10 Questions with Nikki Markovics
The media career of Fox FM’s Nikki Markovics spans more than 12 years.
For the past 3 years, she’s been in the hot seat as Breakfast newsreader for Fifi, Fev and Byron.
She’s also worked in TV for Southern Cross Ten in Victoria and southern NSW and with The Project as a news associate producer.
She answers 10 Questions from Radio Today.
How did you get your start in radio?
I was a Black Thunder street team member when I was 18 – but I was too young to drive, so I handed out cold cans of coke. I was also hired as a so-called ‘clip-board holder’ for events .. aka project manager — I had studied events management after leaving school.
If you want in radio, what career path would you have followed?
At 13 – I wanted to design wedding dresses. But I have also thought I would love Ranger Stacey’s TV gig – talking about animals for a living.
What is it that you love about the job?
The ability to write and present my own work.
Any ‘pinch me now’ moments?
Finally getting a gig as a breakfast newsreader in 2015.
What’s one piece of advice you’ve received about radio?
Don’t ever try to sound like anyone else on-air – find your own voice and style.
Flip side of the coin, what advice do you give for anyone keen on news/radio?
Get as much work experience in a newsroom as possible if you want to be a journalist – learn, learn, learn from those in the game!!
How has the news reader’s job changed over the last couple of years?
Digital mediums and social media were not really a big deal when I studied 10 years ago – so I feel my degree has now expired.
My course was basely mostly around traditional print journalism, so I have had to learn content management systems and social media – on the job.
Has there been any one person who’s inspired you along the way?
Krystal Keller! She’s now a gun TV producer at The Project but she mentored me every day in radio for years and has supported me continuously.
I am grateful for her telling me I could do it (when I never thought I would get a brekky gig) AND helping to get me there.
Is it a juggle balancing the style of the station with those ‘big’ stories?
YES, I do have a lot of great news stories I can’t cover because other stories will be better suited to the demographic – but it’s a case of just getting on with the job – even if I don’t always agree with it.
Sum up your radio experience in three words.
Compelling, creative and challenging.