Justin Ang & Vernon A. (The Muttons)

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Justin Ang & Vernon A.
The Muttons.jpg
OccupationRadio presenters
Years active2006 - present day
AwardsBest Radio Show (2010, 2011, 2013)

The Muttons are a Singaporean duo comprising of radio presenters Justin Ang (born 5 January 1982) and Vernon Anthonisz (born 12 May 1972). The duo launched their career as The Muttons in 2006 on 987FM, a Mediacorp radio station. Together, The Muttons are an award-winning duo having clinched the "Best Radio Show" title thrice at the Singapore Radio Awards.[1][2][3] As of 15 May 2020, The Muttons have 28,000 followers on their joint Instagram account 123,000 followers on Facebook.

Background[edit | edit source]

Vernon Anthonisz[edit | edit source]

Vernon A. and Jayne Tham on their wedding day in 2014. Photo from Her World.

Before his career as one-half of The Muttons, Vernon was largely recognised for his voice-over work. His ‘bassy’ voice often landed him the role of “Voice of God”, a title given to the “invisible voice in the background”. Vernon has also done voice-overs for the Singapore’s National Day Parades in 2001, 2003 and 2004.[4] On 6 July 2014, Vernon tied the knot with his girlfriend of two years, Jayne Tham. The garden-themed wedding took place at The Shangri-La Hotel Singapore. He has a son from his previous marriage.[5] On 6 July 2018, Vernon announced that he and Jayne were expecting their first child together.[6] On 2 January 2019, their son, Liam, was born at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital.[7][8]

Justin Ang[edit | edit source]

Justin started his career in radio at 16 years old. According to his page on Toggle, his first gig as a radio DJ was in 1998 at SAFRA Radio. Following that, he moved to 987FM in 2006 where he met Vernon and formed the Muttons.[9] Besides his career as a DJ, Justin is also a voice-over artist having done voice-overs for clients such as Singapore Tourism Board, Listerine and the Ministry of Health.[10] In 2011, Justin made an appearance in the movie 'It's a Great, Great World' as the character, Ah Beng.[11] Justin has been married to Ilona Loo, a Director at a market research firm, since 2008.[12][13]

Radio (2006 - present day)[edit | edit source]

The Muttons moved to Class 95 in 2015 where they are colleagues with another established radio presenter, Jean Danker (third from right).

According to Justin Ang, the duo chose their moniker because “Mutton is the only meat with no negative connotations like cowardly chicken or fat cow”.[14]

Years Active Show Segment Time Slot Radio Station Refs.
2015 - present day Muttons in the Morning 5am - 10am Class 95 [15]
2010 - 2015 Muttons on the Move 4pm - 8pm 987FM [16]
2007 - 2010 Muttons to Midnight 8pm - 12am [17]
2006 - 2007 Muttons Weekdays 6am - 10am [18]

Hosting & media appearances (Events)[edit | edit source]

The Muttons (far right) hosting at the 2013 Singapore Radio Awards.
Year Event Notes Refs.
2019 Game of Thrones Final Season Premiere at Capitol Theatre Hosts [19]
2016 Singapore HeritageFest 2016 [20]
2014 Strepsils: The Right Note Finals [21]
Mediacorp Hong Bao Run [22]
Celebrate TV50 [23]
2013 Singapore Radio Awards [24]
Canon DJ Photo Challenge Won the competition against radio duo The Double Ds [25]
TODAY Movement Dance Championships (TDMC) Hosts [26]
2012 Levi’s Exchange at Ion Orchard [27]
Canon Photomarathon X Competed in the Celebrity Challenge [28]
TODAY Fantasy League Participated and competed in the event [29]
RaceMe! Soapbox Derby Race Hosts [30]
2011 Singapore Radio Awards [31]
Smurfs in the City Exhibition Launch [32]
Cold Stone Creamery Launch [33]
Mambo Jambo at Zouk [34]
The Mysteries of the Haunted Island [35]
2010 Singapore Radio Awards [36]
2009 987FM Life’s a Beach [37]

Awards & accolades[edit | edit source]

Year Event Title Notes Refs.
2013 Singapore Radio Awards Best Radio Show Justin won Most Popular Radio Personality [38][39]
2011 Vernon won Most Popular Radio Personality [40]
m:idea Youth Choice Awards (MYCA) Celebrity Duo I Wanna Chill With - [41]
2010 Singapore Radio Awards Best Radio Show [42]

Other endeavours[edit | edit source]

Business ventures - Co-founders[edit | edit source]

The Muttons celebrating Fook Kin's first birthday in 2019. Photo from Fook Kin's Facebook Page.

The Muttons started three food and beverage ventures together: FatBoy’s The Burger Bar (renamed as Lil’ Papas), FatPapas and Fook Kin.[43] On 30 June 2019, a fire broke out at Fook Kin, located at Killiney Road. Fortunately, its staff and some 40 diners were safely evacuated from the shop and the flames were shortly put out by the Singapore Civil Defence Force. Fook Kin was closed for two weeks to make way for renovation and repair works. It was reopened on 15 July.[44][45]

987FM "No Bra Days with The Muttons" incident (2007)[edit | edit source]

In March 2007, the Muttons hosted a 5-minute radio segment called “No Bra Days with The Muttons” over three days.[46] The segment featured aspiring models who were competing for the FHM Girl Next Door Award 2007. In the broadcast, the DJs challenged the models to take off their bras “on-air” in the shortest possible time, without taking off the rest of their clothes.[47] The DJs narrated the proceedings while the models stepped up to the challenge. Video clips of the segments were then posted on Mediacorp Radio’s website.[48] The videos eventually found their way to YouTube.[49]

MDA response[edit | edit source]

On 14 April 2007, The Straits Times reported that the Media Development Authority (MDA) received a complaint regarding the segment. According to MDA, a member of the public found the broadcast “offensive” and had flagged its inappropriate content.[50] In response, MDA conducted an investigation and found that Mediacorp had contravened two paragraphs of the Radio Programme Code. Furthermore, they deemed that it “was entirely inappropriate for Mediacorp Radio to feature a contest organised in conjunction with FHM, an adult-oriented magazine, on a youth-oriented radio station over an extended period of three days”.[51]

Mediacorp statement[edit | edit source]

Following the investigation, Mediacorp was fined S$15,000 for airing a controversial segment on a morning show. In its response statement, MediaCorp “accepted MDA’s decision and recognised that the segment could be seen as being controversial”. Additionally, they apologised to the listeners who had been offended by the segment.[52]

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