Bianca Dye on (not) being friends with your co-hosts and why every show has an expiry date
Longtime radio star and current co-host of Hit 90.9 Breakfast on the Gold Coast, Bianca Dye, has revealed the challenges and crises of confidence which can occur when radio hosts are just lumped together and asked to make it work.
Dye said she loves her new co-hosts, Dan Anstey and Ben Hannant, but not everyone’s so lucky. Most of the time the people within radio shows aren’t actually friends, she said, and chemistry doesn’t ‘just happen’.
She said she’s been particularly vulnerable to this phenomenon because she’s often parachuted into a show, rather than establishing a talent lineup herself and taking it to a network.
“It’s the chicken or the egg, right? So I’ve always been the person that they bring in to kind of, not fix things, necessarily, but I’m so malleable, and because I’m bloody good at what I do – and I can say that now, it’s taken me a long time – they can kind of throw me in with anyone and I will kind of make it work,” she told the So, I Quit My Day Job podcast.
Dye said she was often envious of teams with a connection outside of radio, or who are real-life friends, such as Hamish Blake and Andy Lee, who not only have a genuine relationship, but can also present a united front and an existing lineup and program to a network.
“Whereas I always have to come on my own and just get literally thrown in the fucking deep end, like ‘Hey, go make this #1. See ya. Off you go.’ Oh, okay, no worries,” she said.
“It’s a bizarre industry in that sense. You just get thrown with people and get told ‘Go make the magic happen, darl, and I’ll see you for a meeting at 9am where I’ll tell you how you fucked it up… Happy ratings day’.”
Most radio stars, she said, actually aren’t friends with their co-hosts, noting barely anyone is immune from this affliction. She pointed to radio juggernaut Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson who may be friends and top of the Sydney FM Breakfast battle now, but started off with a rocky relationship.
“[At the time] no one would have guessed that they would have gone on to the success that they have had. No one. That was just an anomaly… And an incredible team behind the scenes that make that look seamless,” she said.
Dye said she had learned a lot with age about how to make it work with different co-hosts.
Dye’s new program kicked off in 2020
Her previous gig, alongside Mike van Acker and Bob Gallagher on Australian Radio Network’s (ARN) 97.3 in Brisbane, came to an end in 2019.
Dye had replaced Robin Bailey, but then things came full circle when ARN wooed Bailey back, installing her over Dye.
“But you can’t get upset about it…. When you sign up to do a gig of that caliber, you know that everyday you’re on air, you’re lucky, because it’s just the game we live in – because if you’re not rating, you’re not rating,” she said, before joking that the Bianca, Mike & Bob show did actually go out as #1.
The other reason not to get upset, she said, is because no show can last forever.
Breakfast shows in particular, she said, have an expiry date.
“Anyone who says they don’t is full of shit and goes to work and lies every day,” she said, “because you cannot go to work in that kind of pressure cooker environment with the same person day in, day out, and not want to stab them sometimes. It’s impossible.”