Hughesy on why he won’t be taking 2DayFM Breakfast too seriously

Former Editor & Content Director

If you’re a Sydney-based broadcaster, comedian or influencer and you haven’t been on 2DayFM Breakfast, or at least been asked to consider it over the past eight years, are you even a Sydney-based broadcaster, comedian or influencer?

It’s an easy joke to make, especially as speculation ramped up over who would take over what some view as radio’s toughest gig.

Late last year, we were frequently asking ‘Who’s been approached for 2DayFM Breakfast in 2021?’

‘Who bloody hasn’t?’ would often be the response.

The gag was only fuelled further by the roll call of hosts the show has boasted since 2014.

Jules Lund. Merrick Watts. Sophie Monk. Mel B. Dan Debuf. Maz Compton. Rove McManus. Sam Frost. Em Rusciano. Harley Breen. Ed Kavalee. Grant Denyer. Ash London. Jamie Angel.

The talent turnover on the once powerhouse station is something to behold.

But Sydney’s newest radio recruit, Dave Hughes, currently based in Melbourne, is reluctant to get caught up in the history of the show, or the politics of who is based where.

Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) has promised ‘Hughesy’ will move to Sydney, as will Ed Kavelee. Erin Molan, who rounds out The Morning Crew, was already here.

But when exactly will Hughesy get here? COVID, he says, isn’t helping the transition.

“[I’ll be] up in Sydney looking for a house as soon as the borders open. And with zero cases today in Sydney, and really, we’ve only had a couple over the last week, surely to God we open and we can…. We live in Australia, can’t we just live our lives within Australia? Can we do that guys? C’mon,” he says, oozing frustration.

Sydney, he says, is a beautiful, joyous town, and one which has been supportive of both his stand-up career and his syndicated Drive show Hughesy & Ed.

“To be able to hit a Breakfast audience and give that opportunity every day to really narrow in on the Sydney audience, it’s going to be fun. I’m looking forward to it,” he says.

Despite the opportunity, he does acknowledge the Breakfast market is already well covered in Sydney. So who does he want to attract? Who is the ideal listener for The Morning Crew?

“It’s hard to say. I mean you want a broad audience – the broader the better. I want kids driving to school with their mum or their dad. I want tradies. I want everyone. I want uni students. Funny’s funny as far as I can tell, and you never know who’s going to get your jokes. It’s not really, it’s not necessarily a person who looks a certain way,” he says.

“I mean the network might tell us we want women in their 30s, I’m not sure, I probably should know what they think. But I just want anyone who likes a laugh. I know that I get kids who think I’m funny and I get older people who think I’m funny, and I mean obviously Ed has got a really broad appeal to his radio, and obviously he’s on the hit show Have You Been Paying Attention? And then Erin is bloody, my God she’s so well known, especially in Sydney, it’s crazy. When I’m on the street with Erin, I feel like I’m out with One Direction or something.”

Molan may be loved by the tradies, as Hughesy says, but her inclusion in the show does put a definitive end to the Hughesy & Kate era of radio.

Hughesy and Kate Langbroek were on air together as far back as 2001, alongside Dave O’Neil for Breakfast on Nova 100 in Melbourne.

O’Neill left in 2006 to join Vega, however Hughesy & Kate remained on Nova until 2013.

The duo was back on air in 2015 on the KIIS Network as a syndicated Drive show, before they jumped ship in 2018, joining the Hit Network, which includes Hughes’ new home, 2DayFM.

Langeboek, however, moved her family to Italy in 2019, and steadily had less presence on the show. She was officially replaced by Kavalee, transforming Hughesy & Kate into Hughesy & Ed, however remained in touch with the show, fuelling speculation she would eventually rejoin the billing.

Hughesy confirmed to Radio Today that an offer was on the table for Langbroek to get the band back together, but it didn’t come to fruition. She will instead be on ARN’s 3PM Pick Up on the KIIS Network.

“That’s definitely a tough one. Kate is, we were trying to get Kate involved in this show, but she’s got different priorities and that’s fair enough. So, Kate was definitely in the mix… There was an offer for Kate, but she [didn’t take it]. We still speak. I’m going to see her tonight. We still talk a lot and text a lot, and yea, nah, she got a sweet gig. To be honest, she got a sweet gig. 3pm Pick Up is a sweet gig…. She knows that, but yea, I love Kate and she loves me, I believe, so we will continue to be great friends, and who knows what happens in the future,” he says.

So with a new show in a new city, without his long-term sidekick, how will Hughesy measure the program’s success? Is it about turning the station’s fortunes around? Adjusting to the early-morning alarm? Staying in the role longer than his predecessors?

“I’ve got a long-term deal. I don’t know, You want to be able to just, I don’t know. I’m not sure what that means. I probably should have an answer to that. I don’t know,” he says, noting he doesn’t take anything too seriously.

“We just giggle a lot. [Ed] makes me laugh. I’ve been getting the giggles so much lately on radio. It’s crazy. There are times where I can’t speak…. We have times where I’ve lost it and then if he’s struggling and sometimes Jack our anchor can’t speak, and it’s like ‘Someone has to speak’. Because if you don’t speak for a certain amount of time on radio, a song just cuts in because they think you’ve died or something….. We’ve had some times where we’re not meant to laugh. You feel like you’re not meant to laugh and so you stop speaking and then the audience think you’re actually crying…

“Life is ridiculous and that we should laugh at it. Honestly.”

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18 Jan 2021 - 6:07 pm

Hughesy needs to take it seriously after listening show 1. It won’t beat Fitzy and Wippa and won’t get close to Kyle and Jackie. Who is running behind the scenes and guiding?

Peter Johnson
18 Jan 2021 - 6:32 pm

Why would Dave Hughes care if it fails or succeeds ? He still gets paid a huge sum of money either way

They should put these clowns on “ratings based” incentive contracts – then they might care

18 Jan 2021 - 8:00 pm

After Erin’s efforts on 2GB I’m sure they are not aiming for the pacific island market.

18 Jan 2021 - 9:15 pm

This might explain why the dreadful Carrie & Tommy is doing an extra hour in Drive instead of a new show because they’re seat warming. If Sydney Breakfast doesn’t work out they can simply be parachuted back into national live Drive again and pretend the whole thing didn’t happen.

18 Jan 2021 - 10:07 pm


I 100% disagree with your statement above after listening to the first show of Hughesy & the new 2Day FM morning crew in 2021….. all I’ve got a say in response to your comment watch out Fitzy + Wippa I believe they are in for a little bit of trouble they may get beaten eventually in the radio ratings in 2021 & beyond

Where’s my popcorn, where’s my Coke I’m just gonna sit back & enjoy reading all the negative nasty Comments on this website

19 Jan 2021 - 6:14 am

yep he gets $2million just to show up, will rate poorly and then retire

19 Jan 2021 - 7:44 am

Why would he care, he still gets his $4 million a year the show sounds crap anyway there will be new lineup in 2022.

Brett Cameron
19 Jan 2021 - 8:58 am

I listened and it is just another brekkie show nothing great. Doubt it would rate higher than 5, maybe 6%. Nothing fresh about it, same old, same old.

19 Jan 2021 - 10:00 am

Wow Wee! Look at all the radio experts in the comments… guys guys, your talent is being wasted at Gundagai’s #1 Hit Music Station… time to take on the big gigs to show everyone how it’s done. Stop spending all your time in the comments and shoot out the resume!

19 Jan 2021 - 10:12 am

Starting to think 2DAY should’ve just stuck by Rove & Sam…..

Shh the experts are learning
19 Jan 2021 - 11:45 am

@experts. If we work for Gundagai #1 hit music station… We already work for SCA. It’s covered by Wagga Wagga. But you already knew that.

20 Jan 2021 - 8:30 am

Give them a chance. At least it’s not disgusting and crude and can be on during school drop off. Love the line up. Wasn’t sure about Erin, but it works.

Pauline Armstrong
20 Jan 2021 - 3:53 pm

Sorry, but terrible. All talking over one another, with Hughsey being the main culprit. Sorry 2Day FM, you’ve lost me

20 Jan 2021 - 4:25 pm

Had to switch off.
Too many voices and people laughing
Poor old 2DayFM

20 Jan 2021 - 9:32 pm

Hughesys’ voice is very irritating. Not that funny either. I’ll give it 3 surveys at the most.

21 Jan 2021 - 6:18 am

Poor old Dave and old 2dayfm the pain continues.

21 Jan 2021 - 6:23 am

That anchor aweful, aweful, aweful.

21 Jan 2021 - 6:24 am

The fake laughing please stop.

21 Jan 2021 - 9:13 am

Haven’t listened & won’t listen.. I pity 2dayfm & their numerous efforts to regain their position. Bet it’s comfortable at the bottom!

5 Feb 2021 - 3:10 pm

I’ve listened to two weeks of this show and I hope Hughesy hasn’t rushed to buy a house in Sydney. Erin Molan is DREADFUL. For a person with radio experience, why the hell does she is insist on interrupting a break to spew out whatever inane thought she is having? The producers need to rein her in and teach her radio craft or this show will be gone by Xmas. I cannot be the only listener who finds her annoying and distracting.

8 Feb 2021 - 7:35 am

Genuinely feel sorry for this lot. Not bad people but won’t have any impact in Sydney. Why is Ed Kavallee broadcasting from Melbourne ? Has Dave Hughes moved to Sydney as he promised in the press ?
And will Erin be able to go the distance on breakfast after being axed by 2GB ?
So far it’s not going that well, but best of luck. And if you are serious about this move up to Sydney.

Neil Doch
11 Feb 2021 - 2:49 pm

Imagine if this show actually worked and gained an audience,
never dismiss the new kid on the block.


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