Tod Johnston joins Perth’s 6PR to host The Nightshift

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Radio presenter Tod Johnston has rejoined Nine Radio’s 6PR in Perth, this time around as host of evening program, The Nightshift.

Johnston previously worked for the station back in 2005 to 2009 as host of The Big Weekend, and has also clocked up presenting gigs on ABC Radio, and on television across both Channel 9 and Channel 10.

The station’s content manager, Emily White, thanked former host Chris Ilsley for his hard work, and said she looks forward to working with him in coming weeks on future opportunities at the station.

In Ilsley’s place, White said she was thrilled to welcome Johnston.

“Perth knows Tod well and we are confident he will bring his unique energy to our evening programming as part of 6PR’s newly reinvigorated on-air line-up,” she said.

“This is the final piece in the puzzle for us in terms of our on-air lineup as we prepare fore a big new year on 6PR. We are excited for what 2021 will bring.”

Johnston added: “Perth is my home and to be able to join the 6PR team gives me the opportunity to connect even more with the local community. I will be sharing the latest news, talk and music with the 6PR listeners and look forward to them welcoming me into their world.”

6PR recently said goodbye to its Breakfast co-host, Perth’s mayor Basil Zempilas, who has since joined SCA’s new Triple M lineup. Zempilas’ former co-host, Steve Mills moved into the Afternoons slot, while its former occupant, Simon Beaumont will host a new weekend Morning program. Last year’s Mornings host, Gareth Parker will taker over Breakfast, and 60 Minutes journalist Liam Bartlett will fill the Mornings void.

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Darren Moss
6 Jan 2021 - 3:47 pm

It’s pretty poor form when you wish your listeners a safe festive season and tell them when you will be back to talk with them only to be shafted whilst on leave spending time with your family.

I hope Emily White is true to her word and contacts Chris for another role at the station.

It would be a tragic loss for 6PR and it’s audience to have someone with his skills, 20+ years station experience and a lifetime knowledge of Perth just walk out the door. Let that sink in for a minute – you can’t replace that kind of experience.

You’d be hard pressed to meet another person as committed to Perth radio as Chris, not to mention he was consistently at the top of the ratings.

8 Jan 2021 - 10:11 am

I’d like to think Ms White first asked Fred Mafrica to do this role but that he had other commitments. I’ve never met Fred but listening to him on radio (when he fills in while other announcers take their holidays) is always a pleasant experience. He has the special knack for talkback and is very personable on air and I could listen to him all day. Doing talkback is a different mindset to that of being the celebrity frontman in a rock’n’roll pub cover band. Graham Mayberry held this role for over three decades as listeners rightly sensed that he really cared, he connected. Fred would have been a better replacement when Graham finally retired and I hope he gets more consideration in the future.

8 Jan 2021 - 12:43 pm

Spelling correction: Graham Maybury.

13 Jan 2021 - 1:50 pm

Hey Nine Radio/6PR management ; do you think you could come up with a different, original name for this new program than “The Nightshift”? Triple M FM 92.9 (as well as the former Mix 94.5 station) already broadcast a nationwide overnight Midnight to Dawn shift program titled, The Night Shift with Luke Bona. Come on…choose a new name for your show !

Patricia Mahoney
18 Apr 2021 - 5:45 pm

Have almost stopped listening to PR in the day and weekday evenings – start at midnight and Sat and Sun nights – you have lost so many of your regular listeners – all progress is not forward

15 May 2021 - 6:32 pm

I think Tod has brought a freshness to 6PR nights and I think he will have brought more new listeners to the show than have left. Change is good. Love the show.


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