Andrew Mercado has been named one of TV's most significant commentators while The Sunday Telegraph describes him as a walking TV encyclopedia.
Building on a diverse career in front of the camera and behind it, Andrew is currently Amanda Keller and Jonesy’s TV guy on their Number 1 breakfast radio show on WSFM and is also heard across Australia on multiple ABC stations including Richard Glover's top-rating drive show on 702 Sydney.
For SBS’ World Movies, his week of classic Aussie Exploitation gave the channel its highest ratings ever. After then hosting Best of the Worst (movies so bad they are fantastic!), he returned in 2016 with Aussie Exploitation 2.
Andrew developed a love of TV and movies early on in his youth while spending every Saturday night hanging out with the projectionist at his local suburban picture theatre. Now he screens movies himself through his business Backdoor Cinema which tours clubs and pubs around the country.
His first job in television was at Village Roadshow Movie World Studios as Location Manager for the series PARADISE BEACH. Following this, he became the Unit Publicist for such TV shows as THE NEW ADVENTURES OF FLIPPER and PACIFIC DRIVE. After becoming the publicist at Foxtel music station Channel [V], he was moved into an on-air role and has been one of Australia's busiest media commentators ever since.
He appeared for seven years as KERRIE-ANNE’s Movies Man and is regularly featured on A CURRENT AFFAIR (even sending up this role for the Chaser boys on THE HAMSTER WHEEL) as well as guest appearances on MORNINGS, TODAY and STUDIO 10. From 2009 to 2012, Andrew produced and hosted the TV review panel show THE PLAYLIST for Foxtel’s Showcase.
Andrew has been THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH's TV writer and also wrote the comprehensive encyclopedia SUPER AUSSIE SOAPS in 2004 all about Australia's television dramas. He contributed several chapters to the book 100 GREATEST FILMS OF AUSTRALIAN CINEMA and co-wrote a guide about PRISONER for the world's biggest DVD box set.
Andrew is still fondly remembered by a generation of music fans as Super Mercado after becoming Channel [V]'s inaugural entertainment reporter in 1998 and then became the first regular face on sister channel Music Max. Whilst he would work simultaneously on both stations, eventually he crossed over to Max full time to create, produce and host the panel show THE KNOW.
Over the years he has interviewed such A-listers as Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams, Marianne Faithfull and Fleetwood Mac but he often gets more of a thrill meeting Aussie TV legends through his work as a TV Historian for the National Film and Sound Archive. He also supervises the DVD release of classic TV shows like NUMBER 96 as well as contributing audio commentaries about them for Umbrella Entertainment.
He is also in demand as a host, MC and auctioneer for the Australian Film Radio and Television School, Mardi Gras, Q&A Movie Screenings and charities such as ACON, Aurora and the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation.