Tommy Little & Dave Hughes admit their female co-stars carry their shows
The Hit Network’s Tommy Little and Dave ‘Hughesy’ Hughes have conceded that the female talent on their programs do all the heavy lifting.
Little is partnered with Carrie Bickmore for the Hit Network’s Drive show, while Hughes is on 2DayFM Breakfast in Sydney alongside Ed Kavalee and new recruit Erin Molan.
“I think we’re both lucky that we just get to work with funny, talented women that we literally just hold up and go ‘Take us on a ride’,” Little said to an audience of media buyers and owners last week at Carat’s Couch-ella event. “They’re so good at what they do, that they’ll carry the show and we’ll just get to be dickheads on the air,” he added.
Hughes concurred, noting that listeners travelling to New Zealand with 2DayFM’s Morning Crew simply wanted to hang out with Molan, not himself or Kavalee.
He also told Hit Network boss Gemma Fordham that working at the network was “joyful”.
Fordham has previously spoken to Radio Today about how the female talent largely leads the network’s slate of metro Breakfast shows.
Melbourne’s Fifi, Fev & Nick, for example, is centred around Fifi Box, Fordham said.
“They know their roles. We do really clear role definition with them, and Amanda Lee, the CD, is really great at giving them direction on what we want from them. But the show has always centred around Fi, that’s how it has been designed,” she said previously.
“I mean also Fi’s been at it for so many years, and she’s got that radio producer brain, so she knows exactly how to structure the break and how to make sure that no one goes missing. She’s the conductor of the orchestra.”
It’s a similar set up for B105’s Stav, Abby & Matt, which is driven by Abby Coleman, and SAFM’s Bec, Cosi & Lehmo with Rebecca Morse.
“Bec is really at the centre of that show, so you’ll sense a theme here, but she’s really the centre of that show,” Fordham said.
The session was a few hours prior to one run by rival Australian Radio Network (ARN), in which Mike ‘E’ Etheridge slammed the Hit Network’s parent company Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) for its history of underperforming Breakfast shows in Sydney.
“So these other networks, you know, little Southern Cross Austereo, for example, to name just one, where they put, you know, a footy chick together and a TV comedian, and they’re all in Melbourne, they’re not really in Sydney – that doesn’t work,” he said.
“They don’t like each other. They don’t know each other. They have no chemistry. They’re not even in the same bloody room.
“With all the ARN people, you know, Kyle & Jack, Jonesy & Amanda, Mike E & Emma, all the people around the network, they’re all one, radio people, so we all love radio, and two, they’ve actually got chemistry. And you can’t fake that.”