You guessed it! Joel Creasey replaces Marty Sheargold on Nova

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Nova's new drive team. Tim Blackwell, Kate Ritchie & Joel Creasey.

After weeks of speculation, Nova has revealed Melbourne comedian Joel Creasey will join Kate Ritchie and Tim Blackwell on the network’s top-rating drive show from September 14.

The announcement was made just after 5pm on the Kate, Tim & Marty show Friday (August 21).

As first reported by Radio TodaySheargold departs on September 11 in the program’s biggest changing of the guard since Kate Ritchie arrived from television to replace Meshel Laurie in 2014.

NOVA Entertainment’s chief programming and marketing officer, Paul Jackson, believes Creasey’s national appeal made him “the perfect choice” to join Ritchie and Blackwell home.

“For over six years Nova’s drive team have built a loyal following with their audience,” he said.

“When looking for the right person to co-host the show, we wanted someone quick-witted, energetic and who had great chemistry with our popular drive hosts – Kate and Tim.

Sydney-born Creasey – who lives in Melbourne with his model partner and is affectionately known as “Australia’s Acid Tongue Prince” – has appeared on Nova many times in recent years.

Joel Creasey is ready to make Australia laugh on new radio gig. 

The decision to install a much younger and openly gay third wheel to the primetime slot will be seen by many in the industry as a progressive and bold move by network bosses.

Creasey declared that after ten years of big hair and colourful suits on TV, he’s excited for people to get to know him “unfiltered” and “unvarnished”.

“Naturally when you think of a logical replacement for Marty, you go ‘Joel Creasey’,” he said.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining the national drive show alongside Kate and Tim, who I’ve shared many a beverage with over the years.

“Having appeared on Neighbours upwards of four times it’s not only given me the confidence to achieve anything, but I’m also excited for Kate and I to discuss our illustrious soap careers.”

Kate Ritchie said: “It’s kind of embarrassing for Joel that he felt the need to join our show permanently if all he was looking for was yet another attempt at Quick Draw. I’ve loved beating him, and he’s always been an okay guest, so Tim and I would have welcomed him back in a heartbeat, albeit briefly. In all honesty though…we are looking forward to having him join the team!”

Tim Blackwell said: “I’ve known Joel for years and have no doubt he’ll fit in seamlessly with Kate and I. I’ll just have to make sure I run him through some of the FM radio basics before our first show… For example, DJ Khaled and Khalid are not the same person. Nova’s Red Room isn’t a nightclub and you must be able to go to the toilet and back during an Ariana Grande song. Nail these basics and there will be no stopping us!”

Marty Sheargold is rumoured to be in negotiations for a podcast deal.

Creasey was the radio industry’s top pick to replace Sheargold in the last Radio Today reader poll.

He topped a shortlist of 20 potential candidates and hopefuls, collecting over 14% of all votes. Creasey was followed by Merrick Watts, Tom Gleeson, Hamish Blake and Peter Helliar.

Kate, Tim & Marty have proven a fan favourite with metropolitan listeners around the country and in the most recent GfK survey were the #1 FM drive show in all metro markets.

Sheargold’s next move is unknown, however, there is plenty of industry speculation about a podcast and more stand-up comedy after he announced his return to stages last year.

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Rob Sutton
21 Aug 2020 - 5:26 pm

Just what we need – more banal, brain dead chatter on drive

Take the N out of Nova and its ...
21 Aug 2020 - 5:27 pm

bahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha… bahahahahahahahahaha

Peter J
21 Aug 2020 - 5:32 pm

I wonder if Tim will fake laugh at everything he says like he did when Marty was on the show

Anthony Clarke
21 Aug 2020 - 5:40 pm

Marty was the best thing on Radio.
This is possibly the most disappointed I’ve been all year, including Covid-19.

Panic much?
21 Aug 2020 - 7:16 pm

If I know Marty fans, this will be an inspired choice, they will LOVE him.

21 Aug 2020 - 9:41 pm

Can’t believe there was no one better ‍♀️

21 Aug 2020 - 9:47 pm

I haven’t been this depressed since my wife left.

Ohhh Nova
21 Aug 2020 - 10:37 pm

PJ should have done a bit more research into this. Joel doesn’t even write his stand up routine, he has a comedic writer. So he’s not really a comedian, he’s a performer. So have they hired a writer as well? Yes everyone on the radio is a performer, but that show already has 2 of them and what it needs is a comedian to remain funny. Bad choice.

22 Aug 2020 - 2:42 pm

What a huge insult to the many people have been made redundant and lost their jobs to now sit and watch management spend a fortune to bring Joel Creasey to the station.

Clearly outside the demo...
22 Aug 2020 - 4:27 pm

Years ago Australian radio was extremely focused and overseas seemed to be a shambles… Is it just me who seems to think it’s the other way around to me now?

Ex staffer
23 Aug 2020 - 2:05 pm

I just feel really sad for the state of Nova now. Management responsible for some of the recent decisions are going to look back on the day that everything started going down hill. And it was before COVID.

And now knowing some of the names that have been made redundant, I can’t get my head around the decisions that are being made in there.

Strip all the sizzle off Nova and it’s back to 80’s radio that is irrelevant now.

I’m sad for the once great Nova when the hood people were there

24 Aug 2020 - 1:14 pm

Such a supportive industry we all work in.

Im out
25 Aug 2020 - 11:37 am

Yep don’t think i will give this a listen…
Currently podcast the show daily, can only imagine how scripted this will sound..
Out of all the guests they get on, all the comedians in Melbourne, makes me wonder how turned down the gig before they made this call… zzz

25 Aug 2020 - 4:21 pm

Strange choice – he doesn’t have the widespread appeal of Marty.


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