“I don’t think I’m suited to breakfast radio”: Em Rusciano on her struggles at 2DayFM
“I don’t think I’m suited to breakfast radio,” says 2DayFM Breakfast host Em Rusciano, in a candid 90-minute chat with Wil Anderson on his Wilosophy podcast.
Whether Em was foreshadowing her absence on this morning’s Em, Grant and Ed Breakfast show – with nights presenter Ash London filling in – is another question though.
During the candid chat with friend and Triple M host Anderson, Em opens up on the challenges she has faced on 2DayFM Breakfast, in a chat that covers everything from her personal life to the “ego hit” that came with this year’s lineup changes.
At one point Em appears to suggest the inevitability of her own departure from the show, after admitting that she struggles with “containing myself to not get too passionate or fired up about something, not swear, not roll my eyes at every single fucking thing that gets said.
“I just hate, I don’t want to be part of the numbing and dumbing of society. I think that’s going on enough. And sometimes I struggle with the idea of some of the things we do – it’s so frivolous and unnecessary and flippant. I work really hard to do this job, I don’t find it easy.
“I think I’m probably hurtling towards some sort of implosion in the next six months.”
Em then speaks about her initial desire to produce the show, something she claims she fought SCA on when she was first hired.
“I think radio would be a different ball game for me if I could just sell the show. So I pay all the staff. And I tried to fight them on this when they signed me.”
“I struggle in a team environment,” she goes on to say. “I always watch Hamish & Andy and how seamlessly they all gel together. Like, they’ve obviously got their vibe, but also they’ve picked their team.
“I often get put together with people I would never pick to work with, just because of my personality type.”
She also reveals that the departure of Harley Breen was hard to take, and feels that the injection of Ed Kavalee and Grant Denyer was an indication that SCA “deemed me a failure.”
More red flags for Em’s future at 2Day flowed through the rest of the chat as well.
“Radio brings out the worst aspects of my personality, hence the rumours that go around about me within the industry, and I’m hyper aware of that.
“I get desperate. I don’t think I’m suited to breakfast radio, although everyone argued with me… I struggle so much with it.”
The chat is available in full here:
So if Em does pull the plug, who would SCA look to as a replacement?