“I used to be banned from going to see Mariah Carey, if that provides you any concept of what it’s like once we are all collectively,” Blackwell continues for him.
The trio, who’ve been doing the Nova drive present for 5 years, have lots to have a good time.
Final weekend they had been named greatest networked program and greatest syndicated Australian program on the Australian Industrial Radio Awards.
Ritchie took dwelling the trophy for greatest leisure presenter – her first solo ACRA.
“I feel if you happen to dangle round lengthy sufficient they offer you an award, that’s what occurred in Dwelling and Away,” she says along with her explicit model of humble firmly in test.
However she does admit the award made her really feel considerably validated.
“There have been occasions that I’ve felt like a customer on this (radio) world,” she says. “It’s a pleasant signal that maybe there’s one thing in what I’m bringing to air daily between 4pm and 6pm.”
The customer comment is one Ritchie has been making since she bid farewell to the waves in Summer time Bay and made her solution to the airwaves, initially with two years on Nova breakfast with Merrick Watts and Tim Ross adopted by her present five-year run with Blackwell and Sheargold.
It is solely now that she’s beginning to really feel as at dwelling within the radio studio as she as soon as was within the caravan park.
“I actually really feel as if that is what I do now,” she says. “Once I say that I really feel like a customer, I’m not saying that with any disrespect however earlier than my life in radio I had spent 25 years doing one thing else. And I’m a sentimental previous factor.
“The appearing world might be likened to an previous lover that also owns slightly a part of your coronary heart.”
That little a part of her coronary heart nonetheless beats robust and Ritchie admits a return to appearing is on the playing cards.
“Completely, I do foresee (returning to appearing) in my future and I want to assume there are many folks round me making these choices that see that too,” she says.
However within the meantime, Ritchie says she is extremely pleased the place she is and doing what she is doing, and she or he admits that the shift into radio was a calculated transfer to assist her shake off Sally Fletcher each for herself and for those who could bear in mind her that means.
“In fact, I do know I bought the job on Merrick and Rosso as a result of I used to be that woman from Dwelling and Away,” she says. “I feel to start out with I had deliberate to have a break and provides everyone a break from me however I’m undecided that has occurred. As a substitute it has been 10 years of reshaping this profession of mine.”
It’s a profession renovation that has labored out extraordinarily nicely for Ritchie and for her radio present.
The trio has received the final 14 radio scores surveys of their 4pm-6pm timeslot and enjoys a large viewers attain, with about 1.5 million folks tuning in to catch at the least a little bit of the present daily.
They put their success right down to the truth that they make a acutely aware effort to set themselves aside from different reveals airing on the identical time.
From avoiding speaking about their private lives to hardly ever having friends on the present, the Nova drive crew has discovered a system that audiences like and, in accordance with Sheargold, retains them sane.
“I’ve by no means been a subscriber to bringing your life on air, as a result of who provides a flying f— about my life,” he says. “Radio must be about escapism not leaving folks enthusiastic about their shit lives and my shit life and assembly within the center with some type of shit storm.”
Whereas they admit they don’t spend numerous time contemplating their scores efficiency, they do know that so long as folks hold listening, they will hold making the present they need.
“Nice scores imply we will proceed to do the present the way in which we’re doing it,” Blackwell says.
“We must speak to each contestant from My Kitchen Guidelines if it wasn’t working.”
What would they ask a My Kitchen Guidelines contestant in the event that they did must interview them?
“Is Pete Evans sporting sneakers?” Sheargold quips after an extended pause.
Kate, Tim and Marty are on Nova across the nation from 4pm daily.
Nathanael Cooper is Fairfax Media’s deputy leisure editor