20 years to the day: Martin Molloy call it quits
The Fox’s groundbreaking Drive show Martin Molloy called time 20 years ago today, on November 23.
Tony Martin and Mick Molloy broadcast their show from 1995 to 1998. The final broadcast took place on December 4, 1998.
The hugely successful show, which was the first ever nationally syndicated Drive show, featured everything from brilliant satire to hilarious low-brow sketches.
It was networked into every capital city, as well as 47 regional stations.
Martin Molloy dominated the ratings during their time on The Fox, and the pair also released three double CD albums.
They paved the way for shows like Hamish & Andy, Kate, Tim & Marty, Kennedy Molloy, Hughesy & Kate, and other Drive shows at a time when ‘talent driven shows’ were almost exclusively restricted to the Breakfast slot.
“Four years of fart jokes, gratuitous pot-shots and public figures and doomed attempts to work out exactly what Paul Hester is crapping on about have taken their toll,” said Martin Molloy in a statement, 20 years ago today.
“Usually when a show like ours pulls up stumps it’s because the idea is exhausted — in this case it’s the participants who need a lie-down.”
On their final show, Tony and Mick would famously forego the final song on their playlist – ‘Cruel’ by Human Nature — in favour of a highlight reel of past shows.
The last skit was based on newsreader Jim Waley, whose soundbites were arranged to sing a song called ‘Crazy Lesbians Full Of Beans’ to the tune of ‘Voodoo People’ by The Prodigy.