PEOPLE who do FM breakfast shows don’t have last names. So, meet Brad and Mandy, Star FM’s new team to help start your day.
This article was first published in the 10 October 2014 edition of the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen. Get your copy now for even more news and entertainment.
I met the new morning hosts at a café in Warragul, surrounded by little pots of chamomile tea. It took no time to realise they are genuine, down-to-earth people. They like to have fun and they like to share that fun with their audience.
“I think the best thing we can do is just be ourselves,” Brad said.
Mandy agrees. “We’re just a couple of average people who love life and want to make the most of what comes our way.”
And some good things have indeed come the way of this pair who are only three weeks into a career in commercial radio.
Brad and Mandy first met four years ago at volunteer community station SYN in Melbourne. They were put together for a weekly timeslot and quickly got in sync with each other as radio performers. From there they went to the narrowcast dance music station Kiss FM where they ended up getting used to early morning alarm clocks.
“It’s there that we really became mates,” said Mandy.
“Yeah, we’re really good friends,” Brad continued.
By moving into commercial radio just a stone’s throw from Melbourne, they’re thrilled their radio partnership can continue not far from home.
Brad said it was good to have a job that was also a lot of fun.
“We’re just a cheeky, irreverent, self-deprecating pair of mates,” he said, “and we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We’re herefor a good time and a long time and we just want other people to hear our friendship and let them be included in our circle.”
Brad said he and Mandy would be laughing from the moment they arrive each morning. According to Mandy, they laugh on air but even more so off air. They bring to the radio what they do in life.
“I’d rather sit around a table with a bunch of mates and have a laugh than go out clubbing,” she said.
“I like to interact, have fun and laugh.”
“I think I’m the same,” Brad added. “I think I’d much rather go to a bar and have a conversation than go out and get trashed.”
You can become Brad and Mandy’s newest friends, 6-9am weekdays on 94.3 Star FM.
Greg Pretty has worked in the radio industry for 38 years. For more by Greg, visit greatergippsland.com.
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