Ben & Liam surprise Adelaide with secret show on Nova 919

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Nova 919 Adelaide gave Ben Harvey and Liam Stapleton their keycards early.

The former triple j favourites entered the studios ahead of their official January 6 debut on Saturday morning to surprise listeners.

Talking exclusively to Radio Today during their pop-up, Stapleton said the “practice run” was as much for listeners as it was for them.

“Yeah, we did a sneaky show as a surprise for Nova listeners really,” he said. “But realistically it was just for us, we needed a practice run.

“After two months off you’ve gotta get back to basics. Make sure you remember to turn your mic on, don’t say f@$! you know, that type of thing.”

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Harvey added, “Liam and I were so keen to get back on-air that we went two days early, before the official show launch. Hope we don’t get into trouble for that.

“In hindsight, I don’t think we get paid for working on the weekends? We probably should’ve checked beforehand.”

Harvey and Stapleton were joined by their new team including news journalist Taylee Jones, EP Nick Marwe, imaging producer Lachlan Copeland, digital content producer Cameron Doyle and producer Belle Jackson, who followed the boys from Sydney.

The Adelaide studios also had an upgrade in recent weeks with new “state of the art” video equipment fitted, including six cameras to capture all the action for social media.

Ben & Liam make their official debut on Monday (January 6). Until then, they’ve already raided Ben Latimer’s stationary cabinet.

“It’s all been pretty surreal so far,” Stapleton told Radio Today. “They’ve even made pens with our names printed on em. And we’ve only been in the building once. Everyone’s been so enthusiastic at Nova.”

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Pete
6 Jan 2020 - 5:26 pm

Nova backing in and championing new talent, great to see.

Belinda
7 Jan 2020 - 10:41 am

Nice effort from the ABC to replace these guys with a female duo but Ben and Liam will be sorely missed by triple J listeners. It will be a very hard road ahead for the ladies Im afraid.
Its a tough listen, sorry, but its true.

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