 873 on breakfast and returned 2GB to the number one radio station in the Sydney market.

He is recognised by his peers as the number one talk personality and current affairs personality in Australian radio and has won in excess of 160 surveys, 99 of them consecutive, which is thought to be a world record.