Julie Goodwin: Why I wouldn’t do breakfast radio again


Julie Goodwin loves radio and misses it.

“But what I don’t miss about it is the lifestyle it brings you to, which is pretty isolated,” she says in an upcoming episode of the Authorised podcast.

In 2019 – after four years on air – the former MasterChef champion decided to step away from her role as co-host of the Rabbit and Julie Goodwin breakfast show at Star 104.5 on the New South Wales Central Coast.

Much as she loved being on air with Dave ‘Rabbit’ Rabbetts, the shift took its toll.

“I wouldn’t do brekky radio again. It was too demanding on me,” she says.

Rabbetts himself departed the Star 104.5 breakfast show at the end of last year, on completion of his contract.

He has since gone on to launch his own podcast called PodVan – and Goodwin was overjoyed to be his first guest.

“My co-host was such a veteran (of radio). He was so good at what he did and we laughed a lot.”

Not only do they stay in touch, they often meet up to reminisce about the old radio days.

“I get together with him very, very regularly and we get to just re-live that,” says Julie. “You know, sitting together and shooting the breeze and having an absolute laugh.”

“Live radio – there’s just an immediacy to it. People ringing up and sharing their stories.”

In her recently-released memoir Your Time Starts Now, Goodwin shares that during her school years, she wanted to be a journalist and did work experience at Sydney’s 2GB.

Something else you may not know about Julie is that she was once a roadie for shows including Prince’s Australian tour.

Now, having added author to her ever growing list of achievements, Goodwin says sometimes it doesn’t feel like these things have happened to her. It feels like she’s been watching it happen to someone else.

*Main photo: Network 10

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