What has Em Rusciano done? What hasn’t she done? Television and radio presenter, MC, writer, singer, comedian, former athlete and Italian mother of two, Em can and has, done everything.
After cracking a few good notes in the shower in her early twenties, Em auditioned for “Australian Idol”, finally making the top ten during the show’s fabulously popular second season. Then after showcasing some decent quips in her post-Idol interviews, Em was snapped up by the Austereo radio network.
Going on to host Perth’s 92.9 breakfast radio show for four years, Em interviewed Prime Ministers, traded baby-stories with suburban mums and jammed with the Black Eyed Peas. She riffed on everything from US politics, to post-natal depression to Lady Gaga’s man-bits, and drove the network to ratings supremacy, year after year.
Network Ten’s “The Project” noticed Em’s special something and hired her as a presenter in 2010.
Em has been with “The Project” since its first week on air and has presented many stories including “Behind the Scenes of Master Chef in New York”. Em also regularly presents the “Metro Whip” segment as Melbourne’s corespondent.
In 2011 and 2012 Em appeared on the “The Circle” a number of times as a guest host.
In 2011 Em thought she would try her hand at cabaret and so she wrote, produced, directed and starred in “The Sainly bitch sings”.
It was received so well she decided to enter a show into the 2012 Melbourne Cabaret Festival. “Em Rusciano – The Musical!” sold out well before the run started and she received a prestigious Green Room award nomination for her efforts.
The 2013 Melbourne international Comedy festival was calling her name so Em wrote another one woman show called “Puberty Rhythm and Blues”. Even though it was her firt ever comedy festival show it was a smash, she sold out her season, added extra shows and revived rave reviews including four and a half starts from The Herald Sun and five stars from Theatre people.
Em regularly writes for the immensely popular website Mamamia.com.au. Her columns have a huge cult following. Website founder and editor Mia Freedman was so impressed with Em’s work she asked her to host the radio extension of the site Mamamia radio. Mamamia Today in on the Southern Cross Austereo network. The show airs nationally from 3pm and she is joined by close friend and comedian Dave Thornton.
As a writer Em also contributes to TV week, The Herald Sun and various other news websites.
Em has a strong social media presence with over 23,000 followers.
Em was asked to be a driver in the 2013 Celebrity Grand Prix, an intense week of training and media commitments followed and even though Em didn’t officially finish (due to crashing out in the final race) she feels she left a lasting impression on the Albert Park circuit (The entire front half of her car to be exact!)
An excellent MC, Em has an innate ability to put a crowd at ease no matter how big or small. Em really is the ultimate two for one performer in that she often performs as the musical act at the event she is hosting whether they’ve asked her to or not!
While in Perth, Em hosted Fremantle Dockers game day events, entertaining 35,000 football fans with her easy humour and quick wit. Em also MC’d the St Kilda Festival last year where she kept the 100,000 strong crowd going during musical acts. Melbourne’s huge Mid- Summer Carnival has had Em back the last 2 years running to perform and host their main stage. Adidas and Footlocker also use Em as a corporate MC for their events.
Em recently hosted the media launch for The Chase and Tyler foundation, a charity very close to her heart.
If you’re after someone who can present, MC, write, sing and charm an audience, Em Rusciano is your girl.
Em is available for:
• MC and Hosting
• Advertising Campaigns & Commercials
• Singing Performances
Please go to the “contact” page on this very site if you wish to, you know, contact her!