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Denis Walter
Born (1955-01-03) 3 January 1955 (age 69)
Occupation(s)TV & Radio Presenter
Years active1972−present
WebsiteOfficial Denis Walter website

Denis Clive Walter OAM, (born 3 January 1955) is an Australian radio presenter, baritone singer, recording artist and media personality who also presented television news for 16 years.


Walter's music career has lasted over forty years and he has recorded 16 albums to date.[1]

For 16 years until his final bulletin in November 2008 when he left to join Melbourne radio station 3AW full-time,[2] Walter was a news presenter in regional Victoria for WIN Television (a former affiliate of the Nine Network).[3] He has also hosted nightly televised Keno lottery draws and having presented the weather on Nine News in Melbourne earlier in his career, returned for a few weeks in December 2008/January 2009 to fill in for Livinia Nixon.

On 10 November 2008, Walter began hosting Afternoons on 3AW (693 AM) Melbourne, replacing Ernie Sigley who retired.[4] Walter regularly performs at concerts throughout Victoria.

In August 2018, Walter was announced as a host for the first series on the Nine Network's new travel series Helloworld.[5] Of course, he plus Sonia Kruger, Steven Jacobs and Lauren Phillips would exit from Nine and Giaan Rooney becomes the presenter on the Seven Network enters the show for seasons 2 & 3.

In December 2019, 3AW announced that he will move to a new timeslot in 2020 as the host of a new local program, 3AW Nights replacing John Stanley.[6][7] Dee Dee Dunleavy has been announced as Walters replacement.[8] He is on a 3-year contract in this role, extendable for a further 3 years.

Community work[edit]

Walter is a patron for Cystic Fibrosis Australia, an ambassador for Dementia Australia, the Austin Hospital, Melbourne, Make A Wish Foundation (South West Victoria) and Barwon Health and also does work for the Neuroscience Foundation and a number of other charitable and community groups.[9]

Walter is also the Patron for Samoyed Club of Victoria. Denis also hosts the Carols By Candlelight in Dandenong every year. Each year Walter hosts Carols by the Bay at Eastern Beach on the Geelong waterfront, a Christmas concert.[10] He is also a long-standing performer since 1979 at Vision Australia's traditional Christmas Eve Carols by Candlelight event in Melbourne.[11]


Walter was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours list "for service to the performing arts as a singer and entertainer, and to the broadcast media."[12]

Personal life[edit]

Walter is married with two stepdaughters and two grandsons.[3] He currently lives in Geelong.



List of albums, with selected details and chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart
The Incredible Voice of Denis Walter
  • Released: 1973
  • Label: L&Y (L-25042)
Denis Walter by Request
  • Released: 1974
  • Label: Festival (L 35286)
Collections of Denis Walter
  • Released: April 1977
  • Label: Pisces (L 101)
Sometimes When We Touch
  • Released: 1979
  • Label: Hammard (HAM 037)
No Limits
  • Released: 1981
  • Label: RCA Victor (VPL1 0336)
Tell It on the Mountain
  • Released: 1989
  • Label: J & B (JB385)
Songs of Faith
(with John MacNally)
  • Released: 1990
  • Label: J & B Records (JB429)
Through the Years
  • Released: 1992
  • Label: Columbia (471628 2)
What Kind of Love
  • Released: 1993
  • Label: Columbia (474795 2)
The Magic of Christmas
  • Released: 1998
  • Label: Fable
Songs from a Southern Land Vol. 1
  • Released: September 2011
  • Label: Denis Walter
The Aussie Christmas Gift
  • Released: 2012
  • Label: Denis Walter
Yesterday Once More
  • Released: 22 April 2021[14]
  • Label: Sony Music Australia
  • Note: According to Walter's website, as of 2020, he has released 16 albums, therefore, there are four missing from the table above.
Media offices
Preceded by
WIN News Victoria

Succeeded by
Bruce Roberts


  1. ^ "Recordings". Denis Walter. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  2. ^ Knox, David (22 September 2008). "Denis Walter to exit WIN News". TV Tonight. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b Lallo, Michael (20 November 2008). "Walter still clocking up miles of smiles". The Age. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Denis Walter to replace Ernie Sigley at 3AW". Radioinfo. 23 September 2008. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  5. ^ "IT'S SHOWTIME! Helloworld The TV Show: Coming soon to Channel Nine". karryon.com.au. 31 August 2018. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Denis Walter to host 3AW Nights in 2020". 3AW. 7 December 2019. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  7. ^ "3AW sends broadcasting legend DENIS WALTER to new evening timeslot". Australian Television News – TV Blackbox. Retrieved 7 December 2019.
  8. ^ Carmody, Broede (20 December 2019). "Dee Dee Dunleavy to replace Denis Walter on 3AW afternoons". The Age. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Denis Walter". Denis Walter. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  10. ^ Rooth, Meagan (8 December 2013). "Crowds flock to Denis Walter's Carols by the Bay". Geelong Advertiser. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  11. ^ O'Brien, Kerrie (24 December 2016). "Denis Walter has performed at Carols By Candlelight for more than half his life". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  12. ^ Jefferson, Andrew (8 June 2015). "Queen's Birthday Honours 2015: Denis Walter awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia". Herald Sun. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  13. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 331. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
    • Songs of Faith (ARIA Chart peak): Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (PDF ed.). Mt Martha, Victoria, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 296.
    • Through the Years: "Discography Denis Walter". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 27 October 2022.
  14. ^ "Yesterday Once More by Denis Walter". JB HiFi. Retrieved 3 April 2021.

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