What next for Marty Sheargold? The networks & the man himself speak

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The radio rumour mill, never quiet for long, has gone into overdrive about what could be next for former Nova Drive host Marty Sheargold.

Adding fuel to the ferocious fire is this week’s newly launched Radio Today Tonight podcast, which reveals exactly what the networks have to say about his future employment prospects with them. The man himself, Sheargold, also spoke to Radio Today Tonight (via email) about his hopes for 2021.

As revealed on Radio Today Tonight, the major podcast networks, SCA’s PodcastOne, ARN’s iHeartPodcast Network, and the recently separated from Nova, Acast, denied any podcast deal was in the works.

With a podcast seemingly off the cards, Radio Today Tonight then explored the other emerging option – that Sheargold will end up co-hosting Triple M Breakfast in Melbourne (but with, or without, Eddie McGuire? That is the question).

Triple M’s Mike ‘Fitzy’ Fitzpatrick told Radio Today Tonight that suggestion was “fake news”, that in the absence of information, people make things up, and that there are no spots available in the line-up anyway.

That fire was further watered down by a veteran radio programmer who told the show that Sheargold ending up on Triple M Breakfast in Melbourne is about as likely as him doing 2Day FM Breakfast. Wouldn’t that be something?

Denials were also flying from the man himself, with Sheargold telling Radio Today Tonight that 2021 feels like a lifetime away in lockdown.

“I’ll be happy to go out for dinner by then, let alone any kind of gainful employment,” he said via email.

For all the goss, subscribe to Radio Today Tonight now on Apple, Spotify, Google or iHeartRadio.

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Peter Johnson
18 Sep 2020 - 1:49 pm

It was obviously a cost cutting measure. If they were paying Sheargold around a million a year and they bring on Joel Creasey for around $100,000, thats a big saving.

I can’t see another network forking out big money for Sheargold in the current climate

18 Sep 2020 - 3:41 pm

Triple M is not about to confirm anything if they aren’t ready to are they? But one thing to keep in mind is that if they do axe Eddie they may well just simulcast Moonman.

18 Sep 2020 - 8:17 pm

Peter, you really think Joel would have signed for 100K? And Marty (the main reason their highly successful drive show has been extremely successful – pulling in millions of advertising dollars) was cut because of cost cutting…. maybe sit this one out.

19 Sep 2020 - 9:59 am

@ Peter, are you seriously suggesting Joel is on 100k? That’s actually funnier than anything Marty or Joel has ever said – and they are both genuinely funny guys. Well done!

20 Sep 2020 - 7:50 am

Marty is exactly the type of on air talent a network does pay big money for. Expect him to show up somewhere. He attracts an audience and builds ratings.
Let’s not throw out the baby with the bath water here, Radio still needs great talent like Marty.
Att: Peter Johnson whoever you are, Joel would be earning 5-6 times that otherwise he wouldn’t bother. Not sure how long this Nova drive experiment will last though, feels a lot like the show
“ Jules, Soohie, Merrick and Mel B “ patch up lineup that replaced Kyle and Jackie and sunk without a trace.

Peter Johnson
21 Sep 2020 - 10:43 am

If DMG are really paying Joel Creasey $500-600k a year, then it is a huge insult to the many people who have been made redundant at this network

I actually think many entertainers would more than happy to accept a secure gig that pays around $100k-$200k in the current environment

Lisa J
21 Sep 2020 - 10:57 am

I agree with Peter – there are not millions of dollars of advertising floating around right now

Sally Brownbill
21 Sep 2020 - 5:00 pm

Oh Peter! Yeah, a guy who would be earning about 750k a year at the box office for about 40 nights of work would head in to a Monday – Friday all year round gig for 100k. Even with stand up not possible right now no one is accepting that. That’s about 40 live reads for Coles, mate. It’s hardly market value


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