Speculation mounts over who will replace Jodie Oddy on Mix 102.3
The great radio talent shuffle of the final moments of 2020 is still in full swing, with increased speculation over who could join Mark ‘Soda’ Soderstrom on Mix 102.3 in Adelaide.
The Breakfast show was subject to an abrupt shakeup when long-serving co-host Jodie Oddy left the program last week.
The reasons for Oddy’s resignation have not been disclosed by Australian Radio Network (ARN) due to confidentiality.
Thus far, the news has caused consternation and speculation about what may have happened.
“The decision to remove Jody is utterly nonsensical in terms of ratings, it really is a free kick to the competition,” an Adelaide programmer told Radio Today on the condition of anonymity.
Oddy had been with the program in various iterations for 13 years and had collected over 80 survey wins in the competitive FM Breakfast slot.
In the most recent ratings, Mix 102.3 regained the FM Breakfast crown from Nova’s new guys Ben & Liam, with a 12.5% share to Nova’s 10.7%.
ARN has said the Breakfast show will go in a “new direction” next year, with Soda still involved in the program.
So who will he sit alongside?
Last year, when Oddy was on maternity leave, fill ins included Mix Daytime announcer Michelle Murphy, as well as 7News presenter Jessica Adamson.
When Oddy’s maternity leave was extended, AFLW star and Olympic basketball silver medallist Erin Phillips filled in.
Popular consensus is Phillips and Adamson are the front runners, however News Corp has also thrown in outside contenders including ABC Breakfast presenter Ali Clarke, and Alice James, who currently works as a producer on Triple M’s Roo & Ditts program.
ARN declined to comment on the speculation, only confirming an announcement would be made soon.
Upon Oddy’s departure, ARN’s chief content officer, Duncan Campbell had this to say.
“Jodie is an exceptional broadcaster who has played a key role in the success of the Mix 102.3 Breakfast show over the past 13 years. She is leaving on a high and can be proud of the difference she has made to the lives of so many Adelaide families and we wish Jodie all the best for her next chapter.”
Oddy’s next career move is not yet clear.