MC, Sports Commentator and Auctioneer
Ben “Dobbo” Dobbin is one of Australia’s most loved media personalities. Ben started his career as a jackaroo in Brunette Downs and it was there where he fell in love with the land and rural Australia; it has now become his greatest passion. Dobbo spent the next 15 years as a Stock and Station Agent. In 2010 he used his passion and knowledge to start a successful meat wholesale business; Rangeland Quality Meats.
In 2011, during the Qld Flood Appeal Dobbo’s childhood friend, Ben Fordham, with whom he went to boarding school in Sydney, travelled to regional Qld to interview flood-affected communities which included a live television interview with his best friend (‘my mate Dobbo’). Dobbo stole the show and left viewers wanting more which led to appearances on The Footy Show and 60 Minutes as well as his own segment “The Man on the Land” on Sydney’s 2GB. Soon after he joined the Triple M family with the team on “Dead Set Legends” and now hosts “The Rush Hour”.
Ben is an MC and one of Australia’s leading Auctioneers and frequently enjoys contributing to events around the country.
Not only does Dobbo spend his days calling football games and hosting radio shows but is most proud of his life as a dad to five beautiful children. In his spare time, he loves hitting the road, back to his roots of where he still has a significant connection to rural Australia.
His passion, sense of humour and energy is infectious and really lifts the atmosphere of the room. Dobbo always invests time into researching the context of the agenda and the audience he is communicating with, demonstrated by regularly including unique antidotes to ensure his connection with the audience is credible, the sign of a true professional.
-Malcolm Watts, Queensland Rugby Union
Dobbo is a cracking emcee! He has a great sense of each particular occasion and possesses the ability to genuinely add feeling and purpose to the event. He is extremely easy to work with and manages to balance professionalism with a laid back demeanour to ensure that guests have a relaxed and enjoyable time. Dobbo is an absolute must if you’re looking to add that little something ‘extra’ to your function.
-John Slater, Blue Commercial
Regatta Hotel has had the privilege of working with Dobbo over several years and has become a firm favourite as an MC of many of the hotels’ events. Dobbo understands our audience and has the ability to engage well with our guests across different events, from hosting the Beef Off in The Boatshed, the two-up for Anzac Day, to MC of our Melbourne Cup events to name a few. His warm personality and clever wit always ensures an exceptional event! Dobbo’s auctioneering skills are also commendable and was instrumental in assisting the Regatta Hotel achieve record levels of donations towards the PA Research Foundation from our auction held at Steak of Origin. We are a proud partner and look forward to continuing to work with him on our upcoming events.