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Who will take over 2CA’s Big Breakfast

Now that Greg “Robbo” Robson has left 2CA and Daniel Gibson has quite happily filled the void on a temporary basis, the question of who will take over the show permanently needs to be answered.

I suppose it is quite possible that Daniel will just keep going, and the fact there really aren’t any “filling in” lines to be found anywhere on the air could be proof, that being said, I do have to wonder about his full time position at Prime if he did decide to take on Breakfast radio on a permanent basis.

I do find it curious that there haven’t been any ads on radioinfo [1] for the position, especially seeing as 2CA did say that Daniel would only be there “until a permanent replacement is found”, and Capital Radio tend to advertise just about everything on radioinfo.

This got me thinking about the recent ad for a Senior Journalist at 2CA/2CC [2], and the timing of it in relation to the announcement of Robbo leaving. I have no idea about the details of Robbo’s contract, but I would imagine that there would have probably been at least a 2 week notice period, which considering he finished on Friday would have started on Friday the 17th of March, only three work days before the Senior Journalist job was advertised on Wednesday the 22nd of March.

As I suspected that the Senior Journalist ad was indicating that one of the existing newsreaders was leaving, it all clicked…Kris McKenzie has been filling in on a couple of 2CC’s shows recently, he is great talent, upbeat and bubbly, and would probably fit right into 2CA’s “New Sound” format. The three workday gap between the dates listed above would be more than enough time to sign a presenter up as the new breakfast host, and file a job advertisement for the new host’s old job.

Naturally I’m speculating, but I’m not pulling names out of the air, as you can see I have given this some careful consideration, and it works…whether it turns out to be true or not is something we will just have to wait and see.


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#1 Comment By John B1_B5 On April 5, 2006 @ 10:32 am

When 2CA commenced operation from a shop in Kingston in 1931, the power output was only 50 watts !
In late 1934 the transmitter was relocated to “Radio Hil” and the power output was increased to 500 Watts .

#2 Comment By Chuck A. Spear On April 5, 2006 @ 11:15 am

I suspect it may be a female Samuel.

In ealy 2006 the tranmitter was fenced off to keep stalkers out.

#3 Comment By Samuel On April 5, 2006 @ 12:44 pm

Chuck, Transmitters tend to be fenced off anyway…and as studios are rarely next to the transmitter, I fail to see how it would stop stalkers, or what relevance that has.

John, you’re a wealth of information.

#4 Comment By Chuck A. Spear On April 5, 2006 @ 1:55 pm

Your right it has no relevance.

#5 Comment By Chuck A. Spear On April 5, 2006 @ 2:29 pm

I agree JohnB1_B2 is a treasure trove of useful information. However, I fail to see the relevance of John’s comment.

What does 2CA’s Big Breakfast have to do with wattage during James Scullin’s term as PM? Sure it is about 2CA but there also more important issues going on in 1931.

A certain stock market crash?

Captain Francis de Groot, a member of the extreme right wing New Guard movement, upstaging Jack Lang and opening the Harbour Bridge by galloping up to the ribbon and slashing it with a sword?

Construction of the Empire State Building?

I am getting fed up with being belittled on this blog. Hypocritical I tell you. I am not going to come back here for a whole hour!

Oh the humanity!

#6 Comment By heatseeker On April 5, 2006 @ 2:59 pm

Personally, I’d like to see, or should I say hear, Kyle and Jacki O take over the slot, and I believe Tony Martin and Mick Molloy aren’t doing much in the mornings at the moment.

Perhaps Chuck and Wonko could put their hands up?

#7 Comment By heatseeker On April 5, 2006 @ 2:59 pm

How about the Sam and Nattie Hour?

#8 Comment By John B1_B5 On April 5, 2006 @ 3:38 pm

The Harbour Bridge was opened in 1932 (not 1931).

In 1933, Jack Ryan, the man who started the 2CA transmitter at Kingston, advertised for a Broadcasting Cadet, and George Barlin got the position . George had no background in radio whatsoever, and had to learn ‘on the job’.
By the 1940’s, George had become Manager of the Station .

#9 Comment By Aunty_Jack On April 5, 2006 @ 3:50 pm

I would like to hear the Quintin and Hellen Keller hour personally.

I agree with Chuck, all this censorship has gone too far Samuel, when will you learn that freedom of opinion is paramount to ego and that editing peoples opinions will only make them rise up in furious anger and perhaps even become Communists, or worse, Christians.

hmmmm I think we have all learnt a valuable lesson here today…..dont you?

#10 Comment By heatseeker On April 5, 2006 @ 4:08 pm

Yes, I thought Samuel was very heavy handed with the informed and topical debate about Eddie in particular and he is very worried about offending Alan Jones.

He also seems to be rather sensitive on the subject of subliminal messages in his broadcasts and art works, which makes me think he has something to hide.

Tell it like it is, I say … at least that’s what Lawsie would do!

Moving right along, I think Samuel and John b1_b5 would make a great team on 2CC mornings … seeing this blog is a multi-award winner, all they need to do is translate it to an aural medium and it would be a sure-fire ratings winner that could even snatch Lawsie’s golden microphone and plug Alan’s airwaves where he likes it best!

#11 Comment By Samuel On April 5, 2006 @ 6:27 pm

I couldn’t see the relevance of stalkers to this discussion, the power of the 2CA transmitter on the other hand did have some relevance.

Aunty_Jack & heatseeker, the discussion about Eddie McGuire came very close to libel, and as owner of this site I decided to stop it. There are no subliminal messages in my audio and drawings. If you don’t like my actions or policies, don’t come here.

#12 Comment By wonko the sane On April 5, 2006 @ 7:41 pm

I agree wholeheartedly. Parenthetical thought, pointless asides and useless addendums are ruining the site, even society.

My late grandfather was a classic case in point: every time you would visit him and attempt to engage him in logical, pleasant persiflage on a particular topic, he’d immediately start rambling on walking to Shelbyville with an onion on his belt, a brown onion, as was the style at the time… and boy oh boy was it ever tiresome.

I suggest Samuel go one step further, and be as Yossarian was in the classic book Catch 22. Engaged unwillingly as a censor during World War II, Yossarian made war on all articles, bringing his black censor’s pen to bear on the enlisted men’s letters home. Then it became all the words except the opening salutation, then anything except words of passion.

I suggest any posts using parenthesis, anything containing a semi-colon (punctuation used to connect two separate thoughts — a slippery slope to off-topic thought — and yes even the inserted clause. Death to them all. Aspire to Germanic efficiency in thought and language, and the devil take imaginative thought!

Enough is enough!

#13 Comment By Aunty_Jack On April 5, 2006 @ 7:53 pm

I think maybe that you are far to caught up in samuelland to realise that your very unlikely to be sued for voicing your opinion on here Samuel.

Without taking anything away from the obvious infamy of your blog Samuel, I dae say that Eddie may not even know that it exists.

Furthermore, I think that he is so engrosed in his own life that he would really not give two hoots about what we might say about him on here.

#14 Comment By Aunty_Jack On April 5, 2006 @ 7:54 pm

and then i tied an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time.

#15 Comment By Chuck A. Spear On April 5, 2006 @ 8:00 pm

My Grandfather also took the ferry over to Shelbyville Wonko. I think Samuel should change his name to Major Major Major Major. Then he could just bail out a window when the postings on this site got off topic.

I do not wish to bite the hand that feeds me but closing the comments on Eddie may just prove what was said is in fact true. Yet, I do agree with Samuel doing it as I would not like to see this headline in the Canberra Times tomorrow.

‘Eddie McLiable’

Nine CEO Eddie Everywhere is suing Canberran blogger SGS…

I could picture this case dragging on longer than the Mcliable case in England

#16 Comment By Chuck A. Spear On April 5, 2006 @ 8:06 pm

To put it in perenthesis, JohnB1_B2 is Grandpa Simpson.

#17 Comment By wonko the sane On April 5, 2006 @ 8:07 pm

I fear that soon you and I, Chuck, will become ghosts on this site, veritable Captain Flumes, haunting the woods of cyberspace and begging the odd crumb from the mess table of Milo Minderbinder just to keep in currency.

#18 Comment By Chuck A. Spear On April 5, 2006 @ 8:10 pm

As long as I don’t have to fly Wonko. I don’t know what I would do with my life if I was expunged from this site. The thought sends chills up my spine.

#19 Comment By Aunty_Jack On April 5, 2006 @ 8:14 pm

The word “expunged” sends a chill up my spine Chuck.

#20 Comment By Chuck A. Spear On April 5, 2006 @ 8:18 pm

You and Wonko are safe Aunty Jack. You have made it on to random quotes. I fear I may slide into oblivian.

#21 Comment By Chuck A. Spear On April 5, 2006 @ 8:19 pm

Correction – oblivion.

#22 Comment By Chuck A. Spear On April 5, 2006 @ 8:20 pm

Anyway to get back on topic, i think Ricky May should host the breakfst show.

#23 Comment By Aunty_Jack On April 5, 2006 @ 8:26 pm

Or Ricky Wong?

#24 Comment By Chuck A. Spear On April 5, 2006 @ 8:33 pm

Derryn Hinch? If he is still alive.

#25 Comment By Chuck A. Spear On April 5, 2006 @ 8:38 pm

Howard Stern?

#26 Comment By John B1_B5 On April 5, 2006 @ 9:20 pm

Ricky MAY host the breakfast show ….. but there’s a strong possibility that he MAY not , haha .

#27 Comment By Chuck A. Spear On April 5, 2006 @ 9:52 pm

Gold John!

#28 Comment By Samuel On April 5, 2006 @ 10:56 pm

I realise that the chances of actually being sued are remote, but there are plenty of other sites out there dragging Eddie’s name through the mud, and as I like him I do not want my site to join them.

#29 Comment By wonko the sane On April 6, 2006 @ 12:16 am

Eddie as the victim. Sam, I like your style, dude. Your tenacious ability to stand by your opinions and not be swayed despite all evidence to contrary deserve the deepest respect. And I mean that most sincerely, to quote the Pink Floyd song Have A Cigar. *** Parenthesis alert, look away now *** (Has anyone ever heard the Primus cover of that song, on the EP Miscellaneous Debris? Excellent.)

Some might call it stubborn, like a man that insists that it’s not going to snow, but instead hail, and stands in the blizzard in his underpants, but I call it admirable.

After it’s all said and done, a man with such a raffish name as Eddie, and such a larrikin grin, how could he possibly be anything other than he appears? All words to the contrary are from bitter cranks with ink on their fingers and stupid conspirarcy theorists that wrap themselves in alfoil and walk about the town sqaure with placards proclaiming all else mad, and themselves the only sane one left.

I’m punishing myself with Dostoyevsky at the moment, and for no other reason than to stay on topic, I qoute, randomly: ‘Murk and Catastrophe! There’s no point in explaining, you’ll find out soon enough.’

#30 Comment By wonko the sane On April 6, 2006 @ 12:59 am

Sorry for the forum-hogging, but I was just outside enjoying a Woodbine when I had an idea and had to rush back to the computer to share.

I wanted to post this in the Eddie section, but seeing as the gate was locked and the key thrown away, I was forced back here.

Sam, we all miss Editorial Echoes. The devil with statistics and downloads, it was well-loved. So, if the Echoes idea has grown stale, why not take up this challenge.

Talkback radio, newspapers, the news on TV all thrive on bad news. It’s so much easier to add your two cents about some terrible calamity or ill that besets society. With your immense backbone to bucking the system, thumbing your nose at trends, taking a conservative line, and unwavering ability to be even-handed and see the best in people, I propose a revolutionary new podcast from SGS. One that destroys the paradigm of negativity, and instead focussed on the good happening in society.

Why not ressurect Editorial Echoes and rebirth it as Samuel’s Salute? Take five minutes to peruse the paper and pick a happy story of the Boy Who Picked Up the Piece of Litter Unasked, the Old Lady who Left A Frozen Stew Upon the Lintel of The Homeless Mang, and so on?

It would be a difficult task, Frodo himself would have shirked it, but I challenge you to persiflage your talkback op-ed heart out with love & respect and send a big old Samuel Salute to all those untold stories of suburbia and beyond.

They say bad news outsells good 10 to one, but was this site ever a popularity contest? I mean, just look at John B1=B2.

Sam, how about it man? Can a smile cross your wintry countenance? Can you warm our hearts with some revolutionary talk back? Like Bill Hicks said, when was there ever a positive news story about drugs?

It’s a big challenge… are is your arm ready to deliver a daily salute?

#31 Comment By John B1_B5 On April 6, 2006 @ 1:58 pm

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#32 Comment By Chuck A. Spear On April 7, 2006 @ 1:27 am

A great idea Wonko. I was hoping Samuel would give Editorial Echoes time to catch on. Similar to democracy in the Middle East. Alas it is no more. Samuel reluctantly pulled the plug and for valid reasons too. The last EE was emotional to say the least, and if I am permitted to say, made me shed a tear.

You never know. There may be a rebirth of Editorial Echoes down the track. One can only hope and pray. The scoffed at talk radio at first, they scoffed at TV, they scoffed at video and they mocked you and me. But there is one thing they will never scoff at, and you know just what I mean. Editorial Echoes, fly spray and Valvoline.

#33 Comment By wonko the sane On April 7, 2006 @ 1:30 am

That’s poetry, dude. You know what I mean.

#34 Comment By wonko the sane On April 7, 2006 @ 1:48 am

When I was your age Sam, I used to drive a truck around Byron Bay and the local environs delivering whitegoods for Bridgie’s New & Used. The Dyna only had AM radio and I used to enjoy listening to the local syndication of Lawsie of a morning. I liked that when he made a joke he would add a little zany sound effect or some sprightly muzak, and it made me feel good.

I remember once he offered the following solution to the growing amount of problems with the Youth of Today, suggesting they abandon the temptations of alcohol and drugs by instead ‘going to fly a kite’.

A young caller (could it have been you Sam?) enthusiastically agreed with the kite-flying idea, but as a reward did not receive a free gift of Wild Turkey bourbon, a product John was promoting at the time. He sounded disappointed.

Anecdote ends, End program.

#35 Comment By Samuel On April 7, 2006 @ 1:53 am

The caller wasn’t me, but I am certainly following that solution without even knowing that he said it.

#36 Comment By Chuck A. Spear On April 7, 2006 @ 1:58 am

Good thing he didn’t receive that Wild Turkey. In my youth I consumed a whole bottle and then woke up in a house of ill-repute, minus my watch, wallet and virginity. I wish i had flown a kite that night.

#37 Comment By wonko the sane On April 7, 2006 @ 2:31 am

My home-made kite became entangled in telephone wires (okay, I did it deliberately) and my parents forbade me from the activity.

I, too, took up John’s advice and drank a whole bottle of Wild Turkey. It was in a pub in Erskinville in Sydney with a notorietous Surry Hills publican and his croney, Ian Rilen. We were introduced to the venue manager by Ian as ‘the band’ and were given free drinks all night, as per the deal. I could as well play a guitar as fly a kite.

I awoke under a fig tree in the grounds of Sydney University, wallet intact, memory not so much so, at 5am.

I guess it was a bit like overfilling your car with Valvoline. Too much of a good, good thing, you know what I mean.

#38 Comment By Samuel On April 7, 2006 @ 2:41 am

Just to clarify, I have followed the “abandon the temptations of alcohol and drugs” part, as long as Lawsie was referring to illicit drugs anyway…it is well documented that I am somewhat addicted to the bitter white alkaloid which is known as caffeine.

#39 Comment By Chuck A. Spear On April 7, 2006 @ 3:13 am

Yes Ian is notorious for wild nights. I was the Ian’s flat on NYE 2000 and after we had consumed enough whiskey to drop Iggy Pop, Ian collapsed to the floor on a pile of half written lyrics and an empty carton of fags. I rolled him into the recovery position and made my way back to the ‘Dali Bar’ in Darlinghurst and continued to drink though the new millenium. I thought that Ian may have kicked the bucket during the night.

In the morning I was still in the bar drinking and wondering if Ian was alive. This is where I learnt my first rule of Rock ‘n Roll. Ian limped back into the bar and said ‘give me a f***en double. I was suitably impressed by his endurance and ‘rocker’ style, so I don’t know quite what the lesson was, but you get my drift. Speaking of onions belt and bumble bees…

As long as you don’t inject that alkaloid Samuel, it is ok to be addicted.

#40 Comment By wonko the sane On April 7, 2006 @ 3:14 am

If alcohol and drugs don’t appeal in the slightest, where’s the temptation? How can you be tempted by something you never tried?

#41 Comment By wonko the sane On April 7, 2006 @ 3:17 am

He’s a very wise dude, that Ian. He realises that once you’ve bought the ticket, you’ve got to take the ride.

#42 Comment By Samuel On April 7, 2006 @ 4:29 am

Very good question Wonko, but I can assure you that I have tried it and didn’t particularly enjoy the taste (alcohol that is).

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