BEFORE he was a national radio host, a Big Brother contestant and an inspiration to red-heads everywhere, Michael Beveridge was one of our own.
Speaking with The Morning Bulletin last week from a Danish restaurant in Adelaide, Michael reminisced about his time growing up in Emerald.
"I lived in Emerald from about four years old to 11," he said.
"My grandparents are still out at the Gemfields at Rubyvale and I've got uncles and aunts in Emerald."
From bus trips to St Patrick's Primary School where he was a student to buying cupcakes at the Fairbairn Bakery and playing against the Dysart Devils in his local soccer team, Michael said he had fond memories of his childhood.
"I love that I grew up there," he said.
"I can't think of a better place to grow up."
Michael said his mother was an announcer at the 4HI radio station in Emerald.
"I remember sitting in front of the radio, listening to her," he said.
"It's cool to think that now I am the one kids will be listening to."
After appearing as a contestant on Big Brother in 2012, the copy writer from Brisbane said he got a manager and went to radio trials, eventually landing a gig as a host on SAFM in Adelaide.
Michael also co-hosts the Weekend Breakfast show with Byron Cooke and Jo Stanley, which airs on 52 stations across the country every Saturday and Sunday morning from 7-9am.
"I'm working with two of the most experienced people around, which is terrifying, but they make sure nothing can go wrong," he said.
He may be living the dream, but Michael said it was a lot of hard work.
He divides his time between Adelaide and Melbourne, some days running on only two hours sleep.
"It's hard, especially when you have to be the funny one," he said.
"You can't be sad, or sick, or down in the dumps. There's no such thing.
"But I really hit the jackpot and I know I'm phenomenally lucky."