“You have silly ideas when you’re drunk”: Beers with Hamish & Andy prompted Christian O’Connell’s Aussie move
Christian O’Connell started his new show at Gold FM Melbourne just weeks ago, but the British broadcaster has told Radio Today that the seed for his Aussie move was planted several years ago.
The idea to come to Australia first stemmed from a drunk conversation Christian had with Hamish Blake and Andy Lee after they simulcast a show internationally together in 2012.
“We went out after that simulcast and had a few beers, and they were like ‘you should come to Australia!’ You know you have silly ideas up when you’re drunk.”
“A few years later and my show starts to get bigger and bigger. I’m looking at 12 years on that show. I’m thinking ‘I need a new challenge, I’m getting into a comfort zone here.'”
Years later the seed had grown into an idea, and Christian called Andy to ask for his honest opinion on whether a move to Australia could actually work.
“Part of me wanted him to say ‘no, sorry mate. It’s a stupid idea, it’s an awful midlife crisis. Go and have an affair, get yourself a Harley Davidson if that’s what you need to do’.
“Unfortunately for Melbourne, or fortunately depending on how you see it, [Andy] said ‘look there’s no one doing your kind of radio here'”
That led to a conversation with old friend Duncan Campbell, and the rest is history.
“I’ve been here now six weeks in Melbourne, and I can honestly say it’s been the biggest challenge of my life.”
More to come from Radio Today‘s chat with Christian O’Connell.