Marty Sheargold to depart Nova’s Kate, Tim & Marty drive show
Marty Sheargold is leaving the Nova Network, Radio Today can reveal.
The comedian confirmed his plans to retire from the top-rating Kate, Tim & Marty drive show just after 5pm AEST on Friday (July 24). Sheargold has called NOVA Entertainment home for a decade.
“Kate, Tim and Marty will no longer feature Marty at the end of the day,” Sheargold said. “Thank you to the network for having me, putting up with me.
“Over the last four or five months I’ve been tossing up what I’d like to do in 2021, and what I’ve decided to do is leave the show,” Sheargold explained to his on-air partners.
Kate, Tim & Marty have proven a fan favourite with metropolitan listeners around the country and in the most recent GfK survey were the #1 FM drive show in all metro markets.
It’s the program’s biggest shake-up since Kate Ritchie replaced Meshel Laurie in 2014.
“I’ve had a fantastic 10 years with the Nova Network, having worked with buildings full of talented and dynamic people,” Sheargold said in a statement.
“I’d like to thank Tim and Kate for their support of my decision and wish them continued success with the show. Now feels like the right time for me professionally to keep challenging myself and to embrace future opportunities with renewed vigour and enthusiasm.”
Sheargold’s next move is unknown, however, there is plenty of industry speculation about a podcast and more stand-up comedy after he announced his return to stages last year.
Sheargold joined Nova 106.9 Brisbane in 2010, replacing Ash Bradnam on breakfast. A year later he relocated to Melbourne to replace Fitzy & Wippa on drive, with Laurie and Tim Blackwell.
His last show will be September 11, with the network’s programming and marketing chief Paul Jackson planning to unveil a new co-host to join Blackwell and Ritchie “in the coming weeks”.
Pictured: Nova’s Tim Blackwell, Kate Ritchie and Marty Sheargold.
“Marty has had a fantastic 10-year career with Nova, initially in Brisbane breakfast and then as part of the iconic Kate, Tim & Marty drive show,” Jackson said.
“We would like to thank him for his contribution to the network, the laughs and great radio moments, and wish him well for the future.”
Kate, Tim & Marty have won seven commercial radio awards, including Best Networked Program and Best Syndicated Program at last year’s ACRAs in Brisbane.