From reality TV to breaky radio; a pathway to fame & fortune
After rising to prominence on last year’s season of The Bachelor Australia, Alex Nation has landed her maiden radio gig as a co-host alongside Luke Forrest and Jay Bruno on Southern FM.
The Drive Out with Jay, Foz and Alex will air weekly on the community station’s Friday night slot between 6pm and 8pm.
The 25-year-old is not the first Bachelor/Bachelorette star to notch up a notable gig on radio – and she probably won’t be the last.
Nation’s appointment follows a growing trend of radio networks tapping reality stars. The real-life TV format has become a rich breeding ground for radio talent, despite their credentials – or, in some cases, lack thereof.
So, I’ve been bursting at the seams and finally, I can announce some exciting news!! Introducing @jayfozandalex. I’ll be driving you out every Friday night from 6-8pm on @southern_fm with these two absolute legends! I am so thankful for this opportunity and to work alongside @luke_forrest & @bayjruno producing some serious banter and 10/10 laughs from Foz and I because well Jay is only there for his good looks! So tune in awesome humans or else you might just find yourself ON THE LIST!!
Bachelor and Bachelorette alum Sam Frost had a stint on 2Day FM’s primetime breakfast slot alongside Rove McManus – reportedly costing the network $4million a year – after finishing up the show in 2015. It was a short-lived effort, however, with poor ratings causing the network to drop the much-hyped radio show to a meagre one-hour weeknight shift.
Fellow star Heather Maltman co-hosts the breakfast radio show on the Gold Coast’s 90.9 Sea FM with Dan Anstey and retired NRL player Ben Hannant. She appeared on Sam Woods’ season of The Bachelor, losing out to Snezana Markoski, who surprisingly hasn’t ventured into the radio world…yet.
It doesn’t stop at The Bachelor/ette, however. Singer-turned-model-turned-comedian Sophie Monk started out on Australian reality TV show Popstars in 1999 before landing a steady fixture on 2Day FM’s breakfast show with Merrick Watts, Jules Lund and Mel B. We all know how that ended. Monk now appears regularly on KIIS FM with Kyle & Jackie O.
The same happened with Chrissie Swan, who after getting cosy in the Big Brother house in 2003, worked her way up the radio ladder with jobs at Mix FM’s afternoon show, the 3PM Pick Up and, later on, the breakfast program Chrissie & Jane with Jane Hall. Swan now co-hosts Melbourne’s #1 FM breaky show Chrissie, Sam & Browny on Nova 100.
Australian Idol contestant Ricki-Lee Coulter bagged a full-time radio gig alongside Merrick Watts and Scott Dooley on Sydney’s Nova 96.9 breakfast show in 2010 after finishing seventh in the second season of Australian Idol.
Ryan “Fitzy” Fitzgerald wasn’t bucking the trend either. The influential radio personality and former AFL footballer was picked up by Nova after finishing in fourth place on the 2004 series of Big Brother. He originally landed a breakfast show at Adelaide’s Nova 91.9 before shifting to his current gig on Nova 96.9 breakfast with Wippa.