Fred Botica & Lisa Shaw join 96FM Breakfast

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96FM‘s new Breakfast show ‘Botica’s Bunch for Breakfast’ kicked off today (July 8).

Perth radio veterans Fred Botica and Lisa Shaw have joined the show as full-time hosts.

They replace Paul & Lise, who had been on 96 Breakfast since the end of 2017.

Fred & Lisa first began broadcasting together in 1997, and they are the most successful Breakfast team in Perth Radio history, having won over 100+ surveys.

Botica’s Bunch was on Mix 94.5 from the late ’90s.

ARN says the pair will combine “real music” with great guests, and WA Premier Mark McGowan called today in to welcome the pair back onto the air.

“It’s a massive coup for 96FM, to have Botica’s Bunch back for Breakfast in Perth,” said 96FM managing director Gary Roberts.

“Botica’s Bunch for Breakfast is a true reflection of the heritage of the 96FM brand and will be complemented by a change in positioning for the station to ‘Real Music’.”

“How could I say no to the opportunity to return on 96FM with my partner-in-crime, Lisa!

“Listeners can look forward to the chemistry we have developed in the two decades we’ve worked together on-air, and some interesting new ideas and angles we have in store,” said Fred.

“Bring on Botica’s Bunch for Breakfast!”

Lisa added; “I’m so excited to be teaming up again with Fred for 96FM’s Botica’s Bunch for Breakfast.

“As probably the biggest entertainment lover in Perth, I can’t wait to get back into that Breakfast hot seat and share everything that’s entertaining and important to our listeners.”

The appointment of Botica & Shaw is the latest part of a huge shakeup at 96FM, with Nova 93.7 program director Dan Underhill joining the station last week.

Gary Roberts was brought back to the station earlier this year as managing director.

His appointment also saw content director Rob McCasker leave 96FM.

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The Fixer
8 Jul 2019 - 9:45 am

Best of luck to Fred and Lise

Does seem to be following the ARN formula of “if its broke, hire an old SCA show to fix it”. Worked for them before.

8 Jul 2019 - 9:53 am

Groundbreaking ! Good to see ARN giving young new talent a go ! Fred must be 70 by now !

8 Jul 2019 - 11:09 am

Didn’t SCA sack Fred ?

Tricia Dean
8 Jul 2019 - 3:53 pm

Time to re-tune my radio/clock alarm to 96….Yeehaa !! So glad you are back on air – we have all missed you both.

Simon says
8 Jul 2019 - 5:54 pm

I’m not sure what’s worse; getting a retiree to host a 35+ radio format, or the appointment of Bottica giving Gary Shannon the idea that he might still have a shot. Either way, it’s not a good day for radio.

8 Jul 2019 - 7:46 pm

Fred Botica? Really? Well it’s an excellent place to start, I mean they can hardly go down from where they currently sit ratings wise? Congrats Fred! One for the senior citizens! Who said Curtain FM was the only place for oldies!

8 Jul 2019 - 10:25 pm

Awesome news I have missed these 2

Roger Gascoigne
10 Jul 2019 - 12:38 pm

Fantastic Freddie…go on, tell us, did they come round to your place with a Radio Hauraki briefcase-full of serious cash? Best wishes.

Brendan Edward Brown
16 Jul 2019 - 8:37 pm

I was a dedicated 96fm listener in the 80s and early 90s, use to love listening to Fred and the gang with Captain Paul in the air. I still remember the last song Fred played when he left (Pink Floyd’s, great gig in the sky) and being disappointed that he’d gone. Not long after he resurfaced on KYFM a fairly new addition to the FM airwaves in the afternoon slot( eventually renamed to 94.5) and being really happy of the return of old friend to the airwaves. Not long after that he bumped Eion Cameron from the breakfast slot and i was now a dedicated 94.5 listener. I remained a dedicated 94.5 listener until today, cause I just found out that Fred with Lisa are back on 96fm, I’ve just retuned my dial and have change back. So good to hear on old friend on the airwaves again! Welcome back Fred hope to listen again for many more years!!!


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