Ben & Liam to host Breakfast on Nova 91.9 Adelaide in 2020
“Working at Nova has been something we’ve wanted to do ever since we started in radio,” said Harvey. “We can’t wait to start the next phase of our careers back home in God’s Country.”
The news follows triple j’s announcement that Harvey and Stapleton’s final show at the national broadcaster will take place next Friday (November 1). They’ll be replaced on Breakfast by Weekend Arvos hosts Sally & Erica.
Harvey and Stapleton return to Adelaide where they emerged as a duo on community radio station Fresh 92.7, following three successful years in Sydney during which their profile grew significantly.
Stapleton is equally excited about their homecoming and defection to commercial radio.
“We’re really looking forward to coming home to Adelaide. At night we dream of giant silver balls, even larger Scottish men on the side of motels and Tony Modra’s right foot. You can take the boys out of Adelaide, but you can’t take Adelaide out of the boys.”
Big news gang, we’re moving on from triple j next year. Thanks for a fab three years. Love you all x
NOVA Entertainment will hope that adding the young boys to its Adelaide lineup will give Nova 91.9 a boost in the battle with heritage station Mix 102.3’s Jodie & Soda. As of the sixth GfK survey of 2019, Nova was placed just 1.0% behind Mix among People 10+.
“Ben & Liam have proven themselves to be top class radio broadcasters,” said Jackson. “We’ve been watching their progress for some time and with recent announcements around our Adelaide breakfast show, the perfect opportunity has arisen for us to bring the boys back to their hometown of Adelaide.
“The guys have great chemistry, tell great stories and are laugh out loud funny. I’m sure the Nova Adelaide listeners are going to love them.”
As revealed by Radio Today on Friday, incoming content director Ben Latimer will oversee the new show as head of programming for Nova 91.9 Adelaide, Nova 100 Melbourne and Nova 93.7 Perth.
“Latimer is going to be based in Adelaide, and hands-on running over Nova 91.9 and the new show that we’re putting there,” Jackson told Radio Today last week. “Our jobs are to entertain people in Adelaide every morning. I think we’ve got the people that can do that.”
Image: Ben Latimer
At a time when the industry often bemoans the fast-tracked radio careers of reality television contestants, a move to a major commercial network is undoubtedly a win for Australian radio to see a talented duo rise through the tried and tested path of community radio through to the top end of town.
The move also harks back to the founding years of the Nova Network, when Merrick Watts and Tim ‘Rosso’ Ross were poached by the network from triple j for it’s inaugural Sydney Breakfast show on Nova 96.9.